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Diploma in Arts (Defence Studies)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available at Manawatū
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Available for international students studying in NZ

Graduate in high demand

Massey’s Diploma in Arts (Defence Studies) will prepare you for a career that’s integral to the safety of New Zealand.

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What is it like?

The Diploma in Arts (Defence Studies) is a unique programme that combines the study of modern defence studies and military history with broad and transferable critical-thinking skills.

Unique in New Zealand

Examining the contemporary world of modern defence - including its impact on media, technology and conflict resolution at local and global levels - is the core of this diploma. Massey is the only university in New Zealand where you can study defence studies and military history at undergraduate level.

Learn from the best

You’ll be taught by staff with academic knowledge of defence studies and/or military, defence and security experience. The programme is designed in collaboration with an advisory board of New Zealand’s top defence and security officials. Our programme partners are government agencies that contribute to national, regional and global security, as well as peace and humanitarian aid initiatives.

You choose what to study

You can choose from a mix of military history, strategy, tactics, intelligence, command and technology courses. These courses aren’t just for people working in the defence forces, they’re for anyone interested in understanding the world of modern defence.

A good fit if you:

  • Want to take the first step towards a Bachelor of Arts
  • Wonder why wars start, who draws the battle-lines and why military force is used
  • Want to understand why war seems to be an unavoidable part of human existence
  • Want a career that contributes to world peace and stability
  • Seek early- to mid-career professional development


With a Diploma in Arts (Defence Studies) you’ll graduate in high demand.

There’s an increasing need for defence professionals, both military and civilian. Employers are looking for people with the intelligence, initiative and determination to work in a wide range of complex defence environments. These roles are integral to the safety of New Zealand, and the demand for qualified people who can fill these is exceptionally strong.

Our graduates are employed in a broad range of areas such as border control, law, policing, management, defence, immigration, intelligence, foreign affairs and trade, business, and international relations.

Defence studies is a great choice for a career in:

  • Civil defence and disaster relief
  • Diplomacy and conflict resolution
  • Peacekeeping and truce monitoring
  • Policy analysis
  • Education
  • Journalism and the media
  • Management and planning
  • Politics

This diploma also offers early- to mid-career professional development in public and private organisations where security is important.

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