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Graduate Certificate in International Relations and National Security

GradCertIntlRelNatSec(Curtin) - GC-INTRNS Humanities
Location Bentley
Study method Full-time or part-time
Study mode On-campus or mixed on- and off-campus
Intake February or July
Duration 6 months full-time or equivalent part-time

This course explores the key characteristics of the international system, the nation state, balance of power and domestic influences on foreign policy. You will examine challenges to world security in the post Cold War era, study great powers and their role in global security and consider the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Your core studies will be supported by two specialist topics chosen to suit your current and future career needs.

Upon successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in International Relations and National Security, you may transfer to the graduate diploma, and then subsequently enrol in the Master of International Relations and National Security.

Please note, there is one optional unit which isn’t available online.

Admission criteria

Admission criteria for Australian and New Zealand students

A bachelor degree in any field of study from a recognised tertiary institution or a minimum of five years relevant work experience.

English language proficiency

IELTS Academic (International English Language Testing System)
Writing 6.0
Speaking 6.0
Reading 6.0
Listening 6.0
Overall band score 6.5

Other qualifications may also satisfy our English language admission criteria. Please view our English language requirements page to find out more.


Fees for Australian and New Zealand students

Year Student type Cost
2018 Domestic fee paying Domestic fee-paying - A domestic fee-paying place is a place at university which is not Commonwealth supported, that is, not subsidised by the Australian Government. Domestic fee paying students will be charged tuition fees and may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for all or part of those tuition fees. $8,800*

Fees are indicative only.

* Based on a first-year full-time study load of 100 credits. The total cost will depend on your course options (i.e. units selected and time taken to complete).

Use the Fee Calculator for an estimate of individual unit fees. There may also be some additional costs. For more information, see other fees and charges.

Credit for previous study

Applications for credit for recognised learning (CRL) are assessed on an individual basis.

Learn about Credit for Recognised Learning (CRL)

Career opportunities

Upon graduation you will be well-placed to seek a career in foreign policy and defence, international trade, public service, non-government international organisations, journalism and mass media, teaching, business or consulting.

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