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Defence and Strategic Studies and its Prospects

Updated: Jun 13, 2023

In the present-day scenario, education is not only something based on the old-rigid pattern of study, rather it has become more of a field guided by a sense of passion and interest. Similarly in the field of education, these days research has come up holding an utmost relevance, where disciplines like Defense and Strategic Studies are one such lucrative and interesting field.

It is not only meant as something that is only carved out to be for officials and personnel hailing from a purely Defense Background. But also, fresh civilian graduates and postgraduates are also coming up showing a deeper interest to take up this discipline as their future. Students irrespective of any degree or discipline, like Science, Commerce, and Humanities who wish to gain a deeper insight and expand their knowledge in the field of Defense Studies, learning about the Theories of War, Geopolitical, and Technical Strategies associated with Defense and Military Doctrines give a wider scope of expanding the knowledge at a broader context. Also, it gives an opportunity to proceed with Research and take up Project Works within the major defense establishments or global defense manufacturing conglomerates of the country or the world.

All about the course ethos of the Discipline

Defense and Strategic Studies include courses offering a Graduation with a Bachelor’s Degree in Arts, Postgraduation with a Master’s Degree in Arts, Diploma Courses, and finally a Ph.D. or Post-Doctoral Research. It is not always necessary that one to be from the Defense Background or be an ex-serviceman to pursue this discipline, civilians are very much free to go ahead as well.

Benefits of Learning the Discipline

Being a post-graduate program focussing on the study of defense and security, the program also stands to be quite encouraging and multidisciplinary, offering to learn on topics like -

  • Study of War and peace

  • World Military History

  • Strategic Doctrine of India

  • Peace and Conflict Studies

  • Fundamentals of National Security

  • Military and Geo-politics

  • Defense Management

  • Disarmament and Arms Control

  • Defence Economics

  • Military Geography and Role of Defense Organizations.

To make the program easier and within the reach of people across different regions who may not be able to attend the respective institution and study or wish to take a part-time learning advantage, then there are online study programs as well which are offered by some of the Top Institutions of the world like;

  • Diploma/Master’s in Defense Laws by NALSAR Hyderabad, India

  • Basics of Strategic Studies- Concepts and Methods of Arthashastra- Takshashila Institution, Bangalore, India

  • Indian Foreign Policy and Indian Defense Policy- Council of Strategic and Defense Research, New Delhi

  • Bachelor of Science in Strategic Studies and Defense Analysis- Norwich University, United States

  • Strategic Agility on Management and Enforcement of Regulatory Agencies- Harvard University

Other famous institutions are also there in India and worldwide which offer this programme from India, there are elite institutions like the University of Madras, the University of Allahabad, National University of Jodhpur, University of Lucknow, Amity University Noida, Deendayal Upadhaya University Gorakhpur, Defense Services Staff College Wellington, etc.

From abroad there are some well-known institutions like the King’s College of London, Jacksonville University, University of New South Wales, Durham University, Royal Military College of Canada, University of Calgary, and the University of Malaya, which offer this program, as well.

Eligibility required to pursue Defence and Strategic Studies

In order to get enrolled with an institution in India or abroad with the course on Defence and Strategic Studies, the eligibility varies from course to course, and institution and discipline. For getting admission to Indian Universities under Integrated programs or Master’s Programs, a minimum score of 50% is required for sure, but also an aspirant must appear for National-level Eligibility Examinations or Competitive Examinations like the CUET (Central Universities Entrance Tests) followed by Viva-Voce which depends on the choice of the institutions to conduct.

For pursuing Research or Doctoral Programs in India, a Candidate will have to clear National Level Eligibility Exams like the University Grants Commission UGC-NET or PhD-entrance exams held by respective Universities along with an Interview to be eligible. In that case, having Publications and relevant experience in Research may also give an edge in terms of eligibility to a candidate for seeking admission.

Abroad having relevant Scores on Language Proficiency tests and a Strong-Statement of Purpose along with good grades and a Fellowship or Scholarship is a necessity to get admission into Universities offering this discipline.

Scope and Future Associated with Defense and Strategic Studies

Any degree or discipline is valuable and can never be ignored. A degree course or research in any discipline equips a person with strong skills and knowledge of understanding varying degrees of facts. Apart from being just an officer in the Defense Forces of the country, one can also choose to join the Law Enforcement Agencies of the Country, seek lucrative research and internship opportunities with Think Tank Groups and Research Organizations, Media Organizations working on War Journalism, or On-Ground War Reporting, Academia and Research, Directorate or Ministry Departments of Defence, Foreign Affairs, and Intelligence and Internal Security Departments.

Diploma Programmes are quite effectively offered and also are very flexible in the present times where it gives a very strong recognition and certificate of learning and expertise. In that way, it can give some weight of recognition to a candidate who took the study in the relevant field.

Course Duration and Fees

The Duration of each course depends upon the nature of the courses, like for;

  • Bachelor’s Degree courses are for 3 years and 6 Semesters

  • Master’s Degree Courses are for 2 years and 4 semesters

  • Diploma Courses can be either for 9 months or even 1.5 years

  • Doctoral or Ph.D. Degree courses can be either for 3, 5, or 6 years, depending on the pattern of study, guide, and institution.

The course fees varies based on every institution which offers the programme.


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