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Master of Military and Defence Studies (Advanced)

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

MMDSA
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Academic plan 7828XMMDSA
  • CRICOS code NO CRICOS
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
  • Academic plan 7828XMMDSA
  • CRICOS code NO CRICOS

Program Requirements

The Master of Military and Defence Studies (Advanced) requires the completion of 96 units, which must consist of:

30 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

STST8100 Australian Foreign and Defence Policy

STST8101 Australia's Strategic Environment

STST8102 Strategy

STST8107 International Law and Operations

Either:

66 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

STST8119 Australian Capability and Defence Organisation

STST8106 Operations I

STST8104 Operations II

STST8105 Operations III

STST8117 Leadership and Command

STST7005 Sub-thesis in Military Studies

Or:

66 units from completion of the following compulsory courses:

STST8121 Art of War I

STST8122 Art of War II

STST8123 Art of War III

STST8124 Art of War IV

STST7005 Sub-thesis in Military Studies

Students must complete STST7005 with a minimum grade of 70% (Distinction) in order to complete this program.

Students who do not complete STST7005 with a minimum grade of 70% will be transferred to the Master of Military and Defence Studies.

Specialisations

Admission Requirements

There is no direct admission to the MMilDefStAdv. Admission is by application only, on the basis of performance in identified coursework Master of Military and Defence Studies, and is subject to the approval by the Delegated Authority, and the supervisory capacity of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre.

All applicants must meet the University’s English Language Admission Requirements for Students

Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF)

For more information see: http://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/costs-fees

Annual indicative fee for international students
$34,800.00

For further information on International Tuition Fees see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments/international-tuition-fees

Scholarships

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 (Advanced) is delivered as part of the ANU partnership with the Australian Command and Staff College of the Australian Defence Force, and only open to students who have been posed as course members to the Australian Command and Staff College, and have demonstrated academic excellence in the identified coursework modules of the Master of Military and Defence Studies.

The Master of Military and Defence Studies (Advanced) combines the coursework of the Master of Military and Defence Studies (72 Units) with additional intensive coursework and a 24-unit research thesis.

Career Options

ANU provides you with more choice for your entrance score by offering the new Flexible Double Degree program.

The ANU Flexible Double Degree lets you build skills for your chosen career without forfeiting your passion.  It's your choice to build a double degree partnership that suits your head and your heart.http://students.anu.edu.au/applications/

Learning Outcomes

On satisfying the requirements of this program, students should have demonstrated:

  1. Specialised knowledge in, and an integrated understanding of, strategy, military operations, and their relationship to policy.
  2. An ability to analyse and critique key scholarly works and, where applicable, policy documents relevant to their chosen research area.
  3. An ability to analyse, critically, reflect on and synthesise complex information relating to the conduct of strategy and military operations;
  4. An ability to apply established theories and concepts to practical problems in a contemporary setting, and exercise expert judgement in military, defence or policy contexts;
  5. High levels of written and oral communication in the field of strategic and defence studies.
  6. An ability to frame and research a rigorous and original piece of scholarship that adheres to academic conventions, such as appropriate referencing, a clear and coherent structure, an appropriate balance between description and analysis, and a clear and original line of argument
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