Graduate Diploma in International Security

The information on this page applies to future students. Current students should refer to their faculty handbooks for course information.

The Graduate Diploma in International Security is 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.

The degree provides a solid grounding in the foundational concepts and methods in the study of international security. Students also engage with a wide range of complex and frequently interconnected issues ranging 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, nuclear proliferation, and the activities of non-state actors. Students also have the opportunity to take classes from across the department’s offerings in international relations, public policy, and Australian politics.

The Master of International Security studies has a research-driven teaching approach. It adds a practical focus to its units by encouraging students to apply theories to real world situations and current policy debates. Our staff are actively engaged with the policy community and regularly undertake field research within the region and elsewhere internationally.

As a graduate of this degree, you will be equipped with professional and specialist skills that will strategically position you in the employment market. Career opportunities exist in the fields of government, diplomacy, development, defence, intelligence, business, risk management, journalism, humanitarian and non-governmental organisations.

Course outline

For an up-to-date list of units of study for this degree, please refer to the online postgraduate handbook.

Study plan


To be awarded the Graduate Diploma in International Security, students must successfully complete:

(a) a minimum of 24 credit points of core units of study; and
(b) a minimum of 12 credit points of core elective units of study

Further course information

Graduate opportunities

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.

Admission

Admission requirements

(a) a bachelor's degree from the University of Sydney with a minimum 60% average calculated over the whole degree with a major in the social sciences, or an equivalent qualification.

Upgrade is possible from a Grad Cert to a Grad Dip or Masters in the embedded degree.

Upgrade is possible for a Grad Dip to Masters in the embedded degree.

How to apply

Domestic students

How to apply

Australian citizens, permanent residents, New Zealand citizens, and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, apply through the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - click on the 'Apply now' icon on this page to proceed with your application.

International students

How to apply

Overseas applicants may apply:
(i) directly to the University via the International Office. Further information on applications and English language requirements and support services for international students is available on the International Office website; or

(ii) through a University overseas representative (education agent).

Note: International students are required to enrol on a full-time basis.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Graduate Diploma in International Security.

Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount

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Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee

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Additional incidental fees

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Potential for inaccuracy

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International students

International tuition fees for postgraduate students

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Annual review

Annual review not available for Graduate Diploma in International Security.

Additional incidental fees and health insurance

Additional incidental fees and health insurance not available for Graduate Diploma in International Security.

Potential for inaccuracy

Potential for inaccuracy not available for Graduate Diploma in International Security.