Master of Security & Defence Management

Engineering Strategic Solutions for Contemporary Security Challenges

Our world today has an ever-increasing range of security challenges. On top of traditional security concerns, human, societal, and economic security issues have added considerable complexity to our understanding of security and stability. In order to face these challenges, governments and international organisations increasingly need leaders who have the knowledge, skills, and experience to understand complex security and defence issues and the ability to engineer solutions.  

The Master of Security and Defence Management at UNSW Canberra is designed for postgraduate students and public policy professionals who want to gain a more detailed understanding of the factors shaping the contemporary strategic and security environment, and the complex policy challenges they present. This program will develop your awareness of the local and global dimensions of strategy and management in the defence environment from a range of perspectives. 

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Students undertaking the Master of Security and Defence Management are required to take 8 coursework courses (48 UOC) from the courses set out below. 

Students must complete at least three courses from each of the following areas: 

  • Security 

  • Management 

The research project is recommended for those with a strong interest in pursuing original research in a particular area or intending to undertake a higher-level research qualification. Students who obtain at least a Distinction average in four courses may take a 12 UOC research thesis, ZHSS8401 Research Thesis A 6UOC and ZHSS8402 Research Thesis B 6UOC. You must enrol in both units to fulfil the requirements. You may enrol in the two units concurrently to do the thesis in a single semester, or consecutively to complete it over two semesters. Enrolment is subject to approval by the Postgraduate Coordinator.

Security Semester 1 - 2023 Semester 2 - 2023
Strategic Communication Distance Mode Not Offered
Modern Naval History and Strategy Distance Mode Not Offered
Global Security Distance Mode Not Offered
Asia-Pacific Security: The Dynamics of Change Not Offered Not Offered
Australian Defence Policy: Concepts and Challenges Not Offered Distance Mode
Air Power in the 21st Century: Strategic Issues Not Offered Not Offered
China's Security Policy and Military Modernisation Distance Mode Not Offered
ZHSS8437 Global Justice ad World Politics Not Offered Not Offered
Contemporary Strategy Not Offered Distance Mode
Cyber-Security and World Politics Distance Mode Not Offered
Conflict Transformation Distance Mode Not Offered
Weapons of Mass Destruction and Global Security Not Offered Not Offered
Culture and Conflict Not Offered Not Offered
Special Operations: Theory and Strategic Utility Distance Mode Not Offered
Power and Australian Government Policy Not Offered Not Offered
International Law in Global Politics Distance Mode Not Offered
Military Game Changers in 21st Century Warfare Not Offered Not Offered
Space Cooperation, Conflict and Competition Not Offered Distance Mode



Management Semester 1 - 2023 Semester 2 - 2023
Strategic Management Distance Mode Distance Mode
Organisational Behaviour Distance Mode Distance Mode
Strategic Human Resources Not Offered Distance Mode
Accounting for Management Decisions Distance Mode Distance Mode
Business Law Distance Mode Distance Mode
Leadership Distance Mode Not Offered
Business Ethics Distance Mode Not Offered
Logistics Management Distance Mode Not Offered
Strategic Procurement and Outsourcing Distance Mode Not Offered



Please refer to the UNSW Handbook for the Entry Requirements.