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Graduate Diploma in International Security Studies

  • Qualification:

    Graduate Diploma

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    HECS-HELP may be available
    FEE-HELP may be available

  • Duration:

    Self-paced, max of 10 years

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Macquarie University

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What you'll learn

About this course

The Graduate Diploma in International Security Studies offered through Open Universities Australia will give you the qualification and training to forge a career in defence and international security. In this postgraduate program of study you will gain a broad understanding of complex issues in international security, such as intelligence and national security, information warfare, economic and resource security, and terrorism.


Applicants are required to have:

  • An undergraduate degree from a recognised university


  • At least five years relevant full-time business experience (in a defence, intelligence or law enforcement role requiring research and report writing skills)

Areas of study

In this Graduate Diploma in International Security Studies, the subjects you will study include:

  • Terrorism issues
  • Intelligence analysis: concepts and applications
  • Intelligence and national security
  • Strategic policing
  • Terrorist support networks and operations
  • Information warfare & cyberterrorism
  • National security and counter terrorism
  • Insurgency and non-state security challenges
  • Theories of international security
  • Economic and resource security
  • Asia Pacific security
  • International security law
  • Border security and migration
  • Globalisation and security
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.

OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.

The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.

Career outcomes

By completing the Graduate Diploma in International Security Studies you will gain the qualifications and skills needed to work in a variety of security and government roles. Graduates may find employment with the Defence Forces, intelligence agencies and law enforcement. Opportunities for employment also exist in the private security industry and the cyber security sector.

Payment options & support

Finance options

If you are an Australian citizen you may be eligible to receive Abstudy/Austudy, Youth Allowance, FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP or scholarships.

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

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP or FEE-HELP government loan schemes. 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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