Graduate Diploma in International Security

Analyse and manage international risk  

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 Diploma in International Security prepares you to play a senior role.


What will you do?

Studied over 12 months full-time, the degree will equip you with the specialist knowledge, awareness and skills to diagnose emergent cross-border security challenges and assess 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 deliver you:

  • high-level skills in identifying and analysing emerging global security threats
  • broad 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.


Where could it take you?

You could find yourself analysing threats in a national security agency. You might help develop risk-mitigation strategies for an international non-government organisation operating in conflict zones. Perhaps you’ll contribute to Indo-Pacific policy for Australia’s growing defence industry.

  • Learn from world class academics
  • Strong links to industry
  • Gain a global perspective on world security

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 3GD117
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February
Enquiries Future Students team

Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed Bachelor degree (or equivalent) OR a completed Graduate Certificate in International Security.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3GD117

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $28,500


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.


Potential careers

Management Analyst, Business Analyst, Business Consultant, Business Data Analyst, Non Government Organisation Worker, 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 total of not less than 24 units, from the following courses:

Core courses
You must complete all of the below core courses:
POLIS 7026 International Security (6 units)
POLIS 7001 Masterclass in Politics & International Relations (6 units)
POLIS 7002 Strategic Cultures and Unconventional Conflict (6 units)

And 6 units from:
POLIS 7004 International Relations of the Indo-Pacific (6 units)
POLIS 7021 The Politics of the Internet: Pluralism in Digital Age (6 units)


The University has numerous support networks to assist students with adjusting to their new lifestyle, and the difficulties this may bring.

The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.

Last updated: Thursday, 18 Nov 2021