Master of International Security

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

The Master of International Security is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills relevant to understanding both traditional and emerging security challenges. It draws 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 course provides a solid grounding in the foundational concepts and methods in the study of international security. You will also engage with a wide range of complex and frequently interconnected issues. They range from the causes and consequences of war between states to ethnic, religious and ideological conflicts, 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. You will 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 has a research-driven teaching approach. It adds a practical focus by encouraging you 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.

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 Master of International Security, students must successfully complete:

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

(b) a minimum of 18 credit points from core elective units of study; and

(c) a maximum of 48 credit points from elective units of study, which can include an optional minor as listed in the unit of study table. With the permission of the Degree Coordinator a maximum of 12 credit points can be taken as elective units from units of study outside those listed in the International Security subject area of the Postgraduate Unit of Study Table, including units of study offered by other faculties; and

(d) a minimum of 6 credit points from capstone units of study."

Embedded courses

Further course information

Progression rules

Under normal progression, a student shall undertake and successfully complete all units of study to the value of 24 credit points per semester as prescribed for the course. Candidates must maintain a credit average result or above, normally over at least the first 4 units of study, in order to qualify for admission to the dissertation units of study. Students are required to attend all lectures, tutorials and other activities prescribed for their units of study.

Capstone experience

Eligible candidates undertaking the degree of Master of International Security have the option of completing a dissertation on an approved topic over two units of study, normally undertaken over two semesters, with a value of 12 credit points, under the supervision of an academic staff member.

Course outcomes and further study

Graduate opportunities

Graduates are equipped with professional and specialist skills that will strategically position them 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.

Admission

Admission requirements

Admission to candidature for the Master of International Security requires:

(a) a bachelor’s degree with a credit (65 percent) average calculated over the whole degree from the University of Sydney, or an equivalent qualification or

(b) completion of the requirements for the embedded Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in International Security with a minimum credit (65 percent) average, 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

International students may apply online through the University's International Office or through an agent in their home country. Detailed information is available through the International Office, including how to apply and an application guide, application deadlines and access to the University of Sydney Online Application Service.

The following sites provide additional information that may be of interest to international students:
• Information about offers of admission to the University
• International Student Support
• Services available at the University
• Accommodation
• Orientation
For additional information and enquiries please contact the Postgraduate Coursework Coordinator Associate Professor Jingdong Yuan.

Fee disclaimer

Domestic students

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount

Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount not available for Master of 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

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Additional incidental fees and health insurance

Additional incidental fees and health insurance not available for Master of International Security.

Potential for inaccuracy

Potential for inaccuracy not available for Master of International Security.