single degree

Master of Diplomacy (Advanced)

A single two year graduate award offered by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Academic plan VDIPL
  • CRICOS code 088969D
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Academic plan VDIPL
  • CRICOS code 088969D

Program Requirements

The Master of Diplomacy requires the completion of 96 units, which must consist of:

72 units from completion of the following coursework component:

48 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

DIPL8000 Research Methods in Diplomacy

DIPL8001 Transnational Diplomacy

DIPL8002 Contemporary Challenges in Diplomacy: Politics, Economics, Law, and Strategy

DIPL8003 Case Studies in Diplomacy

DIPL8004 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

24 units from completion of courses from the following list:

DIPL8006 Diplomacy, Politics and the United Nations

DIPL8008 The United Nations and Peace

DIPL8009 Diplomacy in a Globalising World

DIPL8010 Harnessing Diplomacy for International Development

DIPL8012 Special Topics in Diplomacy

DIPL8014 Negotiation Workshop

INTR8011 International Relations Theory

INTR8013 International Political Economy

INTR8032 Global Security

INTR8036 World Politics

INTR8045 Global Governance

INTR8053 Ethics of Peace and War

INTR8055 Contemporary Issues in International Political Economy

INTR8060 China: Global Engagement and Domestic Transformation

INTR8062 Humanitarianism in World Politics

INTR8064 Gender, War, and Justice in South and Southeast Asia

INTR8065 Writing International Relations

INTR8067 U.S. Security Policy in the Asia-Pacific

INTR8068 Making Foreign Policy

INTR8070 International Organization

MEAS8111 Islam, the West and International Terrorism

MEAS8112 Dynamics of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

MEAS8115 Islam in World Politics

NSPO8004 National Security Leadership and Risk Management

NSPO8006 National Security Policymaking

NSPO8007 National Security: Concepts and Challenges

NSPO8010 Civil-Military Relations

NSPO8013 Disease, Security and Biological Weapons

NSPO8015 Asian Regionalism and Security: Implications for Australia

NSPO8016 Governance, State Weakness and Human Security in Asia

NSPO8017 Malicious Networks: Transnational Terrorism and Crime

NSPO8019 Sectarianism and Religiously Motivated Violence

POGO8115 International Negotiations

SOCY8004 Interest Groups, Advocacy and Public Policy

STST8017 Special Topics in Strategic Studies

24 units from completion of the following research component:

24 units from completion of DIPL8011 Thesis

Students must achieve a minimum 80% weighted average mark in the coursework component to continue to the research component. Students who do not achieve a minimum of 80% weighted average mark will be transferred to the Master of Diplomacy.

Admission Requirements

An Australian Bachelor degree with a 70% average or international equivalent

All applicants must meet the University's English Language Admission Requirements for Students

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. Students must achieve a minimum 80% weighted average mark in the coursework component to continue to the research component.

Cognate Disiplines

Humanities and social science, especially International Relations, Strategic Studies, International Law, Asia-Pacific Studies, Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies, International and Development Economics, Public Policy, Public Administration, Environmental Management and Development and Peace and Conflict Studies.

Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF)

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students

For further information on International Tuition Fees see:


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.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

The Master of Diplomacy (Advanced) Award gives you exciting study and career options in the important and prestigious arena of diplomacy. The Award provides a pathway both to doctoral programs that have a research thesis as a prerequisite, and/or to careers in diplomacy, especially in the research units of organisations focused on diplomacy. The Award comprises two parts: a coursework component and a research thesis. You will be taught and supervised by internationally recognized research scholars and by senior diplomats, and you will graduate from a world-class university with a prestigious diplomacy degree that gives you career options in academia, the domestic and international public service, research institutes, and non-government organisations.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

This program is available for applications to commence from First Semester, 2016

Employment Opportunities

Ideal for careers in the foreign ministries and in the international sections of other ministries - for example Australia Awards, Defence, Prime Minister and Cabinet, Immigration, Trade, Environment; IGOs - United Nations, World Bank and International Monetary Fund; Journalism and NGOs such as the Red Cross.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students should have the skills and knowledge to:

  1. Demonstrate their knowledge of diplomacy as a practice and a developing theoretical field of study;
  2. Apply their knowledge of diplomacy and its contemporary challenges, from the perspective of multiple actors, such as a civil service department, multilateral body, international corporation or non-government organisation;
  3. Demonstrate their knowledge of research methods and the principles of presentation of research findings and thesis writing;
  4. Undertake self-directed study in topics of importance to diplomatic practice and diplomatic studies;
  5. Write clearly and complete assignments on time;
  6. Represent their country or organisation effectively at an international level;
  7. Use theories of diplomatic studies to reflect upon the global management of the world’s problems through diplomatic dialogue, and the role of the use of force;
  8. Understand and engage with transnational issues in a globalised environment; undertake the tasks of persuasion, advocacy, negotiation, conference diplomacy and conflict management;
  9. Design multi-stakeholder processes that lead to solutions;
  10. Apply their knowledge of the dynamics of contemporary diplomacy, especially in the Asia-Pacific region;
  11. Analyse new areas of concern in both scholarly and policy-relevant terms.

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