The ANU has a deep commitment to teaching and research in Political Science and International Relations. The program spans the College of Arts and Social Sciences and the College of Asia and the Pacific. The ANU has trained many of Australia's leading political scientists and is considered one of the premier institutions in the field internationally, attracting PhD students and visiting faculty from around the world.
The ANU is one of the leading institutions for undergraduate and graduate education in political science and international relations. Undergraduate students have a wide choice of first rate courses in political thought and political theory; Australian government and public policy; comparative politics and comparative public policy, and international politics. The masters by coursework programs in Diplomacy, International Relations, Strategic Studies, and Public Policy are internationally renowned. Students can pursue doctoral studies in all of the program's constituent academic units and current PhD students are working on topics across the field of political science and international relations, including Australian politics, international relations theory, European politics, political theory, diplomacy, international political economy, strategy and foreign policy, international terrorism, security studies and development studies. External collaborations exist with a wide range of organisations.