The Master of Security and Defence Management is designed for defence, security and foreign affairs 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 within this context.

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Total units of credit (UOC)



UNSW Canberra

Indicative Enrolments


Why choose this degree?

Students undertaking this program will develop an awareness of the local and global dimensions of strategy and management in the defence environment.

Who should choose this degree?

The Master of Security and Defence Management is designed for defence, security and foreign affairs professionals.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

International affairs, security and defence professionals in the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, including Defence.

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. Some high-demand programs and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.



2021 Indicative First Year Fee


2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree


*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

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