• Offered by Strategic and Defence Studies Centre
  • ANU College ANU College of Asia and the Pacific
  • Course subject Strategic Studies
  • Academic career PGRD
  • Course convener
    • Dr Michael Finch
  • Mode of delivery In Person
  • Offered in First Semester 2021
    Second Semester 2021
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The thesis is a requirement of the Master of Military and Defence Studies (Advanced) and is a 15,000 word piece of independent research on a subject chosen by the student. The thesis gives students an opportunity to develop their research skills and produce a piece of written research which contributes to the body of knowledge in the field of Military Studies. Students are encouraged to seek out topics which are of central research interest to staff in the SDSC. Students wishing to leave open the possibility of further research work or doctoral study are strongly encouraged to undertake the thesis and complete the Master of Military and Defence Studies (Advanced) degree. Students are assigned a supervisor at the outset of their research, who will normally be from the SDSC.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:

  1. Developed a capacity to frame an original academic research project;
  2. A sound grasp of the key scholarly works and, where applicable, policy documents relevant to their chosen research area;
  3. The ability to produce 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;
  4. Developed a capacity to present their research findings orally in a seminar setting; and
  5. The capacity to progress to doctoral-level studies.

Indicative Assessment

  1. Research Proposal (10) [LO null]
  2. Literature Review (10) [LO null]
  3. Mid-term review paper (10) [LO null]
  4. Final Sub-thesis (70) [LO null]

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Students undertaking this course could expect a workload of 20 hours per week. This is inclusive of actual contact hours for lectures and also out of class preparation time.

Inherent Requirements

Not applicable

Prescribed Texts

Core reading materials will be available as an e-brick.


Tuition fees are for the academic year indicated at the top of the page.  

Commonwealth Support (CSP) Students
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Student Contribution Band:
Unit value:
12 units

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12.00 0.25000
Domestic fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $8220
International fee paying students
Year Fee
2021 $11760
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First Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
4156 22 Feb 2021 01 Mar 2021 31 Mar 2021 28 May 2021 In Person N/A

Second Semester

Class number Class start date Last day to enrol Census date Class end date Mode Of Delivery Class Summary
7163 26 Jul 2021 02 Aug 2021 14 Sep 2021 29 Oct 2021 In Person N/A

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