- Length 1 year full-time
- Minimum 48 Units
- Academic plan MDIP
- Post Nominal MDip
- CRICOS code 111566E
Mode of delivery
- In Person
Field of Education
- Political Science and Policy S
- Academic contact
The Master of Diplomacy requires completion of 48 units which must consist of:
12 units from the following Compulsory courses:
DIPL8001 Transnational Diplomacy
INTR8068 Foreign Policy Analysis
A minimum of 12 units from the following diplomacy courses:
DIPL8002 Contemporary Challenges in Diplomacy
DIPL8006 Diplomacy, Politics and the United Nations
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
DIPL8019 Indigenous Diplomacy
DIPL8044 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
STST8066 Strategic Diplomacy in the 21st Century
A minimum of 12 units from the following regional and diplomatic studies courses:
ASIA8020 National and Transnational Histories in Asia and the Pacific
ASIA8040 Engaging Asia: Australia and the Asian Century
ASIA8048 Disasters and Epidemics in Asia and the Pacific
ASIA8049 International History from Asia and the Pacific: Framing Critical Perspectives
CRWF8000 Government, Markets and Global Change
INTR8017 Issues in Australian Foreign Policy
INTR8022 International Relations in the Asia Pacific
INTR8045 Global Governance
INTR8063 Japan and the World: Politics, Identity and Security
INTR8072 Researching International Relations: Curiosity, Methods and Ethics in the Study of Global Politics
INTR8082 Regionalism and Southeast Asia
LAWS8182 Principles of International Law
PASI8005 The Politics of Aid and Development in the Pacific
REGN8022 Governing in a Complex and Uncertain World
REGN8052 Regulation and Governance
REGN8051 Regulatory Complexity in Asia (3 units)*
REGN8054 Corporations, Power, Regulation (3 units)*
* students choosing to enrol in a 3 units course must enrol in the second one
A maximum of 12 units from the completion of a research project (pre-requisite: completion of INTR8072 and a minimum coursework average of 70% in the first 24 units of study):
DIPL8018 Diplomacy Research Project (12 units)
A maximum of 12 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 Culture
PORT - Portuguese
RUSS - Russian
SKRT - Sanskrit
SPAN - Spanish
TETM - Tetum
THAI - Thai
TIBN - Tibetan
TOKP - Tok Pisin
VIET - Vietnamese
A maximum of 12 units of other 8000-level courses with the Alpha codes DIPL, INTR, PASI, REGN, or ASIA.
A maximum of 6 units of experiential courses from the following list:
ANIP6503 Australian National Internships Program A
DIPL8015 Diplomacy Internship
VCPG6001 Unravelling Complexity
VCPG6003 Leadership and Influence in a Complex World
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.
Applicants must present one of the following:
- a cognate Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7
- a cognate Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4/7 and a Graduate Certificate or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4/7
- a cognate Bachelor or international equivalent with a minimum 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
- a cognate Graduate Certificate or international equivalent with a minimum 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
- a Graduate Diploma or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 4/7
- 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
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: www.aqf.edu.au
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: www.uac.edu.au/future-applicants/admission-criteria/tertiary-qualifications
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
International relations and world politics; political science with a global focus; policy studies, public policy, strategic and security studies
Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF)
For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees
- Annual indicative fee for international students
For further information on International Tuition Fees see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments/international-tuition-fees
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: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments
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.
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.
- 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;
- 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;
- 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;
- 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;
- 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;
- Use their knowledge and skills to analyse new areas of concern in both scholarly and policy-relevant terms.
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 48 unit program. This consists of 2 x 6 unit Compulsory Courses, at least 2 x 6 unit Diplomacy Courses, at least 2 x 6 unit Regional and Diplomatic Studies Courses and 2 x 6 unit elective courses. The program can be completed full time in 1 year 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. As this is a 48 unit program, the awarding of credit is very strict. It generally will only be given where a student has already completed the Grad Cert Diplomacy or has completed the relevant DIPL courses that make up the degree.
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 firstname.lastname@example.orgIt 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.
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.
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The Coral Bell Student Engagement team are available to provide academic advice to students.
You can contact the team by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or calling on 02 6125 5744
Students may also discuss their course selection with the Program Convenors, Nicolas Lemay-Hebert Nicolas.Lemay-Hebert@anu.edu.au and Eglantine Staunton Eglantine.Staunton@anu.edu.au