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Learn about the forces that shape politics and international affairs

From terrorism to Trump, from climate change to leadership change, from drones to disaster relief, from elections to revolutions—politics shape the world in which we live.

A degree in government and international relations is not just about politics. It will help you make sense of the forces that drive economic, social and political change and give you the critical reasoning skills needed to respond to these changes and make a real difference in the public, private or not-for-profit sector.

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Study government and international relations at Griffith

Internationally recognised expertise

Griffith has ranked in the world’s top 100 for political and international studies for the past three years and has a world-class staff of political experts in areas ranging from nuclear security to threats to democracy, from the key issues in Asia, Europe and the United States to the challenges facing policy-makers in Australia and abroad.

You will be taught by political thought-leaders whose work informs the practice of governance and public policy both nationally and globally. Our politics and international relations courses focus on what matters now and into the future. You'll learn what's important and have the knowledge, skills and confidence to respond better than anyone else.

Learn through experience

Prepare yourself for the workforce by gaining important hands-on experience. Through a work placement or project course, you can put what you learn into practice working with organisations including not-for-profits, media outlets, trade unions, parliament and local councils.

You can gain expertise in the Asia-Pacific region under the New Colombo Plan Scholarships and student mobility program. You can also study overseas through an internship or semester exchange with Griffith’s own Global Mobility programs.

5-Star Rated

Griffith Business School is rated 5-stars for Educational Experience and Teaching Quality in Business and Management by the Good Universities Guide 2018, a leading independent provider of high-quality education and career information.

Kent Chambers

Kent Chambers won a prestigious graduate position as a Policy Officer with the Department of Veterans Affairs in Canberra after completing an international relations and business double degree at Griffith. He was an ideal candidate for the position with his combined experience from an internship with Deloitte Australia and an overseas exchange to Argentina. Through his role with Veteran Affairs, Kent has gained a greater understanding of the impact of legislation and budget processes on the defence force. 'It is rewarding and makes it easy to go to work every day knowing that the work I do has a direct impact on people, albeit in a small way.'

Kent Chambers

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Career outcomes

Our government and international relations graduates can be found across the globe in leading positions

Griffith government and international relations graduates work in all three tiers of Australian government—in Treasury and Finance, Defence and Intelligence, Foreign Affairs and Trade, in the offices of Members of Parliament, in international organisations such as the United Nations and the Red Cross, and in private sector consultancies, lobbying and logistics firms.

There are opportunities for graduates to work in a range of roles including providing advice to government and business leaders, developing policy and managing programs with domestic and international organisations in a variety of areas. These include economic, environmental and social policy, diplomacy and strategic analysis and trade relations.

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You can gain more than just a degree at Griffith. With plenty of opportunities to balance life and study, you can make memories and mates to last a lifetime.

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Monday 5 February — Friday 21 December

Ongoing Q&A sessions

Book a 30 minute, personalised appointment with a member of our student recruitment team, to help find the right degree for you and get personalised advice about your study options. You can also find out about scholarships and discover pathways to university.   Find out more

Monday 26 February — Saturday 23 June

Trimester 1

Our first teaching trimester starts on Monday 26 February 2018 . Trimester 1 examinations run from Saturday 9 to Saturday 23 June.

Sunday 8 April — Monday 9 April

Tertiary Studies and Careers Expo - Adelaide

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Tertiary Studies and Careers Expo in Adelaide to find out about your study options, how to apply and university life.  Find out more

Tuesday 1 May — Tuesday 20 February

Future-proof your career - The Griffith STEM Roadshow - Lismore

Learn how you can future-proof your career with study in STEM. Hear from Griffith lecturers, researchers and students about Griffith programs and how you can prepare yourself for the careers of the future.  Find out more

Wednesday 2 May — Thursday 3 May

Gold Coast Careers Festival

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Gold Coast Careers Festival to find out about your study options, how to apply and university life.  Find out more

Thursday 3 May — Sunday 6 May

VCE and and Careers Expo - Melbourne

Visit the Griffith University stand at the VCE and Careers Expo in Melbourne to find out about your study options, how to apply and university life.  Find out more

Wednesday 9 May — Tuesday 20 February

Future-proof your career - The Griffith STEM Roadshow - Townsville

Learn how you can future-proof your career with study in STEM. Hear from Griffith lecturers, researchers and students about Griffith programs and how you can prepare yourself for the careers of the future.  Find out more

Thursday 10 May — Tuesday 20 February

Future-proof your career - The Griffith STEM Roadshow - Cairns

Learn how you can future-proof your career with study in STEM. Hear from Griffith lecturers, researchers and students about Griffith programs and how you can prepare yourself for the careers of the future.  Find out more

Friday 11 May — Saturday 12 May

Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo to find out about your study options, how to apply and university life.  Find out more

Monday 14 May — Tuesday 20 February

Pathways to Medicine Information Evening - Gold Coast campus

What you need to know to maximise your chances of gaining a place to study Griffith's Doctor of Medicine.  

Tuesday 15 May — Tuesday 20 February

Future-proof your career - The Griffith STEM Roadshow - Toowoomba

Learn how you can future-proof your career with study in STEM. Hear from Griffith lecturers, researchers and students about Griffith programs and how you can prepare yourself for the careers of the future.  Find out more

Tuesday 15 May — Tuesday 20 February

Mature Student Open Evening - South Bank campus

If you’re considering returning to university for postgraduate study, or starting for the first time, come along to a Griffith University Mature Student Open Evening to speak to our specialist advisers about pathways to study and support for non-school leavers and mature age students.  

Tuesday 15 May — Tuesday 20 February

Pathways to Medicine Information Evening - South Bank campus

What you need to know to maximise your chances of gaining a place to study Griffith's Doctor of Medicine.  

Thursday 17 May — Tuesday 20 February

Mature Student Open Evening - Gold Coast campus

If you’re considering returning to university for postgraduate study, or starting for the first time, come along to a Griffith University Mature Student Open Evening to speak to our specialist advisers about pathways to study and support for non-school leavers and mature age students.  

Monday 21 May — Friday 25 May

Q&A Sessions

Book a 30 minute, personalised appointment with a member of our student recruitment team, to help find the right degree for you and get personalised advice about your study options. You can also find out about scholarships and discover pathways to university.   Find out more

Tuesday 22 May — Tuesday 20 February

Parent and Student Advice Night - Nathan campus

Tour the campus and get personal study and subject selection advice with our expert study advisers at this informative on-campus event. Meet current Griffith students and their parents and hear about their experiences of the transition from school to university.  

Thursday 24 May — Tuesday 20 February

Parent and Student Advice Night - Gold Coast campus

Tour the campus and get personal study and subject selection advice with our expert study advisers at this informative on-campus event. Meet current Griffith students and their parents and hear about their experiences of the transition from school to university.  

Tuesday 29 May — Tuesday 20 February

Future-proof your career - The Griffith STEM Roadshow - Mackay

Learn how you can future-proof your career with study in STEM. Hear from Griffith lecturers, researchers and students about Griffith programs and how you can prepare yourself for the careers of the future.  Find out more

Wednesday 30 May — Tuesday 20 February

Future-proof your career - The Griffith STEM Roadshow - Rockhampton

Learn how you can future-proof your career with study in STEM. Hear from Griffith lecturers, researchers and students about Griffith programs and how you can prepare yourself for the careers of the future.  Find out more

Tuesday 19 June — Tuesday 20 February

Discover Griffith - Nathan campus

Join us at our Nathan campus for a fun and informative day with family and friends. You'll have the opportunity to tour our campus with a student ambassador, hear from program staff about your preferred degree and chat with our recruitment team about entry requirements and pathways to Griffith.  

Thursday 21 June — Tuesday 20 February

Discover Griffith - Gold Coast campus

Join us at our Gold Coast campus for a fun and informative day with family and friends. You'll have the opportunity to tour our campus with a student ambassador, hear from program staff about your preferred degree and chat with our recruitment team about entry requirements and pathways to Griffith.  

Monday 9 July — Saturday 20 October

Trimester 2

Our second teaching trimester starts on Monday 9 July . Trimester 2 examinations run from Saturday 6 to Saturday 20 October.

Saturday 21 July — Sunday 22 July

TSXPO (Tertiary Studies Expo)

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Tertiary Studies Expo to find out about your study options, how to apply and university life.  Find out more

Tuesday 24 July — Tuesday 20 February

Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo

Visit the Griffith University stand at the Sunshine Coast Daily Careers and Employment Expo to find out about your study options, how to apply and university life.  Find out more

Monday 6 August — Tuesday 20 February

Townsville Careers Expo

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Sunday 12 August — Tuesday 20 February

OPEN DAY - Nathan, Gold Coast and South Bank campuses

Discover what's possible at Griffith at Open Day. Visit our Gold Coast, Nathan or South Bank campus to attend information sessions and activities, chat with academics about your preferred degree, find out about services and support, and tour our campuses. Find out more