Terrorism has become a part of the global landscape and there is a world-wide call for security specialists to combat it. As a student of Bachelor of Arts (Security, Terrorism and Counter-terrorism) you will gain a multi-faceted understanding of terrorism and global security. You will be given an educational foundation in diplomacy, international security, IT training and counterterrorism studies and develop an informed understanding of terrorism and security that is highly valued in the international community.
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Please note: This course has recently undergone a major change. Please refer to Transition Arrangements for more information.
How to enrol
- Select the units you want to study, then enrol.
If eligible, apply for a Commonwealth supported place (CSP). A
CSP is a place in a course where part of the cost of your studies is
covered by the Australian government.
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How to apply for CSP
- Commonwealth Supported Places offered (HECS-HELP)
What is CSP?
This Security, Terrorism and Counterterrorism course was the first of its kind in Australia and is designed to provide you with an understanding of global security and terrorism concerns.
The Security, Terrorism and Counterterrorism course seeks to assess historical and contemporary issues of security and terrorism and questions the understanding and responses to these occurrences. Putting this in a contemporary setting allows us the opportunity and skills to question security and terrorism in today's world so that we can seek to address these issues and learn how to solve these complex questions.
Please note: This degree is not offered in the standard level 1, Level 2, Level 3 course structure with all 24 units of equal value. Refer to the Award Requirements and Recommended Study Pattern for further information.
Today's world has seen the growth of the industry of security, within both Governments and the public and private sectors. Increasingly, global businesses require staff who understand the complexity of security and terrorism, who can address a country, state or business's counterterrorism needs both effectively and with a high level of sensitivity.
You may choose to pursue employment in a range of Government agencies, such as the Australian Federal Police, ASIO, AusAid, Departments of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Defence, Immigration, Multicultural and Indigenous Affairs, the Attorney-General's Office and so on. There is also a demand for knowledgeable graduates across the private sector, with companies whose interests focus globally, particularly in areas where security and terrorism has been a recent and volatile issue.
Murdoch University has changed the BA (STC) and it is no longer offered in the standard Level 1, Level 2, Level 3 course structure with all 24 units of equal value.
From 2012 all students will be required to complete the equivalent of the Murdoch 72 points in order to obtain the Murdoch BA Security, Terrorism and Counterterrorism degree with Part 1 units valued at 3 points and Part 2 units valued at 4 points.
Murdoch University is committed to the principle that existing OUA students will not be disadvantaged by the changes to the BA (STC). All previous study completed towards this degree will transition to the new degree structure.
The pre-2012 BA (STC) offered through OUA by Murdoch University required students to complete a total of 72 credit points made up of 24 3 credit point (0.125 EFTSL) units to qualify for the award. The course was structured into three levels.
From 2012 the BA (STC) offered through OUA by Murdoch University requires students to complete a total of 72 credit points to qualify for the award. The course is structured into two levels:
Part I has 3 point units (0.125 EFTSL) and requires a total of 24 points
Part II has 4 point units (0.167 EFTSL) and requires a total of 48 points
However, students must complete all required Part 1 Core units and a Foundation unit. Also, a minimum of 24 points at level 2/level 3 must consist of Murdoch University units from the core requirements.
From 2012, Part II units currently offered as 3 credit point units will be offered as 4 credit points units. Murdoch Units offered in the previous offering of this course will still be credited towards the course, but where students have completed the three point version, they will only be granted the three points for the unit.
Unregistered students who have enrolled in core units prior to 2012, will be advised to register in the degree with Murdoch University to receive a study plan to complete their degree. Registered students will be contacted by Murdoch University to provide them with information about the changes to the degree and enrolment advice to complete their degree.
FAQs for Existing Students
- Are all units now totally different and will I need to start again? No. Although there are some new units in the course structures many units are simply recoded. For example, COD204 was recoded to AID204. If you have already completed COD204 your academic record will show that you have already completed equivalent study for AID204. However, many of the unit EFTSLs have changed so you will need to consult your course convenor for advice regarding your study plan.
- Will previously completed non-Murdoch core units be counted as core units in the new course structures? Yes, all units identified as core units by Murdoch in the course structure will be continue to have this status.
- Will I have to pay $250 to have a study plan sent to me? Students are recommended to register with Murdoch University before starting their Part 2 units to receive enrolment advice. A fee of $250 is payable on registration. To obtain an Application for Registration form, please email OUA@murdoch.edu.au. The fee is a registration fee and not a fee for doing a study plan. Many students require a study plan before deciding to register and Murdoch is quite happy to do this and will not charge them $250 for doing so.
- If I have registered prior to the start of Study Period 1, 2012 can I continue under the old degree structure? For those students who enrolled/registered prior to Study Period 1, 2012 – all units completed prior to SP1, 2012 will be counted and any remaining core units will need to be selected from the new degree structure and used in the old degree structure as part of the transition process.
Murdoch University’s undergraduate degrees have a course structure that is different from the standard OUA undergraduate degree.
• The standard university undergraduate degree in Australia as offered through OUA requires the completion of 24 units of equal value.
• This Murdoch University degree calculates the award requirements in credit points only and students can complete this undergraduate degree with fewer than 24 units. Although there are fewer units in a Murdoch degree, the cost is the same as for other OUA degrees.
• The units in this degree are:
3 credit point 0.125 EFTSL units which are equivalent to all the standard university undergraduate units offered through OUA with the same OUA unit fee.
4 credit point 0.167 EFTSL units which are unique to Murdoch University and have a higher OUA unit fee than the standard university undergraduate unit fee. The higher unit fee is because of the higher EFTSL value and is in proportion to the number of units students need to complete a Murdoch degree.
To qualify for the Bachelor of Arts (Security, Terrorism and Counter-terrorism) students must complete 72 credit points.
• This requirement is structured into 24 points of Part 1 units and 48 points of Part 2 units.
• Students can only include one Foundation unit in the degree.
• The degree will normally take three years for full-time students, but part-time students may take up to ten years to complete the course.
Please refer to Special Requirements for further information about unit details and fees for this course.
Students are recommended to Register in this course before starting their Part 2 units to receive enrolment advice from Murdoch University.
Recognition of Prior Learning / Credit
Students may be eligible for credit for previous studies. When applying for credit, students will need to provide documentation, including original transcripts of academic records or certified copies, unit outlines and an explanation of the grading system. This must be sent to the Open Universities Australia Liaison Team at Murdoch University. Please note that credit cannot be gained for subjects completed more than 10 years ago. To obtain an Application for Advanced Standing Form, please email OUA@murdoch.edu.au.
Registering in this Course
Students are recommended to Register with Murdoch University before starting their Part 2 units to receive enrolment advice. A fee of $250 is payable on registration. To obtain an Application for Registration Form, please email OUA@murdoch.edu.au
Recommended Study Pattern
To get the most from this course, students are recommended to follow these steps:
PART 1 (total of 24 points)
- Students who have not studied at university before, are recommended to start with SSK12 Introduction to University Learning as one of their Part 1 electives.
- Complete one Foundation unit from ISU102, ISU103, ISU110, or ISU111 (3 points).
- Complete three Part 1 core units (9 points).
- Complete one specified elective (3 points) in the major.
- Complete a maximum of three Part 1 or Level 1 elective units (9 points) from any OUA unit.
Please note: All Murdoch Part 1 units are 3 point units which are the same as all standard OUA units.
PART 2 (total of 48 points)
- Complete two Part 2 core units (8 points)
- Complete four Part 2 specified electives (16 points)
- Complete Part 2 electives. (24 points)
Please note: All Murdoch Part 2 units are 4 point units and not standard 3 point OUA Level 2 and 3 units. Students may include non-Murdoch Level 2 and 3 units but these are not 4 point units and will not be credited as equivalent to a Murdoch 4 point unit in this degree.
Course Admission Eligibility Criteria
(Commonwealth supported places)
In order to be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place, students must meet the following requirements:
- 4 OUA Undergraduate units at pass level OR equivalent
To learn more about Commonwealth supported places, please see Commonwealth supported places.
How to Apply
The Bachelor of Arts (Security, Terrorism and Counter-terrorism) is open to all students and does not require an Application process. Simply add units from the Course units tab to your Study Cart to begin your enrolment.
Commonwealth Supported Places
The Bachelor of Arts (Security, Terrorism and Counter-terrorism) is also eligible for Commonwealth supported places. To enrol in this course as a Commonwealth supported student, you can submit your application by clicking on the Apply online button below. Please ensure you check the eligibility requirements for a Commonwealth supported place in this course in the Requirements Tab.
To learn more about Commonwealth supported places, please see Commonwealth supported places or call 1300 322 870.
You can submit your application by clicking on the Application online button below.
If you require an application form in an alternative format please phone a CSP Student Advisor on 1800 870 322.
About Commonwealth supported places
A Commonwealth supported place is a higher education place for which the Australian Government provides funding to the university towards the cost of your education. Commonwealth supported places are only available for students who wish to enrol in a full course of study and are required to contribute to the cost of their higher education through a student contribution. Eligible students in Commonwealth supported places can also receive assistance with their student contribution in the form of HECS-HELP.
To be eligible for Commonwealth support, you must be:
- An Australian citizen OR;
- A New Zealand citizen who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study OR;
- The holder of a permanent visa who will be residing in Australia for the duration of your study.
For more information and to download an information booklet on the eligibility requirements and the payment options available including the process for applying for HECS-HELP assistance, please visit http://studyassist.gov.au/sites/StudyAssist/
Alternatively if you do not wish to apply as a Commonwealth supported place student or are not eligible, you can still apply to study this course or units within this course. Click on the Course units tab above to find out more.
Please note that depending on the course eligibility requirements, you may be required to provide scanned and certified copies of the following supporting documents:
- Certified copies of academic transcripts - required in most cases but check course eligibility rules.(Please ensure you attach all pages of your academic transcript including both the front and back pages)
A “certified copy” is a copy of an original document which has been certified as being a true copy by an authorised person. These include a justice of the peace, lawyer, medical practitioner, pharmacist, accountant, school principal or minister of religion.
- English language test results - if your courses were not predominantly in English e.g. IELTS or equivalent test results.
- IMPORTANT: Please do not send original documents as they will not be returned.
Pricing and Payment Options
The total cost of completing a degree will vary depending on the course you have chosen to study.
Fees can also vary according to the type of unit you enrol in and the applicable fee band. Below is a guide to help you find the fees applicable for your own study path.
Please also note that the fees listed here are only indicative costs for new students in 2012. These fees may vary depending on the units you choose and do not include incidental fees (such as lab coats or art supplies) or the cost of your textbooks.
Students select three electives from any OUA unit, and are highly recommended to include SSK12 as one of their Part 1 electives.
Please note: Students may not complete additional Foundation units as electives towards the BA (Security, Terrorism and Counter-terrorism) degree.
Students are recommended to use their Part 2 electives to study an additional major from those offered by other Murdoch degrees. All Murdoch Part 2 units are 4 point units.
BA (STC) students interested in studying non-Murdoch 3 point units as Part 2 General electives in their degree should contact Murdoch for enrolment advice
Please note: OUA students interested in studying any Murdoch 4 point units as electives towards a non-Murdoch degree should contact their University for approval before enrolling in the unit. 4 point units have a higher unit fee because of their higher EFTSL and this may have credit implications if completed for a non-Murdoch degree.
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PART 1 Specified Elective
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Students may select their Level 1 or Part 1 General Electives from any OUA unit. However, it is highly recommended that one of these units be SSK12 Introduction to University Learning.
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