Why study here?
The Swedish Defence University (SEDU) contributes to national and international security through research and education. We are a highly specialized university focusing on defense, crisis management, and security.
With 1,000 military and civilian students, we are a small, specialist university. We cover the following subjects: international law; defence systems; war studies; leadership; command and control studies; military history; and, political science with a focus on crisis management and security.
SEDU — a unique academic environment
The Swedish Defence University is one of the world’s few higher education institutions with academic study courses and programmes in both the civil and military fields.
This creates the right conditions for collaborations and understandings that contribute not only to superior societal security, but also to enhanced total defence.
Our courses and programmes prepare you for the demands of working life and of careers in research.
Throughout your studies, you will often meet lecturers from commercial enterprises and public authorities.
A degree from the Swedish Defence University opens many doors to interesting professions in defence, crisis management and security.
Our courses and programmes combine theoretical input (in the form of lectures and seminars) with elements focused on practice.
You can apply your new knowledge in realistic role plays and other exercises based on real-life situations.
The Swedish Defence University is small. Thus, as a student, you do not fade into the crowd. The conditions are optimal for close relationships with teachers and fellow students.
Meet our students
When Emma Henriksson began her search for an academic programme in peace and security, little did she think she would end up studying at a defence university. But the two-year Master’s progr...
During his internship as a research assistant at the Swedish Defence University, Magnus Lundström became aware of the university's unique academic environment. Now he is studying in the mast...
Max Güclu is a student on the two-year Master’s Programme Defence and Security Systems Development at the Swedish Defence University. He tells us more about the programme, which is aimed at...
Find your programme
For international students, we currently offer master's programmes and freestanding courses.