An understanding of war, the good and the bad, is crucial in examining how states and societies have evolved. By exploring the phenomenon of war and conflict from historical, political, philosophical and sociological viewpoints we can better understand the causes, conduct, and consequences of warfare from a variety of perspectives. 

 

Faculty
UNSW Canberra at ADFA
Delivery Mode
Fully online
Award
Master of War Studies
Commencing Terms
Semester 1, Semester 2
Duration (Full Time)
1 Year(s)

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.

Program Code
8571
Campus
Canberra
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
48
Indicative Enrolments
42

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Please refer to the UNSW Handbook for the Entry Requirements. 

Please refer to the UNSW Handbook for the Entry Requirements. 

Program structure

Students undertaking the Master of War Studies are required to complete eight courses (48 UOC), with at least four courses (24 UOC) taken from those in the Core Course list. The core courses will normally be offered annually or at least every two years; the further options will be offered on an opportunity basis. 

Research project

The option of undertaking a research project is available to master's students who attain a Distinction (DN) average or better in courses worth 24 UOC and is subject to the approval of the Head of School. The research project (12 UOC) is recommended for those with a strong interest in pursuing original research in a particular area or intending to undertake a higher-level research qualification. 

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Potential Careers

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

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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For most international students, applications are submitted via our Apply Online service. 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 with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencement date. For more information visit our international applicant information page.

*If you are an international student studying an Australian qualification, go to the Universities Admission Centre (UAC) for application and UAC key dates. Note: If you are under 18 years of age, you need to make special arrangements. Read more.

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2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$29,280*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$29,280*

*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.

 

2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$39,120*
2021 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$39,120*

*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.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit UNSW International

 

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