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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UNSW Canberra

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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.

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Career opportunities

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

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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