The Master of War Studies is an interdisciplinary degree focused on war and its effects. It is built around a central core of subjects in military history, with additional options addressing topics in strategy, international relations, security and literature.This degree is well suited for history teachers and postgraduate scholars from a range of disciplines who have an interest in military history or armed conflict.

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Why choose this degree?

The Master of War Studies hones analytical and interpretive skills within a wide range of military-related courses. Studies at UNSW Canberra offer unparalleled expertise in Australia, recognised success in the student experience and a high degree of compatibility with future career and study options.

Who should choose this degree?

Members of the Australian Defence Force and other military personnel, as well as members of the broader defence community, will find the degree has strong professional relevance. It is also suited to history teachers and others with a particular interest in Military History.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

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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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