single degree

Graduate Certificate of Diplomacy

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

  • Minimum 24 Units
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  • Academic plan CDIPLO
  • CRICOS code 103869A
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Political Science and Policy S
  • Minimum 24 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Academic plan CDIPLO
  • CRICOS code 103869A
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Political Science and Policy S

Program Requirements

The Graduate Certificate of Diplomacy requires the completion of 24 units which must consist of:

A minimum of 6 units from the following Core courses:

DIPL8001 Transnational Diplomacy

INTR8068 Foreign Policy Analysis


A minimum of 6 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

DIPL8044 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

STST8066 Strategy, Statecraft and Diplomacy for the 21st Century


A maximum 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

LAWS8183 Advanced Principles of International Law (LAWS8182 is a prerequisite)

PASI8005 The Politics of Aid and Development in the Pacific

REGN8052 Regulation and Governance

REGN8051 Regulating Asia (3 units)

REGN8054 Compliance and Defiance (3 units)

Admission Requirements

Applicants must present one of the following:

  • a Bachelor or international equivalent with GPA 4/7
  • a Graduate Diploma or international equivalent with a GPA 4/7
  • a Graduate Certificate or international equivalent with a GPA 4/7
  • 24 units of courses in a postgraduate program a GPA of 4/7
  • a 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
  • 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 Language 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:

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.

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:

Annual indicative fee for domestic students

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Annual indicative fee for international students

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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 Graduate Certificate of Diplomacy provides you with knowledge and skills for understanding the diplomatic practices of the international system and positions you in the centre of a global network of leading scholars and policymakers. It is a pathway to professional advancement, equipping you with knowledge about the practical realities of international affairs and real-world skills to effectively represent your country or organisation at an international level.

The program develops future leaders in diplomatic practice with knowledge and skills – such as critical analysis, strategic thinking and cross-cultural communication – to succeed in a changing geo-political world. 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.

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 autumn session, 2024

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of the global issues and processes that shape world politics and the practice of diplomacy

  2. Develop research and writing skills to undertake self-directed study in diplomacy and communicate findings in academic and practical contexts;

  3. Demonstrate 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;

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Welcome to the Graduate Certificate 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 Graduate Certificate of Diplomacy is a 24 unit program. This consists of 4 x 6 unit courses and can be completed full time in one semester 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.

Single degree

Study Option Examples

Full time

Semester 1:  Core Course (6u) + Diplomacy Course (6u) + Diplomacy or RDS Course (6u) + Diplomacy or RDS Course (6u)

Part time (available only to domestic students)

Semester 1: Core Course (6u) + Diplomacy Course (6u)

Semester 2: Diplomacy or RDS Course (6u) + Diplomacy or RDS Course (6u)

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About this degree

If you are looking to continue with a Master’s degree in the same field following your Graduate Certificate then please ensure that the courses you take are part of the relevant Master’s program. This will then ensure that you receive 24 units of credit for the courses you have taken. You will need to meet the admission GPA for the program to receive an offer.

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

Students are not eligible for external credit in this program.

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

You will need to enrol in at least one of the foundational courses and at least one of the courses on contemporary diplomatic practice to make up your four courses.

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 Certificate 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.

Study Options

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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