Politics and International Relations

Develop your understanding of the world with politics and international relations.


Study politics and international relations at The University of Adelaide

Discover the issues that face current and future generations of Australians. As a politics and international relations student at The University of Adelaide, you will explore Australian and global politics, and our relationships with other nations. Study a diverse range of topics including political theory, domestic politics, international relations and the rising powers of China and India.

As a politics and international relations student you will:

  • Learn about political systems around the world and the challenges confronting them
  • Explore the relationship between national politics and global issues
  • Research the rise and fall of powers across the globe in countries such as China, India and the United States
  • Debate contemporary political issues
  • Examine issues of global justice, inequality and power
  • Analyse national challenges and devise ways to develop and enhance public policy.

As a politics and international relations student you will learn the research, debating and analytical skills that are essential to becoming an independent and critical thinker. These skills will make you highly sought after by employers in a wide range of sectors, including state and government.

Study Overseas

As a University of Adelaide student you will have access to over 100 overseas exchange programs around the world. The University of Adelaide has student exchange links with several universities including Chuo, Lund, Newcastle,Mannheim, North Carolina State University, Sciences Po Reims, Simpson College and Strassbourg.  As a politics and international relations student you can study overseas for one semester or one year and gain credit towards your University of Adelaide degree.

Career Path

  • Diplomacy
  • Civil service
  • Public policy
  • Foreign affairs
  • Security
  • International relations
  • Speech writing
  • Political consultancy
  • Journalism
  • Research

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