- Length 1.5 year full-time
- Minimum 72 Units
- Academic plan 7829XMMDS
- CRICOS code NO CRICOS
- Academic contact
The Masters of Military and Defence Studies is offered in conjunction with the Australian Command and Staff Course (Joint) at the Australian Command and Staff College. It is designed to give students a thorough understanding of the following areas of practice:
- Strategy and Operations;
- Australian Defence Policy;
- Military Operations, Leadership and Command; or
- Australia and the Use of Force
Entry is restricted to students who are posted as course members to the Australian Command and Staff College
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Upon successful completion, students will be able to:
- Demonstrate specialised knowledge and specialised cognitive skills in Military and Defence Studies, with an integrated understanding of the conduct of military operations, its relation to government policy, and military capability.
- Be able to analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise complex information relating to the conduct of military operations, research and apply established theories and concepts and exercise expert judgement in military, defence or policy contexts.
An AQF Level 7 or 8 qualification or international equivalent in a cognate discipline
All applicants must meet the University's English Language Admission Requirements for Students
This degree is only open to selected personnel who have been posted to the Australian Command and Staff College.
ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.
Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are. Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.
For further information see the Scholarships website.
The Master of Military and Defence Studies requires the completion of 72 units, which must consist of:
72 units from completion of courses from the following list:
STST8100 Australia’s Strategic and Defence Policy
STST8104 Operations II
STST8105 Operations III
STST8106 Operations I
STST8107 International Law and Operations
STST8108 Special Topic in Military and Defence Studies
STST8117 Command and leadership