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Master of International Security

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • 18 months full-time; up to five years part-time
  • Available for international students via distance learning

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Regulations

Details you need to know about the structure, courses and requirements for this programme.

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Entry requirements

Full details can be viewed in the regulations.

Eligibility
A relevant bachelor's degree with a grade average of at least B- plus a minimum of two years of full time professional experience.
or
A completed Postgraduate Certificate in International Security, with at least a B- grade average.
Or
A completed postgraduate Diploma in International Security, with at least a B- Grade average.
Or
be able to demonstrate scholarly work in conjunction with extensive relevant professional experience and standing in leadership, managerial and planning positions in government or non-government security agencies appropriate for admission with equivalent status.

What documents do you need to supply to support your application?

  • a copy of your academic transcript/s
  • a copy of your current curriculum vitae( unless you have completed a postgraduate qualification in International Security)

For general entry requirements see Massey University entry requirements.

Transition

Students who commenced study towards the Master of International Security prior to January 2019 and have completed at least 60 credits may be permitted to substitute courses already completed. These transitional provisions expire 31 December 2022.

Planning your programme

Distinction

Students who complete within 18 months of first enrolling for full-time study or within four years of first enrolling for part-time study may be eligible for Distinction or Merit.

Time Limit

All requirements must be completed within five years

Master of International Security structure

Students will successfully complete 180 credits as indicated on the programme schedule.  A minimum B- grade average must be achieved in the first 60 credits undertaken in Part One in order to progress to Part Two. Students who do not meet the criteria for progression to Part Two may transfer to the Postgraduate Diploma in International Security.

The Master of International Security may be completed with or without an endorsement. Endorsements are available in:

  • Defence
  • Border and Biosecurity
  • Intelligence
  • Terrorism

Students must complete at least 120 credits in a single subject area including a 60 credit research in that subject if they wish to have the endorsement.

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

Courses

Please refer to the ‘regulations’ button for a full list of all courses available in this programme.

Unendorsed Option

Part One (120 credits)

Compulsory course:
294.720 Security; Concepts and Structures

Plus 90 credits selected from courses listed on the programme schedule.

Endorsement in Border and Biosecurity

Part One (120 credits)

Compulsory courses:
294.720 Security; Concepts and Structures
294.770 Border and Maritime Security
294.712 Economic and Environmental Security

Plus 30 credits selected from courses listed on the programme schedule.

Endorsement in Defence

Part One (120 credits)

Compulsory courses:
294.720 Security; Concepts and Structures
294.704 Command, Leadership and Management
294.717 Applied Security Planning Exercise

Plus 30 credits selected from courses listed on the programme schedule.

Endorsement in Intelligence

Part One (120 credits)

Compulsory courses:
294.720 Security; Concepts and Structures
294.744 Intelligence Operations
294.741 Intelligence in the International Security Environment

Plus 30 credits selected from courses listed on the programme schedule.

Endorsement in Terrorism

Part One (120 credits)

Compulsory courses:
294.720 Security; Concepts and Structures
294.709 Terrorism
294.713 Counter Terrorism

Plus 30 credits selected from courses listed on the programme schedule.

Part Two (60 credits):

294.820 Applied Security Research Project

Note: not all courses are available in each semester.

Majors or endorsements

An endorsement in Border and Biosecurity must include courses 294.770 and 294.712

An endorsement in Defence must include courses 294.704 and 294.714

An endorsement in Intelligence must include courses 294.744 and 294.741

An endorsement in Terrorism must include courses 294.709 and 294.713

 


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

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