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The University of New South Wales at the Australian Defence Force Academy Canberra


Postgraduate Coursework and Research Opportunities

(Cricos Provider Code: 00098G)

UNSW@ADFA is a campus of The University of New South Wales  (UNSW) and is located in the National Capital, Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory. In addition to educating and training undergraduate students for the Australian Defence Force, UNSW@ADFA has an exciting range of postgraduate programs open to the general community as well as Defence personnel.  The total number of students enrolled at UNSW@ADFA in 2007 was 2090. Of these 984 were undergraduate students 970 were postgraduate students and 137 non-award students.

Postgraduate programs on offer at UNSW@ADFA are open to all members of the public, international students and Defence personnel. Coursework or research students studying at UNSW@ADFA, gain all the advantages of studying with one of Australia's largest, most well-established and research intensive tertiary institutions. 

All degrees are awarded by UNSW, a member of Australia's Group of Eight institutions and a member of Universitas 21. Graduates, business leaders and industry stakeholders recognise that UNSW@ADFA is a leading research institution that offers diverse options to students and a supportive and stimulating environment for postgraduate studies.

Staff at UNSW@ADFA are committed teachers and researchers and many are leaders in their fields. Students benefit from interacting with a variety of peers including international students and have the opportunity to develop academically on a beautiful campus with a world class library and academic facilities, coupling the advantages of academic rigour with a small community environment.

There is a broad range of postgraduate research and coursework programs open to all eligible students including those from overseas. Postgraduate students at UNSW@ADFA study towards a degree or other award of UNSW in a small and focussed institution, with ready access to academic staff and facilities and many opportunities to interact with fellow students. Our internationally recognised academic staff are active in pursuing original research and building our excellent research record.

Staff work closely with organisations in the private and public sector (including the Department of Defence) nationally and internationally to ensure that programs remain relevant in a changing environment. Some of the programs provided by UNSW@ADFA have a firm Defence orientation which reflects the long-term partnership between the UNSW and the Department of Defence and the location of UNSW campus at ADFA.

UNSW@ADFA is comprised of five academic schools, offering degrees in a wide range of disciplines taken from Humanities and Social Sciences, Business, Aerospace, Civil and Mechanical Engineering,  Information Technology and Electrical Engineering and Physical, Environmental and Mathematical Sciences.

Postgraduate Coursework Study opportunities exist in:

Arts including   Defence Studies, English and Cultural Studies, Strategy and Policy,  Strategy and Management

Engineering Science including Aerospace Engineering, C4ISREW (Command Control, Communications, Computers, Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance and Electronic Warfare), Civil Engineering, Data Communication, Electrical Engineering, and  Project Management, Simulations and Experimentation

Management including Administration; Project Management; Business Program Management; Climate Change: Management and Policy; Defence Capability Development and Acquisition; Equipment and Technology; Governance; Human Resource Management; Leadership; Logistics; Public Sector Management

-  Science including C4ISREW; Defence Operations Research; Information Communication Technologies Management; Information Technology; Information Technology-Enterprise Architecture; Operations Research and Statistics; Software Development; Systems and Network Administration; Web Technologies

Postgraduate Research Opportunities

UNSW@ADFA has plenty to offer students seeking stimulating and cutting edge research programs at the Masters and Doctoral level. More than 380 staff and students on campus are engaged in research: 180 academic staff, supported by 30 specialist research staff and 176 research students. Research at UNSW@ADFA is recognised by its publications output and the significant external research funding attracted each year.  In 2004, it was ranked by Thomson ISI (the International Citation Agency) in the top 1% in Engineering based on citations of publications in the period 1998-2002.

UNSW@ADFA has a dynamic research environment and is pushing out the boundaries in a number of its research strengths. This has been greatly assisted by its ability in attracting research funding. UNSW@ADFA received $2,879,927 of external funds in 2006, from national and international organizations including the Australian Research Council (ARC), Defence Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO), the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO), US Air Force and the NRMA.

Each year a number of scholarships are made available for students seeking Masters and Doctoral degrees. Details are available at http: //

Research degree programs can be undertaken in all five Schools. Information about School research interests and possible supervisors is available from the UNSW postgraduate webpage individual School web pages.

Current and emerging research themes at UNSW@ADFA:

  Astrophysics and optics

 Complex adaptive systems

 Defence and homeland security related areas

  Environmental modelling and engineering

 Economics of travel for business and pleasure


 Image and video processing

 Intelligent Systems

 Knowledge transfer and innovation


 Materials science

 Photonic quantum information technologies

 Risk analysis

 Standards and conformance

 Uninhabited aerial vehicles and control

Details of other areas of research and more information are available from UNSW@ADFAs Research and Research Training Office.

International Students and English Language Proficiency

About 150 international students are enrolled in non-award, postgraduate coursework and research programs.  These students include both sponsored military personnel and self-funded civilians.  There are also approximately twenty cadets and midshipmen completing undergraduate studies.  Students are met upon arrival and can have arrangements made for temporary accommodation.  An orientation program and an intensive academic preparation course are available for international postgraduate students prior to the start of formal classes. Staff in Student Administrative Services are familiar with the difficulties faced by international students and their families, and are available to offer assistance or to refer students where appropriate.

English language requirements at UNSW@ADFA are set by UNSW. It is important that all intending students are sufficiently skilled in reading, writing, listening and speaking in English. One of the main reasons for failure or for lack of progress is due to English language inadequacy, particularly in coursework programs where lecturing, seminars and tutorials are the major modes of delivery and learning.

Applicants who have not undertaken secondary schooling or completed a degree or diploma where English was the primary language of instruction are required to provide proof of their competency in English by presenting acceptable results from a recognised testing centre, taken within the previous two year period.

Further information regarding English Language Proficiency is available online at

Further information regarding postgraduate coursework and research study opportunities is available online via the Student Gateway at

Contact Details:

Telephone:  +61 2 6268 6000

Facsimile:  +61 2 6268 8666


Website:  http: //

Postal Address:  

Student Administrative Services


Australian Defence Force Academy

Canberra ACT 2600


Cricos Provider Code: 00098G

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Contact Details:

Telephone:  +61 2 6268 6000

Facsimile:  +61 2 6268 8666


Website:  http: //

Postal Address:  

Student Administrative Services


Australian Defence Force Academy

Canberra ACT 2600


Cricos Provider Code: 00100G


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