The Advanced Master of National Security Policy includes a significant research component - the requirement to complete a Sub-thesis - as part of the program. This 12,000-15,000 word project is worth 24 units: one quarter of the degree's requirement, or one semester of full-time study. High-performing students are able to frame their own research topic and are matched with an academic supervisor who holds expertise in the relevant field.
At the National Security College, we have a track record of cultivating new generations of security thinkers and enhancing the credentials and opportunities of students wanting to work in the national security space. We take an innovative and forward-looking approach to our teaching and learning methods, for example through blended learning, collaborative work, scenario exercises, and exposure to the policy world through guest presenters drawn from Australia’s most distinguished national security practitioners and thinkers.
Students also benefit from access to our vibrant program of policy engagement, careers briefings and public events featuring leading international speakers. The testimony of our students and alumni speaks for itself – you can read some examples on this website. The academic environment here is unashamedly multi-disciplinary, highly interactive and responsive to the security problems of a world in change. Our staff are at the cutting edge of crafting a new hybrid discipline of knowledge, at the intersection of domestic and international security – national security for the challenges of the 21st century.
At the NSC, we strive to understand and address the significant national security policy questions and challenges that confront Australia, the Indo-Pacific region and the world. We pride ourselves on approaching these issues in a way that combines academic rigour with policy-making practicality. We’re especially interested in the security challenges that multiple countries face in common in a connected world, where no nation – or field of academic expertise – is an island.
Graduate studies guide
A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 6.0/7.0.
Students must achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark in the first 48 units of courses attempted and have the written approval of a supervisor for the research project to remain enrolled in the Master of National Security Policy (Advanced). Students who do not achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark or do not have the written agreement of an identified supervisor will be transferred to the Master of National Security Policy.
- All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students
Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit.
Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit.
Credit for relevant work experience may be considered and will be determined in accordance with the University’s Credit Policy and Procedure https://policies.anu.edu.au/ppl/document/ANUP_000399
The Master of National Security Policy requires the completion of 96 units and 1 – 2 years of study depending on previous studies.
The NSC offers the following courses:
As a flexible and multi-disciplinary degree, the Master of National Security Policy (Advanced) also enables you to study a range of quality elective courses from similar fields across the ANU campus. Please consult the full program guide for more information about elective courses and internships available to you.
Whether your career aspirations lie in government, the private sector, international organisations or the media, a degree from the NSC can help you achieve them. The NSC’s graduate programs will give you both a strong theoretical underpinning and a practical understanding of the national, regional and global security challenges that will shape the 21st century. You’ll be taught by leaders in their fields and gain access to top Australian and overseas officials from government and the private sector.
At the National Security College, you’ll be part of a new generation of professionals from across Australia and around the world who are engaging with applied national security policymaking in Australia’s capital. You’ll gain an internationally respected qualification in national security with a focus on the dynamic Indo-Pacific region and develop the skills and networks you’ll need to further your career.
Scholarships and fees
National Security Policy Scholarships
This scholarship offers a partial fee grant to new applicants for the Master of National Security Policy or Master of National Security Policy (Advanced).
Awarded on the basis of academic merit, this competitive scholarship offers a partial fee grant to students who have received an offer of admission for the first time. The scholarship is offered under three divisions: new domestic students; new international students; and employees of the Australian, state and territory public services.
Find out more about this scholarship or read the application guide.
National Security College Entry Scholarship for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Students
The ANU NSC Scholarship for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Students offers a partial fee grant to a new applicant from an Indigenous community who has received an offer to join either program.
Each year the National Security College may award a partial tuition scholarship known as the National Security College Entry Scholarship for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Students.
National Security College HDR Travel Grant
The National Security College HDR Travel Grant provides additional research funding for new or existing domestic higher degree by research students from the College to undertake fieldwork or attend conferences.
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.
Costs associated with your study at ANU will depend on a number of things, including your study program and whether you’re a national or international student.
Annual indicative fee for international students
Annual indicative fee for domestic students
More information on costs and fees