Master's degree in military studies

Program of study: 
Master i militære studier
Level of study: 
Master
Credits: 
90
Duration: 
4 semesters
Year: 
2021
Introduction

The Master of Military Studies (90 ECTS) is an experience-based professional study for employment within the Norwegian Armed Forces/defence sector. The students who have completed the study programme will have learned how military power, alone or in conjunction with other means, is used to solve political problems, what experiences have been made with such use of force over time and what the future development and application of military means is thought to look like.

The programme will help meet the Norwegian Armed Forces' need for education of their own employees, who will be in key positions within the Armed Forces sector, both nationally and internationally. The programme qualifies you for positions within the Armed Forces sector where the military operational activities are planned and carried out, as well as within the central military and political management institutions working to further develop Norway's military defence in conjunction with national and allied authorities. Following completion of the Master of Military Studies, a military employee achieves the educational level of Advanced Officer Education (VOU) within the Norwegian Armed Forces .

Target audience

The programme’s target group is personnel at various levels within the Armed Forces sector, including personnel in particular who will be able to meet the average and higher positions within the sector with requirements of a VOU level of education.

Admission and rating

The formal admission requirements follow the Regulations on Admission, Studies and Exam at the Norwegian Defence University College 2018-06-29 and the Regulations on the Requirements for a Master's Degree 2005-12-01 (in Norwegian “forskrift om krav til mastergrad 2005-12-01”).

The admission requirement for the Master of Military Studies is one of the following qualifications:

  •  Military bachelor's degree or relevant civil bachelor's degree (180 ECTS)
  •  Relevant cand.mag. degree
  •  Other relevant degree or vocational education lasting a minimum of 3 years
  •  Military or relevant civil education that, in relation to § 3-4 of the Regulation on Universities and University Colleges, is approved as equivalent to the aforementioned degrees or qualifications. 

In addition, a minimum of two years relevant service experience is required.

In special cases, the NDUC may approve other documented qualifications as wholly or partially equivalent to the qualifications mentioned above. -Admission on the basis of non-formal competence is decided according to the guidelines established by the Commandant of the NDUC. If there are any doubts concerning applicants fulfilling the admission requirements, these will be assessed by the NDUC.   

The admission requirements for students taking individual courses are the same as for admission to the entire master's degree programme. 

In addition, students enrolled in the Master of Military studies must meet the current requirements for security clearance.

Besides the formal admission requirements, the applicants must compete for their place according to the ranking criteria listed in the Regulations for Education within the Norwegian Armed Forces.

Learning outcome

A candidate with a completed qualification will have the following total learning outcomes defined within knowledge, skills and general competence:  

 

Knowledge

The candidate

- has an advanced knowledge of the framework conditions in which military force is exercised within a liberal Western democracy,

- has specialised insight into the possibilities and limitations of the applications of military force within in various relevant framework conditions,

- has an in-depth knowledge of the military discipline in an academic, theoretical and social perspective, as well as a reflective and critical relationship with the military profession,

- is able to apply this knowledge to new fields within the military discipline,

- is able to analyse new issues within the military profession based on the history, traditions, uniqueness and social space of the discipline (military studies).  

 

Skills

The candidate  

- is able to critically analyse and relate to various relevant sources of information within the military discipline and apply such sources to structure and formulate academic reasoning, as well as new questions and issues within the discipline,

- is able to analyse existing knowledge of the military field of study, including theories, models and interpretations,

- is able to work independently in solving new practical and theoretical problems within the military discipline,

- is able to use relevant methods for further development of the military profession in an independent, reflective and critical way.  

  

General competence

The candidate

- is able to analyse academic, professional and research issues within the military discipline, including both old and new issues,  

- is able to apply his/her acquired knowledge and skills to new fields within the discipline in order to carry out advanced work tasks and projects,

- is able to disseminate extensive independent works to the discipline, and in a broad sense, be fluent in forms of expression and terminology regarding the military profession,

- is able to communicate, both within the military sector and externally in relation to civilian agencies and authorities, academic military issues, analyses and conclusions. 

Content structure

The first year of study (mid-August-end June) is conducted full-time at NDUC, campus Akershus fortress. The second academic year (2021-2022) is devoted to work on the Master's thesis (OPG5101). The Master's thesis is written on a part-time basis, as the students return to their home units. this second year of study. The students enter into a written, binding education contract with their home department, which ensures a certain study progression for the work on the master thesis this year.
For a description of the organization and working methods in the respective topics, reference is made to the individual course descriptions.

Sensor system

See the Regulations for Universities and University Colleges according to § 3-9 and Regulations for Admission, Studies and Examinations (in Norwegian, “Forskrift om opptak, studier og eksamen”) at the Norwegian Defence University College.

Internationalisation

Student exchanges are facilitated, and students can apply for exchange visits at foreign institutions that the NDUC has an agreement with. Courses taken at foreign institutions must have the same scope and provide similar learning outcomes as the courses they replace at the NDUC.Student exchanges are facilitated, and students can apply for exchange visits at foreign institutions that the NDUC has an agreement with. Courses taken at foreign institutions must have the same scope and provide similar learning outcomes as the courses they replace at the NDUC.

Person in charge: 
Morten Flagestad
Helge Danielsen
Authors: 
Morten Flagestad