Bachelor of Security Studies

Macquarie University

This degree presents a contemporary approach to security studies, encompassing risk management strategies, emergency response, national resilience, law enforcement and the use of military force. The 21st century has seen the emergence of new security challenges in Australia, the Asia-Pacific and around the world, which have led to a shift in the traditional approaches to national and international security. This degree will prepare students to meet the needs of a rapidly changing sector. They will examine security from a range of perspectives, including international security challenges such as military power, interstate war and terrorism, and national and non-traditional security challenges, including domestic law enforcement, national security policy, emergency and disaster resilience, human security and whole-of-government coordination. The broad scope of this degree reflects the Australian government's expanded definition of national security and targets industry needs for graduate skills and capabilities. The degree combines expertise from Macquarie's Department of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism (PICT) with units from politics, international relations, anthropology and law to examine contemporary security issues from a range of perspectives across society.

Course Fee:

International: $104,400

Entry Requirements:

Year 12 or recognised equivalent


72 credit points; 39 credit points at 200 level; 18 credit points at 300 level.

Subjects you can Study:

Security studies

Further information:

This course is offered through internal and external study.

Accepts International Students:


Provider CRICOS: 00002J; 02942D (ELC)

Campus ATAR/OP Mid Year Intake Study Mode Duration
North Ryde 68.7 Yes Full time 3 years
North Ryde 68.7 Yes Online 3 years
North Ryde 68.7 Yes Part time 6 years

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Macquarie’s courses are designed in consultation with industry and focus on practical, ‘real-world’ learning. Such learning is facilitated through unique programs such as the award-winning Global Leadership Program, recognised as Australia’s

flagship tertiary global leadership program; PACE (Professional and Community Engagement), the only program of its kind in Australia that gives students practical, work-integrated experience that’s fully integrated into their course; and one of Australia’s best exchange programs, which allows students to gain academic credit at one of 150 global partners along with job-ready skills before they graduate.

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* More than 150 partner universities for student exchange in more than 40 countries

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Provider CRICOS: 00002J; 02942D (ELC)



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