Bridging the information gap: A survey of politics and international relations PhD students in Australia

Glenn Kefford*, Lee Morgenbesser

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Abstract

This article analyses the results of the first exclusive survey of politics and international relations PhD students in Australia. The survey was completed by 186 students from 22 universities. Students were asked 54 questions covering five areas: candidate choices, degree structure, research interests, workload pressures and the role of the Australian Political Studies Association (APSA). Our findings indicate that students base their choice of institution on pre-existing personal relationships rather than university reputation or research expertise; want more coursework and methodological training; believe scholarship-application outcomes are not based on merit; feel they cannot meet the field's workload expectations; and are unaware of APSA. This article raises important questions about the opportunities and support that individual academics, departments and university administrations provide to potential and existing students.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)507-518
Number of pages12
JournalAustralian Journal of Political Science
Volume48
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2013
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Australia
  • international relations
  • PhD students
  • politics
  • survey

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