Associate Professor
       Richard Devetak
        Head of School

Welcome to the School of Political Science and International Studies. The School is at the forefront of teaching and research in political science and international relations in Australia and enjoys a strong international reputation. 

Its world class research was recognized in the 2015 and 2012 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA), where the University of Queensland’s (UQ) research performance in political science and international relations was judged as “well above world standard”, achieving the maximum score of 5 out of 5.

Consistently ranked among the world’s top 50 schools for studying political science and international relations and the premier School in Queensland (QS World University Rankings 2011 and 2012), the School presently offers courses across four specialist areas of study at undergraduate and postgraduate levels: Political Science, Governance and Public Policy, International Relations, and Peace and Conflict Studies. In addition, the School offers a Research  Higher Degree program for advanced studies in these areas.

Our dynamic and innovative teachers — from tutors to world-renowned Professors — have been the recipients of numerous UQ, Queensland, and national teaching awards, providing our large and internationally diverse cohort of undergraduate, postgraduate and RHD students with a vibrant and enriching learning environment. Our academics are also regular media contributors.

The School also houses two active academic centres: the Rotary Centre for International Studies in Peace and Conflict Resolution, and the Asia-Pacific Centre for the Responsibility to Protect (APR2P). The Rotary Peace Centre offers up to ten fully-funded Rotary fellowships annually for the Masters of International Studies in Peace and Conflict Studies. One of only six centres worldwide, the School is proud to be associated with this prestigious Rotary program which is an endorsement of the School’s international standing in the field. The R2P Centre is a joint initiative of the Australian Agency for International Development (AusAID) and UQ, conducting scholarly and policy-relevant research into the prevention of genocide and mass atrocities.

The School’s lively intellectual culture is further enhanced by a high-profile annual lecture, a research seminar series, public lectures, annual symposia, a visiting fellows program, and an annual photography competition. All the School’s activities are ably supported by a team of dedicated and enthusiastic professional staff.

Whether you join us as a student or visitor, we hope that you find the dynamic research and learning environment in the School intellectually rewarding.


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