Study at New Zealand's only university with specialist education in defence and security studies.
Build connections with Massey's partners, including NZ Police, NZ Defence Force and overseas universities.
Part of the community
Wherever you are and however you learn, you join the Massey community. Connect with other students in classes, forums and events.
Make a contribution
Make sense of the world from different perspectives through Massey. Contribute to education, defence, sustainability and more.
Deeply understand contemporary trends and challenges in defence and security with unique qualifications from Massey's Centre for Defence and Security Studies.
Learn from expert lecturers and researchers, many with professional experience in government, diplomacy, intelligence, security or defence. Hone skills in analysis and critical thinking. Gain real-world knowledge shared by our partners. Graduate with insights and skills employers need.
Security and defence is a good fit if you:
- enjoy school subjects such as English, geography, history, social science, psychology or digital technologies
- want to contribute to world peace and sustainability
- like thinking critically and tackling complex problems.
Security and defence courses may cover:
- biosecurity and border security
- cyber and information security
- diplomacy and security cooperation
- military and peacekeeping operations
- war and armed conflict
- terrorism and political violence
- the psychology of security.
We also offer shorter courses for professional development, including:
- Pacific security dynamics
- courses tailored to suit industry needs – contact us to explore options.
Our partners share knowledge and provide study exchanges. These help our graduates make meaningful contributions to New Zealand, regional and global defence and security, as well as humanitarian aid and peace initiatives.
We partner with:
How to study security and defence
Discover what we offer if you’re interested in security and defence – whether you’re coming to university for the first time, changing direction or returning to advance your study or career.
Relevant undergraduate subjects to major or specialise in
When you apply to study at Massey, for some undergraduate qualifications you can choose what subject you’d like to specialise in. You can usually change your mind after you get to university, depending on the courses you enrol in.
Postgraduate bachelor's degrees with honours
PhD and other doctoral degrees
What our students say
“My research has enriched my understanding and knowledge of fast-changing security issues in the policing context.”
“The defence and security programme changed my perspective on how the world works.”
Jobs in security and defence
Careers focus on protecting people, places and information. Studying security and defence gives you skills and insights needed to help make New Zealand – and the world – a safer place.
Jobs can range from the armed forces to intelligence agencies, businesses to government agencies such as the Customs Service or Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Some of our graduates become researchers, or work for humanitarian organisations or the media.
Security and defence careers include:
- border and biosecurity officials
- defence personnel
- diplomats and public servants
- intelligence analysts
- police officers
- policy analysts and advisers
- politicians in local or national government.
Annual salary ranges for jobs
Salary ranges disclaimer
Indicative pay rates are:
- in New Zealand dollars
- based on careers.govt.nz data.
Which security and defence qualification?
Examples of where our qualifications may take you.
|Jobs||Examples of what you could study|
|Border security specialist||Master of International Security (Border and Biosecurity)|
|Border security or cyber-crime analyst||Bachelor of Arts (Security Studies)|
|Defence analyst||Bachelor of Arts (Defence Studies)|
|Diplomat||Master of Arts (Defence and Security Studies)|
Master of International Security (Counter-Terrorism)
Master of International Security (Intelligence)
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