Overview

The Master of Special Operations and Irregular Warfare is aimed at military personnel and those in the security policy community, including security contractors, who would benefit from a better understanding of special operations as a military instrument. Postgraduate scholars seeking to develop a research competence in this field will also find this degree a valuable foundation.It offers students a combination of core courses on special operations alongside electives addressing broader issues in strategy and security. This dual approach provides both a focused view of special operations and an understanding of their context.

Program Code

8632

Total units of credit (UOC)

48

Campus

UNSW Canberra

Indicative Enrolments

20

Why choose this degree?

This is the only degree of its kind in Australia, and it is developed by Special Operations Command personnel in conjunction with UNSW academics.

Who should choose this degree?

This degree is ideal for special operations and other military personnel seeking to broaden their understanding of special operations beyond the tactical and operational skills and capabilities involved. It also provides an excellent framework for other government employees and contractors who require a good understanding of special operations.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career opportunities

  • Defence and security professionals

Entry requirements

Completion of a Bachelor's degree with Honours with a major in a cognate discipline; or Completion of a Graduate Diploma in a cognate discipline; or Completion 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 Completion 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 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.

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.

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