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.
Meet our graduates
The defence and security programme changed my perspective on how the world works.Megan Bockholt
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
Master of International Security (Intelligence)
My research has enriched my understanding and knowledge of fast-changing security issues in the policing context.Toni Jordan
Master of International Security
College of Humanities and Social Sciences
The Centre for Defence and Security Studies is a department of the College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Massey University.
National Security Journal
The National Security Journal is focused broadly on national security. It invites academics and practitioners across the expanded national security working space to contribute their research, knowledge and experience. It is available to subscribers across the Government, NGO, business and academic sectors and on request.National Security Journal