Master of Strategy & Security

Understanding Global Security Challenges

The range and complexity of security challenges facing the world has never been greater. Climate change, cyber attack and global pandemics threaten the stability of regions all over the globe. Understanding and managing these critical and fluid situations is a matter of the highest priority, both in Australia and abroad, with significant implications for foreign policy and international development.  

The Master of Strategy and Security at UNSW Canberra is a postgraduate program offered by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. This course is designed for students and foreign affairs, security, and defence professionals who wish to gain a deeper and more advanced understanding of the factors shaping the global and Asia-Pacific security and strategic environments, and the complex policy challenges presented by the new security agenda.  

You’ll learn the techniques required to manage crises, deal with consequences and achieve resolution and gain transferrable knowledge and skills for a variety of careers including military, security, and risk analysis.  

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Students undertaking the Master of Strategy and Security are required to take 8 courses (48 UOC). At least 24 UOC must be selected from the list of core courses, with the remaining courses selected in any combination from the elective courses. 

The key topics will normally be offered annually or at least every two years; the further options will be offered on an opportunity basis. 

The option of undertaking a research project is available to master's 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 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. 

ZHSS8400 - Research Project - International and Political Study (Single Session) (12 UOC) 
ZHSS8401 - Research Project - International and Political Study (Full Year) (6 UOC x 2 semesters) 

Students must select a minimum of 4 courses (24 UOC):

Core Courses Semester 1 - 2021 Semester 2 - 2021
Global Security Not Offered Not Offered
Asia-Pacific Security: The Dynamics of Change Not Offered Not Offered
Australian Defence Policy: Concepts and Challenges Not Offered Distance Mode
Contemporary Strategy Not Offered Distance Mode
Power and Australian Government Policy Distance Mode Not Offered
The Politics of International Law Not Offered Distance Mode

 Students must select a maximum of 4 courses (24 UOC) of elective or additional core courses: 

Elective Courses Semester 1 - 2021 Semester 2 - 2021
American Empire Not Offered Distance Mode
Strategic Communication Not Offered Not Offered
Modern Naval History and Strategy Not Offered Not Offered
Genocide: Perception and Intervention Not Offered Not Offered
The Development of the Art of War: A Survey Not Offered Distance Mode
Civil Wars: Societies in Conflict Not Offered Not Offered
The Cold War Not Offered Not Offered
Global Governance in an Age of Globalisation Not Offered Not Offered
Air Power in the 21st Century: Strategic Issues Not Offered Not Offered
China's Security Policy and Military Modernisation Not Offered Not Offered
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
Cyber Policy in China Distance Mode Not Offered
Special Operations: Theory and Strategic Utility Not Offered Not Offered
GRIM Threats Distance Mode Not Offered
Ethics in Special Operations and Irregular Warfare Distance Mode Not Offered
Cyberspace, National Security and Law Distance Mode Distance Mode
Military Game Changers in 21st Century Warfare Not Offered Distance Mode
Space Conflict and Competition Distance Mode Not Offered
Applications in Geographic Information Analysis Not Offered Not Offered

Please refer to the UNSW Handbook for the Entry Requirements.