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Political Science

Bachelor of Arts

Examine the contemporary ideas, ideologies and theories that shape political decision-making.

By studying this major you will gain the knowledge and practical skills needed to engage with and address pressing local and global issues.

Learn about the history of ideas of power and freedom, case studies of institutions and crisis management, and political rhetoric.

With a high-level analytical, research and communication skillset, graduates can find rewarding careers in a diverse range of organisations and industries including diplomacy and foreign affairs, defence and intelligence, and government and policy.


1 in Queensland for politics

QS World University Rankings 2024

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Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Ministerial officer
  • Policy adviser
  • Political analyst 
  • Government relations manager
  • Advocacy coordinator
  • Political campaign manager
  • Political consultant
  • Local government legislator

This Major is available as:

  • Major
  • Extended Major

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Overseas study
  • Seminars

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Introduction to Political Ideas
  • Introduction to Australian Politics
  • Global Political Thought
  • Indigenous Politics & Policy

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