The range and complexity of security challenges facing the world has never been greater. Climate change, cyber attack and global pandemics threaten the stability of regions all over the globe. Understanding and managing these critical and fluid situations is a matter of the highest priority in Australia and abroad, with significant implications for foreign policy and international development.  

Degree type

Postgraduate coursework


1 year full-time

Commencing terms

Semester 1, Semester 2

Program code


Delivery mode



The Master of Strategy & Security at UNSW Canberra is a postgraduate program offered by the School of Humanities & Social Sciences. This course is for students and foreign affairs, security and defence professionals who wish to gain a deeper and more advanced understanding of the factors shaping the global and Asia-Pacific security and strategic environments, and the complex policy challenges presented by the new security agenda.  

You’ll learn the techniques required to manage crises, deal with consequences and achieve resolution. You'll also gain transferrable knowledge and skills for a variety of careers including military, security, and risk analysis.  

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For more information on this degree, see the UNSW Handbook.

  • Students undertaking the Master of Strategy & Security need to take 8 courses (48 Units of Credit). At least 24 UOC must be made up from the list of core courses, with the remaining UOC made up from the list of elective courses. 

    The core courses are usually offered annually or at least every two years. The further options will be offered on an opportunity basis. 

  • Students with at least a Distinction average in the four core courses may take a 12 UOC research thesis below. You must enrol in both units to fulfil the requirements. You may enrol in the two units concurrently to do the thesis in a single semester or consecutively to complete it over two semesters. Enrolment is subject to approval by the Postgraduate Coordinator.

  • Students must select a minimum of 4 courses (24 UOC):

    Core courses

    Code Course Semester 1 - 2024 Semester 2 - 2024
    ZHSS8203 Foundations of Modern Strategy Distance Mode Not Offered
    ZHSS8403 Global Security Distance Mode Not Offered
    ZHSS8409 Asia-Pacific Security: The Dynamics of Change Distance Mode Not Offered
    ZHSS8410 Australian Defence Policy: Concepts and Challenges Not Offered Distance Mode
    ZHSS8435 Contemporary Strategy Not Offered Not Offered
    ZHSS8460 Power and Australian Government Policy Not Offered Distance Mode
    ZHSS8463 International Law in Global Politics Distance Mode Not Offered


    Students must select a maximum of 4 courses (24 UOC) of elective or additional core courses: 

    Elective courses

    Code Course Semester 1 - 2024 Semester 2 - 2024
    ZHSS8102 American Empire Not Offered Not Offered
    ZHSS8125 Strategic Communication Not Offered Not Offered
    ZHSS8201 Contemporary Warfare Distance Mode Not Offered
    ZHSS8204 Modern Naval History and Strategy Not Offered Distance Mode
    ZHSS8210 Genocide: Perception and Intervention Distance Mode Not Offered
    ZHSS8221 The Development of the Art of War: A Survey Not Offered Not Offered
    ZHSS8227 Civil Wars: Societies in Conflict Not Offered Not Offered
    ZHSS8237 The Cold War Not Offered Not Offered
    ZHSS8412 International Peacekeeping Operations Not Offered Not Offered
    ZHSS8417 Air Power in the 21st Century: Strategic Issues Not Offered Not Offered
    ZHSS8430 China's Security Policy and Military Modernisation Not Offered Distance Mode
    ZHSS8437 Global Justice and World Politics Not Offered Not Offered
    ZHSS8441 Cyber-Security and World Politics Distance Mode Not Offered
    ZHSS8442 Conflict Transformation Not Offered Not Offered
    ZHSS8452 Weapons of Mass Destruction and Global Security Not Offered Not Offered
    ZHSS8453 Culture and Conflict Distance Mode Not Offered
    ZHSS8458 Cyber Policy in China Distance Mode Not Offered
    ZHSS8459 Special Operations: Theory and Strategic Utility Distance Mode Not Offered
    ZHSS8461 GRIM Threats and Irregular Warfare Not Offered Distance Mode
    ZHSS8462 Ethics in Special, Complex and Irregular Operations Not Offered Distance Mode
    ZHSS8464 Cyberspace, National Security and Law Not Offered Not Offered
    ZHSS8467 Military Game Changers in 21st Century Warfare Not Offered Not Offered
    ZHSS8504 Space Cooperation, Conflict and Competition Not Offered Distance Mode
    ZHSS8406 Occasional Elective: International & Political Studies Distance Mode Not Offered
  • For information regarding entry requirements, please refer to the online handbook.

Key contacts

Program Coordinator
Dr Debbie Lackerstein

Student enquiries
T: (02) 5114 5000