18 months
29000 AUD/year
18500 AUD/year
Tuition fee
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This International Relations and National Security course from Curtin University is designed for people who want the expertise to understand, analyse and critically assess the increasingly complex problems of international relations and national security.  

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

You’ll 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.

You can choose to study this International Relations and National Security course from Curtin University at the graduate certificate, graduate diploma or master degree level. Students who complete the master degree via the dissertation stream to a high standard can apply for doctoral-level studies.

Why study  

  • This course has 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 UK.
  • Curtin is the only university in Western Australia to offer such a course at a postgraduate level.

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.  

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • National Security and Strategy
  • Contemporary Issues in International Relations
  • International Security in the 21st Century
  • Globalised Terrorism
  • Intelligence and Analysis
  • Strategic Geography  
  • Asia Pacific Studies
  • Russian and Eurasian Studies

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines


300 alternative credits


On Campus, Online

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

CRICOS code: 074662E  

  • A bachelor degree or equivalent plus at least one year of work experience, or the Graduate Diploma in International Relations and National Security or at least the first four units of that course.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    29000 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 29000 AUD per year during 18 months.
  • National

    18500 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 18500 AUD per year during 18 months.

Living costs for Perth

1328 - 2367 AUD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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