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The Australian National University

Graduate Studies in National Security Policy


With a Master of National Security Policy, you will gain a unique, in-depth understanding of the security challenges that confront countries in our region and the world.

Our degrees develop graduates who have a deeper understanding of the traditional and non-traditional national security challenges facing Australia, the Indo-Pacific and the world. Join the network of experienced national security researchers, practitioners and policy-makers in Australia's capital. With a graduate qualification from the National Security College, you will benefit from:

  • multidisciplinary approaches focused on applied policymaking
  • unique courses such as cyberspace, biological weapons, transnational terrorism and crime
  • Masters and Advanced Masters programs
  • access to experts and senior officials
  • collaborative networking, career and academic support
  • merit-based scholarships.


Our degrees

You will learn how Australia’s national security architecture functions and leave with an enhanced capacity to lead or contribute to strategy development within government, industry or non-government organisations. Develop the skills and the security insight required when implementing public policy and evaluating its effectiveness.

The program of study is challenging and fully integrated into the Australian National University’s suite of graduate courses. It offers two coursework qualifications for on campus study:


Graduate studies guide


Career & academic pathways

We aim to develop your knowledge and analytical skills in the broad area of national security policy. Students and graduates of the program are employed by Australian Government departments or agencies with an interest in national security, in the private sector, and in international organisations or NGO’s dealing with the broad range of security challenges in our region and the world. The Advanced Masters qualification is also a pathway to PhD study at the ANU or other universities.

More information

Want to know more? Please contact our Academic Program Coordinator, Ms Farnaz Salehzadeh, for detailed information and advice at or on +61 2 6125 6131.

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Class timetable

Download the timetable of courses for Semester 1, 2017.

Download the timetable of courses for Semester 2, 2017.


The NSC offers the following courses:

The NSC also offers a number of cross-campus electives, including:

If you wish to enrol in any other elective courses, please contact the NSC Graduate Convenor for consultation at


The National Security College is a joint initiative of the Commonwealth Government and The Australian National University

Updated:  17 March 2017/ Responsible Officer:  Head of College, National Security College/ Page Contact:  Web administrator, National Security College