Master of International Security

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 our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, 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.

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3CM236
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
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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

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $27,000

Scholarships

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

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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: Friday, 27 Aug 2021