Graduate research (PhD)

The Department of International Relations has long been one of the leading centres in the world for the education of PhD students. Foreign Policy magazine has recently ranked the ANU as having one of the best PhD programs in the world for an academic career in International Relations. Our graduates have gone on to academic positions around the world, including Chairs at the London School of Economics, Aberystwyth University, Oxford University, the University of the Witwatersrand, and the ANU. Recent PhDs have secured academic positions at the United Nations University, Stockholm University, the University of NSW, Waseda University, the University of Warwick, University College London, University of Manchester, the University of Birmingham, the University of Sydney, the University of Melbourne, the University of Nottingham, Cambridge University, Copenhagen Business School, Aberystwyth University, and the University of South Australia. An impressive number of our students’ PhD theses have been published as books by leading presses, shaping scholarly debate within the field.

Our PhD program equips you with the critical, analytical and communication skills necessary for a career at the forefront of public debate, within or beyond the academic community. We provide a stimulating and supportive intellectual environment conducive to learning and the free exchange of ideas. We encourage rigorous innovative scholarship and respect diverse perspectives on, and approaches to, research.

When you join the Department as a PhD scholar, you are considered a full member of our academic community, working right alongside leading researchers. You are provided with your own office space (usually shared with one other PhD student) housed in the Hedley Bull Centre. You also have access to the ANU Library system consisting of several world-class libraries.

In the Department we recognise that to become a leading thinker you need to undertake travel and fieldwork. We offer, subject to yearly review, generous funding for each of our PhD scholars over the course of their candidature to undertake that travel.

The University offers extensive accommodation services for new and continuing students. You can live on campus in new, dedicated postgraduate accommodation, or in private rental accommodation off campus. University Accommodation provides a variety of services to help you find accommodation.


The details of the HDR Convenor for the Department of IR are listed here.

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