Curriculum Structure& Degree Requirement


Kurikulum 2015 adopts a semi-block system, which compels students to choose one from the three available concentrations: Global Politics and Security (GPS), International Political Economy and Development (IPED), and Peace and Conflict Studies (PCS).


Following UGM’s requirements, each student must complete, in no more than five years, 144 credits. Of these, 12 credits are fulfilled through university-mandated courses (including community service) and another 12 through faculty-mandated courses. This means that there are 120 credits taken at the program level, consisting 54 credits of compulsory courses (including 6 credits of undergraduate thesis) and 66 credits of elective courses (including 6 credits that can be taken from other departments or faculties).


During the first year, students must complete the required courses from both the faculty and the department. These include courses that introduce students to the three concentrations and the three area studies.


Having gained basic knowledge, attitudes, and skills from the introductory courses, in the second year, students must choose one out of three concentrations: (1) Global Politics and Security, (2) Peace and Conflict Studies, or (3) International Economy and Political Development, taking as block nine concentration courses. It is also mandatory for every student to complete five out of seventeen area studies courses.


In the third year, students start to take cross-concentration and cross-departmental courses. They must choose at least six out of eighteen courses offered by a concentration outside of their focus and are allowed to take a maximum of two cross-departmental courses. During this year, students taking the international program participate in student exchange, double degree program, or study abroad in one of UPIR UGM’s partner universities. In addition, this year students compose a thesis proposal while taking the Independent Study course.


Students are expected to complete community service (Kuliah Kerja Nyata/KKN) and Undergraduate Thesis in their fourth and/or fifth year.


Degree Requirements

1. Based on the National Regulation on Higher Education Curricula, each UPIR UGM student must complete 144 credits. These include:

 12 credits of University-mandated courses

Religion, Pancasila, Civic Education, and Academic Writing (2 credits each); PPSMB/Campus Orientation (1 credit); Community Service (Kuliah Kerja Nyata (KKN)) (3 credits)

12 credits of Faculty-mandated courses

Social Sciences: The Basics, Introduction to Political Science, Indonesian Social and Political History, Indonesian Social and Political System (3 credits each)

120 credits of program specific course


2. The program specific courses include:

48 credits of compulsory program-specific courses

Introduction to International Relations, Diplomacy, International Organization, International Law, Indonesian Foreign Policy, International Politics, Introduction to Peace Studies, International Political Economy, Area Studies: AFROMEAS, Area Studies: AMEURO, Area Studies: ASPAC, Research Methods (Basic), Research Methods (Advanced), Theories of International Relations (Basic), Theories of International Relations (Advanced), Independent Study (3 credits each)

66 credits of elective program-specific courses

Concentration courses (9 courses with 3 credits each), area studies courses (5 courses with 3 credits each), cross-concentration courses (6 courses with 3 credits each), and cross-departmental courses (2 courses with 3 credits each)

6 credits of undergraduate thesis

3. Each student must choose a concentration in the third semester. In accordance with FISIPOL’s regulation that each class needs to have at least ten students, only concentrations with ten or more students will be offered. In the case that a particular concentration is not offered based on this minimum attendance requirement, UPIR UGM shall offer two courses from that respective concentration (one course per semester) as cross-concentration courses.

4. In the case of international program students, one or two semesters will be spent taking credits in one of UPIR UGM’s partner universities under the International Exposure Program (IEP). While abroad, usually in the fifth and/or sixth semesters, they are exempted from UPIR UGM’s compulsory courses offered in the respective semester(s). The credits they take in UPIR UGM’s partner universities will be transferred to their UGM academic transcript and compensate for the exempted credits. The procedures of the IEP are elaborated in a separate guide book.

5. UPIR UGM follows FISIPOL’s academic administrative requirements, as stated in Panduan Akademik Program Pendidikan Sarjana FISIPOL UGM.


Undergraduate Thesis


Topic Submission

  • Students can propose a thesis topic once they have completed at least 94 credits.
  • The proposed topic needs to be in line with the student’s concentration.
  • The topic needs to be proposed to the instructor of the Independent Study course, a mandatory course taken during the fifth or sixth semesters.
  • Students who wish to change their topic need permission from their Independent Study course instructor. If the proposed change occurs after Independent Study course is completed, students should consult with the Secretary of the International Relations Undergraduate Program and fill out the proper form (Formulir Perubahan Judul Skripsi).


Thesis Supervision

  • Initial supervision of the undergraduate thesis is provided by the instructor of the Independent Study course.
  • Upon completing the thesis seminar, students will be assigned a specific thesis supervisor.
  • The thesis supervisor is assigned by the Secretary of the Undergraduate Program based on (1) the recommendations given by the panel of examiners in the thesis seminar, (2) the correlation of the student’s topic with the lecturer’s expertise, and (3) the lecturer’s supervision load.
  • Thesis supervision follows FISIPOL’s academic administrative requirements, as stated in Panduan Akademik Program Pendidikan Sarjana FISIPOL UGM.
  • Under certain circumstances, such as the case of a thesis supervisor taking a leave of absence, students may request a replacement supervisor. Students who wish to ask for this replacement supervisor should consult with the Secretary of the Undergraduate Program and fill out the proper form (Formulir Penggantian Dosen Pembimbing).

Thesis Proposal Seminar

  • As a replacement for the final exam of the Independent Study course, students present their thesis proposals in a thesis proposal seminar.
  • Each proposal is presented before a panel of three individuals, consisting of one Independent Study instructor and two examiners. The examiners are assigned by the Secretary of the Undergraduate Program, based on their familiarity with the topic.
  • The panel should (1) attentively follow the student’s presentation, (2) offer comments, critiques, questions, and/or suggestions, (3) determine whether the student can proceed with the proposed undergraduate research, (4) recommend one of three panel members to become the student’s thesis supervisor, and (5) grade the student’s presentation of their proposal.

Format of the Thesis Proposal

The thesis proposal consists of approximately 1.500 to 2.000 words, including footnotes. It should be around six to eight pages in length, with 1.5 spacing and 12 point standard font size. The proposal must include the following components:

  • The relevancy of the proposed research (around 250 words)
  • A research question (composed of one or two paragraph(s))
  • The conceptual framework, or how the research question will be answered (around 500 words)
  • The main argument or hypothesis of the research
  • The research methods, or how the research will be conducted, what kind of data needs to be collected, and how the data will be further analyzed
  • How the thesis will be organized, the two options being as either a report or a journal article


Thesis Defense

  • Once a student’s thesis is approved by her/his supervisor, the student may ask UPIR UGM to organize a thesis defense. There needs to be a space of at least one month between the thesis seminar and the thesis defense.
  • The thesis defense is presented before a panel consisting of the supervisor and two examiners assigned by the Secretary of the Undergraduate Program.
  • Students who wish to hold their thesis defense should register with UPIR UGM’s secretary. If they wish to defend their thesis in a certain month, they need to register before the end of the previous month. The schedule of the defense is announced within the first week of each month, while the defense itself is held in the second or third weeks of the same month.
  • When registering for the thesis defense, students need to present certain documents, most importantly Surat Keterangan Lulus Teori (which states that the respective student has completed 138 credits).
  • In accordance with FISIPOL’s regulation, should a student not able to complete their thesis in one semester, the thesis may receive a lowered grade.

Thesis Writing Format

A thesis manuscript must consist of approximately 10.000 words, including footnotes. It should be around 40 pages, with 1.5 point line spacing and 12 points standard font size. The manuscript should consist of several components:

  • Introduction, which includes the main points of the thesis – 2.000 to 2.500 words or a maximum of  ¼ of the total manuscript.
  • Analyses, should be divided proportionally into several chapters (or sections), according to the proposed research design – around 6.500 words.
  • Conclusion, which includes a brief summary of the research results and a reflection of the research process – around 1.000 words.


Thesis Supervision Procedures

The procedures and provisions of the thesis supervision process are as follows:

  • The thesis-supervisor will be assigned by the Secretary of the Undergraduate Program, taking into consideration: (1) the suitability of the thesis’ topic with the lecturer’s expertise; and (2) the distribution of thesis supervision assignments between lecturers.
  • The thesis supervision process takes into account the following issues:
    • The student and the supervisor should meet according to the previously agreed upon schedule. Any anticipated changes in the schedule should be communicated prior to the meeting.
    • Every supervision session should be reported using the One Stop Service FISIPOL UGM and/or the supervision form.
    • Students should submit their thesis manuscript at least three days before the scheduled supervision meeting, so that their supervisor can have adequate time to inspect the progress of the manuscript.
    • Before each supervising session, students are advised to prepare some questions and concerns in order to have a more productive supervision session.
    • The supervision session should be held on campus during working hours. In case that the session cannot be held during working hours, the session may be held using other medias, such as e-mail or video call. In the unlikely case that the session cannot be held in any of the previously mentioned ways, other solutions can be found as long as it is under the acknowledgment of the Department.
  • From the time when the supervisor is officially assigned, the student has twelve months (or two semesters) to complete the undergraduate thesis process. In the case that this process exceeds twelve months (or two semesters) the student is obliged to complete a letter (Surat Perpanjangan Pembimbing) to the Secretary of the Undergraduate Program. In the case that supervisor does not consent to the extension of the supervision process, the Secretary of the Undergraduate Program will assign a new supervisor to the student.
  • The process to change the supervisor can be started based on the following criteria:
    • In the case where the current supervisor is retiring or taking a leave of absence, the Secretary of the Undergraduate Program will ask another lecturer to take over the supervision process.
    • In the case where there is a (perceived) incompatibility between the topic of the thesis and the expertise of the supervisor, the student should submit a request of the Secretary of the Undergraduate Program in order to clarify and find a possible solution.
    • In the case of a personal issue between the thesis supervisor and the student, either party may submit a request to change the supervisor to the Secretary of the Undergraduate Program. After this request is received, the Secretary will discuss the proposed change with the Head of the Department. After this, a new supervisor can be sought.