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.
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).
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.
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:
Diplomatic / Foreign service
Government and public service
International trade and business
International development and aid
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.
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”.
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.
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.
“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”.