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Doctor of Philosophy, Diplomacy

A single three year research degree offered by the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy

  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
  • Academic plan 9561XPHD
  • CRICOS code 049652D
  • Length 3 year full-time
  • Minimum 144 Units
  • Academic plan 9561XPHD
  • CRICOS code 049652D

Program Requirements

This will be a 3-year program, comprise a combination of one year of coursework and two years dedicated to the preparation of a research thesis, as follows:


Candidates will be required to undertake a total of 48 units of coursework. As the program targets senior diplomatic practitioners, many of whom will not have undertaken graduate studies for a decade or more, the first 30 units of coursework will be drawn from the Master of Diplomacy program at APCD. Candidates can thus choose from the following offerings: 

DIPL8001: Transnational Diplomacy (12 units, AQF level 9);

DIPL8002: Contemporary Challenges in Diplomacy (12 units, AQF level 9);

DIPL8003: Case Studies in Diplomacy (6 units, AQF level 9);

DIPL8004: Negotiation and Conflict Resolution (6 units, AQF level 9);

DIPL8006: Politics, Diplomacy and the United Nations (12 units, AQF level 9)

DIPL8008: The United Nations and Peace (6 units, AQF level 9)

DIPL8009: Diplomacy in a Globalising World (6 units, AQF level 9)

DIPL8010: Harnessing Diplomacy for Development (6 units, AQF level 9)

DIPL8012: Special Topics in Diplomacy (6 units, AQF level 9)

DIPL8014: Negotiation Workshop (6 units, AQF level 9)

The remaining 18 coursework units are both research- and HDR- focused. All candidates will undertake the following two HDR-coursework unit offerings 

ASIA-9075: Research Design and Writing in International, Political and Strategic Studies (6 units, AQF level 10); and

DIPL9000: Research Methods in Diplomacy (12 units, AQF level 10)


Candidates will produce significant and original research outcomes culminating in a thesis of no more than 100,000 words for independent examination by at least two examiners of international standing. The program will contain a two-year (96 units) element devoted to thesis preparation.

Admission Requirements

  • Admission to a Doctor of Philosophy program is normally granted to applicants holding a Master by research degree or a Bachelor degree with First Class Honours or Second Class Honours Division A. Admission can be granted to applicants who demonstrate a background equivalent to these qualifications.

  • 10 years of diplomatic experience or equivalent professional experience with public service or civil society organisations that focus on international, transnational or global affairs.

  • All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students

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

Domestic students

Domestic research students are not required to pay tuition fees as they are enrolled under the Research Training Scheme which funds the fees. For further information see

International students

Indicative fees for international students are:

International student fees (ISF)

Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC)

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students


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 Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) program at the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy at the ANU targets candidates with considerable experience (at least a decade) in the practice of diplomacy. It provides these candidates with specialised, rigorous academic and research training, in order to equip them to contribute at the highest level, whether in Australia, our region or globally, to policy formulation and academic scholarship in the field of diplomacy, foreign policy and international affairs. The program aims to produce doctoral scholars who connect the most important academic insights of the discipline of diplomatic studies with the most important policy developments in the practice of diplomacy.

This is a three-year research-focused doctoral program. Candidates complete one year of coursework in the theory, practice and research of diplomacy. In the remainder of their program candidates produce significant and original research outcomes culminating in a thesis of no more than 100,000 words

The Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy (APCD) promotes world-class research, teaching, and training in transnational diplomacy. While our outlook is global, we pay particular attention to the new dynamics arising from the shift in the distribution of power to the Asia-Pacific region. 

Career Options

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The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

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