Master of National Security Policy

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With a Master of National Security Policy, you will gain a unique, in-depth understanding of the security challenges that confront countries in our region and the world.

As a student at the National Security College, you’ll be joining a supportive and passionate community of students, alumni and national security practitioners. You’ll engage with world-leading scholars at the cutting edge of national security research, with the wider national security community, and with leaders in government, politics, business and NGOs in Australia and internationally.

The Master of National Security Policy has evolved as a challenging and rewarding program of inquiry and contestible learning for aspiring professionals who want:

  1. a comprehensive understanding of how national security works both in theory and in practice, in Australia and internationally
  2. a deep understanding of the security issues facing the Indo-Pacific region and the world
  3. a chance to acquire and contribute to knowledge of tomorrow’s security challenges and the opportunities meet them
  4. an enhanced capacity to lead or contribute to policy development and security practice in government and related sectors
  5. access to experts and senior officials in Australia’s capital, insider views and networks of like-minded professionals
  6. skills that will prepare you for a career in government, intelligence, the military, international organisations, civil society or the private sector, in Australia and throughout the world.

Join the network of experienced national security scholars, practitioners and policy-makers in Australia’s capital.

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Degree structure

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Admission requirements

  • A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7.
  • Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit.
  • Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit.
  • Credit may be available for relevant work experience.
  • All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students

Units/Duration

The Master of National Security Policy requires the completion of 96 units and 1 – 2 years of study depending on previous studies.

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Indicative Fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$39,024.00

Annual indicative fee for domestic students
$27,312.00

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Courses

The NSC offers the following courses:

NSPO8004 National Security Leadership and Risk Management

NSPO8006 National Security Policymaking

NSPO8008 Ethical Challanges for National Security

NSPO8009 Cyber-intelligence and security

NSPO8010 Civil-Military Relations

NSPO8011 Foundations of National Security

NSPO8012 National Security and Crisis Management

NSPO8013 Disease, Security and Biological Weapons

NSPO8014 Ethics and Technologies of War

NSPO8015 Asian Regionalism and Security: Implications for Australia

NSPO8017 Malicious Networks: Transnational Terrorism and Crime

NSPO8018 The Evolution of National Security Policy since 1945

NSPO8019 Sectarianism and Religiously Motivated Violence

NSPO8020 Research Methods in National Security Policy

NSPO8021 Statecraft and National Security in Cyberspace

NSPO8022 Selected Topic in National Security Policy

NSPO8023 National Security in the Indo-Pacific

NSPO8024 American National Security Policy

NSPO8025 Terrorism and National Security

NSPO8031F National Security Policy Sub-thesis (full time)

NSPO8031P National Security Policy Sub-thesis (part time)

As a flexible and multi-disciplinary degree, the Master of National Security Policy also enables you to study a range of quality elective courses from similar fields across the ANU campus. Please consult the full program guide for more information.

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Your career

Whether your career aspirations lie in government, the private sector, international organisations or the media, a degree from the NSC can help you achieve them. The NSC’s graduate programs will give you both a strong theoretical underpinning and a practical understanding of the national, regional and global security challenges that will shape the 21st century. You’ll be taught by leaders in their fields and gain access to top Australian and overseas officials from government and the private sector.

At the National Security College, you’ll be part of a new generation of professionals from across Australia and around the world who are engaging with applied national security policymaking in Australia’s capital. You’ll gain an internationally respected qualification in national security with a focus on the dynamic Indo-Pacific region and develop the skills and networks you’ll need to further your career.

Academics

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Roger Bradbury

Professor, Cyberspace Research Program, National Security College

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Lecturer

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Phone: 6125 5201

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Michael Clarke

Associate Professor and Graduate Convenor, National Security College

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Jennifer Hunt

Lecturer, National Security College

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Rory Medcalf

Head of College, National Security College

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Anthony Bergin

Senior Research Fellow

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Scholarships and fees

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National Security Policy Scholarships

This scholarship offers a partial fee grant to new applicants for the Master of National Security Policy or Master of National Security Policy (Advanced).

Awarded on the basis of academic merit, this competitive scholarship offers a partial fee grant to students who have received an offer of admission for the first time. The scholarship is offered under three divisions: new domestic students; new international students; and employees of the Australian, state and territory public services.

Find out more about this scholarship or read the application guide.

National Security College Entry Scholarship for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Students

The ANU NSC Scholarship for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students offers a partial fee grant to a new applicant from an Indigenous community who has received an offer to join either program.

Each year the National Security College may award a partial tuition scholarship known as the National Security College Entry Scholarship for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Students.

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National Security College HDR Travel Grant

The National Security College HDR Travel Grant provides additional research funding for new or existing domestic higher degree by research students from the College to undertake fieldwork or attend conferences.

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For more information on scholarship conditions or application deadlines, please contact the Academic Program Coordinator:

Ms Farnaz Salehzadeh National Security College Crawford Building #132 1 Lennox Crossing The Australian National University Acton ACT 2601

+61 2 6125 6131 national.security.college@anu.edu.au

ANU scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are. Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

Further information

Find our more about scholarships and support that may be available to you for postgraduate qualification at ANU.

Fees

Costs associated with your study at ANU will depend on a number of things, including your study program and whether you’re a national or international student.

Annual indicative fee for international students
$39,024.00

Annual indicative fee for domestic students
$27,312.00

More information on costs and fees

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