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Postgraduate Coursework and Research Opportunities

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[email protected] is a campus of The University of New South Wales  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, [email protected] has an exciting range of postgraduate programs open to the general community as well as Defence personnel.  The total number of students enrolled at [email protected] in 2005 was 1890. Of these 989 were undergraduate students and 901 were postgraduate students.


Postgraduate programs on offer at [email protected] are open to all members of the public, international students and Australian Defence Force personnel. Coursework or research students studying at [email protected], 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 The University of New South Wales, a member of Australia’s Group of Eight institutions and a member of Universitas 21. Graduates, business leaders and industry stakeholders recognise that [email protected] is a leading research institution that offers diverse options to students and a supportive and stimulating environment for postgraduate studies.     


Staff at [email protected] 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 [email protected] study towards a degree or other award of The University of New South Wales 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. In view of the long-term partnership between The University of New South Wales and the Department of Defence, many of the [email protected] postgraduate programs have a Defence orientation. However all our research and teaching is undertaken in the context of a balanced and liberal education and our programs attract an interesting cross–section of Defence and non-Defence students.


[email protected] 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  Information Technology and Electrical Engineering and the Sciences.


Postgraduate Coursework Study opportunities exist in:

·     Arts  - English and Cultural Studies

·     Defence Studies

·     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

·     Management including Defence Capability Development and Acquisition, Equipment and Technology Management,  Management Studies, Human Resource Management, and Project Management

·     Science including C4ISREW, Defence Operations Research, Information Communications Technologies, Information Technology, Information Technology – Enterprise Architecture, Operations Research and Statistics, Software Development, Systems and Network Administration, Web Technologies


Postgraduate Research Opportunities

[email protected] has plenty to offer students seeking stimulating and cutting edge research programs at the Masters and Doctoral level. More than 300 staff and students on campus are engaged in research: 170 academic staff, supported by 30 specialist research staff and 120 research students. Research at [email protected] 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.


[email protected] 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. In late 2005 alone, [email protected] attracted significant research funding through Australian Research Council grants.  A total of $2,700,707 in Discovery Grants was awarded over the next five years and in addition, a further $1,454,385 was granted in the Linkage Infrastructure Equipment and Facilities category.


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


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 and individual School web pages.


Current and emerging research themes at [email protected]:

  • Astrophysics and optics

  • Complex adaptive systems

  • Defence and homeland security related areas

  • Environmental modelling and engineering

  • Economics of travel for business and pleasure

  • Hypersonics

  • Image and video processing

  • Intelligent Systems

  • Knowledge transfer and innovation

  • Leadership

  • Materials science

  • Photonic quantum information technologies

  • Risk analysis

  • Standards and conformance

  • The economics religion interface

  • Uninhabited aerial vehicles and control


Details of other areas of research and more information are available from [email protected]’s Research and Research Training Office.


International Students and English Language Proficiency

About 100 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 [email protected] are set by The University of New South Wales. 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


Postal Address:

Student Administrative Services

[email protected]

Australian Defence Force Academy

Canberra ACT 2600



Cricos Provider Code: 00100G


[email protected] Webpage



Student Administrative Services

[email protected]

Australian Defence Force Academy

Canberra ACT 2600


Tel: +61 2 6268 6000
Fax: +61 2 6268 8666


Cricos Provider Code: 00100G

[email protected] Webpage






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