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 option of undertaking a research project is available to Masters students who attain a Distinction (DN) average or better in courses worth 24 UOC and is subject to the approval of the Head of School. 

The research project (12 UOC) 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. This project may be undertaken in a single session or as a full year course. 

Students undertaking the Research Project will not have the option to undertake other courses offered in the Arts, Business or related coursework programs. 

Security Semester 1 - 2021 Semester 2 - 2021
Strategic Communication Not Offered Not Offered
Modern Naval History and Strategy Not Offered 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  Not Offered Not Offered
Contemporary Strategy Not Offered Distance Mode
Global Justice and World Politics Not Offered Not Offered
The Justice of War: States, Self-Defence and Force Not Offered Not Offered
Reforming Repressive Regimes Not Offered Not Offered
Cyber-Security and World Politics Not Offered Distance Mode
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 Not Offered Not Offered
Power and Australian Government Policy Distance Mode Not Offered
International Law in Global Politics Not Offered Distance Mode
Military Game Changers in 21st Century Warfare Not Offered Distance Mode
Space Conflict and Competition Distance Mode Not Offered



Management Semester 1 - 2021 Semester 2 - 2021
Strategic Management Distance Mode Distance Mode
Organisational Behaviour  Distance Mode Distance Mode
Strategic Human Resources Not Offered Not Offered
Accounting and Financial Management 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.