"We prepare and educate the next generation of strategic leaders — military, civilian and academic — in Australia and the Asia–Pacific region by providing internationally-recognised graduate and undergraduate programs in strategic and defence studies.”
- Dr John Blaxland, Head, Strategic & Defence Studies Centre
Asia is being transformed by great power contestation and a spectrum of national and international security challenges. At the Strategic & Defence Studies Centre (SDSC) our security courses will prepare you with the analytical frameworks needed to evaluate strategic choices, navigate our strategic environment and understand and respond to the challenges of our contemporary environment.
The SDSC offers two Masters programs:
Study with the experts
Our teaching faculty are leading academics and shapers of strategic policy:
- Professor Brendan Taylor, - specialises in great power strategic relations in the Asia-Pacific, strategy in Asia, Australian strategic policy in the Asia-pacific, economic sanctions and regional security architecture
- Professor Evelyn Goh - specialises in East Asian security and international relations; US-China diplomatic history and contemporary strategic relations; international relations theory; Cold War history and security studies.
- Professor John Blaxland - former Director of Joint Intelligence Operations, expert in intelligence; security; Australian military history and strategy; Southeast Asia/ASEAN; North America
- Dr Stephan Fruehling - was advisor to the Australian Government on the 2016 Defence White Paper. Dr Fruehling specialises in Australian strategic and defence policy; missile defence and nuclear weapons; NATO and strategic theory.
- Professor Nina Silove - focuses on grand strategy; strategic planning; and US policy toward the Asia-Pacific.
Our Master of Strategic Studies students have gone on to join the Australian Public Service (APS jobs) in: the Department of Defence, the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT), the Department of Home Affairs, Attorney General's Department, and the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet.
Other career paths are within:
- Think tanks, policy institutes, and research centres
- Intergovernmental agencies
- Foreign affairs
- International trade and business
- nternational development and aid organisations
- Universities and research institutions
- Multinational corporations
- International business consultancies
- Media agencies and journalism
You can get both practical experience and credit towards your masters degree with an internship. Our students have had the opportunity to intern with organisations such as:
- 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
- the Shadow Assistant Minister for Defence
- The Lowy Institute
Students are encouraged to actively participate in classes, which are purposefully kept small and intimate to boost discussion and debate. Our courses are designed to accommodate full-time professionals looking to advance their careers and are therefore usually held after work hours.
The Coral Bell School of Asia Pacific Affairs also hosts a number of events each year. Students are encouraged to attend these as they are relevant to their studies and attract many high profile speakers.
Speakers from recent events include former Secretary of Defence, Dennis Richardson AO; Minister for Defence, the Hon Marise Payne; Director General of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation, Duncan Lewis; and US Secretary of Defence, Jim Mattis.
Upcoming events can be viewed here.
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