The Centre for Defence and Security Studies offers 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.

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Find courses (previously called papers) in defence and security studies.


What are defence and security studies?

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Graduate profiles

See what some of our graduates are doing with their degrees.

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New Zealand Internship Programme

The NZIP places research students into New Zealand security agencies.

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Massey Library has a range of defence and security resources for staff and students.

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