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Bachelor of International Relations and Political Science

You can shape the world. Gain the skills to drive political, social and economic change.

International relations and political science is a degree for students with an interest in political and social questions that arise where they live and overseas. You’ll gain a comprehensive grounding in politics, public policy and international relations, and an understanding of Australia’s political system in a regional and global context.

Quick Facts

Duration: 3 years full-time
Start Date: March, July
Tuition Fee: $30,800
Location: Bedford Park, Australia
Prerequisites: None
Assumed knowledge: None
IELTS total:
Pearson overall score: 50
CRICOS code: 0100840
Delivery mode: On campus: Bedford Park

Why study International Relations and Political Science at Flinders

  • Study with SA’s largest group of international relations and political science experts
  • Experience unique internship opportunities with the US Congress (Washington) and Consulate (Melbourne)
  • Gain access to South Australian Parliamentary internships and other internship opportunities in the public and private sectors.
  • Access travel opportunities to Indonesia, China, Japan, USA, and elsewhere
  • Study with a focus on the digital revolution and the future of social and political change
  • Flinders policy and administration research is ranked above world standard
  • Flinders is engaged with The Jeff Bleich Centre for the US Alliance in Digital Technology, Security, and Governance

Practical experience

The degree provides you with practical experience that prepares you for the workforce.

  • Build your international professional network with overseas study.
  • Gain international perspectives first-hand through international exchange links and internship opportunities.
  • Get practical experience through industry placements.
  • Meet professionals working on current international ventures.
  • Learn a new language by selecting language topics.
  • Undertake research training pathways.
  • Engage with foreign affairs and defence officials in learning simulations
  • Experience South Australian politics first-hand through the South Australian Parliamentary Internship and the South Australian Government Cabinet Office Internship.


“I had a nice relationship with all my lecturers. They were committed to helping you out with everything, especially if you showed that you cared about your work. Uni organised for me to go to Flinders Partners to work on software for innovation management. I was so pleased when they offered me a full-time position.”

Nadine Saadi // Flinders University student


Your career

This degree provides you with skills which are in high demand across many sectors. Today’s employers are seeking graduates who can lead, analyse and pre-empt movements within the political arena. As well as specific skills, you will develop enhanced general skills relevant to many jobs.

Our graduates are employed in areas including international government and non-government organisations, diplomacy, foreign affairs, social analysis, journalism, research, management, the parliamentary sector, defence, intelligence, foreign aid, humanitarian services, politics, education, language services and media.

Potential occupations include:

  • policy analyst
  • diplomat or public service officer
  • Journalist or digital media content maker/manager
  • international aid or development worker
  • electorate officer
  • research officer, analyst or assistant
  • intelligence, security or political analyst
  • risk manager or public relations specialist
  • education – teacher, aid, administration
  • advocacy officer/researcher
  • human resources