Master of International Security (MIntSec)

Course CodeFC059
Course TypePostgraduate
Credit Points Required 60
CRICOS code061187A

Description

This degree no longer accepts new enrolments from 2011. The following information is only for students who commenced study in the degree prior to 2011. New students commencing study from 2011 enrol in the new degree, DC071 Master of International Security in the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

The International Security programs are designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills relevant to understanding both traditional and emerging security challenges, drawing on a wide range of disciplinary fields including defence, international relations, strategic studies, political science, economics, environmental studies, law, business, public health, biology, and demography. International security traverses a complex and frequently interconnected set of issues that have great salience for the world in which we live. They range from the causes and consequences of war between states to ethnic, religious and ideological conflicts, as well as threats to human security and the stability of states from environmental degradation, infectious diseases, climate change and the activities of non-state actors. Graduates will be well equipped to develop rewarding career paths in international security, in both the public and private sectors as well as with international and non-government organisations.

Course requirements

To be awarded the Master of International Security, students must successfully complete a total of 10 units of study (60 credit points), comprising:

  • three core units of study (18 credit points)
  • seven elective units of study (42 credit points) (including at least four units selected from 'Table A' electives)

Please Note: The units of study listed below are the units that are available for the current year only. For a full list of all units which may be included in this program (including those not currently being offered), please refer to the Handbook.

Core units of study

  • CISS6001 New Security Challenges
  • CISS6002 Strategy and Security in the Asia-Pacific
  • GOVT6119 International Security

Elective units of study

Section A Section B
  • CISS6003 Business and Security
  • CISS6004 Disease and Security *
  • CISS6005 Ethics, Law and War *
  • CISS6006 Statebuilding and Fragile States
  • CISS6007 Terrorism in the Asia-Pacific Region
  • CISS6008 Population and Security
  • CISS6011 Special Topic in International Security *
  • CISS6012 Civil-Military Relations
  • CISS6013 Middle East Conflict and Security
  • CISS6014 Human Security
  • CISS6015 Alliances and Coalition Warfare
  • CISS6016 Chinese Foreign and Security Policy 
  • CISS6017 Transnational Threats and Organised Crime (new unit for 2011)
  • CISS6009 Research Essay 1
  • CISS6010 Research Essay 2
  • GOVT6103 Australia in Diplomacy, Defence and Trade
  • GOVT6136 Asia-Pacific Politics
  • GOVT6139 Research Design
  • GOVT6316 Policy Making, Power and Politics
  • IBUS5001 Strategy, Innovation and Global Business
  • LAWS6062 International Law and the Use of Armed Force
  • LAWS6218 International Humanitarian Law *
  • LAWS6856 Anti-Terrorism Law
  • PHIL7841 Reasoning, Argument and Explanation *
  • TPTM6390 Logistics in Humanitarian Aid Projects
  • USSC6903 US Foreign and National Security Policy
  • USSC6907 American Exceptionalism
  • USSC6910 Special Topic in US Studies *

All 'GOVT', 'PACS' and 'PHIL' units are offered through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. All 'LAWS' units are offered through the Sydney Law School and all 'USSC' units are offered through the United States Studies Centre.

For details of all units of study, please refer to the University's Online unit of study handbook.

Progression guide

The following tables show an example degree progressions for a student enrolled in the Master of International Security on a full-time basis, completing the degree in either one year (incorporating Summer and Winter School) or in 1.5 years (over three semesters).

(i) Completing the Master of International Security in twelve months:

Subject to unit of study availability, students may complete the program within one year if four units of study are undertaken in both Semester 1 and Semester 2 with either two units of study undertaken in Summer School or one in Summer School and one in Winter School. The following table shows an example degree progression for a student enrolled in the Master of International Security on a full-time basis undertaking four units of study per semester and one unit of study in both Summer and Winter School.

Year / Semester

Unit of study 1

Unit of study 2

Unit of study 3

Unit of study 4

Total credit points

Year 1
Semester 1

CISS6002

GOVT6119

elective

elective

24

Winter School

elective

-

-

-

6

Year 2
Semester 1

CISS6001

elective

elective

elective

24

Summer School

elective

-

-

-

6

(ii) Completing the Master of International Security in 1.5 years, over three semesters:

The following table shows an example degree progression for a student enrolled in the Master of International Security on a full-time basis undertaking three or four units of study per semester.

Year / Semester

Unit of study 1

Unit of study 2

Unit of study 3

Unit of study 4

Total credit points

Year 1
Semester 1

CISS6002

GOVT6119

elective

elective

24

Year 1
Semester 2

CISS6001

elective

elective

elective

24

Year 2
Semester 1

elective

elective

elective

elective

24

Please Note: The information listed in these programs of study example is meant as a guide only. Students should always check the requirements for individual units of study before attempting to enrol in them. Students are usually able to complete the units of study for their degree in different sequences to those listed above. You are advised to plan their degree based upon your individual needs and to contact the Student Information Office if you need any assistance in planning your progression in your degree.

Minimum duration of degree

Full-time Part-time
1.5 years * 2 years

* If available, students can study units in Summer and Winter School and therefore may be able to complete their degree within 1 year of full-time study.

Master's degree with honours

The Master of International Security (Honours) will not be available for students commencing from 2010.