Top 100 worldwide for political sciences

Our globally-recognised government and international relations programs are built on cutting-edge political science research and produce confident, skilled graduates with highly relevant qualifications.


For over three decades we have integrated world-class research and teaching into a specialist degree program that is small enough to ensure every student receives the attention they deserve. In 2017 our political sciences courses scored a top 100 worldwide ranking in the QS World University Rankings by subject and Academic Ranking of World Universities. We actively influence Australia’s political landscape with public debate and advice to decision makers, and are proud founding partners of the ANZSOG—a non-profit organisation which aims to develop future public sector leaders and promote public administration as a profession.

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We work with government, industry and community to find policy-relevant solutions to problems in the political science arena. Our staff contribute to research within the Centre for Governance and Public Policy, Griffith Asia Institute, the Policy Innovation Hub and the ANZSOG, and we're proud to support our higher degree by research students.

Student opportunities

Griffith Business School offers many opportunities for students to get involved with our community, build professional and social networks, and enhance business skills. We also offer a wide range of scholarships, prizes and awards to assist with the costs of course fees, textbooks, accommodation and living expenses.

Higher Degree Research

We pride ourselves on supporting emerging scholars and actively involving them in the activities of the Department and our partner research centres.

We have over 40 Higher Degree by Research students with a wide range of thesis.

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Our expert staff

A.J. Brown

Whistleblowing expert gains international rep

Professor A.J. Brown's expertise on whistleblowing and anti-corruption research has landed him a place on the board of directors of Transparency International, the peak global organisation working against corruption. A member of the Centre for Governance and Public Policy, Professor Brown manages globally-acclaimed whistleblowing research project Whistling While They Work 2—along with Australian Research Council Linkage Project, Strengthening Australia’s National Integrity System: Priorities for Reform.

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Ciaran O'Faircheallaigh

Enhancing public servant skills for 10+ years

Launched in 2007, the Graduate Certificate in Policy Analysis was developed with senior executives within the Queensland public sector to enhance the policy capacity and capabilities of the public service. Structured to meet the needs of working policy officers, the program is available to public servants working at the local, state or federal level only. The current GCPA team include Dr Tracey Arklay (Program Director), Professor John Parkinson, Dr Liz van Acker , Professor Ciaran O'Faircheallaigh (pictured), Dr Cosmo Howard and Tracee McPate.

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Tracey Arklay - expert staff

What role for the states in the age of disruption?

Despite having limited resources and relying on the Commonwealth for funding, Australia's states and territories could be powerful players in tackling some of our nation's biggest policy issues, according to Dr Tracey Arklay. A senior lecturer in the School of Government and International Relations, Dr Arklay's research expertise includes federal and state politics, policy capacity, parliamentary analysis, disaster management, and electoral campaigning.

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Remarkable alumni

At 25, Shayne Sutton was the youngest woman ever elected to Brisbane City Council. Before joining Council she was an adviser with the Queensland Government, and also worked for former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. Shayne holds a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science and Public Administration) and a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) at Griffith University.

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