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Master's studies for a safer future

Five reasons to study a master degree at the Swedish Defence University


Defence, crisis management and security is our specialisation

Regardless of their background and previous studies, all our students share a common interest in defence, crisis management and security. We are one of few universities globally where civilian and military students meet, and where our lecturers have experience and knowledge from both the military and academic worlds.


Career preparation

Our programmes prepare you for your future career. Studies comprise a combination of theory and practice, for example scenario-based role-plays, exercises and internships at government agencies, private companies or Non Governmental Organisations, (NGOs).


Design your own studies

Our programmes provide opportunities for elective courses where you can deepen your insights into areas of particular interest. Perhaps hybrid warfare, intelligence analyses or cyber threats?


Broaden your horizon through our Exchange Programme

In our two-year programme, you have the option of studying one term at another university somewhere in the world through our Erasmus Exchange. We have exchange agreements with, for example, Sciences Po Paris, the University of Bologna and the University of St Andrews.


Multiple career opportunities

Advisor, analyst, expert, researcher. There is a range of professional titles and a wide labour market waiting for you when you graduate. Regardless of which programme you choose, you will have acquired expert knowledge in your field of studies. You may want to put it to use in the political and diplomatic field, in crisis preparedness and security or in the defence sector.

Find your programme


Politics, Security and Crisis

The master’s programme Politics, Security and Crisis provides a tailor-made political science knowledge and insights into issues that concern security policy, crises and crisis management.

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War and Defence

The master’s programme War and Defence gives those without a military background an opportunity to obtain a degree in war studies.

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Innovation, Defence and Security

The master’s programme Innovation, Defence and Security provides you with an understanding of systems with the capability to contribute to ­– or affect – a society’s defence and security.

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International Operational Law

The master’s programme International Operational Law is your path to a career as legal advisor in international law focused on peace, crisis and armed conflict.

Master's studies in Sweden

Master student in Sweden

To study in Sweden is to take part of the Swedish way of doing things. Its a lot about democrazy and consensus in the process of taking decisions, and about creating a better world together.

How to apply and entry requirements  

Here we guide you through the application process, explain the entry requirements, admissions and other important things that you need to know when applying to our programmes and courses.


If you have applied for a Master´s programme at The Swedish Defence University, there are several scholarships which you can apply for. Please note that these scholarships are for students w...

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Future career opportunities

To study at the Swedish Defence University is an excellent way of reaching your dream job in the security, defence and crisis management fields.

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