Bachelor of Political Science

The Bachelor of Political Science is the only degree of its type in Australia offering unparalleled access and connections to the political heartbeat of the nation. The comparative nature of courses means you’ll develop an understanding of different systems of government, using comparative methodology.   In this highly structured degree you’ll examine political science theory, public opinion, political economy, government behaviour, systems, principles, and different methods and techniques of political science.

Our ranking of number 1 in Australia and 8th in the world for Politics and International Relations*, will provide you with a strong knowledge base of the global government landscape. Our commitment to research led education means that you’ll be taught by world-leading researchers. You’ll also have the opportunity to complete an internship, undertaking a research project for academic credit through the Australian National Internships Program (ANIP). Choose from a range of locations including Australian Parliament House, US Congress in Washington DC, Australian Public Service (APS), ACT Legislative Assembly, a range of embassies in Canberra, non-government organisations, and lobby groups.

Meet some of our students Stephen and Sarah, studying the Political Science major within the Bachelor of Arts.

*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2016

Further studies

You can undertake an honours year in most undergraduate disciplines. Once you have completed your degree, you will have many opportunities for further study in coursework and research at a postgraduate level.

Career opportunities

You’ll graduate with a degree that is globally recognised and attractive to employers, with well-developed skills in research, critical and conceptual thinking and problem solving. Combine this degree with almost any other at ANU, including International Relations, Commerce, Law or Economics to further broaden your employability and career prospects.

Graduates may find work in politics, policy, education, international development, media, journalism, aid, advertising, and many other fields.

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