Interested in Defence?

Launch your career in a defence-related industry.

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

UniSA is a major provider of graduates to the defence industry. Our degrees give students specialised skills that support career readiness for the defence industry workforce, developed and designed with industry. Whether you are a Year 12 student or returning to study, our degrees will help you create a career with impact. By choosing to grow your career with UniSA in defence-related studies, you are positioning yourself for opportunities with businesses that support the Australian Defence Force (ADF), and you’re contributing to Australia’s sovereign capability.

We offer a range of Bachelor, Master and PhD degree programs to help you get ready to work in a defence-related industry, from aviation to engineering, human performance to project management. We have extensive research strengths and partnerships with companies in the defence sector to help professionals upskill and build on their existing knowledge. 

UniSA's Global Executive Master of Business Administration (Defence and Space) is an international, defence-focused MBA designed for senior leaders and experienced managers in the defence and space sectors. A unique collaboration with international experts, the 18-month program is delivered across three countries: Australia, the UK and the USA. Launched in 2023, the Global Executive MBA (Defence and Space) gives graduates opportunities to shape the future of the industry on an international scale. Register your interest

UniSA also welcomes serving and ex-serving members of the Australian Defence Force, and their families, to study our undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. We offer credit arrangements, flexible study options and tailored support through our Veterans’ Engagement and Education Program (VEEP).

Key features

  • Close collaboration with government, business, the professions and other community groups to ensure our degree design and research remains industry standard.
  • Distinctive industry experience programs that emphasise design, leadership and business skills, successfully placing UniSA students into defence industry and defence research internships, placements, and project scholarship programs.
  • Opportunities for STEM students to get involved and undertake internships.
  • A strong relationship with University College London, leveraging its acknowledged world-leading strengths in naval architecture and maritime engineering.
  • Supporting defence industry workforce development and defence business growth through education, research, innovation and partnerships.
  • One of Australia’s leading universities for engineering research, with research rated well above world-class.1

1 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia

Why UniSA?

Our partnerships with defence organisations offer many opportunities to help you build industry experience and prepare you for a successful defence sector career.

You could complete real-world placements and if you’re a high achiever, you could be offered a longer internship. These experiences will build your industry experience to prepare you for a successful career in the defence sector. Our distinctive industry experience programs emphasise design, leadership and business skills. We have successfully placed UniSA students into defence internships, placements, and project scholarship programs in engineering, IT, maths and physics, in organisations including the Department of Defence and Department for Innovation and Skills.

We are engaged in research that will transform the future of defence – not just in Australia, but internationally. Our extensive research strengths and partnerships within the defence industry span many of our research centres, including the Future Industries Institute and the Australian Research Centre for Interactive and Virtual Environments.

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

Find out more about our defence industry expertise and partnerships. 

Transfer your defence experience to a new career

Whether you are continuing your service or transitioning to civilian life, 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 or you are looking at transferring from another university program, 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.

Through VEEP, our Veterans’ Engagement and Education Program, we help you to balance your study with work and family commitments, and to respond to some of the unique challenges that may arise as a result of your service.

By registering in VEEP, enrolled students will benefit from access to a defence community within UniSA, and personalised support.

Studies related to defence

We are a globally connected university, our staff and students come from over 90 countries. We have more than 2,500 industry and professional relationships that support student internships, research and community engagement. UniSA also has extensive research strengths and partnerships within the defence industry.

UniSA offers the following 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 2019-21 – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). SA public universities.


A five star university

Five stars for research, employability, teaching, facilities, internationalisation, inclusiveness and innovation*
*2023 QS Stars Ratings