Politics and International Relations


Hands-on learning is central to Australia's only Bachelor of Politics and International Relations degree.

With UC located just minutes from Australia's political centre, you have unique access to the heavyweights and power players driving the future of Australia and the region. As part of your studies, you’ll complete practical work experience with local, national, and international organisations, such as the Australian Border Force, the Centre of Defence and Strategic Studies, and the Australian Institute of International Affairs.

When you study at UC, you get more than just lectures and textbooks. Connect with industry leaders, gain new skills, and dive into once-in-a-lifetime experiences. Armed with real-world experience and vital knowledge, you’ll hit the ground running on graduation.



for graduate employment

UC’s graduate employment rate is 89%, which is above the national average, and higher than all the Go8 universities

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TOP 2%

of all universities

The University of Canberra has been named in the top 2% of universities worldwide

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for graduate starting salaries

UC graduates’ starting salaries are on average $60,000 per year, well above the national university average of $58,000

2018 Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (QILT) report


As a scholar of Politics and International Relations, you will:

  • Engage in focused discussions of major issues such as counter-terrorism, foreign aid, war and cybercrime to name a few.
  • Attend guest lectures by leading experts in the field, including former Governor General Dame Quentin Bryce and leading social commentator Virginia Haussegger.
  • Meet potential employers during networking, Q&A and market day events.
  • Complete internships with leading organisations and government departments, or even travel to the USA as part of the prestigious Uni-Capitol Washington Internship Programme.
  • Join your classmates in the Politics International Relations and National Security Student Association to attend industry trips and participate in national security simulation events.

Be part of our community


Join UC’s Politics, International Relations and National Security Student Association to go beyond the classroom and gain professional development at interactive events and lectures led by global thought-leaders.

United Nations Students Society

Develop your networking ability and professional skills by attending events including casual weekly meetings and external networking nights. Want to develop your practical skills? Join a delegation at interstate Model United Nations Conferences.

Study abroad & exchange

Travel oversea, study at one of our exchange partner universities and gain valuable international perspectives.

Meet your teachers

Prof Peter Leahy

National Security

Prof Peter Leahy

Professor Peter Leahy the founding Director of the National Security Institute as well as a lecturer at the University of Canberra.

Professor Leahy is highly experienced in international affairs and military, bringing 37 years of service as a solider in the Australian Army to UC's School of Government and Policy. Mr Leahy retired from the Army in 2008 as Chief of Army, but had experience commanding at almost every level as well as serving on exchange in Hong Kong and in the United States.

Mr Leahy is also the Director of UC's National Security Institute, which aims to contribute to Australia's national security through independent research, education, training and public advocacy. He also plays an active role in offering commentary on defense and security matters on radio, print media and TV in Australia.

Prof Linda Botterill


Prof Linda Botterill

Professor Linda Botterill is the highly-esteemed Professor in Australian Public Policy and Head of the School of Government and Policy at the University of Canberra.

Professor Botterill's research builds on nearly 15 years as a public policy practitioner in the Australian Public Service as a policy officer in two industry associations and as an adviser to two federal ministers.

Ms Botterill's research is driven by a strong interest in the policy development process, both in understanding how policy is made and the connections between politics and policy.She also has a strong research interest in Australian rural policy and politics.

Professor Botterill is also the author of Wheat Marketing in Transition: the Transformation of the Australian Wheat Board and has published over 50 scholarly journal articles and book chapters.

Dr Jean-Paul Gagnon


Dr Jean-Paul Gagnon

The co-founder and now co-editor of the academic journal Democratic Theory, Dr Jean-Paul Gagnon is a world-leading social and political philosopher who specialises on democratic theory.

Dr Gagnon is an Assistant Professor for the School of Government and Policy at UC. His teaching focuses on democracy, Australian politics, comparative politics, political theory and public policy and administration.

Dr Gagnon also co-conceived and edited the book series The Theories, Concepts, and Practices of Democracy for Palgrave Macmillan and is affiliated with several democracy research institutes in Australia and abroad including the Sydney Democracy Network, the WZB (Berlin), and the Bernard Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics (Sheffield).


Developed with the Australian Political Studies Association (APSA), The Australian Sociological Association (TASA) and the Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA), all Politics and International Relations students complete work experience with local, national and even international organisations.

Previous students have completed their placements with the Australian Civil-Military Centre, Australian Border Force, Centre of Defence and Strategic Studies, Australian Institute of International Affairs, Citadel Group Limited and Aspen Medical.

Gain an international political perspective

In 2018, Politics and International Relations student, Kate Hitchcock (pictured), was selected for the prestigious 2018 Uni-Capitol Washington, DC Internship Programme. As part of the program, Ms Hitchcock interned in the office of Californian Democratic Congressman Mark DeSaulnier in Washington DC.

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