About Politics and International Relations

We were placed in the top 100 of the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.

Study opportunities

We offer study opportunities in Politics and International Relations from Bachelor of Arts through to PhD. Our teaching and research cover the major strands of Politics and International Relations:

  • International relations
  • Political theory
  • Politics and the media
  • Comparative politics
  • Public policy

You can study New Zealand politics, democracy, foreign and security policies, and identity politics. We are interested in topical issues such as multiculturalism, human rights, globalisation and terrorism.

We also offer specialist postgraduate programmes in International Relations and Human Rights and Public Policy.

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Master of Professional Studies in International Relations and Human Rights

Master of Public Policy
 

Staff and research in Politics and International Relations

We are New Zealand's highest ranked department of politics and international relations.* We have particular expertise in international relations, political theory, New Zealand and comparative politics, and public policy.

Staff research in Politics and International Relations


*QS World University Rankings by Subject 2017.
 

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Our graduates

Studying politics and international relations can give you the tools for a successful career in the public, private and community sectors. Our graduates have gone on to careers in Parliament and government, the public service (eg, Treasury and Foreign Affairs), the private sector (eg, law, media, advertising and public relations), community and international organisations, and in New Zealand and overseas universities.

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