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Graduate Diploma of International Affairs

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

  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units

Program Requirements

The Graduate Diploma of International Affairs requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

48 units from completion of courses from the following list:

ANTH8043 Conflict and Development in the Pacific

ANTH8032 Law, Order and Conflict in the Pacific

ANTH8106 Gender, Nature and Development

ASIA8017 Comparative Politics of Asia & the Pacific

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

INTR8013 International Political Economy

INTR8018 Special Topics in International Relations

INTR8020 The Responsibility to Protect

INTR8022 Asia Pacific Security

INTR8032 Global Security

INTR8071 World Politics 12 Units

INTR8043 The Post-Colonial Pacific and Global Change

INTR8045 Global Governance

INTR8046 The Evolution of the International System

INTR8053 Ethics of Peace and War

INTR8060 China: Global Engagement and Domestic Transformation

INTR8062 Humanitarianism in World Politics

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

INTR8069 Writing International Relations 12 Units

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

INTR8068 Making Foreign Policy

INTR8072 Approaches and Methods in International Relations

INTR8073 Human Security

INTR8074 Chinese Thinking on International Relations

INTR8076 The History of International Thought

STST8001 Strategic Studies

STST8002 Grand Strategies in the Asia-Pacific

STST8004 Australian Strategic and Defence Policy

STST8013 China's Defence and Strategic Challenges

STST8010 Strategic Concepts and Asia Pacific Conflict

STST8017 Special Topics in Strategic Studies

STST8021 Intelligence and Security

STST8026 Nuclear Strategy in the Asian Century

STST8027 Insurgency & Counterinsurgency in an Age of Terror

STST8032 Why and How We Fight: Understanding War and Conflict

STST8033 Contemporary Issues in Australian Defence Policy

STST8051 Great and Powerful Friends: Strategic alliances and Australian security

STST8052 Strategy in Action: Application of the Operational Art

Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4/7.

Annual indicative fee for domestic students

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Annual indicative fee for international students

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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 Graduate Diploma of International Affairs (GDIA) is designed to equip you with the skills required for understanding emerging issues in the international, political and strategic affairs, both globally and in Asia and the Pacific. Students will learn how to critically analyse international affairs and foreign policies through a diverse range of disciplines and explore how issues such as globalisation, development, democratisation, terrorism, human security, war and conflict drive political developments in the Asia Pacific region and around the world.

This flexible, 1-year (full-time) postgraduate qualification will allow you to advance your career in a wide range of professions such as:

  • Diplomacy
  • Foreign affairs
  • Defence
  • International security
  • Government
  • Journalism
  • International business

The program provides a pathway for entry into ANU Masters programs in Diplomacy, International Relations or Strategic Studies and can be used as an exit qualification for students who are unable to complete their Masters degree but have completed the requisite 48 units of credit toward their postgraduate program. Students who are considering proceeding from this qualification into an approved Masters program should seek academic advice from the relevant program convener in order to ensure tht the courses taken during the Graduate Diploma are eligible for maximum credit (48 units) toward their chosen Masters degree.

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.

Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate a broad knowledge of contemporary issues and challenges in international affairs.
  2. Review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise knowledge of international affairs
  3. Effectively communicate knowledge, skills and ideas relating to both specialist and general audiences in written and oral format.
  4. Think critically, evaluate and communicate/provide solutions to complex problems in relation to international affairs.
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