Security & Defence Management - 8573

Program Summary

Faculty: UNSW Canberra at ADFA

Contact: UNSW Canberra, Student Enquiries

Campus: UNSW Canberra at ADFA

Career: Postgraduate

Typical Duration: 1 Years  

Typical UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC Per Semester: 6

Max UOC Per Semester: 24

Min UOC For Award: 48


Master of Security and Defence Management

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Program Description

The Master of Security and Defence Management is designed for postgraduate scholars and public policy professionals who wish to gain a more detailed understanding of the factors shaping the contemporary strategic and security environment, the complex policy challenges they present, and the skills and insights required of astute managers in that context.

Program Objectives and Graduate Attributes

  • Advanced disciplinary knowledge: Graduates will have acquired an advanced knowledge of strategy and security and an ability to apply this in a range of defence-related strategy and management contexts and environments.
  • Research-based learning: Graduates will have developed an understanding of how new knowledge is produced and deeper knowledge acquired in and for strategy and management.
  • Cognitive skills and critical thinking: Graduates will have developed advanced critical thinking and problem solving skills applicable to a range of strategy and management environments and practices.
  • Communication and adaptive skills: Graduates will be able to communicate complex ideas to a range of audiences, undertake both independent and collaborative enquiry, apply technical skills and be adaptive learners and practitioners.
  • Global outlook: Graduates will gain an awareness of local and global dimensions of strategy and management in the defence environment.

Program Structure

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:

Research Project

The option of undertaking a research project is available to Masters students who attain a high credit 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.
Additional Study and Elective Courses

Additional special study and elective courses may be offered on an opportunity basis.

Students may, with the approval of the Postgraduate Coordinator, take up to two courses (12 UOC) from other courses offered in the Arts, Business or related coursework programs. Students may apply for recognition of approved professional education short courses in relation to ZBUS8305 Professional Practice.

Academic Rules

1. Entry Requirements

To gain entry into the Master of Security and Defence Management by coursework program an applicant must:

1.1 Have met the requirements of a Bachelor's degree with Honours with a major in a cognate discipline; or

1.2 Have met the requirements of a Graduate Diploma in a cognate discipline; or

1.3 Have met the requirements of a 3 or 4-year Bachelor degree in a cognate discipline, which includes a major in the cognate discipline; and have completed at least 3-years full-time professional experience in a cognate discipline; or

1.4 Have met the requirements of a Bachelor degree in a NON-cognate discipline and have completed at least 4-years full-time professional experience in a cognate discipline; or

1.5 Submitted evidence of other academic qualifications and/or professional experience submitted to the Program Authority may be considered based on assessment of evidence of achievement of equivalent learning and in accordance with UNSW Recognition of Prior Learning Procedure.

Cognate Disciplines:

Humanities and Social Science, Management
See UNSW Canberra pathway options for admission to the MSecDefMgt program.

2. Enrolment and Progression

2.1 An application to enrol as a candidate for the degree shall be made via myUNSW or on the prescribed form and lodged with Student Administrative Services by the advertised date.

2.2 A candidate for the degree must undertake courses and pass assessment as prescribed by UNSW.

2.3 The program of study shall total a minimum of 48 units of credit.

2.4 The Academic Standing of a candidate shall be reviewed at the end of each session. Movement between levels of academic standing is based on progress, measured by cumulative number of failures.


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Related Program(s)

2406 Arts
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