The Faculty of Social Sciences of the Zimbabwe National Defence University (ZNDU) is a dynamic and unique grouping of disciplines of study, which provides education to scholars and students of social sciences. Established in 2012 as the Academic Department (ACAD), and renamed the Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS) at the transformation of the National Defence College (NDC) to the Zimbabwe National Defence University in 2017, the Faculty is a socially, intellectually and culturally diverse community of staff and students who treasure the exchange of academic wisdom. In addition, the Faculty endeavours to understand local, national, global, cultural, political and historical perspectives; stimulates ethical reasoning and consideration, develops knowledge and engages in creative activities, and fosters disciplinary and inter￾disciplinary work to address significant social issues.

The following degree programmes are offered:

Department of Political Science
Master of Science Degree in International Studies (MSc IS).
Master of Arts Degree in Defence and Security Studies (MADDS) (pending ZIMCHE approval).

Department of Peace and Security Studies
Master of Science Degree in Conflict Prevention and Early Warning (pending ZIMCHE approval).
Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree in Security and Disaster Management Studies (BSDMS) (pending ZIMCHE approval).

The Master of Science Degree in International Studies programme is currently running
while pending programmes are set to commence in January 2021.


The Faculty of Engineering (FE) was officially launched on 16 November 2018. The FE was the third faculty to be established by the ZNDU, after the Centre for Defence and Security Studies (CDSS) and the Faculty of Social Sciences (FSS). The faculty was established with a view to make it a National Centre for cutting edge engineering and aviation science training, research and innovation, and the driver for industrialisation. This is in pursuance of Education 5.0. The faculty lays special emphasis on the development of Technology, Software Engineering, Aerospace Engineering, Aviation Sciences, Electrical and Electronic Engineering and Mechanical Engineering. There are also plans to introduce Biomedical Engineering in the near future. The emphasis on software engineering is predicated on the recognition of the emergence of the fourth industrial revolution in which Information and Communication Technologies

(ICTs) and Software Engineering are recognised as current and future drivers of industrialisation. The FE has a ten-year strategic plan (2019-2029) which aims to position itself as an international research-focused institution, contributing to local as well as global solutions on challenges facing mankind. To achieve these goals, the faculty has committed knowledgeable staff of high integrity to ensure the achievement of the mandate. The faculty believes that the strategy will result in the production of ethical graduates with a high level of academic knowledge, entrepreneurial skills and integrity, who will act as a catalyst for the growth of the local industry, positively transforming the Zimbabwean society as guided by the faculty vision.

The ZNDU Faculty of Engineering offers undergraduate and postgraduate programmes.
The programmes offered by the Faculty include:

Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree in Aerospace Engineering (BAE).
Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree in Aviation Sciences (Aircraft Systems and Operations) (HAVO).
Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree in Aviation Sciences (Air Traffic Management) (HAVA).
Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree in Computer and Software Engineering (BSE) (in 2021)
Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree in Electrical and Electronic Engineering (BEE) (in 2021).
Bachelor of Science (Honours) Degree in Mechanical Engineering (BEE) (in 2021)
Master of Science degree in Software Engineering (MSE).


The National Defence Course (NDC), is designed to develop leadership competencies, analytical skills and knowledge of participants on national defence and security issues in preparation for their assignment at the national strategic policy formulation level. The national defence course is run over a period of fifty (50) weeks divided into four (04) terms. Major highlights of the course include the following areas:

a. Foundational Theory and Zimbabwe Domestic Studies
b. International Security Studies
c. National Security Studies
d. National Defence Building

Candidates for the course are drawn from local, regional and international security and other strategic government institutions. To attend the course, candidates must be selected by their institutions.