Graduate coursework

Graduate studies in strategy and defence

With an Asia transformed by the rise of China and India, and a world preoccupied with security issues, the current century has been defined by global strategic challenges. At the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre (SDSC), you can acquire the analytical frameworks you need to understand the complexity of this contemporary strategic environment, and Australia’s place in it.

The Centre’s programs allows students to investigate areas such as:

Asia’s strategic transformation the conduct of operations across the spectrum of conflict, including counter insurgency global security issues such as the use of terrorism by extremist group strategic policy options for Australia and the region the allocation of defence and intelligence resources in responding to these issues.

The Centre offers two Master programs:

Master of Strategic Studies

This program is designed for graduates who are seeking to launch or advance their careers in defence policy, foreign affairs, security, intelligence, academia and journalism. Graduates will also develop skills relevant to organisations such as the United Nations, think tanks, militaries and foreign ministries.

Master of Strategic Studies (Advanced)

This unique program offers advanced coursework and research opportunities in strategic studies, including either a sub-thesis or internship.

Internships are currently available with the International Institute for Strategic Studies-Asia (Singapore); the Australian Strategic Policy Institute; the Chair of the Defence sub-committee for the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, Senator David Fawcett; and the Shadow Assistant Minister for Defence, the Hon David Feeney MP.

Learn more about each program’s structure and courses in the SDSC MSS 2017 Handbook (PDF, 5.51MB).

SDSC is uniquely positioned to strike the right balance between theory and practice as our teaching faculty includes leading academics and shapers of strategic policy, including:

  • Professor Hugh White, the primary author of the 2000 Australian Defence White Paper who is leading the present debate about Australia and the United States’ China Choice;
  • Professor Paul Dibb, the author of the Australian government’s 1986 Review of Australia’s Defence Capabilities, which formed the basis of the 1987 Defence White Paper;
  • Professor Evelyn Goh, the author of The Struggle for Order: Hegemony, Hierarchy, and Transition in a Post-Cold War East Asia;
  • Associate Professor Stephan Frühling, a member of the expert panel advising the and government on its upcoming Defence White Paper and author of Defence Planning and Uncertainty: Preparing for the next Asia-Pacific war.

The Centre’s programs are designed to accommodate the needs of full-time professionals looking to advance their careers, with flexible scheduling for part-time study and intensive teaching sessions. Graduates from the program have found their degree to be a gateway to further success in a range of fields including defence policy, foreign affairs, intelligence and journalism, and with organisations including the UN, think tanks and foreign ministries.



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