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Diploma in Arts (Security Studies)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Not available for international students

Graduate in high demand

Massey’s Diploma in Arts (Security Studies) will give you a powerful combination of critical thinking skills and knowledge of global security issues.

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What is it like?

Our world provides numerous complex and multifaceted challenges to security. These include traditional interstate conflict, the threat of the spread of nuclear weapons, disputes linked to religious differences, control and exploitation of scarce resources, and the impact of globalisation and environmental change.

Management of threats to security is an important dimension of government and public policy. If you are interested in local and global security issues, Massey’s Diploma in Arts (Security Studies) will give you knowledge in this area.

Unique in New Zealand

Massey offers New Zealand’s only specialist education in security studies. It examines security challenges such as biosecurity, conflict resolution and cyber-crime at community and government levels. You’ll develop broad and transferable critical thinking skills. You’ll also have the opportunity to do an internship with government agencies such as Customs or the New Zealand Police.

Learn from the best

Our lecturers have professional and academic experience. Our courses are nationally and internationally respected, scholarly and career-focussed, and well-connected with potential employers. The programme is designed in collaboration with an advisory board of New Zealand’s top defence and security officials.

You choose what to study

The security studies programme is highly interdisciplinary. Your education will draw on the academic knowledge and professional experience of staff from across the University.

A good fit if you:

  • Want to take the first step towards a Bachelor of Arts
  • Are keen to develop academic knowledge of security studies
  • Have a personal interest in security issues
  • Seek early- to mid-career professional development
  • Want to help keep New Zealand safe
  • Can look for solutions in tough situations


With a Diploma in Arts (Security Studies) you’ll graduate in high demand.

By learning how people, property and information are protected, you can prepare for a career that’s challenging, rewarding and will help make the world a safer place. Knowledge of security can be applied to a range of professions and vocations such as:

  • Government or non-government agencies
  • Commercial companies
  • Security
  • Business
  • Foreign affairs
  • Trade, law
  • Intelligence
  • Border protection
  • Law enforcement

This diploma also offers early- to mid-career professional development in public and private organisations where security is important.

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