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Master of Strategic Studies (Advanced)

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

MSTSTADV
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Political Science
  • Academic contact
  • Length 2 year full-time
  • Minimum 96 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Political Science
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Masters of Strategic Studies (Advanced) requires the completion of 96 units which must consist of:


18 units from the following compulsory courses:

STST8001 Strategic Studies

STST8010 Strategic Studies Concepts and Asia Pacific Conflict

STST8052 The Resort to Force: Understanding Military Power

 

A minimum of 18 units from the following strategic studies courses:

STST8002 The New Power Politics of Asia

STST8004 Australian Strategic and Defence Policy

STST8026 Nuclear Strategy in the Asian Century 

STST8054 Building a Defence Force: Defence force structure planning and acquisition

STST8068 Asian Strategy and Security: History, Theory and Practice

 

A maximum of 36 units from the following security courses:

The courses are listed in broad thematic areas for ease of reading and to assist students to build a thematic program of study. Some courses may be on more than one list. Students may freely pick courses from the below listings, up to their required number of units for completion of the program.

Strategy, and Security in Asia

INTR8040 Ethnicity and Conflict in the Asia and the Pacific

INTR8067 U.S. Foreign and Security Policy in the Asia-Pacific

NSPO8032 Geoeconomics and national Security

STST8013 China’s Defence and Strategic Challenges

STST8021 Intelligence and Security 

STST8053 Alliances in Asia: theory, history and practice

STST8055 Making Grand Strategy

STST8056 Strategy in Southeast Asia: Defence and Security Dynamics

 

War Studies, Conflict and Global Security

INTR8053 Ethics of Peace and War 

MEAS8111 Islam, The West and International Terrorism

MEAS8112 Dynamics of Israeli-Palestinian Conflict

MEAS8113 The Gulf Strategic Environment

NSPO8028 History for Policymakers 

STST8027 Insurgency and counterinsurgency in Modern Warfare

WARS6001 Walking the Ground: War Studies in the Field

 

National Security and Policymaking

DIPL8044 Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

NSPO8006 National Security Policy Making

NSPO8009 Cyber and Emerging Technologies in National Security

NSPO8012 Leadership, Risk and National Security Crisis Management 

NSPO8028 History for Policymakers 

NSPO8032 Geoeconomics and National Security

NSPO8033 Climate, the Environment and national security

NSPO8036 Australian National Security Law: An introduction for policymakers

STST8021 Intelligence and Security

STST8066 Strategic Diplomacy in the 21st Century: Rethinking Strategy and Statecraft

 

Special topics

STST8017 Special topics in Strategic Studies 

STST8057 Defence Leadership in ASEAN A

STST8058 Defence leadership in ASEAN B

 

A maximum of 6 units from the following experiential courses:

ANIP6503 Australian National Internships Program Internship A (Graduate)

STST8059 Strategic Studies Internship 

STST8064 Strategic Studies Experience (0 units)

VCPG6001 Unravelling Complexity

VCPG6003 Leadership and Influence in a Complex World

VCPG6004 Creating Impact

VCPG8001 Dealing with Wicked Problems

VCPG8002 Ignorance!

 

24 units from the completion of courses from the following compulsory research component:

STST8071 Thesis – full-time

STST8072 Thesis – part-time

Master Research

This degree has been accredited at AQF Level 9 with a significant component of Research. 

Master Research Training

This degree has been accredited at AQF Level 9 with a significant component of Research. 

Study Options

Year 1 STST8001 Strategic Studies 6 units STST8002 The New Power Politics of Asia 6 units STST8010 Strategic Studies Concepts and Asia Pacific Conflict 6 units
STST8052 The Resort to Force: Understanding Military Power 6 units STST8004 Australian Strategic and Defence Policy 6 units OR STST8051; Strategic Studies Elective Strategic Studies Elective
Year 2 Strategic Studies Elective Strategic Studies Elective Strategic Studies Elective Strategic Studies Elective
STST7001 OR STST7002;

Admission Requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry. 


  • Bachelor degree or international equivalent with GPA 6/7; or
  • Graduate Diploma or international equivalent with a GPA 5/7; or
  • 48 units of courses in a postgraduate degree program with a GPA of 5/7.


Students must have the written agreement of an identified supervisor in order to enrol in STST8071 or STST8072 Thesis courses in a specified Semester. Students who do not have the written agreement of an identified supervisor once they have completed the coursework for the degree, may be transferred to the Master of Strategic Studies.


Students must achieve a minimum 70% weighted average mark in the first 72 units of courses attempted in order to remain enrolled in the Master of Strategic Studies (Advanced).


If the total number of units attempted exceeds 72 in the same teaching period in which the 72nd unit is attempted, exactly 72 units will be used in the calculation of the weighted average mark with units from the course with the highest mark applied first followed by further units from courses in descending order of marks.


Students who do not have the required minimum average mark, or who do not have the written agreement of an identified supervisor once they have completed the coursework for the degree, may be transferred to the Master of Strategic Studies.


In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, English language proficiency and diversity factors. 


Academic achievement & English language proficiency

The minimum academic requirement for full entry and enrolment is a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 6.0/7.0. 


However, applicants will first be ranked on a GPA ('GPA1') that is calculated using all but the last semester (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes. 

If required, ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of: 

• a GPA ('GPA2') calculated on the penultimate and antepenultimate semesters (or equivalent) of the Bachelor degree used for admission purposes; and/or

• demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency. 

Prior to enrolment in this ANU program, all students who gain entry will have their Bachelor degree reassessed, to confirm minimum requirements were met.

Further information: English Language Requirements for Admission 


Diversity factors

As Australia’s national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from countries across the globe.


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

Applicants with a Bachelor Degree or Graduate Certificate in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 24 units (one semester) of credit.

Applicants with a Graduate Diploma or Honours in a cognate discipline may be eligible for 48 units (one year) of credit.

Annual indicative fee for domestic students
$32,840.00

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

Annual indicative fee for international students
$46,910.00

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

Fee Information

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

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.

This unique and highly regarded ANU graduate program opens the right doors for students seeking a successful career. Our program offers advanced coursework and research opportunities in strategic studies.

You will develop strong analytical frameworks and practical skills for understanding the leading challenges in strategy and security policy. These approaches are explored in the context of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre’s main research and teaching concentrations of Australian defence and security issues, Asia-Pacific security and global strategic issues.

Career Options

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate mastery of theoretical knowledge and cognitive skills in strategic and defence studies;

  2. Possess an integrated understanding of the conduct of strategy, military operations, and its relationship to policy;

  3. Be capable of undertaking strategic and policy analysis and be able to analyse critically, reflect on and synthesise complex information relating to the conduct of strategy and military operations;

  4. Possess the technical skills needed to access the academic literature in the fields of study associated with strategic and defence studies;

  5. Demonstrative high levels of independent research and apply established theories and concepts and exercise expert judgement in military, defence or policy contexts as relevant to both Australian and international settings;

  6. Apply strategic concepts and knowledge to practical, contemporary problems using case studies from a range of global environments and circumstances;

  7. Demonstrate high levels of written and oral communication in the field of strategic and defence studies;

  8. Design and undertake a substantial research-based project in a way that makes a contribution to knowledge in the field of strategic and defence studies. 

Research Strengths

This degree has been accredited at AQF Level 9 with a significant component of Research. 

Back to the Master of Strategic Studies (Advanced) page

Welcome to the Master of Strategic Studies (Advanced). This section will help you to choose which courses you should enrol in for your first semester as well as general information to assist you throughout your degree.

Students are to follow the degree requirements for the year you commenced the program. If you would like to undertake a course that is not listed in your degree requirements, you will need to seek approval by sending an email to sdsc@anu.edu.au

Enrolment is managed through the Interactive Student Information System (ISIS) while the online learning platform is known as Wattle. These two websites will be some of the most common sites used throughout your degree. It is a good idea to familiarise yourself with them as soon as possible.

 

What courses should I enrol in, I have not received any credit

If you have not received any credit for previous study and you are commencing in Semester 1, you will enrol in the following courses:

STST8001 Strategic Studies (12 units)

STST8002 The New Power Politics of Asia (6 units)

STST8010 Strategic Studies Concepts and Methods (6 units)

 

If you have not received any credit for previous study and you are commencing in Semester 2, you will enrol in the following courses:

STST8052 The Resort to Force: Understanding Military Power (6 units)

STST8004 Australian Strategic and Defence Policy (6 unit)

OR

STST8051 Great and Powerful Friends: Strategic Alliances and Australian Security (6 units)

Strategy Elective (6 units)

Strategy Elective (6 units)

 

 

What courses should I enrol in, I have received 24 units of credit

If you have received 24 units of credit you are exempt from completing the equivalent of 24 units of electives, you will still need to complete all compulsory courses.

 

 

Transfers

If you are currently enrolled in the Master of Strategic Studies and you are considering applying for the Advanced program, you will need to maintain a GPA of 6/7 and have completed 24 units of study in the Master of Strategic Studies (ANU courses only, credit will not be included in this calculation).

A GPA of 6/7 is equivalent to a Distinction average. See GPA website for more information.

Applications to transfer generally close 31 May for a semester 2 transfer and 31 October for a transfer to semester 1 the following year. This means that you have to apply before you have received your final results however the application will only be processed once all grades are finalised.

 

For more information, please see the following website on Transferring between degrees

 

If you have any queries regarding your degree, courses or enrolments, please feel free to contact the Student Engagement Team at sdsc@anu.edu.au

 

We look forward to assisting you through your degree and your time here at ANU with the Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs and the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre.

 

 







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