Bachelor i militære studier med fordypning i ledelse og luftmakt

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

A Bachelor’s in Military Studies with a specialisation in Leadership and Air Power is a professional education adapted to the needs of the Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNAF). During the training, cadets will acquire the competence required to see their respective specialist skills (cadres) and leadership (decisions) in an overall perspective/system perspective (at the tactical, operational, military strategic and political levels). The uniqueness of Norwegian Air Power is in many respects determined by the medium air power operates in (airspace), and how this is utilised to channel military power. Factors such as altitude, speed and range, operational tempo and span in levels, distinguish air power from both sea and land power, and provide guidance/pointers/coordinates on air operations and how these are organised and managed (command and control). The air defence officer operates not only at the tactical level early in his career, but can by virtue of the functions and weapons platform be brought up to operational and strategic level. This puts increased demands on leadership, overall understanding and analytical thinking. The education is adapted to the standards imposed on an officer in the RNAF, but also forms the basis for further studies and service in adjunct faculties. Most of the training takes place at the Norwegian Air Force Academy’s NDUC Department in Trondheim.

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 utilisation of military power generally, and air power in particular, 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 on the individual, group/team and organisational level which are adapted to the RNAF organisational culture
  3. The officer's ethical and legal freedoms to act.
  4. The role of military and air power in society and be able to 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. Key subjects and issues within military theory, with a specialisation in theory relevant to air power.
  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 RNAF's capacities, organisation and operational patterns, and how command and control are exercised in the RNAF
  10. The officer's role and responsibilities at their level in the RNAF (Air Defence, Mission Support, Force Protection, Control & Alert, Technical)
  11. The importance of cultural understanding and a lateral perspective (diversity) in the leadership of national and international military air force 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 of your cadre at both the tactical and conflict level, both nationally and internationally throughout the entire span of a conflict from peace via crisis to war.
  4. Lead and manage competence development at the team or platoon level.
  5. Be physically and mentally resilient and fit for extended operational readiness, as well as be operative in critical situations characterised by chaos and uncertainty.
  6. Communicate military challenges and resolutions, both orally and in writing, in Norwegian and English.
  7. Write reports on relevant issues in the military profession in keeping with academic methodology. 
  8. Identify your own and others’ educational and developmental needs and take responsibility for your own and others' development as officers

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 service according to the standards, 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, by dint of this, contribute to the development and improvement of the Norwegian Armed Forces.
  5. Adapt your leadership to the people you have around them and the operational speed that characterises air operations