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International Relations and National Security

Graduate Diploma


Graduate Diploma in International Relations and National Security
1 year full-time
Curtin Perth


Advance your expertise in analysing global trends, international diplomacy and addressing security challenges.

International Relations

Industry links

Learn from staff experienced in the relations of countries including Japan, Russia, Germany, Canada and the United Kingdom.

Get the Curtin edge

Access to leadership programs, specialist facilities and industry placements give you a competitive edge in the job market.

Top 1 %

Curtin is ranked in the top one per cent of universities worldwide (Academic Ranking of World Universities 2019).

This course is designed for people who want the expertise to understand, analyse and critically assess the increasingly complex problems of international relations and national security.

This course builds on the curriculum of the graduate certificate to provide you with the opportunity to complete further specialist topics.

Upon successful completion of the graduate certificate, you may transfer to this graduate diploma, and then subsequently enrol in the Master of International Relations and National Security.

You will gain the knowledge and skills to understand contemporary international relations, global trends, diplomacy, security challenges and strategic affairs from an interdisciplinary perspective.

As you progress through the graduate program, you’ll further explore the key characteristics of the international system, nation-states, balance of power, security and the domestic influences on foreign policy. You’ll also study optional units that support your career goals, analysing topics such as the geopolitics of the Indo-Pacific region, through to intelligence, terrorism, strategic geography and energy security.

Please refer to the handbook for additional course overview information.

Why study

  • These courses have an interdisciplinary approach with perspectives from political science, history, geography and anthropology.
  • Our academics are also practitioners in their field of study, with many years of real-world experience.
  • Our international staff provide expert teaching and learning from all over the world, including Japan, Indonesia, Russia and the United Kingdom.
  • Curtin is the only university in Western Australia to offer such a course at a postgraduate level, with strong industry links and connections.

Career information

The future of international relations and national security

From climate change to terrorism, cyber threats to the plight of refugees and mass human displacement, the international system is growing evermore complex. To address contemporary challenges, international relations and national security professionals require diverse theoretical and practical training that responds to real-world situations. This course provides such theoretical underpinnings and practical skills which gives you much sought after employment capabilities.  


  • Diplomat
  • Intelligence Officer
  • Intelligence Analyst
  • Signals Analyst
  • Strategic Policy
  • Foreign Policy
  • Federal Agent
  • Police Officer
  • Border Force Officer
  • International Development
  • UN Political Affairs Officer
  • Military Officer (Navy, Army, Air Force)
  • International Trade Policy
  • Researcher
  • Journalist


  • Foreign affairs 
  • Defence
  • Security
  • Intelligence 
  • National security
  • Law enforcement 
  • State and Federal public service
  • Academic and industry think-tanks
  • Media and journalism
  • International trade
  • Civil Society, such as the UN
  • Global NGOs

What you'll learn

  • apply knowledge of the principles and concepts of international relations and national security in work related settings; foster gained knowledge and develop strong independent research skills through minor and major research projects
  • critically analyse and interpret major political, security, socio-economic and policy issues using an international relations and security studies framework; think creatively to develop effective policy solutions to national and international challenges
  • identify, systemise, process, and critically evaluate and synthesise relevant data from a range of appropriate sources; create an effects-based policy product
  • communicate, both verbally and in writing, comprehensive analyses of complex international relations and national security data or theories
  • use relevant technologies to effectively collect and interrogate data, and communicate findings
  • develop strong independent learning and analytical skills
  • develop skills to think strategically and in the global context
  • develop strong appreciation of working in multi-cultural national and international environments
  • develop and practice effective independent multi-tasking and team management skills; develop leadership skills and strong professional ethics

Admission criteria

A bachelor degree in any field of study from a recognised tertiary institution.

Curtin requires all applicants to demonstrate proficiency in English. Specific English requirements for this course are outlined in the IELTS table below.

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

You may demonstrate English proficiency using the following tests and qualifications.

Advanced standing

At Curtin, we understand that everyone’s study journey has been different.

You may have already studied some of the units (subjects) listed in your Curtin course, or you may have work experience that matches the degree requirements.

If this applies to you, you can apply for credit for recognised learning (CRL), which means your previous study is recognised and matched against a similar unit in your intended Curtin course.

A successful CRL application exempts you from having to complete certain units within your course and means you could finish your degree in a shorter amount of time.

CRL is also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing and credit transfer.

Use the CRL search to find out how much CRL you qualify for, or contact us at:


Tel: 1300 222 888

CRL search

Fees & charges

Domestic fee paying postgraduate

Fee year: 2020

Student type Cost
Domestic $18,000*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 200 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

Use the Fee Calculator for an estimate of individual unit fees. There may also be some additional costs. For more information, see other fees and charges.


For start dates, please view the academic calendar.

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Semester 1 and Semester 2

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The University reserves the right to withdraw any unit of study or program which it offers, to impose limitations on enrolment in any unit or program, and/or to vary arrangements for any program.

How to apply

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Please note that each campus has different application deadlines. Please view our application deadlines page for further information.

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  • Curtin course code: GD-INTRNS
  • CRICOS code: 074660G
  • Last updated on: December 6, 2019