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Graduate Diploma in International Relations and National Security

  • Qualification:

    Graduate Diploma

  • Study mode:

    On Campus

  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available
    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    1 year full time or part-time equivalent

  • Start date:

    Enquire now for upcoming start dates!

  • Awarded by:

    Curtin University

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What you'll learn

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About this course

Explore the key characteristics of contemporary international relations, diplomacy, security and strategic affairs with this Graduate Diploma in International Relations and National Security at Curtin University.

This qualification builds on the Graduate Certificate in International Relations and National Security, allowing you to develop key knowledge and understanding of contemporary international relations and advanced skills in research and analytical thinking.

You'll also have the opportunity to explore topics such as: globalised terrorism, geo-politics, intelligence and analysis, strategic geography and much more.

Last modified: 19 Jan 2017


To be eligible for entry into this course, applicants must meet the following entry requirements:

  • Hold a bachelor's degree from a recognised tertiary institution

Regardless of your chosen area of study, Curtin University also requires that you demonstrate sufficient competency in English.

Areas of study

In this international relations course, the subjects you may study include:

  • Contemporary issues in international relations
  • National security and strategy
  • Contemporary security challenges

Plus your choice of the following:

  • Globalised terrorism
  • Intelligence and analysis
  • Strategic geography
  • Asia Pacific studies
  • Russian and Eurasian studies
  • Cultures of violence and conflict
  • Security and conflict in the Indian Ocean and Persian Gulf
  • Geo-strategy and energy security
  • Ethnopolitical movements
  • Regional study in the Indo-Pacific

You may be eligible for Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL) if your previous education or work experience meet certain criteria.

Ranked among the top 2 per cent of universities worldwide according to the Academic Ranking of World Universities for 2016, Curtin University is a top-tier institution that puts innovation at the heart of its teaching philosophy.

Thanks to a combination of strong industry partnerships and a commitment to carrying out high-impact research, Curtin brings together some of the most respected researchers from around the globe and offers its students the opportunity to study and conduct research through more than 60 research centres, institutes and collaborations.

Curtin University’s core mission is to transform lives and communities through education. Its dedication to education access is reflected in the university’s array of scholarships and financial assistance programs, its years of experience offering courses online, and innovative initiatives such as its Autism Academy program – a program that aims to harness the unique talents of young people with Autism to provide pathways into the ICT industry.

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Curtin University offers a broad range of student support services to help you perform at your best.Online students have 24-hour access to Curtin’s online learning platform, Blackboard, where they can interact with coursework, submit assignments and collaborate with fellow students. If you encounter any technical problems, Curtin’s IT support team is contactable from 6am-11pm every day during the semester. Curtin also runs free study skills workshops and student mentoring programs on campus to help you progress through your course.

The university also provides support for online and on-campus students that extends beyond your academic studies. This includes free counseling sessions, disability support services and careers advice through its Careers Centre.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a Graduate Diploma in International Relations and National Security from Curtin University.

With this qualification under your belt, you'll be well positioned to pursue a career in a range of fields, including: foreign policy and defence, international trade, public service, non-government international organisations, journalism and mass media, teaching, business or consulting.

You can also pursue further study by undertaking the Master of International Relations and National Security.

Curious about where a career in international studies could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Journalist
  • Security Consultant
  • Public Servant
  • State Government Public Servant

Payment options & support

Finance options

Eligible students can apply for a FEE-HELP loan to cover the upfront costs of all or part of your fees.

Alternatively, you can pay annually for the units you choose to study in that year.

Curtin University also offers a number of scholarships to successful applicants.

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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