Graduate Diploma in International Law & Security | Law

Graduate Diploma in International Law & Security

Program code: 
Units of credit: 
36 uoc
No. of courses: 
6 courses (2 compulsory)
1 year full time, 2 years part time
Semester start: 
Semester 1 & Semester 2
Additional entry requirements: 
Undergraduate degree in law, the social sciences or humanities (minimum credit average)
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International law is a significant influence on security and strategy. The new Graduate Diploma in International Law and Security is a joint program of UNSW Law and the School of Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS) at UNSW Canberra (Australian Defence Force Academy). The degree provides an interdisciplinary study program that meets the developmental requirements of students interested in careers in international law and international security. The program provides students with a strong theoretical and practical understanding of the international legal system, the factors shaping the global and Asia-Pacific security and strategic environments, and the complex policy challenges presented by the new security agenda. 

Defence forces personnel should confirm which sources of funding may be available for this program. For further details, contact

Program structure

Students are required to complete two compulsory courses (12 uoc) in the first year of study, then choose half of their elective courses from the International Law courses offered by UNSW Law and half from the Security and Strategic courses offered by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences at UNSW Canberra. Core courses: Principles of International Law and Global Security

Several courses each year will be offered by distance learning, particularly those courses offered by UNSW Canberra. Details of the courses available by this mode of learning will be made available at the start of each semester.

Visit UNSW Online Handbook for information about the Master of International Law & Security.


Did you know?

  • Gain an interdisciplinary, specialised education.
  • Several courses each year are offered by distance learning through UNSW Canberra.
  • Defence forces personnel may be eligible for funding.
  • Undertake a research thesis.