Master of International Security

The University Of Adelaide

Program Overview

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.



  Course Duration

24 Months

  Tuition Fee

AU$ 38,000


IELTS: 6.5 TOEFL: 79

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Core courses

You must complete 18 units of core courses as follows:

  • International Security

And 12 units from:

  • Masterclass in Politics & International Relations
  • Strategic Cultures and Unconventional Conflict
  • International Relations of the Indo-Pacific
  • The Politics of the Internet: Pluralism in Digital Age

Research Dissertation

You must complete 18 units of research dissertation courses as follows:

  • International Security Project (12 units)

And 6 units from:

  • Introduction to Quantitative Methods
  • Qualitative Approaches to Research
  • Research Design
  • Research Communication

Australian Year 12    

Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject

English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide    


Overall 6.5    

Overall 79

Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units)    

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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

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