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Expected Feb 2023
Study a Master of International Security – MIntlSy
The Master of International Security is a multidisciplinary qualification. It draws on strategic studies, international relations, military studies, political science, area studies, political and human geography and complementary fields of study.
Fast-track your qualification and your career
If you want to develop skills in security management, this is the programme for you. Security management is an increasingly important dimension of government and public policy. It has a direct benefit to economic security and social wellbeing, so your skills will be in demand.
Follow your own interests
You will learn the principles, theory and practice of international security. You’ll gain understanding of interagency perspectives. You’ll also develop analytical and communications skills appropriate to the security context.
You will carry out independent research in a security context. This will enable you to develop your own area of specialisation. You will also benefit from our close relationships with partner agencies in the security sector.
Questions that you will consider on this programme include:
What geopolitical forces shape the international security environment?
What are the historical, geographical and political dynamics that have shaped New Zealand's strategic environment?
What are the causes, key protagonists and consequences of differing types of political violence?
What are the challenges to intervention, peace and stabilisation operations?
Does state building work?
What are the new emerging threats to international security?
All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.
To enter the Master of International Security you will have been awarded or qualified for:
a relevant bachelor's degree with a grade average of at least B-, 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 you will:
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.
International English Language Requirements: