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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

MMDS
  • Length 1.5 year full-time
  • Minimum 72 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Academic plan 7829XMMDS
  • CRICOS code NO CRICOS
  • Length 1.5 year full-time
  • Minimum 72 Units
First year student? There’s more information about enrolling in your degree.
  • Academic plan 7829XMMDS
  • CRICOS code NO CRICOS

Program Requirements

The Master of Military and Defence Studies requires the completion of 72 units, which must consist of:

24 units from the completion of the following:

STST8102    Strategy

STST8106    Operations I

48 units from the completion of the following:

STST8100     Australia's Strategic and Defence Policy

STST8104    Operations II

STST8105    Operations III

STST8117    Command and Leadership

STST8121    Art of War I

STST8122    Art of War II

STST8123    Art of War III

STST8124    Art of War IV

 

 

 

Specialisations

Admission Requirements

An AQF Level 7 or 8 qualification or international equivalent in a cognate discipline.

This degree is only open to selected personnel who have been posted to the Australian Command and Staff College.

Cognate Disciplines

History, Political Science, International Relations, Economics, Philosophy, English, Engineering, Sociology, Social Science.

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.

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.

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.    Master the specialised theoretical and integrated learning in strategy, military operations, command and leadership and Australian foreign and defence policy.
2.    Investigate, analyse, and critique complex scholarly works and, where applicable, policy documents relevant to strategy, military operations, command and leadership and Australian foreign and defence policy.
3.    Synthesize complex theories relating to the conduct of strategy, military operations, command and leadership and Australia foreign and defence policy.
4.    Generate and evaluate complex ideas to practical problems in a contemporary setting and exercise judgment in military, defence or policy contexts.
5.    Design, evaluate, and analyse the developments in strategy, military operations, command and leadership and Australian foreign and defence policy.
6.    Justify and interpret theoretical propositions, methodologies and conclusions in strategy, military operations, command and leadership and Australian foreign and defence policy.

 

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