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Political Science

Bachelors of Commerce / 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 address pressing local and global issues.

Learn about various approaches to cooperation and conflict resolution, and get a better understanding of political processes.

Careers can be found in diplomacy and foreign affairs, defence and intelligence, government and policy, international development, and humanitarian and community services.


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
  • Political Problems and Public Policy
  • Indigenous Politics & Policy

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