Master in Defense and Security Systems Development

General

Program Description

This is an interdisciplinary, international Master’s program at the intersection of social sciences and engineering. The program has been developed in close collaboration with public authorities and companies in the defense and security sector in order to provide you with knowledge about how technical systems are integrated with people and organizations in order to deal with a complex threat environment.

Defense and Security Systems Development is a two-year program that leads to a Degree of Master of Science in Systems Science for Defence and Security. The program is intended for those who have attained a Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or s bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 180 credits, including a minimum of 90 credits in the field of defense, crisis management and security.

Future career opportunities

This program has few counterparts in Europe and meets the needs of what is in part a new professional category of individuals who support communications between developers and users of defense and security systems. Your early career as a graduate of the program will probably involve a central role in development projects, while later in your career you will be suited to leadership roles governing your organization’s programs and processes. Jobs are available with public authorities operating in the defense and security sector, as well as at municipal and regional levels of society, or with companies operating in critical infrastructure sectors such as energy, communications, and transport.

The program meets entry requirements for national and international third-cycle studies.

About the program

The program provides you with an understanding of systems with the capability to contribute to or affect a society’s defense and security, how these are developed and used, and how technical and social components interact within these systems.

The main field of study is Systems Science for Defence and Security, an interdisciplinary subject with a sociotechnical perspective that utilizes systems analysis as its primary problem-solving strategy. Methods and theories will also be borrowed from fields such as social science and engineering.

You will study the prerequisites for developing, procuring, and using technology and materials that provide defense and security capabilities. The needs of the state are crucial in deciding which systems are to be delivered and the requirement specifications that are to be met. Consideration must be given to the demands of each unique activity – for example, armed conflict and physical environments – but also to traditions, antagonistic threats, and international law. The ability to meet needs is often limited by a number of factors, particularly financial and industrial. You will, therefore, learn to critically review, evaluate, analyze, and communicate needs, requirements, and technical solutions pertaining to defense and security capabilities.

Cooperation

The Master program for defense and security systems development has been developed, and is further developed, in cooperation with the following public authorities, companies, and organizations:

  • BAE Systems AB
  • Consoden
  • FMV, the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration
  • The Swedish Armed Forces
  • Knowit Defence Technology AB
  • The Swedish Coast Guard
  • Saab AB
  • SME-D
  • SOFF

Outline of the program

The program combines individual study, lectures, and seminars with exercises and the opportunity for work placement. The first year of the course will provide you with a solid theoretical grounding in defense systems, scientific methods, and systems development work. During the second year, you will enjoy considerable freedom to choose your own specialization through elective courses, either at the Swedish Defence University or the higher education institutions, we collaborate with.

Our teachers conduct active research into defense systems or supporting fields, and the program is implemented in close collaboration with the defense and security sector. The Swedish Defence University enjoys well-established cooperation with the Swedish Armed Forces, the Swedish Defence Materiel Administration (FMV), the Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB), and private-sector stakeholders, which contributes to the practical focus of the program and provides opportunities for placements at relevant workplaces.

Term 1

  • Introduction to Engineering for Social Scientists, 15 credits 
    • (For those with a bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 180 hp/ECTS credits, including a minimum of 90hp/ECTS credits in the field of defense, crisis management and security).
  • Leadership in the Officer’s Profession for Engineers, 7.5 credits
  • Warfare and Flexibility, 7.5 credits
    • (For those with an engineering background.)
  • Theory for system science for security and defense, 15 credits
    • (Common course.)

Term 2

  • Methods for Defence Systems, 15 credits
  • Usability and Design of Interactive Systems, 4.5 credits
  • Concept Development and Systems Engineering, 10.5 credits

Terms 3 and 4

  • Introduction to International Law, War and Technology, 3 credits
  • Strategic Management of Capability Development and Materials Supply, 7.5 credits
  • Master’s thesis, 30 credits

Examples of elective courses:

  • A Systems Perspective for Total defense, 4.5 credits
  • Cyber Operations in Antagonistic Environments, 7.5 credits
  • Design of Command and Control Systems, 7.5 credits
  • Internship, 12 credits
  • Internship, 15 credits
  • Logistical Support for Defence Systems, 7.5 credits
  • Operational and Ethical Aspects of Autonomous Systems, 7.5 credits
  • Threat and Risk Management, 7.5 credits
  • Weapons Effect and Protection against Weapons Effect, 7.5 credits

Tuition fees and scholarships for non-EU applicants

Applicants who are not citizens of EU/EEA countries or Switzerland need to pay application and tuition fees.

  • Application fee: SEK 900 
  • Tuition fee: SEK 105,000 per year (60 credits)

If you have applied for a course at the university, which requires the payment of fees, you may apply to the university for a scholarship.

Key facts

  • Application code: FHS-P2005
  • Level: Advanced level
  • Credits: 120
  • Starts: Autumn 2020
  • Start week: Week 36
  • End week: Week 22
  • Requirements:
    • Alternative one: Bachelor’s degree in Engineering or equivalent. Alternative two: A bachelor’s degree with a minimum of 180 credits, including a minimum of 90 credits in the field of defense, crisis management and security. There are additional requirements for proficiency in Mathematics equivalent to Ma 3b or 3c, Physics equivalent to Fy 2 and English equivalent to English B/English 6 (See www.universityadmissions.se for internationally recognized English tests. Your results in writing and speaking should be equivalent to IELTS 6.5 or more).
  • Place of study: Normal
  • Location: Stockholm
  • Language: English
  • Study pace: 100%
  • Selection:
    • Selection is based on the equal weight on grades obtained in qualifying university courses and a personal letter.
  • Other things:
    • When applying via www.universityadmissions.se you should upload all the documentation necessary to support your qualification for the program. You should also upload a personal letter in English, maximum 500 words, describing why you are applying for the program and your assessment of how your previous education and/or professional experience can contribute to the defense and security sector after graduation.
  • Department: Department of Military Studies
  • Type: Program
Last updated May 2020

About the School

The Swedish Defence University (SEDU) contributes to national and international security through research and education. We are a highly specialized university focussing on defense, crisis management, ... Read More

The Swedish Defence University (SEDU) contributes to national and international security through research and education. We are a highly specialized university focussing on defense, crisis management, and security. Founded as an institution for higher military education within the Swedish Armed Forces, the SEDU today is an independent higher education institution that offers education at all academic levels - bachelor, master, and doctoral.- for civilian students as well as military officers. The Swedish Defence University educates all officers in the Swedish Armed Forces and is the driver of the academic development of the officer's profession. Read less
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