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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
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Academic plan DIAFF
  • Post Nominal GDipIntAff
  • CRICOS code 088970M
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Political Science
  • Academic contact
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Academic plan DIAFF
  • Post Nominal GDipIntAff
  • CRICOS code 088970M
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Political Science
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Graduate Diploma of International and Strategic Affairs requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

Minimum 24u from the following list of core courses:


INTR8011 International Relations Theory

INTR8013 International Political Economy

INTR8022 International Relations in the Asia-Pacific

INTR8032 Global Security

INTR8046 Evolution of the International System

INTR8052 Peace and Conflict Studies

INTR8069 Studying International Relations

INTR8071 Issues and Concepts in International Relations

INTR8080 Global Ethics

INTR8083 Race and Global Politics: Re-imagining a Discipline


STST8001 Strategic Studies

STST8004 Australian Strategic and Defence Policy

STST8010 Strategic Studies Concepts and Asia Pacific Conflict

STST8026 Nuclear Strategy

STST8052 The Resort to Force: Understanding Military Power

STST8054 Building a defence force: Defence force structure planning and acquisition

STST8066 Strategy, Statecraft and Diplomacy for the 21st Century

STST8068 Asian Strategy and Security: History, Theory and Practice


Maximum 24u of 8000-level courses from within the INTR and STST course codes

Admission Requirements

Applicants must present one of the following:

  • Bachelor 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
  • 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.

The GPA for a Bachelor program will be calculated from (i) a completed Bachelor degree using all grades and/or (ii) a completed Bachelor degree using all grades other than those from the last semester (or equivalent study period) of the Bachelor degree. The higher of the two calculations will be used as the basis for admission.

Ranking and English Proficiency: 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. 

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. 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 admission requirements and post-admission support

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

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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.

This is an exit program and will not be accepting new applications from 2025.

The Graduate Diploma of International and Strategic Affairs 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 relations and strategic studies, both globally and in Asia and the Pacific.


Through a wide range of course choices, students will learn how to critically analyse international affairs and foreign and defence policies. The program 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 the Masters of International Relations and the Master of Strategic Studies. 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 affairs 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

Back to the Graduate Diploma of International Affairs page

Welcome to the Graduate Diploma of International Affairs. 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 Graduate Diploma of International Affairs is a 48 unit program. This consists of 8 x 6 unit courses and can be completed full time in one 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

If you are looking to continue with a Master’s degree in the same field following your Graduate Diploma then please ensure that the courses you take are part of the relevant Master’s program. This will then ensure that you receive credit for the courses you have taken. You will need to meet the admission GPA for the program to receive an offer.

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.

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

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 the Graduate Diploma 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, Nicolas Lemay-Hebert  and Eglantine Staunton

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