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Please Note: The program will no longer be offered by Macquarie . This course will not be taking further applications in 2018. Relevant OUA unit offerings will still be available to allow all current students to complete the award requirements. Macquarie will launch new postgraduate programs in 2018. The Department of Security Studies and Criminology will contact all students to discuss possible transfer arrangements.
Please note: All Macquarie units are now available in Semesters. Please refer to the Key Dates page for further information.
The International Security Studies (ISS) courses cover a broad spectrum of traditional and non-traditional security issues examined from a regional and global context. International security studies is no longer limited to traditional security challenges such as military threats, terrorism and law enforcement. It also includes non-traditional challenges to human, societal, economic and environmental security. This postgraduate program examines the theoretical and practical frameworks that serve to critically explain and evaluate the security landscape in the ‘Asian Century’.
By the end of this program it is anticipated you should be able to:
- identify contemporary and emerging security threats, whilst applying critical thinking skills in conceptualising risk and threat assessment.
- explore a range of research principles and methodologies that are utilised to underpin independent research within the field of International Security Studies (ISS).
- analyse a significant and contemporary body of literature related to key concepts that underpin the field of International Security Studies and which identify key theoretical and thematic concepts, as well as traditional and emerging security threats.
- communicate acquired knowledge and skills effectively to a range of professional audiences.
- present informed, considered and logical judgements supporting and contradicting the arguments of others, in a professional manner, and within a relevant contextual framework applicable to graduate employment opportunities.
- critically evaluate academic scholarship and literature pertinent to professional practice parallel to the production of documentation relevant to graduate employment opportunities in a variety of related fields.
- model research skills, specifically the ability to select and integrate knowledge from a diverse range of relevant sources; critically evaluate significance and relevance; and synthesise findings in a coherent, rational and sustained academic argument.
- synthesise theoretical, thematic and practical positions in relation to International Security Studies which evidence sustained engagement throughout the duration of the degree and permit graduates to present positions on contemporary security scholarship and practice necessary for employment in directly related fields
- apply ethical principles that manifest a global outlook built on interdisciplinary and international engagement.
Graduates may find employment with, defence forces, intelligence agencies, and law enforcement. There are also opportunities with NGOs and in the private sector including consulting, insurance and banking, and in the in the private security industry and the cyber security sector.
Applicants must hold the following:
Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent or Graduate Certificate in a non-cognate field, GPA of not less than 4.0 out of 7.0; AND Minimum English Language Proficiency: IELTS or IELTS equivalent of 6.5 overall, with minimum 6.0 in each band..
No Bachelor degree. With an Australian level 5 or 6 diploma or recognized equivalent in a field deemed by PICT to be related to security studies AND Work experience at an appropriate level of seniority and of at least 3 years' duration (full-time equivalent) in a field deemed by PICT to have conferred a depth of learning up to the equivalent to a Bachelor Degree; AND Minimum English Language Proficiency: IELTS or IELTS equivalent of 6.5 overall, with minimum 6.0 in each band.
No Bachelor degree, or diploma/recognised equivalent. With work experience at an appropriate level of seniority and of at least 5 years' duration (full-time equivalent) in a field deemed by PICT to have conferred a depth of learning equivalent to a Bachelor Degree; AND Minimum English Language Proficiency: IELTS or IELTS equivalent of 6.5 overall, with minimum 6.0 in each band.
Graduate Certificate students must complete four units as per the course structure.
Please note: It is not recommended to enrol in more than 2 units per Session.
To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate of International Security Studies students must complete four units as indicated in the course structure at the time of admission.
On completion of admission you are bound by the University Terms and Conditions and must comply with present and future By-laws, Rules, Codes, and Policies, Procedures and Schedules of Macquarie University
A student who is taking an unduly long time to complete a program of study may be excluded from further enrolment. An unduly long period of time is considered to be effective enrolment longer than 4 years for this Graduate Certificate.
All students in the Graduate Certificate of International Security Studies must complete 4 compulsory units from the following.
Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. Applicants should contact the Centre for Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism (PICT) at Macquarie University for information about eligibility for credit and RPL procedures via https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-admin-services.
To request for a prerequisite waiver, please refer to Macquarie's website at https://ask.mq.edu.au/account/pub/display/non_award
Eligible OUA students can access the government loan scheme known as FEE-HELP. You pay back the loan through your taxes once your income reaches a minimum threshold.
Who can access it?
- Australian citizens who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to their course
- Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
- Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study
- Credit card (Visa and MasterCard)
- Money order
You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Students who did not commence their program in the current year are required to follow the program structure provided to them at the time of admission.
Retired units that have been completed will be counted towards the degree.
Please contact Macquarie University for further assistance at https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-admin-services.
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