single degree

Master of Diplomacy

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

  • Length 1.5 year full-time
  • Minimum 72 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Political Science and Policy S
  • Length 1.5 year full-time
  • Minimum 72 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Political Science and Policy S

Program Requirements

The Master of Diplomacy requires completion of 72 units which must consist of:

A maximum of 24 units from the completion of the following foundational courses:

INTR8069 Studying International Relations

INTR8071 Issues and Concepts in International Relations

18 units from the completion of the following compulsory courses:

DIPL8001 Transnational Diplomacy (6 units)

DIPL8044 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (6 units)

INTR8068 Foreign Policy Analysis (6 units)

A minimum of 30 units from the completion of diplomatic studies courses from the following list:

DIPL8002 Contemporary Challenges in Diplomacy

DIPL8003 Case Studies in Diplomacy

DIPL8006 Diplomacy, Politics and the United Nations

DIPL8008 The United Nations and Peace

DIPL8009 Diplomacy: from cuneiform clay to digital tablets

DIPL8010 Harnessing Diplomacy for International Development

DIPL8012 Special Topics in Diplomacy

DIPL8013 Pacific Diplomacy

DIPL8016 The Role of Non-state Actors in East Asian Diplomacy 

INTR8017 Issues in Australian Foreign Policy

INTR8045 Global Governance 

INTR8052 Peace and Conflict Studies

INTR8070 International Organisation

INTR8072 Researching International Relations: Curiosity, Methods and Ethics in the Study of Global Politics

INTR8078 Interventions and Statebuilding: From Fragility to Resilience

INTR8082 Regionalism and Southeast Asia

STST8066 Strategic Diplomacy in the 21st Century: Rethinking Strategy and Statecraft

A maximum of 18 units from the completion of courses from the following Foreign Language and Culture courses:

ARAB - Arabic

BURM - Burmese

CHIN - Chinese

FREN - French

GERM - German

HIND - Hindi

INDN - Indonesian

ITAL - Italian

JPNS - Japanese

KORE - Korean

MNGL - Mongolian

PERS - Persian Language and Cultur

PORT - Portuguese

RUSS - Russian

SKRT - Sanskrit

SPAN - Spanish

TETM - Tetum

THAI - Thai

TOKP - Tok Pisin

VIET - Vietnamese

A maximum of 24 units from the completion of courses from the following contextual lists:

Courses from the following ALPHA codes

ASIA – Asian Studies

INTR – International Relations

MEAS – Middle Eastern Studies

NSPO – National Security Policy

PASI – Pacific Studies

STST – Strategic Studies

Research Thesis (Pre-requisite completion of INTR8072)

DIPL8011 – Thesis 

DIPL8017 – Thesis Part-time

A maximum of 6 units from the completion of experiential courses from the following list:

ANIP6503 Australian National Internships Program A

DIPL8015 Diplomacy Internship

VCPG6001 Unravelling Complexity

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 or international equivalent with GPA 5/7; or
  • Bachelor 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 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 who have completed a degree in a cognate discipline from a recognised university may be eligible to receive coursework credit towards this degree, in line with the ANU Recognition of prior and external learning policy

Annual indicative fee for domestic students

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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 Master of Diplomacy is your pathway to professional advancement, equipping you with knowledge about practices of international affairs and real-world skills to effectively represent your country or organisation at an international level.

The degree provides exciting study and career options in the important and prestigious arena of diplomatic practice and other practice-oriented international relations careers. You will be taught by internationally recognised research scholars from the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs , have the opportunity to engage with senior diplomats from Australia and elsewhere, and you will graduate from a world-class university, positioning you firmly in the centre of a global network of leading scholars and policy-makers.

The Master of Diplomacy also provides a broad list of electives offered by experts in regional, international and language studies at the ANU, allowing for both breadth and depth of learning.

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.

This program is available for applications until second semester, 2022

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate in-depth knowledge of transnational diplomacy and its contemporary challenges, from the perspective of multiple actors, such as a civil service department, multilateral body, international corporation or non-government organisation;

  2. Display effective diplomatic skills with the ability to engage with transnational issues in a globalised environment with the use of negotiation, persuasion, advocacy and protocol

  3. Use theories of diplomatic studies to reflect upon the global management of the world’s problems through diplomatic dialogue, and the role of the use of force, and design multi-stakeholder processes that lead to solutions;

  4. Demonstrate an awareness of the relationship between the sub-field of diplomatic studies and the broader field of International Relations, reflecting on how a practitioner-led account of world affairs complements our understanding of world affairs.

  5. Use high-level research and writing skills to undertake self-directed study in diplomacy and communicate findings in academic and practical contexts, justifying their approach and methods as appropriate.

  6. Use their knowledge and skills to analyse new areas of concern in both scholarly and policy-relevant terms; 

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Welcome to the Master of Diplomacy. This section for new students will help you to choose which courses you should enrol in for your first semester as well as general information to assist you throughout your degree.

The Master of Diplomacy is a 72 unit program. This consists of 2 x 12 unit Foundational Courses, 3 x 6 unit Compulsory Courses and 5 x 6 unit List Courses.  The program can be completed full time in 1.5 years or taken part time over a longer period. (Note: International students must study a full time load)

After you have accepted your offer online you will be emailed your password and Student ID. Please follow all the instructions in the matriculation email you receive to activate your Interactive Student Information System (ISIS) account. You must then follow the instructions provided here and enrol online in your courses through ISIS. Enrolment is managed through ISIS while the online learning platform is known as Wattle. These two websites will be some of the most common sites used throughout your degree. It is a good idea to familiarise yourself with them as soon as possible.

About this degree

Students who wish to apply for credit for courses undertaken in previous study can apply for prior formal learning at AQF Level 8 or 9. Please follow the instructions for Course Credits and Exemptions. Where 24 units of credit is granted it will be for INTR8069 and INTR8071 (introductory compulsory courses).

Students are to follow the degree requirements for the year that they commenced the program. You can change the year on Programs and Courses by clicking on the drop down menu next to the year on the page.  If you would like to undertake a course that is not listed in your degree requirements, you will need to seek approval by sending an email to

It is the student's responsibility to ensure the program requirements are met and that all compulsory and required courses are completed so that the program can be awarded.

Enrolment Status

Enrolment Status

Courses that make up this program are listed under the ‘Study’ tab.

Please note that the courses listed are not available in every semester and some are run in alternate years, so please check to see on the individual course page regarding when they are available.

It is possible to enrol in less than 24 units per semester but it will take you longer to finish your program and get your degree. If you are an international student you must always be enrolled full-time in 24 units each semester.

If you are studying part time you are encouraged to enrol in courses for both Semester 1 and Semester 2.  You will be able to change your enrolment in courses up until Monday of Week 2 of each semester without penalty.

Do you want to talk to someone before enrolling?


Academic Advice

The Coral Bell Student Engagement team are available to provide academic advice to students.

You can contact the team by emailing or calling on 02 6125 5744

Students may also discuss their course selection with the Program Convenors, Luke Glanville ( and Maria Tanyag (

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