12 months
35496 USD/year
9303 USD/year
Tuition fee
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Study politics where it happens. Located in New Zealand's capital city, the Political Science programme offered at the Victoria University of Wellington  gives you a close-up view of the political process.


Key facts

You'll also get an international perspective. The Political Science programme offered at the Victoria University of Wellington  is global in scope. You’ll learn how to compare and contrast how politics works in New Zealand with other countries around the world. You can include courses from related disciplines like international relations, strategic studies and public policy.

Make use of the programme's connections in the capital and around the world. You’ll get the chance to apply for the University's prestigious Parliamentary Internship, along with the China Field Study and the Japan Field Study, which run every second year.

What you’ll study

You'll develop the core knowledge needed to understand political systems, policy processes and government in New Zealand and around the world. You’ll also hone your ability to design, interpret and apply political science research.

You’ll be able to choose from a range of courses spanning political thought, leadership, representation, political participation and political action. You can complement your Political Science courses with approved International Relations and Strategic Studies courses.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Approaches to Comparative Political Science
  • Thesis
  • Political Ideas, Political Action
  • Dissertation
  • International Political Economy
  • Political Ideas

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months
  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Bachelor's degree with Honours with a B range average in a relevant subject.
  • You may also be required to demonstrate your proficiency in English.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    35496 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 35496 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    9303 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9303 USD for the full programme during 12 months.
  • Estimated international fees: NZ$49,071 for the full programme
  • Estimated domestic fees  NZ$12,861 for the full programme

Living costs for Wellington

1000 - 2300 NZD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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