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Postgraduate Diploma in International Security

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • One year full-time; up to four years part-time
  • Available for international students via distance learning

Be a force for peace in the world

The Postgraduate Diploma in International Security is a multidisciplinary programme drawing on international relations, strategic studies, political science, religion, area studies, political and human geography, and military history.

What is it like?

Find out more about entry requirements, fees and courses in the planning section.

With Massey’s Postgraduate Diploma in International Security you’ll develop skills in security management. This is an increasingly important dimension of government and public policy, with direct benefit to economic security and social wellbeing.

Get advanced knowledge of the security sector

You’ll gain advanced knowledge in contemporary international security theory and practice; understanding of interagency perspectives; and analytical and communications skills appropriate to the security context.

Be connected and supported

You’ll also benefit from our close relationships with partner agencies in the security sector. Our committed and supportive staff will encourage you to pursue your intellectual and professional interests and develop your own area of specialisation. You can pursue your own interests by specialising in terrorism, border and biosecurity, intelligence or defence.

A good fit if you:

  • Have an appropriate or equivalent undergraduate degree in defence and security studies
  • Have extensive professional experience in the security sector
  • Want to go on to the Master of International Security


With the Postgraduate Diploma in International Security you can expect to advance your career in the security sector in government and non-government agencies, and contribute to international security operations.

This programme will prepare you for roles in fields such as:

  • Analysing regional politics
  • Border security
  • Conflict resolution
  • Customs work
  • Police work
  • Defence forces
  • Peacekeeping
  • Policy analysis
  • Truce monitoring
  • Management
  • Planning
  • Politics
  • Risk management

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