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Interested in Defence?

As the largest university in South Australia, we meet the defence industries’ needs to develop and transform Australia’s future workforce.

We offer a full range of Bachelor, Master and PhD degree programs from aviation to engineering and project management. We have extensive research strengths and partnerships with the defence industries sector. In the new Saab Australia-UniSA Defence Technologies Institute, defence sector professionals will be able to upskill and build on their existing knowledge. By choosing to expand your career with UniSA, you’re also contributing to a superior defence force.

UniSA welcomes defence force personnel and reservists to our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. We offer credit arrangements, tailored courses and support.

Key features

  • Close collaboration with government, business, the professions and other community groups to ensure our degree design and research remains industry standard and cutting-edge.
  • A strong relationship with University College London, leveraging their acknowledged world-leading strengths in Naval Architecture and Maritime Engineering.
  • Distinctive Work Integrated Learning programs that emphasise design, leadership and business skills, successfully placing UniSA students into Defence internships, placements, and project scholarship programs.
  • Supporting defence workforce development and the defence industry through research, education, innovation and partnerships.
  • One of Australia’s leading universities for engineering research, with research rated well above world-class.1
  • Opportunities for STEM students to get involved and undertake internships with the Saab Australia-UniSA Defence Technologies Institute.

1 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia

Why UniSA?

We are engaged in the kind of research that will transform the future of defence – not just in Australia but internationally. Our extensive research strengths, and partnerships with the defence industries sector, include the Future Industries Institute; the Institute for Telecommunications Research; the Advanced Computing Centre; and the Data Analytics Group. UniSA’s research strengths in defence include:

  • engineering and systems integration
  • autonomous and unmanned systems
  • telecommunication networks and signal processing
  • advanced materials and the development of tailored surface coatings
  • information technology and the integration of systems
  • business and social sciences
  • interrogation and mining of data for patterning and predictive model building
  • project management and the execution of large scale complex projects
  • leadership, management and human resources
  • industrial design
  • human factors and biomechanics
  • enhancing human performance

Our most recent initiative – the Saab Australia-UniSA Defence Technologies Institute – will provide many opportunities. If you become a STEM student in a related field, you could do real-world placements with Saab and related supply chain companies. These will help to build your industry experience and prepare you for a successful defence sector career. If you’re a high achiever, you could be offered a longer internship. For generations to come, graduates from this partnership will build a technologically skilled workforce with defence capabilities.

We’re building a strong relationship with University College London (UCL) that recognises UCL’s acknowledged world leading strengths in Naval Architecture and Maritime Engineering.

Our distinctive Work Integrated Learning programs that emphasise design, leadership and business skills, successfully placing a number of UniSA students into Defence internships, placements, and project scholarship programs in engineering, ICT, maths and physics, in such organisations as the Department of State Development and the Department of Defence.

Our Defence and Systems Institute is Australia’s largest provider of consultancy, research, and education in defence-related systems engineering, systems integration and information assurance.

Australian Defence Force employees

If you’re a professional in the Australian Defence Forces (ADF), you can expand your career through studies at UniSA. There are many options available to you in our extensive range of Bachelor, Master and PhD degree programs.

If you already hold qualifications from the Australian Defence Force, there are credit arrangements you can take advantage of once accepted into your degree of choice. To discuss your application and the possibility of credit and flexible study arrangements contact the Future Student Enquires team.

Studies related to defence

For more information about defence-related study options at UniSA visit the relevant discipline page below or contact us to discuss.

UniSA offers 19 Defence degrees

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World-class partners for a world-class university

We are a globally connected university with over 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement.

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Why study at UniSA?

As one of the most innovative universities in Australia and Asia, there are many reasons to study with us. Here are just three:


Accessible, helpful and flexible

We have six campuses, a 24/7 online learning environment, and we offer flexible study options like online and evening courses.


Graduate success

UniSA is South Australia's number one university for graduate careers.*
*ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). Public SA-founded universities only.


A five star university

Five stars for research, teaching, employability, internationalisation, facilities, social responsibility and inclusiveness.*
*QS Stars rankings 2017