Tactical and Ethical Aspects of Autonomous Systems

People have always strived for waging war at distance to reduce risk. A consequence of this ambition is the development of autonomous systems — defence systems with the ability to act on their own. This course gives you a deeper understanding for ethical and operational aspects of the use and design of autonomous systems for defence and security.

The course addresses existing and future autonomous military systems and general ethical and operational aspects related to them.

Describe and analyse from a scientific and critical perspective

After completing the course, you will be able to describe and categorise ethical and operational aspects of autonomous systems, as well as analyse and argue for different viewpoints on the topics of the course from a scientific and critical perspective.

The course will be conducted in the form of lectures and seminars. The structure is intended to facilitate distance studies.

Application Code


Study Pace




Starting Term

Autumn Term 2024

Study Period

2024 week 45 - 2025 week 2


Advanced level

Study Mode



Freestanding course


Passed courses of at least 180 credits that include - at least 7,5 credits in the field of Defence, Crisis management and Security, - written thesis project including of at least 15 credits and knowledge corresponding to English 6 (English B).



Language of Instruction

The teaching is conducted in English.


If you have questions about the course, please contact the Study Counsellors.

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Published 2023-09-19 Updated 2024-04-16