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.
To be awarded the Master of International Security, a candidate must successfully complete 96 credit points, including:
(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.
For an up-to-date list of units of study for this degree, please refer to the online
Further course information
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.
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
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 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
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.
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
For additional information and enquiries please contact the Postgraduate Coursework Coordinator Associate Professor Jingdong Yuan.
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2015, tuition fee for a domestic postgraduate student represents the fee that is payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2014 for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Annual review for postgraduate domestic tuition fee
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the student contribution and/or course fee. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing and equipment. For further information about these additional incidental fees, please visit the University's Future Students' website.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information in this prospectus, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.
The academic requirements that are displayed are applicable to currently available courses only, and are updated annually in October and may be changed without notice. The Faculty Handbook and the University of Sydney Calendar are the official legal source of information relating to study at the University of Sydney, and you are referred to those documents
Please note that if you are classified by the University as a Research Training Scheme student in accordance with the Other Grants Guidelines (Research) 2010, you will be exempt from the payment of any SCA or tuition fees for courses undertaken as part of a Research Masters degree and Research Doctoral degree. More information about your eligibility for this Scheme is available here.
International tuition fees for postgraduate students
This 2015, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are payable by you in the calendar year you commence your course, commencing in 2015, for a standard annual full time load of 48 credit points (1.0 EFTSL). If your study load is more or less than the 1.0 EFTSL your fee will differ.
Importantly, tuition fees are subject to annual review, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study, effective at the start of each calendar year.
Additional incidental fees and health insurance
For some courses there are incidental fees additional to the tuition fees. Some of those fees are significant, for example, faculty-specific materials, tools, protected clothing, and equipment. The University's Future Students' webpage has further information about these additional incidental fees for postgraduate coursework students and postgraduate research students.
In addition to the fees indicated here for the course of study, International Students studying on an Australian Student Visa must have appropriate health insurance for the duration of their studies on a Student Visa through an approved provider of the Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) scheme. This is a requirement of the Australian Government, unless otherwise exempted by the Government.
Potential for inaccuracy
Whilst every reasonable effort has been made to include correct and up to date information here, you are also advised to consult directly with the Student Centre for domestic students or the International Office for international students so that they can provide you with specific and up to date information about those fees.