Bachelor’s Degree in Military Studies with a specialisation in Leadership and Land Power

Bachelor’s Degree in Military Studies

The Norwegian Defence University College (NDUC) offers a Bachelor’s Degree in Military Studies, an academic and military professional study with several different specialisms.

The officer programme is a professional study. Officers must be able to take command of military forces and make decisions in situations characterised by high complexity, danger and stress. The decisions of the officer, at the most extreme level, can be the difference between life and death. The Bachelor’s Degree in Military Studies will lay the foundation so that the officer is able to carry out his profession in such conditions, both individually and in cooperation with others. This sets specific requirements for knowledge, skills and general competence. The programme consists of theoretical studies in addition to mentally and physically challenging practices and training. 

Target group

The programme is aimed at applicants with an interest in becoming an officer in the Norwegian Armed Forces. An officer has a higher military academic education with a specialisation within a specific field of study. The officer may be the troop commander for 20–30 soldiers, working with personnel or financial management, and planning, leading and conducting military operations. The opportunities are vast. You can take the officer programme at the Norwegian Defence University College without having previous military experience. The programme grants a bachelor’s degree worth 180 ECTS. With a bachelor’s degree in military studies, you will be eligible for challenging positions with a great deal of responsibility both within and outside of the Norwegian Armed Forces. After completion of the programme, you are assured of a relevant job with permanent employment. The bachelor’s degree qualifies you for further studies at a master’s degree level.

The study programme has 8 different study pathways.

Practice

All study pathways will have relevant practical elements during the course of study.

  • Study modes

    Full time
  • Credits

    180
  • Application date

    15. April 2020
  • Start semester

    Autumn

Content

Descriptions of common learning outcomes for the study programme

Knowledge  

After completing and passing the officer programme, the cadets are able to:

  1. explain the strengths and weaknesses of the utilisation of military power in a historical and contemporary perspective, including how the development of the nature and essence of war can affect the military profession and military operations in the present and future. 
  2. discuss principles of military leadership at the individual, group/team and organisational levels.  
  3. account for the officer’s ethical and legal freedoms to act.   
  4. discuss the role of the military forces within society and explain how political objectives are achieved through military means. 
  5. account for Norwegian security and defence policy as a framework for Norway’s use of military power, including international institutional frameworks. 
  6. explain key themes and issues within military theory, with a specialisation in theory relevant to their own area of expertise.  
  7. apply academic theory and methodology, the Norwegian Armed Forces’ peace and war staff service and be able to explain the strengths and weaknesses of these.  
  8. explain which structures and units the Norwegian Armed Forces are composed of, the main assignments of these and how joint operations work. 

Skills

After completing and passing the officer programme, the cadets are able to:

  1. apply theoretical and practical management tools independently and exercise judgement within their subject field, through the management and execution of missions, both alone and as part of a group. 
  2. assess tactical and combat assignments and missions in light of contextual conditions such as politics, strategy, culture, legal frameworks and ethics. 
  3. plan and lead operations at a tactical and combat level both nationally and internationally throughout the entire span of conflict from peace via crisis to war. 
  4. lead and carry out competence development at a team or troop level. 
  5. be physically and mentally robust and over time, be fit for operational readiness, as well as function in critical situations characterised by chaos and uncertainty. 
  6. communicate military issues and solutions both in writing and orally in Norwegian and English. 
  7. write texts about relevant issues in the military profession in line with academic methodology.   

General competence 

After completing and passing the officer programme, the cadets are able to: 

  1. explain the values, ethics and legal foundations which the Norwegian Armed Forces are built upon.  
  2. identify with the military profession and the responsibility officers have. 
  3. exercise their leadership and service according to the values, ethics and legal foundations of the Norwegian Armed Forces, and live according to these principles. 
  4. think critically and exchange opinions with both superiors and subordinates and through this, contribute to the development and improvement of the Norwegian Armed Forces.  

Admission requirements

In addition, some of the course pathways have specific requirements for admission. For more information, see: The Norwegian Armed Forces’ websites

Fitness and authorisation requirements

In order to be admitted to the programmes, the following requirements must be fulfilled:

  • Be a Norwegian citizen
  • Have a clean criminal record
  • Can be security cleared for level: Secret

Internationalisation

Modern military theory and practice are international in their nature. This is reflected in the curriculum and teaching. The Norwegian Defence University College is working on internationalisation agreements for all study pathways.