Political Science and International Relations

Learn the language and concepts to explain, justify and criticise the modern world and develop analysis and leadership skills.

Politics is one of the big conceptual constructs which defines the world and drives our lives. Political Science and International Relations are complementary and inter-related disciplines that take hold of the political dimension and pull it into focus. They examine ideologies such as colonization and socialism. They explore systems of ideas like the new right, religious fundamentalism, and postmodernism. They analyse social movements that are organised around sexuality and gender. They identify the principle concepts, issues and theoretical debates within the fields of international relations. They dig into issues of power, conflict, diplomacy, arms control, terrorism, developmental politics, civil society,and the international political economy.

Where Politics and International Relations graduates work

Politics and International Relations graduates have skills that transfer well to many work environments.

Understanding how your skills work in the context of the job description is important. Adding another degree, such as Law, or doing a double major, can enhance your prospects considerably, and may even be necessary.

There are however a range of organisations for which the particular mix of skills and knowledge acquired by Politics and International Relations graduates is uniquely relevant, even if in some cases additional qualifications or experience are also required. These include:

  • Parliament
  • Government Ministries, departments and agencies
  • Local authorities - city, district and regional councils
  • NGOs (Non-government organisations)
  • Community organisations
  • Unions
  • Media and communications
  • Corporates and multinational organisations

Skills Political Science and International Relations students develop

Political Science and International Relations students have a great toolkit of skills to take to work. These include:

  • conceptual analysis
  • consequential analysis
  • influencing and persuading skills
  • language skills: written and verbal
  • relationship management skills
  • conflict resolution skills
  • research skills

For more information about career possibilities see Political Science and International Relations Career View and the School of History, Philosophy, Political Science and International Relations.