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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.
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.
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 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.'
|Bachelor of Government and International Relations||Gold Coast
|Bachelor of Government and International Relations (Honours)||Nathan
|Bachelor of Social Science||Gold Coast
|Graduate Certificate in Integrity and Anti-Corruption||Other
|Graduate Certificate in International Relations||Nathan
|Graduate Certificate in Policy Analysis||South Bank
|Master of Business Administration||Gold Coast
|Master of Global Development||Nathan
|Master of International Relations||Nathan
|Master of Public Administration||Other
Expand your qualifications and your career options with our range of double degrees. As a double degree graduate, you’ll have a special skill set that will help you stand out with future employers.
It is important to check the degree requirements including placement requirements, before you apply.
Become a researcher
If you are considering ongoing research study, Griffith Business School has a number of disciplines where you can specialise by studying a PHD.
Unsure if you meet the entry requirements?
If you don’t meet the criteria for your degree, you can still come to Griffith. Our admission pathway options can help you improve your selection rank, upgrade to your preferred degree or satisfy subject prerequisites.
We offer three new BusinessPLUS scholarship categories this year, which seek to reward potential as well as excellence - so it’s worthwhile investigating whether you might qualify to receive one. Scholarships can cover tuition fees, education and living expenses. You can apply if you are coming straight from year 12, or if you have left high school and are applying to start an undergraduate university degree. They add to over 600 scholarships available at Griffith. You can also apply for multiple scholarships with just one application; we’ll match you with the Griffith University scholarship you are eligible for and it's free.
What is BusinessPLUS?
When you study Business at Griffith you get more than just a high-quality degree. You get the BusinessPLUS advantage. BusinessPLUS is a program designed to give Griffith business school students the skills and networks they will later rely on in the workplace. Open to any Griffith Business School student, the program caters for beginners as well as those who have more advanced skills. BusinessPLUS combines skills based, career management training with opportunities for internships, our mentoring program and industry engagement projects that introduce you to the business networks you’ll rely on later.
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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Get the right start and find out everything you need to know about starting at Griffith.
Tuesday 29 October — Thursday 31 October
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Monday 16 December — Thursday 19 December
Explore your options
If your OP or ATAR result changes your direction, chat online with our expert study advisers to explore your study options. Find out about admissions pathways, entry requirements and changing your preferences.