What is Political Science?

Political Science is the study of all forms of political power - from overt forms of coercion such as police and the military, to the internalised behaviours of democratic citizens. Political domains are now understood to be vast and include the public and the private, government and business sectors, and relationships between individuals.

Our expertise ranges from political theory to intellectual history, gender, Indigenous politics, human rights, and political economy.

Students are encouraged to develop their own account of the good society.


Why choose us?

Studying Political Science will give you the skills to design the policies and laws that shape people’s lives.

Political Science:

  • encourages you to think critically about the world in which you live;
  • gives you the tools to shape the future;
  • allows you to understand how society works and therefore how to change it.

Our graduates enjoy careers in all arms of government and civil society, including the media and non-government organisations.




As an undergraduate student, you can major in Political Science in these programs:


Higher Degree by Research

Higher Degree by Research (HDR) programs at UQ include the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and the Master of Philosophy (MPhil).  HDR students produce new knowledge and expertise that is innovative, relevant and progressive. 

Based on the written application, an assessment will be made of the level of understanding, motivation, time commitment and financial support of the applicant for the proposed program of study.