Militære køretøjer i formation taget med drone.

Foto: Kristian Vinther Brøndum

The module enhances planning competencies of the military officer through a higher-level theoretical understanding of military planning processes and models. The course is particular suited for officers who want or need to master military planning, and for others who participate in or lead planning processes. 



The aim of the module is to provide students with a theoretical understanding of key components of military planning to enable them to engage critically in military planning processes and to analyse, evaluate and develop them.



Students admitted to the Master in Military Studies (MMS) program.


Military Personnel with a bachelor, masters or equivalent degree. MMS students are prioritised.


Learning Objectives

Upon completion students have acquired the following knowledge, skills and competencies:



  • Understand key components and structures of current military planning doctrine.
  • Understand academic concepts, theories and debates from the scholarly literature relevant to planning processes of military operations.



  • Evaluate, adjust and develop existing military planning models to match contemporary and future campaign-specific problems and conditions.
  • Participate in professional and interdisciplinary discussions on planning processes.



  • Cooperate with students from other services on how to approach planning issues and if needed on how to adjust and develop military planning models in use.



The content may include topics such as problem understanding, systems and design theory, the operational environment, operations design, elements of planning, assessment and evaluation, risk, staff battle-rhythm as well as Danish and NATO concepts and doctrines for planning.


Learning Activities and Work Load

The learning activities are mainly conducted in English and Danish and the curriculum is predominantly in English.


The learning activities combine self-study of the curriculum, online activities, and one presence module including lectures and group discussions as well as written assignments including the exam paper.


The module is conducted between the 8th of March 2021 and the 28th of May 2021. The course includes a five days presence module, which will be executed in period 19th – 23rd April 2021 at Royal Danish Defence College at Svanemøllen Kaserne.


The work load is set as 5 ECTS-points with each ECTS-point comprising approximately 27.5 hours, i.e. approximately 137.5 hours altogether. Approximately two ETCS-points are allocated for the presence module and approximately two ETCS-points are allocated to curriculum, assignments and various other learning activities. Approximately one ECTS-point is allocated to writing the exam paper.



Type: Individual written exam paper of approximately 10 normal pages of 2,400 characters incl. spaces.

Language: English or DanishGrading: The Danish seven-step scale

Censorship: External

Deadline: The 28th of May 2021


If grading results in a grade below 02 (NIL TWO) the student has not passed and is required to retake the exam. The student is required to hand in a new written exam paper in Danish for grading by external censorship on the Danish seven-step scale. The deadline for re-exam paper is normally four weeks from the time the previous grading is forwarded, but the exact deadline is set taking the students regular job and work load into consideration. The student has a total of three attempts to pass the module exam.


Course Director

Cdr. Henrik Thrue

Institute for Military Operations, Centre for Joint Operations

Royal Danish Defence College



Telefon: +45 51 61 49 86


Student Advisor

Cdr. Claus Smith Rasmussen

MMS Section

Royal Danish Defence College




Admin Office

Royal Danish Defence College

Sascha Hedberg


Telefon: +45 25 55 22 04


October 2020

Students attending the MMS and other qualified participants

Min 10 – max 25

Level 7 within the Danish Framework for Life Long Learning

5 ECTS-point

10(/14) Weeks.

Part Time

Start: 8th of March 2021

End: 28th of May 2021

Royal Danish Defence College

Ryvangs Allé 1

DK-2100 Copenhagen Ø

D 03536131


Employees under the Ministry of Defence: Free.

Others: 5.000 DKK.

Sidst opdateret 10. marts, 2021 - Kl. 09.50

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