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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:

A minimum of 6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

INTR8032 Global Security
INTR8071 World Politics 12 Units
NSPO8011 Foundations of National Security
POLS8031 Globalisation: Theories, Issues, Debates
POLS8032 Globalisation: The Interaction of Economics and Politics
POLS8043 Violence and Political Order
STST8001 Strategic Studies
STST8004 Australian Strategic and Defence Policy

A maximum of 42 units from completion of courses from any of the following lists:

Australia’s Place in the World
INTR8068 Making Foreign Policy
INTR8017 Issues in Australian Foreign Policy
STST8004 Australian Strategic and Defence Policy
STST8051 Great and Powerful Friends: Strategic alliances and Australian security

INTR8060 China: Global Engagement and Domestic Transformation
INTR8074 Chinese Thinking on International Relations
STST8013 China’s Defence and Strategic Challenges

Contemporary Issues in International Affairs
DIPL8012 Special Topics in Diplomacy
INTR8018 Special Topics in International Relations
INTR8036 World Politics
NSPO8025 Terrorism and National Security
STST8017 Special Topics in Strategic Studies
STST8033 Contemporary Issues in Australian Defence Policy

Gender and International Affairs
ANTH8038 Critical Issues in Gender and Development
ANTH8106 Gender, Violence and Development
INTR8064 Gender, War, and Justice in South and Southeast Asia

Global Governance and International Organizations
POLS8019 Democracy and its Discontents 
DIPL8006 Diplomacy, Politics and the United Nations
DIPL8008 The United Nations and Peace
INTR8020 The Responsibility to Protect
INTR8045 Global Governance
INTR8046 The Evolution of the International System
INTR8074 Chinese Thinking on International Relations
POGO8044 Global Social Policy
POLS8023 Human Rights in International Relations: Theory and Practice
SOCY8004 Interest Groups, Advocacy and Public Policy

Globalisation and Development
ANTH8007 Key Concepts in Anthropology of Development
ANTH8058 Inequality and Development
DIPL8009 Diplomacy in a Globalising World
DIPL8010 Harnessing Diplomacy for International Development 
EMDV8101 State, Society and Natural Resources

International Political Economy
CRWF8058 International Climate Change Policy and Economics
EMDV8082 Food Wars: Food Security and Agricultural Policy
INTR8013 International Political Economy
POGO8213 The Global Trading System

International Relations of the Asia-Pacific
ASIA8049 International History from Asia and the Pacific: Framing Critical Perspectives
EMDV8009 Asia Pacific Environmental Conflicts: Causes and Solutions
INTR8022 Asia Pacific Security
INTR8043 The Post-Colonial Pacific and Global Change
INTR8067 U.S. Security Policy in the Asia-Pacific
MEAS8122 Shiite Islam in World Politics
MEAS8115 Islam in World Politics
STST8002 The New Power Politics of Asia

Methods and Analysis
DIPL8000 Research Methods in Diplomacy
INTR8011 International Relations Theory
INTR8065 Writing International Relations
INTR8069 Writing International Relations 12 Units
INTR8072 Approaches and Methods in International Relations
NSPO8020 Research Methods in National Security Policy
STST8010 Strategic Studies Concepts and Methods

Pacific Studies
ANTH8032 Law, Order and Conflict in the Pacific
INTR8040 Ethnicity and Conflict in Asia and the Pacific
INTR8043 The Post-Colonial Pacific and Global Change

Security and Strategy
INTR8022 Asia Pacific Security
INTR8032 Global Security
INTR8053 Ethics of Peace and War
INTR8062 Humanitarianism in World Politics
INTR8073 Human Security
MEAS8113 The Gulf Strategic Environment
NSPO8004 National Security Leadership and Risk Management
NSPO8006 National Security Policymaking
NSPO8007 National Security: Concepts and Challenges
NSPO8008 Ethical Challenges for National Security
NSPO8009 Cyber-intelligence and Security
NSPO8010 Civil-Military Relations
NSPO8012 National Security and Crisis Management
NSPO8013 Disease, Security and Biological Weapons
NSPO8014 Ethics and Technologies of War
NSPO8017 Malicious Networks: Transnational Terrorism and Crime
NSPO8018 The Evolution of National Security Policy since 1945
NSPO8019 Sectarianism and Religiously Motivated Violence
NSPO8021 Statecraft and national security in cyberspace
NSPO8024 American National Security Policy
NSPO8025 Terrorism and National Security
STST8001 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
STST8052 The Resort to Force: Understanding Military Power


Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4.0/7.0.

Or at least 10 years of work experience in an ANZSCO Skill Level 1 role.

English language Requirements

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

Assessment of qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met.

Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework:

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities:

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.

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 a flexible 1-year full-time (or part-time equivalent) postgraduate qualification designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills required for understanding emerging issues in international, political and strategic affairs, both globally and in Asia and the Pacific.
Through a wide range of Master degree course choices, students will learn how to critically analyse international affairs and foreign and defence policies. The GDIA will engage students in 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.
The program provides a pathway for entry into ANU Masters programs in Diplomacy, International Relations, Strategic Studies and Globalisation. Students who are considering proceeding from this qualification into an approved Master program should seek academic advice from the relevant program convenor in order to ensure that the courses taken during the Graduate Diploma are eligible for credit toward their chosen Master degree.

Career Options
This program provides students with an understanding of world politics and prepares them with the necessary skills to advance their career in a wide range of professions such as:

•    Consultancies
•    Defence
•    Diplomatic / Foreign service
•    Foreign affairs
•    Government and public service
•    Intelligence
•    International security
•    Intergovernmental agencies
•    International trade and business
•    International development and aid
•    Journalism
•    Multinational corporations
•    Private not for profit
•    Think tanks, policy institutes, and research centres

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, diplomatic, political, and strategic affairs.
2. Review, analyse, consolidate and synthesise key debates and theoretical thinking in international affairs, and foreign and defence policies.
3. Critically evaluate, communicate, and provide solutions to complex problems in international affairs and world politics.
4. Make independent judgements on the impact that key international issues play in driving political developments in the Asia Pacific region and around the world.
5. Effectively communicate knowledge, skills and ideas relating to both specialist and general audiences in written and oral format.

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