Master of National Security Policy


CRICOS course code: 101473
Level of study: Postgraduate

This degree prepares new generations of national security policymakers, analysts, researchers and leaders, in line with the vision of the National Security College as a unique joint initiative between The Australian National University and the Australian Government. It offers a world-class qualification in national security. Core courses provide foundations in concepts and practical policy skills, with a focus on navigating the Australian security landscape. Electives examine the horizon of present and future risks, from pandemics, climate change, terrorism and cyber attacks through to Indo-Pacific geopolitical crises, US-China tensions, foreign interference and information warfare. To address these challenges, students may choose a policy grounding in security-related aspects of such areas as law, bureaucracy, politics, ethics, history, intelligence, geoeconomics, risk-management, civil-military relations, migration, gender, energy and critical technologies.
This Masters degree is designed around a signature teaching model: each course integrates academic expertise from NSC, Crawford and across ANU with the direct insights of leading policy practitioners from Australia and internationally, drawing on the NSC’s exceptional networks. This degree equips graduates equally for careers in government agencies or for the many other professional pathways where it matters to understand 21st century security.
Learning Outcomes
Demonstrate a multidisciplinary understanding of contemporary and emerging national security challenges affecting Australia
Develop an intellectually rigorous conception of national security connecting theoretical, historical and practical perspectives
Use concepts and frameworks to critically analyse complex and contemporary issues in the area of national security
Demonstrate a working understanding of the context, processes, challenges and options for national security policy development and implementation
Communicate ideas, analysis and arguments on national security.

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