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Master of Military and Defence Studies

A single 1.5 year graduate degree offered by the ANU College of Asia and the Pacific

  • Length 1.5 year full-time
  • Minimum 72 Units
  • Academic plan 7829XMMDS
  • Length 1.5 year full-time
  • Minimum 72 Units
  • Academic plan 7829XMMDS

Program Requirements

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 Australian Foreign and Defence Policy

STST8101 Australia’s Strategic Environment

STST8102 Strategy

STST8104 Operations II

STST8105 Operations III

STST8106 Operations I

STST8107 International Law and Operations

STST8108 Special Topic in Military and Defence Studies

STST8117 Leadership and Command

STST8119 Australian Capability and Defence Organisation


Admission Requirements

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.

Domestic Tuition Fees (DTF)

For more information see:

Annual indicative fee for international students

For further information on International Tuition Fees see:


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 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

Career Options

Graduates from ANU have been rated as Australia's most employable graduates and among the most sought after by employers worldwide.

The latest Global Employability University Ranking, published by the Times Higher Education, rated ANU as Australia's top university for getting a job for the fourth year in a row.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will be able to:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
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