Coursework Degrees

Security communities in Australia and around the world are in the midst of an unprecedented expansion. The demand for graduates with backgrounds in international security has grown dramatically and will continue to rise for the foreseeable future.

The CISS postgraduate coursework programs in International Security provide students with comprehensive knowledge of the field of international security, drawing on the fields of defence, international relations, strategic studies, political science, economics, environmental studies, law, business, public health, biology, and demography. The programs explore a complex and interconnected set of issues ranging from the causes and consequences of war between states to ethnic, religious and ideological conflicts, and threats to human security and the stability of states from environmental degradation, infectious diseases, climate change and the activities of non-state actors.

The programs focus not only on strategic thinking and analysis, regional and country knowledge, but also on helping students develop the professional and specialist skills that will strategically position them in the employment market. Graduates will be well-equipped to launch or advance their careers in government, defence, diplomacy, business, journalism, and non-governmental and humanitarian work in Australia and overseas.

The Asia-Pacific focus of the programs makes them particularly appropriate for students with an interest in the region, from within Australia and around the world.

Click the links below to view the International Security degrees offered by CISS and their course information, outlines, outcomes and terms of admission.


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