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, 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.
Please note: The units of study listed below are subject to change and are to be used as a guide only.
Units of study
For full information on Units of Study available in this course, please visit the Sydney Courses website
Full units of study list
- CISS6001 - New Security Challenges
- CISS6002 - Strategy & Security in the Asia-Pacific
- CISS6004 - Health and Security
- CISS6006 - Statebuilding and 'Fragile States'
- CISS6008 - Population and Security
- CISS6009 - Research Essay 1
- CISS6010 - Research Essay 2
- CISS6011 - Special Topic in International Security
- CISS6013 - Middle East Conflict and Security
- CISS6015 - Alliances and Coalition Warfare
- CISS6016 - Chinese Foreign and Security Policy
- CISS6018 - Nuclear Arms Control & Non-proliferation
- CISS6019 - War and Strategy
- CISS6020 - Geopolitics of Energy Security in Asia
- CISS6022 - Cybersecurity
- GOVT6119 - International Security
- GOVT6121 - Northeast Asian Politics
- GOVT6123 - Globalisation and Governance
- GOVT6135 - Global Environmental Politics
- GOVT6139 - Research Design
- GOVT6220 - The State,Secession,and Civil War
- GOVT6225 - Essential Readings in Int'l Relations
- GOVT6304 - Development and World Politics
- GOVT6316 - Policy Making,Power and Politics
- LAWS6856 - Anti-Terrorism Law
- PACS6901 - United Nations,Peace and Security
- PACS6934 - Conflict-Sensitive Development Practice
- USSC6903 - US Foreign and National Security Policy
- USSC6907 - American Exceptionalism
Further course information
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), and seven elective units of study (42 credit points) (including at least four units selected from 'Table A' electives).
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 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 to candidature for the Master of International Security requires:
(a) a bachelor’s degree, graduate diploma, graduate certificate or equivalent at an institution approved by the Faculty and graded at a standard acceptable to the Faculty; and/or where applicable:
(b) relevant work experience requirements as determined by the Faculty;
(c) satisfaction of the English language requirements; and
(d) any other minimum standards specified by the Faculty.
How to apply
How to apply
Australian citizens, permanent residents, New Zealand citizens, and holders of a permanent humanitarian visa, apply through UAC - 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.
Indicative postgraduate student contribution amount
This student contribution amount for a Commonwealth Supported Place is an indication only of the fees that are 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). The exact student contribution that you pay will depend on the specific units of study in which you ultimately enrol. If you are a Commonwealth supported student and was enrolled in a University course before 1 January 2013 your student contribution may differ.
Annual review for postgraduate student contribution amount
Importantly, student contribution amounts are subject to annual review by the University, and are likely to increase each year of your period of study (subject to a Commonwealth specified cap), effective at the start of each calendar year.
Postgraduate Domestic Tuition Fee
This 2014, 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 2013 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 2014, tuition fee for international postgraduate students represents the fees that are 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.
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.