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Master of Diplomacy

Our graduates go into the world with the practical skills and conceptual learning to help them negotiate a complex, hyper-connected, fast-changing regional and global environment.



Today’s world is marked by unprecedented complexity and uncertainty. Globalisation, conflict, regional instability, technology, and the changing role of major powers will shape and challenge the world we inhabit. Policymakers are increasingly faced with an infinite range of alternatives and uncertain consequences to choosing each alternative. Diplomacy is the framework through which policymakers communicate, contest and negotiate solutions to govern these tectonic challenge.

Our programs

We offer two Masters programs:

Master of Diplomacy

The Master of Diplomacy equips you with knowledge and skills for understanding the diplomatic practices of the international system and positions you in the centre of a global network of leading scholars and policymakers.

Relevant to diplomatic practitioners in diverse fields (such as strategic and foreign affairs, inter- and intra-government, international law, journalism, and trade), our unique program brings an international and inter-disciplinary perspective to the classroom.

As our student, you will have access to an internationally renowned team of teaching staff with a wide range of experience, including authors of field leading textbooks which are currently used by some of the world’s most prestigious universities.

We are part of a global network of high-profile practitioners, attracting visits from leading scholars and policy-makers including the Late Rt Hon Malcolm Fraser AC CH GCL (22nd Prime Minister of Australia), the Hon Penelope Wensley AC (Former Permanent Representative to the UN and Governor of Queensland), Major General (Retd) Michael A. Smith (National President of UNAA) and Ambassador William Fisher (Retd).

Learn more about the program structure and courses.

Master of International Law and Diplomacy

The The Master of International Law and Diplomacy addresses the needs arising from the unique dynamics of the current international environment where policy, law and dispute resolution intersect. This innovative joint degree will help deepen your understanding of the ways in which diplomacy and law operate in, and interact with, the modern world.

Learn more about the program structure and courses.


Change in program for Semester 1, 2023

The Master of Diplomacy will be a 48 unit program starting from Semester 1, 2023.

Applications to this program will open from November 2022.

Further details will be provided late October 2022.

Career pathways

A Master of Diplomacy will equip you with the professional skills to represent your country or organisation effectively at an international level. Graduates have gone on to positions with the United Nations, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) and other foreign ministries, and to work in multilateral bodies, international corporations, and non-government organisations.

Our Master of Diplomacy will prepare you with the necessary skills to advance your career in a wide range of professions such as:

  • Consultancies
  • Diplomatic / Foreign service
  • Foreign affairs
  • Government and public service
  • Intergovernmental agencies
  • International trade and business
  • International development and aid
  • Journalism
  • Multinational corporations
  • Private not for profit
  • University teaching and research
  • Think tanks, policy institutes, and research centres

Ruth Dobson Scholarship

Each year up to two Ruth Dobson scholarships are awarded to domestic and international students. The Scholarships are available to domestic or international students who are applying for admission to the Master of Diplomacy program.

For more information visit Ruth Dobson Scholarship

Want to know more?

Enquire now to hear more from ANU or email us at asiapacific@anu.edu.au to organise a time to talk with current students, program advisers, or the academics who teach this program.


Graduate profile

Meet Ann Zhang

Meet Ann Zhang

ANU was my first choice institution as it has the academic and geographical advantages for studying diplomacy.

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Meet Lachlan King

During his short 18-month degree Lachlan completed four internships: at the Embassy of Egypt, the Embassy of Afghanistan, the U.S. Embassy and the Australian Institute of International Affairs (AIIA).

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Meet Henry Strong

Henry’s story at ANU is extraordinary. He decided to study his Master of Diplomacy (MDIPL) and move to Canberra from Tasmania. “I quickly concluded that ANU is the only place in Australia to study international affairs, diplomacy and politics. The proximity to government and diplomacy is extremely beneficial”.

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Meet Jayden Evett

“Studying diplomacy has long been a goal of mine. My passion for communication and connecting people translates naturally to the diplomatic studies, a unique practice-driven disciple grounded in experience-based education”.

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Shrutidhar Tripathi

Meet Shrutidhar Tripathi

Studying the Master of Diplomacy has helped me tremendously in building my experience and knowledge of negotiation, conflict-resolution and diplomatic practices.

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Michele Acuto

Meet Michele Acuto

ANU is generally well-regarded in most of the disciplines I work in. The academic staff in IR have a global reputation, and the Asia-Pacific College of Diplomacy has a key advantage of focusing on the practice of international relations beyond theory.

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Meet Dylan O'Beirne

Meet Dylan O'Beirne

Through my studies at the Asia Pacific College of Diplomacy I have been able to develop a far deeper and more nuanced understanding not only of international affairs but of the nature of diplomatic work.

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