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Master of Philosophy, National Security College

A single two year research award offered by the ANU National Security College

  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Academic plan 8850XMPHIL
  • CRICOS code 074011G
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Academic plan 8850XMPHIL
  • CRICOS code 074011G

Program Requirements

The Master of Philosophy requires the submission and successful examination of a research thesis which makes a significant and original contribution to knowledge in the area of National Security. Generally this consists of a supervised thesis of around 60,000 words.

Study consists of one to two years of full-time study or part-time equivalent.

Admission Requirements

To be admitted to the Master of Philosophy program you will be required to have completed at least a three-year Australian degree or equivalent with a result of H2A

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

You may be granted admission if you can demonstrate that you have a background equivalent to these qualifications.

If you think you qualify, check out our guidance on how to apply.

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

Domestic students

Domestic research students are not required to pay tuition fees as they are enrolled under the Research Training Scheme which funds the fees. For further information see

International students

Indicative fees for international students are:

International student fees (ISF)

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

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.

Exceptional research degrees at ANU

The Australian National University provides our Master of Philosophy students with a vibrant research community and outstanding program support. When selecting a research program, an institution's reputation is everything. ANU is one of the world's leading universities, and the smart choice for your research program.

As an MPhil student you will work with increased independence, under the direction of a supervisory panel of experts in the field. Your research will make an original and important contribution to human knowledge, research and development.

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.

Employment Opportunities

Career options following the Doctor of Philosophy include many opportunities in addition to an academic path. Some of our alumni are engaged in senior public policy positions in state and federal government, working in both security and non-security roles. Others have taken on positions in non-government organisations, international institutions and the private sector.

Further Information

The National Security College was established at the initiative of the Australian National University and Commonwealth Government to address a need for more integrated, broader understanding of national security policy and strategy among current and potential leaders in the national security community, and to encourage the strategic analysis of security issues more generally. The NSC was located in ANU to develop and foster the academic rigour and research base necessary for sound policy analysis. NSC’s focus is on a concept of national security that is broad and that relates to whole-of-government and whole-of-nation priorities. For these reasons, NSC programs are of national strategic significance, and receive funding through the Commonwealth and ANU strategic relationship.

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