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Master of International Security

This course is available


Level of Study

Master's Degree


1.5 years

Next start date

Expected Feb 2023


Manawatu Campus


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?

Entry criteria

All students must meet university entrance requirements to be admitted to the University.

Specific requirements

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:

  • IELTS - 6.5 overall and minimum 6.0 in each band
  • TOEFL iBT – Overall score 90, minimum 20 in Writing
  • Cambridge English - C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency with a score of 176. No less than 169 in each skill.
  • NCEL - Level 5
  • PTE - 58 overall and minimum 50 in each communicative skills
  • LanguageCert - C1 Expert IESOL (LRWS) with HIGH PASS and no less than Pass in each skill or C2 Mastery IESOL (LRWS) with PASS and no less than Pass in each skill

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