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Graduate Diploma of Military and Defence Studies

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

GDMDS
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
  • Academic plan 6828XGDMDS
  • CRICOS code NO CRICOS
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
  • Academic plan 6828XGDMDS
  • CRICOS code NO CRICOS

The Graduate Diploma 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 two 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:

  • Demonstrate advanced theoretical and technical knowledge in their chosen area of practice in Military and Defence Studies;
  • Apply their theoretical and technical knowledge to a range of contexts to undertake professional work in military, defence or policy contexts, or as a pathway to further learning.

Admission Requirements

Admission to the Graduate Diploma in Military and Defence Studies requires a prior bachelor, graduate certificate or higher degree.

To be eligible for admission to the  Graduate Diploma in Military and Defence Studies, applicants must be posted as course members to the Australian Command and Staff College.

English language requirements

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

Assessment of qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, ANU will accept all Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) qualifications or international equivalents that meet or exceed the published admission requirements of our programs, provided all other admission requirements are also met.

Where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will base assessment on the qualification that best meets the admission requirements for the program. Find out more about the Australian Qualifications Framework: www.aqf.edu.au

ANU uses a 7-point Grade Point Average (GPA) scale. All qualifications submitted for admission at ANU will be converted to this common scale, which will determine if an applicant meets our published admission requirements. Find out more about how a 7-point GPA is calculated for Australian universities: www.uac.edu.au/future-applicants/admission-criteria/tertiary-qualifications

Unless otherwise indicated, where an applicant has more than one completed tertiary qualification, ANU will calculate the GPA for each qualification separately. ANU will base assessment on the best GPA of all completed tertiary qualifications of the same level or higher.

Applications for course credit

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.

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.

Program Requirements

The Graduate Diploma in Military and Defence Studies program requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:

48 units from completion of two of the following specialisations:

Australia and the Use of Force

Australian Defence Policy

Military Operations, Leadership and Command

Strategy and Operations

Specialisations

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