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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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Scholarships

Over 600 Scholarships available

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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Life at Griffith

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 3 July — Saturday 14 October

Trimester 2

Our second trimester starts on Monday 3 July. Trimester 2 examinations run from Saturday 30 September to Saturday 14 October.

Monday 18 September — Friday 29 September

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 30 October — Saturday 17 February

Trimester 3

Our third trimester starts on Monday 30 October. Trimester 3 examinations run from Saturday 10 to Saturday 17 February 2018.

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Wednesday 15 November — Tuesday 26 September

Postgraduate Information Evening - South Bank

Join Griffith University for a postgraduate information evening and talk to our staff and students about how a postgraduate degree can help you achieve your career goals.

Wednesday 22 November — Tuesday 26 September

Postgraduate Information Evening - Gold Coast

Join Griffith University for a postgraduate information evening and talk to our staff and students about how a postgraduate degree can help you achieve your career goals.

Saturday 16 December — Friday 22 December

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Chat online with our expert study advisers after you have received your entry score, to discuss your study options. Find out about pathways, entry requirements and program options, plus what you can do if your score was higher or lower than expected.