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

Program of study: 
Bachelor i militære studier med fordypning i ledelse og landmakt
Level of study: 
6 semesters

Military Studies with a specialisation in Leadership and Land Power.

The Officer Courses at the Norwegian Defence University College (NDUC) constitute a vocational education. Officers must be able to take command of military forces and make decisions that can ultimately result in life or death situations that involve a high degree of complexity, danger and stress. The Bachelor’s of Military Studies provides the foundational basis for the exercise of the officer profession under such conditions, both individually and in cooperation with others. This creates specific requirements regarding knowledge, skills and general competence. Through mentally and physically-challenging exercises, the training also provides cadets with the ability to cope with complexity, uncertainty and stress.

On completing the BA in Military Studies, Leadership and Land Power, the officer should be able to lead a platoon through times of peace, crisis and war. To lead a platoon means to have full command of the platoon. This means being in charge of everything in and around the platoon, from leading it in conflict, and going via culture and values into education, training, exercise and administration.
The officer shall lead the exercise of military power on behalf of the state. Initially, as a member of a platoon, and as an officer, you shall sufficiently master and identify with the military profession and its core competence to be able to master your first public service position, in addition to developing your competence further.
The development of understanding and values shall be prioritised in the education. During your studies at NDUC, your development and the taking stock of your long-term potential as an officer should be emphasised more than preparing for your first posting after graduation. NDUC is the most eminent place for the acquisition of the knowledge, skills and attitudes that will inform your entire career. NDUC develops each individual cadet in order to qualify them both as an officer and a military commander. The BA in Military Studies, Leadership and Land Power is taught mainly at the Norwegian Military Academy.

Learning outcomes


On completion of studies and graduation as an officer, you will have familiarity with and know how to upgrade your knowledge of:

  1. The strengths and weaknesses of the application 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. The principles of military leadership at the individual, group/team and organisational levels.
  3. The ethical and legal room for manoeuvre of officers and their subordinates. 
  4. Present the role of the military forces within society and explain how political objectives are achieved by military means.
  5. Norwegian security and defence policy as a framework for Norway’s use of military power, including international institutional frameworks.
  6. The central themes and issues within military theory, with particular insight into theories and doctrines relevant to your own area of expertise.
  7. The formal theory and methodology of the Norwegian Armed Forces’ service in peace and in war, and be able to identify the strengths and weaknesses of these.
  8. The structures and composition of the Norwegian Armed Forces; what the main obligations of these are, and how joint operations function.
  9. The composition and roles of the Land Power (the Army and Home Guard).
  10. The combination of military ground forces and capabilities, and how these contribute to successful operations.
  11. The possibilities and limitations that technology brings to resolutions in military operations.
  12. How innovation and the integration of systems and/or technology impact military operations, and could contribute to the development of new applications for technology in operations.


On completion of and graduating from officer training, you will be able to:

  1. Apply theoretical and practical leadership tools independently, as well as exercise judgement within your subject field, through the command and execution of missions, whether alone or as part of a group.
  2. Assess tactical and technical conflict assignments and missions in the light of the contextual conditions created by politics, strategy, culture, legal frameworks and ethics.
  3. Plan and lead operations at both the tactical and technical level of conflict, both nationally and internationally throughout the entire span of a conflict, from peace through crisis to war.
  4. Lead the exercise of or the threat of the use of violence at the tactical level on behalf of the state at war, in crisis and in times of peace.
  5. Lead and manage competence development at the team or platoon level.
  6. Be physically and mentally resilient and fit for extended operational readiness, as well as be operative in critical situations characterised by chaos and uncertainty.
  7. Communicate military challenges and resolutions, both orally and in writing, in Norwegian and English.
  8. Write reports on relevant issues in the military profession in keeping with academic methodology. 
  9. Analyse, plan and lead joint tactical co-operations in ground warfare throughout the span of the conflict, from peace through crisis to war.
  10. Exercise judgement in the leadership of tactical co-operations.
  11. Lead a platoon, understand how to command a company and have the ability to lead a battalion.
  12. Apply knowledge of tactical co-operations in the role of staff officer.
  13. Contribute to decision-making processes throughout the tactical co-operations system, up to and including the brigade level.

General Competence

On completion of and graduating from officer training, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the standards, ethical and legal foundations upon which the Norwegian Armed Forces rest.
  2. Identify with the military profession and the responsibility officers have.
  3. Exercise your leadership and undertake to serve in accordance with the standards, ethics and legal foundations of the Norwegian Armed Forces, as well as live according to these principles.
  4. Think critically and exchange opinions with both superiors, peers and subordinates, whilst by such means contributing to the development and improvement of the Norwegian Armed Forces.


Sensor system

The course of study includes different assessment forms; both traditional, such as written and oral examinations, and also assessments in connection with training arenas. Approved mandatory work requirements are a prerequisite to taking examinations in all courses that have mandatory work experience requirements. Their scope, number and form vary from course to course.