Postgraduate Certificate of International Security Studies

Course Level Postgraduate Delivered by Open Universities Australia
Duration Flexible Study Mode Online
Fees Enquire about payment options

Course overview

The International Security Studies courses cover a broad spectrum of traditional and non-traditional security issues examined from a regional and global context. Following the Australian government's expanded definition of national security to encompass an all-hazards approach, the field of security issues is no longer limited to traditional security threats such as, military threats, terrorism, law enforcement and critical infrastructure protection, it also includes non-traditional security threats such as pandemics, natural disasters, humanitarian intervention, economic security and environmental security. This postgraduate program examines the theoretical and conceptual frameworks that tend to explain the security landscape relative to geopolitical security interest.

Course structure

To qualify for the award of Postgraduate Certificate of International Security Studies students must complete three units as indicated in the course structure.

Entry requirement

The International Security Studies course has two entrance pathways:


Applicants require an undergraduate degree from a recognised university.


Business and work experience

Applicants who do not have an academic qualification but have at least 5 years relevant work experience (experience in a defence intelligence or law enforcement role requiring research and report writing skills) may gain entry to the course by first completing the Postgraduate Certificate, then progressing to the Postgraduate Diploma and articulating up to the Masters course.

Students enrolled in the Postgraduate Certificate must submit a fresh application at completion if they wish to articulate to the Postgraduate Diploma. Similarly, students enrolled in the Postgraduate Diploma need to submit a fresh application at completion to articulate to the Masters course.

International students need IELTS of 6.5.

Enquire now to have one of our education experts from Open Universities Australia contact you.

Enquire Now