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With increasing rivalry among nations and rapid advancement in weapon technology, modern warfares have become very expensive and complicated affairs. To understand them better, a number of defense related courses are available for those inclined towards matters related to national and international security.


Defense studies are important not only from the perspective of the armed forces, but for civilians too. Surrounded with neighbouring countries, which are at times hostile towards us, has made an impact on issues related to our security. The innovations in science and technology have brought a sea change in weapon systems and the methods of warfare. Defense studies courses help the civil and military establishment remain abreast with the latest developments in matters concerned with national and international security. A variety of courses is available in this field for civilians as well as defense personnel. From bachelors to masters, post graduate diplomas, M.Phil and Ph.D, you can select any course depending upon your eligibility.


For undergraduate courses, minimum qualification is pass in 10+2, any stream. For postgraduation courses, some institutes conduct entrance test. In certain M.Phil courses only defense officers above certain ranks are only eligible to apply. Also, the officer should have a certain minimum percentage of marks in his/her postgraduation.


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Defense Courses

Click on a course name below to find the list of colleges offering Defense courses for 2024 - 2025 academic year. Also, find admission announcements and application form to download and apply for Defense course.

  1. B.A. Defence Studies
  2. M.A. Defence Studies
  3. M.A. Military Studies
  4. M.Phil. Defense and Strategic Studies
  5. M.Sc. Military Studies

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More about the courses

The idea behind defense studies is to promote national security by generating and disseminating information on defense and security related matters. These courses cover a variety of topics, starting with fundamentals of war and peace and the problems associated with them. Geopolitics and Military Geography topics focus on strategy and its geographic dimensions. Topics on National Security focuses on India and our security policies. Subjects on Military History studies the traditions of Indian military since the ancient times. The topic, Defense Organization of India introduces the students to the Indian security system. Some other subjects concerned with defense studies are:
  • Strategic Studies
  • International Relations
  • Peace and Conflicts
  • Defense Economics
  • Science, Technology and National Security

Duration of courses

Undergraduate courses are of three years duration. MA degrees courses two years. Whereas postgraduate diplomas and M.Phil courses, mostly last one year. The Ph.D programs can be anywhere from three years to five years, depending upon the program.

Job prospects

Defense officers undergoing such courses will have improved career prospects in their respective service. Certain jobs in the police and paramilitary services like Border Security Force, Indo Tibetan Border Force, etc demand for such courses. A number of research and advisory jobs related to security matters are available with the central government for those who are well qualified in subjects related to security and defense matters. Intelligence agencies working for the government too prefer manpower who have additional qualifications in defense studies and have majored in subjects like International Relations.