Strategic studies

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 and 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.

Enquire now to find out more about the following 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.

Students will also be eligible to apply to undertake a Strategic Studies Internship 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; or the Shadow Assistant Minister for Defence, the Hon David Feeney MP.

Learn more about the program structure and courses.


Master of Strategic Studies (Advanced)

The Master of Strategic Studies-Advanced offers outstanding graduate level students the opportunity to develop their research skills and produce a sub-thesis which contributes to the body of strategic studies knowledge. Students will work closely with a supervisor from the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre. Students wishing to leave open the possibility of further research work or PhD study are strongly encouraged to complete the Master of Strategic Studies-Advanced.

Learn more about the program structure and courses.

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:

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.

Visit Programs and Courses for full program requirements, study options and course information.


Graduate profile

Anna Samson

The big picture

"It gives you insights, and challenges the ways in which you’ve looked at these sorts of problems. I could have done a lot of other courses which reinforced what I already knew, but what strategic studies offers is that big picture analysis that allows you to start asking and answering some really big questions."

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