Course Description

The Chief of Defence Force Students (CDFS) Program in Business offers the opportunity for students entering UNSW Canberra with a high Entrance Rank, and who maintain a high level of performance in their studies, to undertake research in a range of disciplines that will develop their critical thinking and independent research skills beyond that available in the standard Bachelor Degree programs.

The range of CDFS Programs, described in detail in the following sections, is characterised by the inclusion of specialist courses in critical analysis and/or research methods appropriate to the area of study. All programs also include discipline-specific research projects. The research projects will be supervised by academic staff from the relevant discipline. With the approval of the Head of School, multi- or cross-disciplinary projects may be undertaken. Students in the research courses may work independently or as part of a team, depending on the nature of the project undertaken, though all students will submit individual assessment. Final assessment will be based on a written paper or report and oral presentations.

Throughout the program, and in addition to completing the courses given in the following schedules, students will be engaged with cohort activities so as to develop and maintain their interest and continuing involvement in the program via invited lectures, seminars, general reading and social events.

The CDFS Program has objectives and learning outcomes in common with the standard Bachelor of Business degree, but extends the educational principles embodied in the standard degree to a higher level. In the program, students will be exposed to courses in critical analysis and/or research methods, which will offer significant extension to the ideas and analysis normally available in the standard degree program. This will allow all CDFS to successfully undertake research-oriented courses at the appropriate level through their program, thereby integrating research into their studies in a way that is not available in the standard degree.


3 years full time,

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Business & Management undergraduate courses at University of New South Wales (UNSW) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 45.2% (national average 57.5%)
Improved skills: 75.1% (national average 79.0%)
Overall satisfaction: 74.0% (national average 78.3%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their undergraduate degree from University of New South Wales (UNSW). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Business & Management undergraduate courses at University of New South Wales (UNSW) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 84.1% (national average 74.8%)
Studying full time: 8.0% (national average 11.4%)
Median full time salary: $58,000 (national average $55,000)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

University of New South Wales (UNSW) Code: 4462

Entry Requirements