International Security

Addressing Our World’s Greatest Challenges

Our world faces an unprecedented range of security challenges from traditional conflict and defence through to the impact of climate change and unconventional warfare.  

At UNSW Canberra at ADFA we take a holistic approach to international security, bringing together researchers spanning law and policy, ethics, international relations and political theory. Our research encompasses security concerns within the Asia-Pacific region, across the globe and beyond.

International Security Research

Our research addresses some of the most pressing concerns affecting global security. From protecting our planet’s environment and its most vulnerable occupants in the here and now, to ensuring we’re well equipped to face the challenges of the future.

Through our unique relationship with the Australian Defence Force and defence industries our research delivers solutions to some of the world’s most complex defence and security problems, helping to secure our world.

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Start your career journey at the undergraduate level with one of our world-class degrees. You’ll gain the theoretical understanding and practical experience needed to launch your career in a wide range of industries.  

We provide the best teacher-to-student ratio in Australia and access to unique partnerships with Defence and defence industries.

Explore our study options and discover the degree that’s right for you.

Expand your knowledge and expertise with one of our postgraduate coursework degrees. 

We offer a range of flexible, online programs that can be completed in as little as one year.

We’re at the forefront of many new developments and offer superior programs and research opportunities.

Earn a highly respected and internationally recognised qualification and work with leading academics and researchers in your chosen field.

Our flexible short courses are the perfect way to upskill or revamp your knowledge. 

We know you’re juggling other commitments, so we offer flexible study options to help you take the next step in your career. 

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Navigating Uncertainty Podcast

Navigating Uncertainty draws on the expertise of UNSW Canberra at ADFA academics to understand this unusual time of upheaval, turmoil and contradiction.

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An Integrated Defence Focus

UNSW Canberra proudly educates Australia’s future military leaders—but we also strengthen national defence and security through our relationships with the Australian Defence Force and defence industries.

Our Defence Research Institute (DRI) aims to sustain Defence’s competitive operational advantage in support of Australia’s sovereign interests.

Explore how our wide-ranging research generates disruptive capabilities and delivers multidisciplinary solutions to complex defence and security problems. 

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