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Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Defence and Security Studies)

Key facts

  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Available for international students via distance learning

Graduate in high demand

With Massey’s Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Defence and Security Studies) you can build upon your undergraduate interests and develop your research and critical analysis skills.

Find out more about the Postgraduate Diploma in Arts parent structure.

What is it like?

You’ll develop enhanced and nuanced understanding of national, regional and international defence and security issues in a joint, interagency and multinational context. You’ll then be able to apply your knowledge and innovative thinking in a practical context as a leader in the defence and security sectors.

A good fit if you:

  • Want to take the first step towards a Master of Arts
  • Wish to advance your interests in contemporary defence or military history while contributing to a career
  • Want to investigate a particular aspect of defence and security studies


Your Postgraduate Diploma in Arts (Defence and Security Studies) will give you a broad knowledge, and the skills and experience to pursue a successful career in defence and security in New Zealand or internationally. Defence and security studies are a great choice for a career in:

  • Civil defence
  • Diplomacy and conflict resolution
  • Disaster relief
  • Peacekeeping
  • Policy analysis
  • Truce monitoring
  • Education
  • Journalism and the media
  • Management
  • Planning
  • Politics

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