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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 from Griffith in government and international relations is not just about politics it’s about preparing you to be a socially responsible business leader with a global perspective. 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.

Brand new Bachelor of Business, commencing 2021

The new Bachelor of Business is a new degree for a new way of thinking in the new economy. Designed around a collaborative approach to problem solving, this degree offers you more majors than any other business degree in Australia. More choice means more opportunity, so whether you want to be an accountant, executive, own your own business or an international consultant, this degree will make you a more compelling business partner. Commence in 2021 and choose your majors in 2022.

Double degrees

Double your degree, multiply your opportunities.

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Study government and international relations at Griffith

Practical learning

You can earn credit towards your degree and get job-ready through the extra-curricular activities, industry experiences and business professional development we offer.

Study your way

Build your studies around you. Get the flexibility of studying on-campus, online, part-time or full-time, over two or three trimesters per year. No matter where you are, you’ll get the access, support and assistance you need to succeed.

Multiply your options

Double your career opportunities without doubling your study time. A double degree will give you an edge in the getting a job and build a career that is as unique as your interests.

Education excellence

You are getting a high-quality education. Griffith ranks in the top 7 in Australia for overall educational experience for undergraduates in the QILT 2019 Student Experience Survey.

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

Through our strong local and global connections with industry we’ll prepare you for the workforce through important practical experience like an internship or project course. Rub shoulders with industry and academic experts at the Policy Innovation Hub. Put what you learn into practice working with organisations including not-for-profits, media outlets, trade unions, parliament and local councils.

Gain a global perspective and expertise in the Asia-Pacific region through a 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.

Study your way

Build your studies around the lifestyle that suits you. With the flexibility of studying on-campus, online, part-time or full-time, over two or three trimesters each year, you have more control over your studies and can fit your degree into your life. Fast-track it or take it slow. No matter where you are, we ensure you get all the support you’ll need to achieve in your studies, from academic assistance to financial support through scholarships. You can start your marketing degree in February, July or October.

AACSB Accredited

Griffith Business School is an accredited member of AACSB International which means our business degrees are internationally recognised for excellence and outstanding business education. It’s the most prestigious accreditation a business school can earn.

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

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.

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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.

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Business at Griffith seeks to prepare you for an ever-changing world

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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 are sought after because they’ve learnt how to contribute to a prosperous, equitable and sustainable future. You’ll find them working 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 8 March — Saturday 19 June

Trimester 1

Our first teaching trimester starts on Monday 8 March 2021 . Trimester 1 examinations run from Thursday 10 to Saturday 19 June.

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Thursday 6 May — Saturday 8 May

Gold Coast Careers and Employment Festival

Tuesday 18 May — Tuesday 18 May

Mature Student Open Evening - Online

Wednesday 19 May — Wednesday 19 May

Mature Student Open Evening - Nathan Campus

Thursday 20 May — Thursday 20 May

Mature Student Open Evening - Gold Coast Campus

Friday 21 May — Saturday 22 May

Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo

Saturday 17 July — Sunday 18 July

TSXPO

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Monday 19 July — Saturday 30 October

Trimester 2

Our second teaching trimester starts on Monday 19 July. Trimester 2 examinations run from Saturday 21 to Saturday 30 October.

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Tuesday 20 July — Tuesday 20 July

Sunshine Coast Careers and Employment Expo

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Friday 23 July — Sunday 25 July

Melbourne Careers and Employment Expo

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Sunday 8 August — Sunday 8 August

Open Day

Gold Coast, Nathan and South Bank campuses

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Monday 13 September — Monday 13 September

Mature Student Open Evening - Online

Wednesday 15 September — Wednesday 15 September

Mature Student Open Evening - Nathan Campus

Thursday 16 September — Thursday 16 September

Mature Student Open Evening - Gold Coast Campus

Friday 17 December — Thursday 23 December

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