Graduate Certificate in International Security (GCertIntSec)

Program Code

Program Faculty
Faculty of Arts, Business, Law and Economics

Academic Year

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This program introduces students to the core trends, issues and analyses of contemporary international security. Students will acquire foundational knowledge of current international security challenges and global politics and skills in understanding how these can be managed or mitigated.

The Graduate Certificate in International Security is an AQF Level 8 qualification with a standard full-time duration of 0.5 years.

Program Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate foundational knowledge of global politics and apply these to current international security challenges.
  2. Understand how the principal theoretical frameworks in the discipline apply to contemporary trends in international security.
  3. Understand, assess and communicate foundational theories, ideas and debates in contemporary international security.
  4. Demonstrate knowledge of the principles of scholarly research methods in international security.
  5. Demonstrate intercultural sensitivity and knowledge of ethical standards for professional and research practice.


Program Maximum Duration: As specified in Table 1 of the Coursework Academic Programs Policy, this program must be completed within a Maximum Duration which includes any periods of non-enrolment, leave of absence or approved study at other institutions for credit towards a Program.

Interruption of program: Students must apply for permission from the Executive Dean or delegate before taking a Leave of Absence. Any extension of the leave without approval will result in the loss of place in the program but an application may be made to be re-admitted to the program subject to the admission procedures in place at the time.

Academic Program Rules for Graduate Certificate in International Security

There shall be a Graduate Certificate in International Security.

Qualification Requirements

To qualify for the degree of Graduate Certificate in International Security, the student must satisfactorily complete a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 12 units, comprising:
1.  Core courses to the value of 12 units

Core Courses

  • Core Courses

    To satisfy the requirements for Core Courses students must complete courses to the value of 12 units.

    All of the following courses must be completed:

    Subject/Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
    POLIS 7026 International Security 6


    Courses to the value of 6 units from the following:

    Subject/Catalogue Course Title Unit Value
    POLIS 7113 Terrorism and Global Politics 6
    POLIS 7114 The Ethics of War and Peace 6
    POLIS 7115 Decolonising Security 6