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Master of National Security Policy

A single 1.5 year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

  • Length 1.5 year full-time
  • Minimum 72 Units
  • Academic plan MNSEP
  • Post Nominal Master of National S
  • CRICOS code 0101473
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Political Science
  • Academic contact
  • Length 1.5 year full-time
  • Minimum 72 Units
  • Academic plan MNSEP
  • Post Nominal Master of National S
  • CRICOS code 0101473
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Political Science
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Master of National Security Policy requires the completion of 72 units which must consist of:

12 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

NSPO8006 National Security Policymaking

NSPO8007 National Security: Concepts and Methods


A minimum of 18 units from completion of national security policy courses from the following list:

NSPO8008 Ethical Challenges for National Security

NSPO8009 Cyber and Emerging Technologies in National Security

NSPO8012 Leadership, Risk and National Security Crisis Management

NSPO8028 History for Policymakers

NSPO8032 Geoeconomics and National Security

NSPO8033 Climate, the Environment and National Security

NSPO8034 China, America and National Security

NSPO8035 Australia's Strategic Environment and Future Security Challenges

NSPO8036 Australian National Security Law: An introduction for policymakers

A minimum of 6 units from completion of national security issues courses from the following list

NSPO8040 Gender and Security

NSPO8041 Borders, Migration and Security

NSPO8042 Civil Military-Relations

NSPO8043 Pandemics, Infectious Diseases and National Security

NSPO8044 Energy Security

NSPO8045 Propaganda and Information War

NSPO8046 Terrorism and National Security

NSPO8047 How Canberra Works: a guide for security policymakers

NSPO8048 The Future of Intelligence

NSPO8049 Security in the Indo-Pacific

A minimum of 6 units from the following experiential courses:

ANIP6503 Australian National Internships Program Internship A (Graduate)

POGO8140 Practice-Based Project

CRWF7000 Applied Policy Project

CRWF8019 Public Policy and Professional Internship

NSPO8037 Research Project

A maximum of 24 units from completion of security, strategy and policy courses from the following list:

Cyber Studies

LAWS8035 Cyber Warfare Law

LAWS8077 Cyber Law

SOCY6064 Surveillance and Society

SOCY6066 Social Science of the Internet

Global Security

DIPL8006 Diplomacy, Politics and the United Nations

INTR8062 Humanitarianism in World Politics

INTR8065 Writing International Relations

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

MEAS8115 Islam in World Politics

REGN8007 Violence Against Women in Australia, Asia and the Pacific

STST8002 The New Power Politics of Asia

Public Policy

IDEC8021 The Chinese Economy

INTR8017 Issues in Australian Foreign Policy

INTR8068 Foreign Policy Analysis

POGO8402 Political and Institutional Architecture of Public Policy

POGO8401 Foundations in Public Policy

POGO8136 Participating in Public Policy: Citizen Engagement and Public Talk

POGO8083 Policy Advocacy

POGO8076 Corruption and Anti-Corruption

POGO8045 International Policymaking in the Shadow of the Future

POGO8138 Science, Technology and Public Policy

POGO8235 Engaging China: Working with Policymakers in the PRC

POGO8233 Policy Tools & Mixes

POGO8234 Unpacking Policy Capacity

POGO8231 Leading in Public Administration

POGO8021 Public Sector Ethics

POGO8062 Public Sector Management

REGN8052: Regulation and Governance

Strategy and Defence

STST8001 Strategic Studies

STST8004 Australian Strategic and Defence Policy

STST8013 China's Defence and Strategic Challenges

STST8021 Intelligence and Security

STST8026 Nuclear Strategy in the Asian Century

STST8027 Insurgency & Counterinsurgency in Modern Warfare

STST8056 Strategy and Southeast Asia: Defence and Security Dynamics

STST8068 Asian Strategy and Security: History, Theory, and Practice

Resources and the Environment

EMDV8009 Asia Pacific Environmental Conflicts: Causes and Solutions

EMDV8079 Water Politics on a Modified Planet

EMDV8080 International Climate Change Policy and Economics

EMDV8081 Domestic Climate Change Policy and Economics

EMDV8124 Disaster Risk Reduction and Management

IDEC8089 Energy Economics

A maximum of 24 units from completion of a research thesis:

NSPO8031 Thesis (24 units)

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 5/7; or

·        Bachelor degree or international equivalent with GPA 4/7 and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or

·        Bachelor degree or international equivalent with GPA 4/7 and a Graduate Certificate or international equivalent with a GPA of 4/7; or

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

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

·        Graduate Certificate or international equivalent with a GPA of 4/7 and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; 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 of 10 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 5.0/7.0.

However, applicants will first be ranked on a GPA ('GPA1') that is calculated using all but the last semester (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes.

If required, ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of:

• a GPA ('GPA2') calculated on the penultimate and antepenultimate semesters (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes; and/or

• demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency.

Prior to enrolment in this ANU program, all students who gain entry will have their Bachelor degree reassessed, to confirm minimum requirements were met.

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.

Applications for course credit

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree, Bachelor degree with Honours, Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units

Credit Granted

Cognate Disciplines

Middle Eastern and Central Asian Studies, Development Studies, Governance, History, International Affairs, International Relations, Law, Non Language Asian Studies, Pacific Studies, Policy Studies, Public Administration, Political Communication, Political Sciences, Security Studies, Strategic Studies.

Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF)

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.

This degree prepares new generations of national security policymakers, analysts, researchers and leaders, in line with the vision of the National Security College as a unique joint initiative between The Australian National University and the Australian Government. It offers a world-class qualification in national security. Core courses provide foundations in concepts and practical policy skills, with a focus on navigating the Australian security landscape. Electives examine the horizon of present and future risks, from pandemics, climate change, terrorism and cyber attacks through to Indo-Pacific geopolitical crises, US-China tensions, foreign interference and information warfare. To address these challenges, students may choose a policy grounding in security-related aspects of such areas as law, bureaucracy, politics, ethics, history, intelligence, geoeconomics, risk-management, civil-military relations, migration, gender, energy and critical technologies. This Masters degree was fully redesigned in 2020 around a signature teaching model: each course integrates academic expertise from NSC, Crawford and across ANU with the direct insights of leading policy practitioners from Australia and internationally, drawing on the NSC’s exceptional networks. This degree equips graduates equally for careers in government agencies or for the many other professional pathways where it matters to understand 21st century security.

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 multidisciplinary understanding of contemporary and emerging national security challenges affecting Australia

  2. Develop an intellectually rigorous conception of national security connecting theoretical, historical and practical perspectives

  3. Use concepts and frameworks to critically analyse complex and contemporary issues in the area of national security

  4. Demonstrate a working understanding of the context, processes, challenges and options for national security policy development and implementation

  5. Develop and communicate ideas, analysis, and argument in a range of written and oral forms for professional and scholarly audiences

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