National Defense University (NDU) Islamabad

+92 51 9262066-8 National Defense University (NDU) Islamabad 44000 HEC Recognized 48531


The National Defence University or NDU, is a military institution located in Islamabad, This is a publicly financed institute. The institute is established to cater study and research in military science, geo-strategy and international relations. . The university is divided into four constituent colleges/institutes:

  • National Security College
  • Armed Forces War College
  • Faculty of Contemporary Studies (FCS)
  • Institute of Strategic Studies; Research and Analysis (ISSRA)

The three affiliated colleges are

  • Command and Staff College, Quetta
  • Pakistan Navy War College, Lahore
  • PAF Air War College, Karachi

Two major courses are taught at the university including the War Course focusing on military strategy, and secondly the broader National Defence Course which covered strategic and socioeconomic issues. Two courses were combined into a single 48 weeks National Security and War Course (NSWC) taught at annual basis. Up till now3061 participants have graduated from the National Defence University including 469 officers belonging to thirty nine friendly countries and 570 participants of National Security Workshops. Today, the NDU trains both the military officers and the civilian. An officer could only be designated as a general after he graduates from the NDU.

The Faculty of Contemporary Studies (FCS) was formally inaugurated on 3 September 2008 and is offering the following courses:

  • Government and Public Policy
  • International Relations
  • Leadership and Management Studies
  • Peace and Conflict Studies
  • Strategic and Nuclear Studies

NDU acts as a national think tank on national security matters. Content and results are provided to the government and armed forces. The NDU collaborates with friendly nations via creating academic links with think tanks and defence universities of friendly countries.

The university provides every facility to its students. Along with books it holds, research papers, professional journals, newspaper clippings and digital databases. The library contains 96,000 books, professional journals and other materials on various military and common subjects of interest.

National Defence University also has a National War Gaming Centre (NWGC) equipped with NATO standard computers assisted war gaming system and a spacious auditorium for conducting events.


The first Army War Course was started on 1st May 1963 under the patronage of Army Staff College Quetta. As the number of participants increased after 1965, therefore to fulfill the need for a separate institution, on 28th May 1970 National Defence College (NDC) was established at Lalkurti Rawalpindi, at the old National Assembly Building. The permanent building of NDC was built afterwards where the College was located for the next 25 years. Major General Abdul Hamid Khan, SQA, was the first Commandant of NDC, whereas, Brigadier Muhammad Ahmed, SJ, was the Chief Instructor .In 1971, Army War Course was re-designated as ‘Armed Forces War Course’, Later In 1975, Prime Minister Mr. Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto, ordered to affiliate the College with Federal University of Islamabad (Quaid-i-Azam University), here MSc (War Studies)degree was awarded to the participants of Armed Forces War Course. On 14th August 1995, the College was shifted to a newly constructed building in Islamabad. However, NDC was upgraded to University level in2007 and War College was awarded the status of Armed Forces War College within the University. The university got chartered in March 2007.The Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee has merged the War Course and National Defence Course as a single integrated course in February 2009which was re-named as ‘National Security and War Course’. The course includes two terms: Military Strategy (MS) Term and National Security (NS) Term.


The National Defence University aims to develop military and disciplined features among its local and foreign learners to prepare future leadership from both public and private sectors via quality educational and research programs based on security and contemporary studies.


The vision is focused to craft NDU as an exceptional academic and research center mentoring in diversified disciplines, which will provide international level curriculum and strategies on national security, promoting the free, open and critical inquiry that can serve society independently.

Programs Offered in Following Categories

Bachelors Programs/Courses at National Defense University (NDU) Islamabad


  • BS Conflict & Peace Studies
  • BS (Government & Public Policy)
  • BS International Relations
  • BS Leadership & Management Studies
  • BS Strategic Studies
  • BS Economics

Masters Programs/Courses at National Defense University (NDU) Islamabad


  • MA Conflict & Peace Studies
  • MSc Conflict & Peace Studies
  • MA Government & Public Policy
  • MS Government & Public Policy
  • MA International Relations
  • MSC International Relations
  • MA Leadership & Management Studies
  • MSC Leadership & Management Studies
  • MSC Strategic & Nuclear Studies
  • MA MSC Strategic & Nuclear Studies
  • PGD Strategic Studies
  • MS Project management

M. Phil Programs/Courses at National Defense University (NDU) Islamabad


  • M Phil Conflict & Peace Studies
  • M Phil Government & Public Policy
  • M Phil International Relations
  • M Phil Leadership & Management Studies
  • M Phil Project Management
  • M Phil Strategic & Nuclear Studies
  • MPhil Government & Public Policey
  • MPhil Peace & Conflict Studies
  • MPhil Strategic Studies
  • MPhil International Relation
  • MPhil Leadership & Management Studies

Ph. D Programs/Courses at National Defense University (NDU) Islamabad


  • PHD Conflict & Peace Studies
  • PhD Government & Public Policy
  • PhD International Relations
  • PhD Leadership & Management Studies
  • PhD Strategic & Nuclear Studies

Others Programs/Courses at National Defense University (NDU) Islamabad


  • Certificate in Policy Analysis & Programme Evaluation
  • Certificate in Govt Public Policy

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