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Our School is at the forefront of research and teaching in the areas of International Politics, Political Science, Peace and Conflict Studies, and Governance and Public Policy. Our world-class research is directly translated into the classroom and our award-winning teachers provide students with a transformative learning experience that inspires them to become the leaders of tomorrow.

# consistently ranked in the world’s top 50 schools for studying political science - QS World University Rankings 2011 to 2014

#1 ranked university in Australia for International Politics ahead of ANU, Sydney, and Melbourne - RIP Survey 2015

#‘well above world standard’ ranking and equal first in the country for our research (with the highest possible score of 5 out of 5) - 2012 and 2015 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA).

# well above Faculty and UQ rankings in student evaluations of the excellence of our teachers and courses.

Graduate Centre - our postgraduate learning hub 

In 2016 we launched a new Graduate Centre in Governance and International Affairs, a unique collaborative learning hub for the School’s suite of honours and postgraduate and research higher degree students. Focused on enhancing the student experience, the Graduate Centre provides students with opportunities to participate in masterclasses, research engagement with visiting scholars, practitioner seminars, internships, and international exchanges. 

International Centres

We also house the Rotary Centre for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution, one of only six centres worldwide, which offers up to ten fully-funded Rotary fellowships annually for the Masters of Peace and Conflict Studies. 

The Asia Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (AP R2P) is the only regional centre of its kind dedicated to advancing the responsibility to protect principle through research and policy dialogue.  The Centre was officially launched in February 2008 by Former Foreign Minister of Canada, Lloyd Axworthy and former Special Advisor to the UN Secretary General on R2P, Dr Edward Luck.