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Graduate Certificate of Military and Defence Studies

A single graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

GCMDS
  • Minimum 24 Units
  • Academic plan 6829XGCMDS
  • CRICOS code NO CRICOS
Graduate Certificate of Military and Defence Studies

The Graduate Certificate in Military and Defence Studies draws from the courses integrated into the Australian Command and Staff Course (Joint) of the Australian Command and Staff College. It is designed to give students a thorough understanding of one of the following areas of practice:

 
     
  • Australia and the use of force;
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  • Australian defence policy;
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  • Military operations; or
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  • The development and sustainment of military capability.
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Entry is restricted to students who are posted as course members to the Australian Command and Staff College.

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission to the GradCertMDS, applicants must be posted as course members to the Australian Command and Staff College.

 

Admission to the GradCertMDS requires a prior bachelor or higher degree.

 

Prior learning will be recognised for admission in accordance with the ANU Policy: Credit Policy. Prior learning (formal, non-formal and in-formal) must be documented as part of the application. Candidates are eligible for admission if, in the judgement of the Delegated Authority, the totality of documented prior learning equates to the learning outcomes of a program sufficient for regular admission.

 

To be eligible for admission to the GradCertMDS, students must fulfil the English language requirements as set out in ANU Policy: English Language Admission Requirements for Students (2010) or any future policy that replaces it.

Program Requirements

This program requires the completion of 24 units, of which:

 

24 units must come from the completion of 8000-level courses in the subject area STST- Strategic Studies.

 

The 24 units must include:

 

24 units from completion of courses from one of the following lists:

 

Australia and the use of force:
STST8100 Australian Foreign and Defence Policy (6 units)
STST8101 Australia's Strategic Environment (6 units)
STST8102 Strategy (6 units)
STST8107 International Law and Operations (6 units)

 

Australian defence policy
STST8100 Australian Foreign and Defence Policy (6 units)
STST8101 Australia's Strategic Environment (6 units)
STST8103 Australian Defence Organisation (6 units)
A minimum of 6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

 

STST8104 Operational Art (12 units)
STST8105 Intervention Operations (12 units)
STST8106 Expeditionary Operations (6 units)
STST8107 International Law and Operations (6 units)
STST8109 Capability, Force Structuring and Preparedness (12 units)

 

Military operations:
STST8104 Operational Art (12 units)
STST8105 Intervention Operations (12 units)
STST8106 Expeditionary Operations (6 units)
STST8107 International Law and Operations (6 units)

 

The development and sustainment of military capability:
STST8103 Australian Defence Organisation (6 units)
STST8109 Capability, Force Structuring and Preparedness (12 units)
A minimum of 6 units from completion of courses from the following list:

 

STST8100 Australian Foreign and Defence Policy (6 units)
STST8101 Australia's Strategic Environment (6 units)
STST8102 Strategy (6 units)
STST8104 Operational Art (12 units)
STST8105 Intervention Operations (12 units)
STST8106 Expeditionary Operations (6 units)
STST8107 International Law and Operations (6 units)

Elective Study

Once you have met the program requirements of your degree, you may have enough electives to complete an additional elective major,  minor or specialisation.

Scholarships

ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to current and future students to assist with the cost of their studies. The University is committed to enabling all students, regardless of their background, to achieve their best at ANU and realise their potential. 

Eligibility 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.

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