Professional Certificate in Defence Industry Leadership Mid-Year Entry

Degree Type Professional Certificate
Duration 3 months full-time
or part-time equiv.

Make a strategic move in defence

Following significant federal investment, the South Australian defence industry is set to boom. Huge submarine construction and shipbuilding programs are in train. Workforces are growing. Demand for leadership skills rises by the day.

Whether you’re a defence technician keen to step up, or an outside professional looking to step in, our Professional Certificate in Defence Industry Leadership will prepare you to make your move.

What will you do?

Developed in consultation with the Defence Teaming Centre, this intensive program is delivered over ten months across a series of executive-style intensive sessions. Through contemporary blended and hands-on experiential learning, you will:

  • deeply understand complexity in the defence industry
  • gain proficiency in self-leadership, self-awareness and change management
  • learn to effectively manage multi-party collaboration
  • become comfortable applying adaptive leadership skills in challenging environments
  • understand networks in a defence industry context
  • enhance your academic literacy and research skills.

You’ll benefit from frequent industry visits; presentations from senior defence specialists; advanced simulation and guided experimentation exercises; and an immersive retreat in a key defence facility.

Where could it take you?

You could find yourself guiding critical Future Submarine system integration. You might help manage upgrades to the world-leading JORN over-the-horizon radar network. Perhaps you’ll lead a Triton unmanned aircraft sustainment team.

You could even springboard into further study—the Professional Certificate carries credit into our prestigious MBA.


Note: This program is offered in trimester mode with intakes in January, May and September. Visit our apply now page for information on the application process.

  • Entry Requirements

    For those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.

    For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2021 Academic Year, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
    I am a:

    Domestic applicants

    Not a domestic applicant?

    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake January, May and September.
    Enquiries Future Students team

    Selection Criteria
    Graduate entry

    How to Apply

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    Not offered to international students.

  • Fees and Scholarships

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
    I am a:

    Domestic applicants

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    Indicative annual tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $10,500

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?


    These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    Potential careers

    Management Analyst, Manager / Business Management, Business Analyst, Business Development Manager, Business Management, Business Manager, Consultant, Project Development Manager, Project Manager

  • Degree Structure

    The Professional Certificate in Defence Industry Leadership consists of two courses totalling 13.5 days over 10 months. The key topics for each course are:

    Defence Industry Leadership I: Leading Oneself Defence Industry Leadership II: Leading Others
    • Leading oneself
    • Servant leadership
    • The Defence Industry context
    • Self-awareness
    • Emotional intelligence
    • Communication
    • Self-empowerment
    • Ethics
    • Neuroscience
    • Decision-making
    • Leading others
    • Aspects of adaptive leadership
    • The VUCA world
    • Understanding teams
    • Understanding people
    • Building and managing networks
    • Creating collaboration
    • Managing and leading change
    • Dealing with disruption
    • Integrative thinking

    Example Study Plan

    The Professional Certificate in Defence Industry Leadership consists of the following two courses:


    Participants will be required to complete various subject assessments to graduate from the program. These are made up of a mix of individual and group tasks, including learnings journals, group projects, and a group concept paper.

    While the program does allow some time to undertake the work required, you will need to allocate personal time to complete the assessments as well as the readings for each course.

  • Further Information

The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.

Last updated: Tuesday, 8 Sep 2020