Course Description

Through the Graduate Diploma in International Security you will develop an understanding of both traditional and emerging security challenges and apply theories to real-world situations and current policy debates.

Engage with a wide range of complex and interconnected issues, including the causes and consequences of war between states, ethnic, religious and ideological conflicts, threats to security and the stability of states from environmental degradation, infectious diseases, climate change, nuclear proliferation, and the activities of non-state actors.

This course draws on a wide range of fields including defence, international relations, strategic studies, political science, economics, environmental studies, law, business, public health, biology and demography.

Why study with us?
Our teachers are actively engaged with the policy community and regularly undertake field research within the region. You will have the opportunity to take classes in international relations, public policy and Australian politics, and receive broad training in international security.

This degree is aimed at students who want a career in government, diplomacy, development, defence, intelligence, business, risk management, journalism, humanitarian and non-government organisations.

The University of Sydney’s Department of Government and International Relations is an associate member of the Association of Professional Schools of International Affairs.

Tuition Fees

Australian Fee Paying (AFP): $24,000 total course cost.
International Students: $38,500 per year full-time

Starting dates


Graduate Rating

Graduates of Humanities, Culture & Social Sciences postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 75.1% (national average 78.4%)
Improved skills: 79.2% (national average 79.0%)
Overall satisfaction: 83.3% (national average 87.2%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their postgraduate degree from University of Sydney (USYD). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Humanities, Culture & Social Sciences postgraduate courses at University of Sydney (USYD) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 73.5% (national average 80.6%)
Studying full time: 6.5% (national average 8.7%)
Median full time salary: $74,200 (national average $77,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

CRICOS Code: 061188M
University of Sydney (USYD) Code: GNINTSEC3000