Admission requirements for 2020 are currently under review, please note the admission requirements listed on this page relate to 2019 admissions.

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Master of Diplomacy

A single two year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

MDIPL
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Political Science
  • Academic contact
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Political Science
  • Academic contact

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. You will be taught by internationally recognised research scholars from the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy and 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.

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

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.

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. 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.

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

Inherent Requirements

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Admission Requirements

A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0

Cognate Disciplines

International Relations, Public Policy and Administration, Strategic or Security Studies, Political Science, History, Sociology, Economics and Development Studies, Social Science, Law, Regional Studies

English Language Requirements

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

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.

Application for course credits

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 24 units (one semester) of credit. Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Bachelor degree with Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for up to 48 units (one year) of credit.

Annual indicative fee for domestic students
$30,720.00

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$43,680.00

Scholarships

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.

Program Requirements

The Master of Diplomacy requires the completion of 96 units, which must consist of:

24 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

DIPL8001 Transnational Diplomacy

DIPL8004 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

6 units from the completion of the research training course

DIPL8000 Research Methods in Diplomacy


42 units from completion of diplomatic studies courses from the following list:

DIPL8002 Contemporary Challenges in Diplomacy

DIPL8003 Case Studies in Diplomacy

DIPL8006 Politics, Diplomacy and the United Nations

DIPL8008 The United Nations and Peace

DIPL8009 Diplomacy in a Globalising World

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

 

 

24 units from completion of foreign affairs and or language specialisation courses from the following list:

ANIP6503 Australian National Internships Program Internship A (Graduate)

ASIA8049 International History from Asia and the Pacific: Framing Critical Perspectives

INTR8063 Japan and Northeast Asia in the Postwar World: war and national identity

INTR8011 International Relations Theory

INTR8013 International Political Economy

INTR8032 Global Security

INTR8036 World Politics

INTR8045 Global Governance

INTR8053 Ethics of Peace and War

INTR8058 Islam, Politics and Conflict in Southeast Asia

INTR8060 China: Global Engagement and Domestic Transformation

INTR8062 Humanitarianism in World Politics

INTR8064 Gender, War, and Justice in South and Southeast Asia

INTR8067 U.S. Security Policy in the Asia-Pacific

INTR8068 Making Foreign Policy

INTR8070 International Organization

STST8053 Alliances in Asia: theory, history and practice

STST8001 Strategic Studies

STST8051 Great and Powerful Friends: Strategic alliances and Australian security

STST8052 The Resort to Force: Understanding Military Power

LAWS8182 Principles of International Law

LAWS8183 Advanced Principles of International Law

MEAS8111 Islam, the West and International Terrorism

MEAS8112 Dynamics of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

MEAS8115 Islam in World Politics

NSPO8004 National Security Leadership and Risk Management

NSPO8006 National Security Policymaking

NSPO8007 National Security: Concepts and Challenges

NSPO8010 Civil-Military Relations

NSPO8013 Disease, Security and Biological Weapons

NSPO8015 Asian Regionalism and Security: Implications for Australia

NSPO8016 Governance, State Weakness and Human Security in Asia

NSPO8017 Malicious Networks: Transnational Terrorism and Crime

NSPO8019 Sectarianism and Religiously Motivated Violence

POGO8115 Challenging the Global Food Trading Regime

Specialisations

Burmese Language and Culture

Chinese Language and Culture

Hindi Language and Culture

Indonesian Language and Culture

Japanese Language and Culture

Korean Language and Culture

Mongolian language and culture

Tetum language and culture

Thai Language and Culture

Vietnamese Language and Culture

French Language and Culture

German Language and Culture

Russian Language and Culture

Spanish Language and Culture

Persian Language and Culture

Portuguese Language and Culture

Arabic Language and Culture

Italian Language and Culture

Tok Pisin Language and Culture

 

Hurdle Requirements

Students must complete the Bachelor degree with a minimum GPA of 5.0 in order to commence the Master degree.

Study Options

Year 1 DIPL8001 Transnational Diplomacy 12 units Diplomatic Studies Elective Diplomatic Studies Elective
DIPL8000 Research Methods in Diplomacy 6 units DIPL8004 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution 12 units Foreign Affairs or Language Elective
Year 2 48 units Foreign Affairs or Language Elective Foreign Affairs or Language Elective Foreign Affairs or Language Elective Foreign Affairs or Language Elective
Diplomatic Studies Elective Diplomatic Studies Elective Diplomatic Studies Elective Diplomatic Studies Elective

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Welcome to the Master of Diplomacy. This section 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. Aside from personal interest, a student’s enrolment will depend primarily on whether or not they have received credit on admission, and whether they are studying full time or part time. The following guidelines are based on the assumption you are studying full time:

Students are to follow the degree requirements for the year they commenced their studies. 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 apcd@anu.edu.au

Enrolment is managed through the Interactive Student Information System (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.

 

What courses should I enrol in? I have not received any credit.

If you have not received any credit for previous study and you are commencing in Semester 1, you will enrol in the following courses:

DIPL8001 Transnational Diplomacy (12 units)

INTR8069 Writing International Relations (12 units)

 

If you have not received any credit for previous study and you are commencing in Semester 2, you will enrol in the following courses:

DIPL8002 Contemporary Challenges in Diplomacy (12 units)

INTR8069 Writing International Relations (12 Units)

 

 

What courses should I enrol in? I have received 24 units of credit.

If you have received 24 units of credit you are exempt from the following courses:

DIPL8002 – Contemporary Challenges in Diplomacy, and

INTR8069 – Writing International Relations

You may still choose to enrol in DIPL8002 as an elective.

 

If you are commencing in semester 1, you must enrol in the following courses:

DIPL8001 – Transnational Diplomacy

DIPL8004 – Negotiation and Conflict Resolution


If you are commencing in semester 2 as a full-time student, we suggest you enrol in the following course:

DIPL8009 – Diplomacy in a Globalising World

Then, select a further 18 units of course electives from the degree options for that semester.

 

What courses should I enrol in? I have received 48 units of credit

If you have received 48 units of credit you are exempt from the following courses:

DIPL8002 – Contemporary Challenges in Diplomacy, and

INTR8069 – Writing International Relations

However, you may still choose to enrol in DIPL8002 as an elective.

You have also received credit for 24 units of unspecified electives.

 

If you are commencing in semester 1, you should enrol in the following courses:

DIPL8001 – Transnational Diplomacy

DIPL8004 – Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Then select a further 24 units of elective courses from your semester 2 options

 

If you are commencing in semester 2, you should enrol in the following course:

DIPL8009 – Diplomacy in a Globalising World

Then, select a further 18 units of course electives from the degree options for that semester.

Your semester 1 courses the following year will then be:

DIPL8001 – Transnational Diplomacy

DIPL8004 – Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

 

Transfers

If you are considering applying to transfer to the Master of Diplomacy (Advanced), you will need to maintain a GPA of 6/7 in the Master of Diplomacy (ANU courses only, credit will not be included in this calculation) and have completed at least 24 units of study. You should also ensure that you undertake the elective DIPL8000 Research Methods in Diplomacy as this is a compulsory course in the Advanced Program. Please be aware that you will need to maintain an 80% average to be eligible to enrol in the Thesis component of the Advanced program. Failure to do so will require you to transfer back to the Master of Diplomacy (to graduate or complete your degree with a further 24 units of coursework).

A GPA of 6/7 is equivalent to a Distinction average. See GPA website for more information.

Applications to transfer generally close 31 May for a semester 2 transfer and 31 October for a transfer to semester 1 the following year. This means that you have to apply before you have received your final results. However, the application will only be processed once all grades are finalised.

For more information, please see the following websites:

Master of Diplomacy (Advanced)

Transferring between degrees

 

If you have any queries regarding your degree, courses or enrolments, please feel free to contact the Student Engagement Team at apcd@anu.edu.au  

We look forward to assisting you through your degree and your time here at ANU with the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs and the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy



Double degree

If you undertake the Master of Diplomacy as a Flexible Verticle Double, you will undertake the following courses in your undergraduate degree:

DIPL8002 Contemporary Challenges in Diplomacy (12 units)

INTR8069 Writing International Relations (12 units)





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Contact Diplomacy - Student Administration at apcd@anu.edu.au

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