Courses & Commitment

Defence University Sponsorship is available for a broad range of degrees ranging from engineering to dentistry; and the military service expected in return is probably less than you think.

Courses that qualify

The requirement varies by course, but undergraduates must have completed either one or two years of their degree before qualifying for Defence University Sponsorship. The degrees that are eligible for sponsorship by the Australian Defence Force are:

  • Aerospace/Aeronautical
  • Avionics
  • Chemical
  • Civil Engineering/Construction/Structural
  • Communications/Telecommunications
  • Computer Systems
  • Electrical
  • Electronics
  • Marine/Naval Architecture/Ocean
  • Mechanical
  • Mechatronic/Robotics
  • Software

Degrees that are comparable to those listed here may also be considered. All degrees must be accredited by Engineers Australia at the level of Professional Engineer.

  • Applied Science in Medical Imaging
  • Dentistry
  • Environmental Health
  • Medical Science
  • Medicine (Ugrad and Grad)
  • Pharmacy
  • Physiotherapy
  • Psychology (Honours)

Degrees that are comparable to those listed here may also be considered.

  • Accounting
  • Business
  • Commerce
  • Economics
  • Finance
  • Human Resource Management
  • Law
  • Management

Degrees that are comparable to those listed here may also be considered.

Your commitment

In return for investing in your education the ADF typically requires you to complete one to four weeks of training each year during university holidays, and once you've graduated commit to full-time service for the number of years of university sponsorship plus one year (with a minimum of three years' service).

For example, if you are sponsored for just one year of study you must serve full time for three years, once you graduate. If you are sponsored for three years you must serve for four years.

Gaining military experience

In the Navy and Air Force, specialisation work experience during semester breaks is highly encouraged (unless you are undertaking course attachments, are involved in scheduled study activities, or are on approved annual or additional training leave). The Army requires medical, nursing, dental and engineering students to attend compulsory elective work placements during breaks.

Opportunities are offered throughout the academic year for students to learn more about their future career through motivational placements and courses. Air Force one-week familiarisation is conducted within the first year of the sponsored study period.

Becoming an Officer

Officer training takes place on completion of your degree to help you develop your leadership and military skills. It comprises:

  • One block of 22 weeks for the Navy (HMAS Creswell, NSW)
  • One block of 26 days and one block of 16 days for the Army (Royal Military College, Duntroon ACT)
  • One block of 17 weeks (RAAF Base East Sale, VIC)

For health specialities your service commitment begins once you have satisfied your registration and clinical experience consolidation requirements. If you have been sponsored through the Army Graduate Medical Program, you will be appointed for an Initial Minimum Period of Service of the period of sponsorship (x2) plus an additional 365 days, or until the expiry of your Return of Service Obligation, whichever is greater.