Master of International Security Mid-Year Entry New

Degree Type Masters by Coursework
Duration 2 years full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3CM236
CRICOS 0101767

Lead strategic security policy and response

The range and complexity of security challenges facing the world has never been greater—and it’s continually growing. Climate change, cyber-attack, violent extremism and inter-state rivalries are a constant threat to stability for nation-states and regions all over the globe.

Understanding and managing these critical and fluid situations is a matter of the highest priority, both in Australia and abroad, with significant implications for foreign policy and international development. Our Master of International Security prepares you to take the lead.

   

What will you do?

Studied over two years full-time, the degree will equip you with the specialist knowledge, awareness and skills to diagnose emergent cross-border security challenges and produce sustainable policy or practice solutions.

The program is designed and delivered by Adelaide’s internationally recognised academics, whose research informs Australian national security policy, international security organisations and non-government organisations (NGOs).

Highly interdisciplinary, it integrates knowledge from our politics, international relations, public policy, Asian studies and geography experts to provide you with:

  • advanced skills in identifying and analysing emerging global security threats
  • deep understanding of strategic cultures and unconventional conflict
  • the opportunity to explore particular interests in cyber security, Indo-Pacific security, national security law, transnational crime, human rights, the impact of climate change, and more
  • high-level research skills, through a major final-year research project.

 

Where could it take you?

You will emerge equipped for senior security strategy and policy-related roles in Australia, the region and overseas. You could find yourself analysing threats in a national security agency. You might develop risk-mitigation strategies for an international non-government organisation operating in conflict zones. Or you might contribute to Indo-Pacific policy for Australia’s growing defence industry. In whichever sector you find yourself, this degree will give you the knowledge and confidence you need to engage with the most complex security dilemmas.

  • Entry Requirements

    For those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year.

    For our students who are studying offshore in Semester 2, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses.

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    Domestic applicants

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    SATAC Code 3CM236
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake July
    Enquiries Future Students team

    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry

    Higher Education Study A completed Bachelor's degree or equivalent; OR a completed Graduate Certificate in International Security; OR a completed Graduate Diploma in International Security.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3CM236


    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    CRICOS 0101767
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearson Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    C1 Advanced Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    More Information
    Tertiary Qualifications 48 unit Conversion Pathway
    • Bachelor degree (or equivalent); or
    • Graduate Diploma in International Security; or
    • Graduate Certificate in International Security
    36 Unit Extension Pathway
    • Bachelor degree in Media in International Security, Strategic Studies, Political Science, International Relations or relevant cognate discipline
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

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    Domestic applicants

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    Annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $26,000

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    Annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $35,500

    Scholarships

    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Potential careers

    Risk Analyst, Strategic Analyst, Information Management Officer, Business Analyst, Policy Adviser, Corporate Policy Advisor, Management Analyst, Business Consultant, Business Data Analyst, Non Government Organisation Worker, Consultant, Political Adviser, Political Analyst, Cyber Intelligence Expert, Diplomat, Diplomatic corps, Telecommunications Analyst, Government or Corporate Policy Adviser, Intelligence Officer, International Aid Agency Employee, International Government and Trade Policy Adviser, International Trade or Business Analyst ...

  • Degree Structure

    Academic Program Rules

    The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

    Example Study Plan

    Study plans are available on the Faculty of Arts website.

    For the conversion program, you will need to complete a combined total of not less than 48 units, comprising 18 units of core courses, 18 units of research dissertation courses, and 12 units of elective courses.

    Courses are worth 6 units each, unless specified otherwise.

    Core courses
    You must complete 18 units of core courses as follows:
    POLIS 7026 International Security

    And 12 units from:
    POLIS 7001 Masterclass in Politics & International Relations
    POLIS 7002 Strategic Cultures and Unconventional Conflict
    POLIS 7004 International Relations of the Indo-Pacific
    POLIS 7021 The Politics of the Internet: Pluralism in Digital Age

    Research Dissertation
    You must complete 18 units of research dissertation courses as follows:
    ARTS 7xxx International Security Project (12 units)

    And 6 units from:
    EDUC 7011 Introduction to Quantitative Methods
    EDUC 7020 Qualitative Approaches to Research
    EDUC 7054 Research Design
    EDUC 7055 Research Communication

    Elective Courses
    Choose 12 units of elective courses from these options:
    POLIS 7001 Masterclass in Politics & International Relations
    POLIS 7002 Strategic Cultures and Unconventional Conflict
    POLIS 7004 International Relations of the IndoPacific
    POLIS 7021 The Politics of the Internet: Pluralism in Digital Age
    COMMGMT 7026 Policies & Procedures in Organisational Cyber Security (M) (3 units)
    CYBER 7000 Cyber Security Special Studies (3 units)
    ELEC ENG 7070EX Digital Security Estonia Tour (3 units, must be enrolled in research unit)
    GEOG 7014 Sustainable Cities: Planning for Climate Change
    PUB HLTH 7090 Global public health (3 units) Peng Bi
    AGRIBUS 7053 Globalisation & Agriculture in Emerging Economies (3 units, intensive)
    LAW 7073 Transnational Organised Crime (3 units)
    LAW 7120 Human Rights: International Perspectives (3 units)
    LAW 7165 National Security Law and Technology (3 units)
    LAW 7172 Strategic Space Law (3 units)
    LAW 7129 International Humanitarian Law
    MANAGEMT 7150 Defence Industry Leadership I: Leading Oneself (3 units)
    MANAGEMT 7151 Defence Industry Leadership II: Leading Others (3 units)
    MANAGEMT 7078 Submarine Programs for Industry and Defence Managers (3 units)
    PROJMGNT 7024 Complex Project Management (3 units)

    For the extension program, you will need to complete a combined total of not less than 36 units, comprising 12 units of core courses, 18 units of research dissertation courses, and 6 units of elective courses.

    Courses are worth 6 units each, unless specified otherwise.

    Core courses
    Complete 12 units of core courses as follows:
    POLIS 7026 International Security

    And 6 units from:
    POLIS 7001 Masterclass in Politics & International Relations
    POLIS 7002 Strategic Cultures and Unconventional Conflict
    POLIS 7004 International Relations of the Indo-Pacific
    POLIS 7021 The Politics of the Internet: Pluralism in DigitalAge

    Research Dissertation
    Complete 18 units of research dissertation courses as follows:
    ARTS 7xxx International Security Project (12 units)

    And 6 units from:
    EDUC 7011 Introduction to Quantitative Methods
    EDUC 7020 Qualitative Approaches to Research
    EDUC 7054 Research Design
    EDUC 7055 Research Communication

    Elective Courses
    Choose 6 units of elective courses from these options:
    POLIS 7001 Masterclass in Politics & International Relations (6 units)
    POLIS 7002 Strategic Cultures and Unconventional Conflict (6 units)
    POLIS 7004 International Relations of the IndoPacific (6 units)
    POLIS 7021 The Politics of the Internet: Pluralism in Digital Age (6 units)
    COMMGMT 7026 Policies & Procedures in Organisational Cyber Security (M) (3 units)
    CYBER 7000 Cyber Security Special Studies (3 units)
    ELEC ENG 7070EX Digital Security Estonia Tour (3 units, must be enrolled in research unit)
    GEOG 7014 Sustainable Cities: Planning for Climate Change (6 units)
    PUB HLTH 7090 Global public health (3 units) Peng Bi
    AGRIBUS 7053 Globalisation & Agriculture in Emerging Economies (3 units, intensive)
    LAW 7073 Transnational Organised Crime (3 units)
    LAW 7120 Human Rights: International Perspectives (3 units)
    LAW 7165 National Security Law and Technology (3 units)
    LAW 7172 Strategic Space Law (3 units)
    LAW 7129 International Humanitarian Law
    MANAGEMT 7150 Defence Industry Leadership I: Leading Oneself (3 units)
    MANAGEMT 7151 Defence Industry Leadership II: Leading Others (3 units)
    MANAGEMT 7078 Submarine Programs for Industry and Defence Managers (3 units)
    PROJMGNT 7024 Complex Project Management (3 units)
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Last updated: Wednesday, 20 May 2020