Postgraduate Diploma in International Security

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Entry requirements

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A relevant bachelor’s degree or demonstrate scholarly work in conjunction with extensive relevant professional experience appropriate for admission with equivalent status and admission to Postgraduate Study.

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Planning your programme

The Postgraduate Diploma in International Security may be awarded with Distinction or Merit if study is completed to a superior/high standard, and where all requirements have been completed within one year for full-time study or within three years for part-time study.

The maximum time permitted for completion of this qualification is 4 years.

Postgraduate Diploma in International Security structure

Students will successfully complete 120 credits at 700-level, including the compulsory course 149.720 International Security. Courses must be selected from the programme schedule shown below.

Note: offerings showing BRUN or CSCT are only available to selected military cohorts. No other students are permitted in these offerings.

These regulations should be read in conjunction with all other Statutes and Regulations of the University including the General Regulations for Postgraduate Degrees, Postgraduate Diplomas and Postgraduate Certificates


All courses are 30 credits each unless otherwise indicated.

Compulsory course:
149.720 International Security

At least 60 credits from:
149.701 The New Zealand Strategic Environment
149.704 Leadership, Management and Command
149.707 The Middle East Security Environment
149.709 Terrorism, Insurgency and Transnational Crime
149.715 The Asia-Pacific Strategic Environment
149.716 Security of China as a Great Power
149.725 International Security and Peacekeeping
149.732 Public International law for Defence and Security
149.740 Security and Crime
149.741 Intelligence in the International Security Environment
149.744 Intelligence Operations
149.745 Crime Science
149.760 Defence and Security Technology
149.770 Border Management in the Contemporary Security Environment
149.790 Research Methods in Defence and Security Studies
149.795 The Cyber Security Environment

Up to 30 credits from:
130.702 Coping with Disasters
130.705 Emergency Management
134.703 Ethics of War and Peace
200.761 International Relations: Theory and Practice
230.702 Professional Evaluation Practice
240.757 Logistics in Humanitarian Aid Projects (15 credits)
240.791 Special Topic (15 credits)

Note: not all courses are available in each semester.

How much will it cost?

We can't tell you the exact cost until you have chosen your courses, as the tuition fees you pay each year vary depending on the courses you choose. There will also be compulsory non-tuition fees you have to pay in addition to your tuition fees. For some courses there may be other charges for things such as study resources, software, trips and contact workshops.

To get an approximate idea of tuition costs for typical study areas, you can use our quick guide to programme fees.

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Financial assistance

You might be eligible to apply for a scholarship or award. You can use our scholarship search to see what is available. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help towards paying your fees.

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