- Length 1 year full-time
- Minimum 48 Units
- Academic plan 6828XGDMDS
- Post Nominal
- CRICOS code NO CRICOS
Mode of delivery
- In Person
Field of Education
- Political Science
- Academic contact
The Graduate Diploma in Military and Defence Studies program requires the completion of 48 units, which must consist of:
48 units from completion of the following courses:
STST8102 - Strategy (12 units)
STST8201 - Australia's Strategic Environment (12 units)
STST8106 - Operations I (12 units)
STST8104 - Operations II (12 units)
STST8100 - Australia's Strategic and Defence Policy (12 units)
STST8117 - Leadership Theory (12 units)
This degree is only open to selected personnel who have been posted as Course Members on the Australian Command and Staff Course
· Bachelor or international equivalent with GPA 4/7; or
· Graduate Diploma or international equivalent with a GPA 4/7; or
· Graduate Certificate or international equivalent with a GPA 4/7; or
· 24 units of courses in a postgraduate program a GPA of 4/7; or
· GRE General test, completed no more than 5 years before the time of application, with a minimum score of 155 for Verbal Reasoning, 155 for Quantitative Reasoning and 4.0 in Analytical Writing and a minimum of 3 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program; or
· A minimum 5 years full-time equivalent work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 in a field related to the program.
 “Occupations at Skill Level 1 have a level of skill commensurate with a bachelor degree or higher qualification. At least five years of relevant experience may substitute for the formal qualification. In some instances relevant experience and/or on-the-job training may be required in addition to the formal qualification.” https://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/0/598C2E23628BB8FDCA2575DF002DA6B8?opendocument
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.
All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)
The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.
For further information on Fees and Payment please see: https://www.anu.edu.au/students/program-administration/fees-payments
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 Graduate Diploma in Military and Defence Studies draws from the courses integrated into the Australian Command and Staff Course at the Australian War 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 on the Australian Command and Staff Course.
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- 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.