Graduate Certificate in International Security Mid-Year Entry

Degree Type Graduate Certificate
Duration 6 months full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3GC105
CRICOS 0101769

Understand emerging global threats  

Security is a matter of constant concern for all countries and multinational bodies. It must be actively monitored, sensitively managed and strategically enhanced to maintain social, political and economic stability—and, of course, protect lives.

Our Graduate Certificate in International Security prepares you to play your part.


What will you do?

Studied over 6 months full-time, the degree will give you a solid grounding in the specialist knowledge, awareness and skills required to diagnose and respond to emergent cross-border security challenges.

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 deliver you:

  • skills in identifying and analysing emerging global security threats
  • awareness 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.


Where could it take you?

You could find yourself monitoring threats in a national security agency. You might help an international non-government organisation manage operational risk in conflict zones. Perhaps you’ll interpret and apply regional security policy within Australia’s growing defence industry.

  • 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, with some exceptions.

    For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2021 Academic Year, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. 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. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
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    Domestic applicants

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    SATAC Code 3GC105
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team

    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry

    Higher Education Study A completed Bachelor's degree or equivalent.
    How to Apply
    SATAC Code: 3GC105

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    CRICOS 0101769
    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 Bachelor degree or equivalent
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
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    Domestic applicants

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    Indicative annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $13,500

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units) International student place: $18,500


    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

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

  • 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.

    You will need to complete a combined total of not less than 12 units from the following:

    POLIS 7026 International Security (6 units)
    POLIS 7002 Strategic Cultures and Unconventional Conflict (6 units)
  • Related Degrees

  • Further Information

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Last updated: Thursday, 10 Dec 2020