International Relations

Gain an advanced understanding of the key issues in world politics, international security, foreign affairs and international and regional governance.
Currently ranked #1 in Queensland for politics and international studies (QS World University Rankings 2021) and #1 in Queensland for social policy and administration (QS World University Rankings 2021)
Program Highlights
  • Select from a diverse spectrum of courses.
  • Study with students from a range of countries and backgrounds.
  • Choose to include a fieldwork experience and/or research thesis, and participate in the Graduate Centre Mentorship Program.
  • Develop the necessary skills for a rewarding career in government or non-government sectors.
Also explore our dual masters in International Relations/Peace and Conflict Studies. This two year dual degree program allows you to obtain two highly sought after and complementary qualifications. This dual degree will allow you to pursue a unique program of studies, which provides you with an understanding of the broad structures and dynamics of the international system combined with more specialised skills and knowledge of critical issues and debates relating to peace and conflict, conflict resolution and mediation, and peacebuilding.

International Relations is one of the most exciting areas of study in our complex and increasingly interlinked world. Studying International Relations will provide you with a global perspective and with the advanced analytical and practical skills for your future career. Learn more about the theory and practices of international trade, diplomacy and negotiation, security and arms control, political economy and development.

Whether you are looking towards a career in diplomacy, government, think-tanks, non-governmental organisations, the UN, international journalism, or development, studying International Relations will provide you with the skills and knowledge that will be your platform for success.

If you have any queries, please feel free to contact or on (07) 3365 2858. For program specific queries, contact the program convenor Associate Professor Al Stark  at