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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
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Political Science
  • Academic contact
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Political Science
  • Academic contact

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

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry. 

·        Bachelor degree or international equivalent with GPA 4/7; or

·        Graduate Diploma or international equivalent with a GPA 4/7; or

·        Graduate Certificate or international equivalent with a GPA 4/7; or

·        24 units of courses in a postgraduate program a GPA of 4/7; or

·        Graduate Records Examination (GRE) General test, completed no more than 5 years before the time of application, with a minimum score of 155 for Verbal Reasoning, 155 for Quantitative Reasoning and 4.0 in Analytical Writing and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or

·        A minimum 5 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program

In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors. 

Academic achievement & English language proficiency

The minimum academic requirement for full entry and enrolment is a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4.0/7.0. 

If required, competitive ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of applicants demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency. 

Further information: English Language Requirements for Admission

Diversity factors

As Australia’s national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe.

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

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students

For further information on International Tuition Fees see:

Fee Information

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

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

For further information on Fees and Payment please 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 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

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

Learning Outcomes

  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.

Inherent Requirements

Information on inherent requirements is currently not available for this program

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