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We offer New Zealand's only specialist education in defence and security studies. Our programmes give you real-world knowledge and experience that will make you highly employable. You can take programmes at undergraduate, graduate or postgraduate level. Study by distance or on campus in Palmerston North.
Our multidisciplinary research offers a critical analysis of the nexus of power, law, human rights, and political resistance. It also looks at the impact of violence, securitisation and coercion on individuals, groups and nations.
The defence and security programme changed my perspective on how the world works.Megan Bockholt
New Zealand Police
BA Defence Studies with Honours
I achieved the Australasian Council of Women and Policing 2018 Award for Excellence in Research on Improving Law Enforcement for Women.Senior Sergeant Claire Bibby
New Zealand Police - Continuous Improvement Advisor, National Communications Centre
Master of International Security (Intelligence)
My research has enriched my understanding and knowledge of fast-changing security issues in the policing context.Toni Jordan
Police detective, Auckland Central
Master of International Security
The Centre for Defence and Security Studies is a department of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Massey University.