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Operations and Irregular Warfare, Master

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
University rank #43 (QS) Online
The Special Operations and Irregular Warfare degree from University of New South Wales 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.

Why choose this Special Operations and Irregular Warfare degree from University of New South Wales?

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.

Career opportunities

  • Defence and security professionals

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • The History of Special Operations
  • Special Operations: Theory and Strategic Utility
  • GRIM Threats (Guerrilla, Revolutionary, Insurgent and Militia) and Irregular Warfare
  • Ethics in Special Operations and Irregular Warfare

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity Full-time
    • Full-time duration 12 months
  • Credits
    48 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode

English Language Requirements

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General Requirements

  • You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations and this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.
  • If English is not your first language, you will need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you will be given an offer to study at UNSW.

Getting a Student Visa

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Tuition Fee

  • International

    37920 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 37920 AUD per year and a duration of 12 months.
  • National

    27840 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 27840 AUD per year and a duration of 12 months.
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