18 months
47940 AUD/year
33520 AUD/year
Tuition fee
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The Strategic Studies program at the Australian National University combines the theoretical and practical expertise of leading academics and policy-makers to deliver Australia’s foremost strategic studies program. Develop the analytical frameworks you need to tackle the regional and global strategic and security challenges of your career, and graduate a leader in your field.   


Study Strategic Studies at  at the Australian National University with internationally recognised experts in Australian strategic policy, Asia-Pacific security and global strategic issues.

    Learning Outcomes  

  • Demonstrate in-depth knowledge and cognitive skills in strategic and defence studies.
  • Possess an integrated understanding of the conduct of strategy, military operations, and its relationship to policy.
  • Undertake strategic and policy analysis and be able to critically analyse, reflect on and synthesise complex information relating to the conduct of strategy and military operations.
  • Possess the technical skills needed to access the academic literature in the fields of study associated with strategic and defence studies.
  • Research and apply established theories and concepts and exercise expert judgement in military, defence or policy contexts as they apply to both Australian and international settings.
  • Apply strategic concepts and knowledge to practical, contemporary problems using case studies from a range of global environments and circumstances.
  • Conduct scholarly research, express ideas and construct evidence-based arguments in both written and oral form.

Career Options 

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Strategic Studies 
  • Strategic Concepts and Asia Pacific Conflict
  • The Resort to Force: Understanding Military Power
  • The New Power Politics of Asia
  • Australian Strategic and Defence Policy
  • Nuclear Strategy in the Asian Century 

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 18 months

Start dates & application deadlines


72 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

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Other requirements

General requirements

CRICOS: 102924G 

  • At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and English language requirements. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not automatically guarantee entry. 
  • Applicants must present a Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5.0/7.0

Tuition Fee

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    47940 AUD/year
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  • National

    33520 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 33520 AUD per year during 18 months.

Living costs for Canberra

1425 - 2504 AUD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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