Master of International Security Studies / Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism - 2016

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Course summary - 2016

Level: Postgraduate
Qualification: Masters Degree
Number of units: 20 units to complete
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The combined degree of Master of International Security Studies with the Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism provides a comprehensive study of both the traditional and non-traditional security issues. The Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism covers security dimensions relating to law enforcement, intelligence and asymmetric threats. While the Master of International Security Studies examines a wider range of non-traditional security issues that range from pandemics, natural disasters, humanitarian intervention, economic security and environmental security.

By the end of this program it is anticipated you should be able to:

  1. identify contemporary and emerging security challenges to the professional practice of Policing, Intelligence and Counter-Terrorism
  2. apply critical thinking skills in conceptualising risk and threat assessment
  3. explore a range of research principles and methodologies that are utilised to underpin independent research, with focused application through specialisation on a particular element of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism studies
  4. analyse a significant and contemporary body of literature related to key concepts that underpin the broader field of security studies, aligned with greater focus through specialisation
  5. identify key theoretical and thematic concepts which are relevant to field of specialisation
  6. communicate acquired knowledge and skills effectively to a range of audiences, including but not limited to, industry professionals, graduates and non-specialists with subject matter interests
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. synthesise theoretical, thematic and practical positions in relation to security in a broader academic sphere; and with opportunity for specialisation for detailed demonstration to specific thematic spheres; 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
  11. apply ethical principles that manifest a global outlook built on interdisciplinary and international engagement.

Graduates gain an understanding of local and regional security issues and competing ideological interests that impact on communities and countries. They develop skills to conduct analysis and assessments at an operational level and policy development at a strategic level. They find employment with state and federal police services, defence forces, intelligence agencies, border protection and public sector agencies involved in the national security field. There are also opportunities with NGOs and in the private sector including consulting, insurance and banking, and in the private security industry and the cyber security sector.

Applicants must hold one of the following:

Australian level 7 bachelor qualification or recognised equivalent in relevant field: Natural and Physical Sciences (FOE code 01), Information Technology (FOE code 02), Health (FOE code 06), Banking, Finance and Related Fields (FOE code 0811), Society and Culture (FOE code 09), Communication and Media Studies (FOE code 1007), 0801 Accounting, 080101 Accounting, 0803 Business and Management, 080301 Business Management, 080303 Human Resource Management, 080307 Organisation Management, 080309 Industrial Relations, 080311 International Business, 080313 Public and Health Care Administration; AND Minimum English Language Proficiency: IELTS or IELTS equivalent of 6.5 overall, with minimum 6.0 in each band.

OR

Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent AND Work experience at an appropriate level of seniority and of at least 3 years' duration (full-time equivalent) in a field deemed by PICTto relate to security; AND Minimum English Language Proficiency: IELTS or IELTS equivalent of 6.5 overall, with minimum 6.0 in each band.

OR

Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent AND Diploma or recognized equivalent in a field deemed by PICT to relate to security studies; AND Minimum English Language Proficiency: IELTS or IELTS equivalent of 6.5 overall, with minimum 6.0 in each band.

OR

Australian Graduate Certificate or recognised equivalent in a related discipline, including from the humanities, social sciences, economics, business and some hard sciences. See the Recognised Prior Learning (RPL) Plan on the PICT website for details • GPA of not less than 2.0 out of 4.00; AND Minimum English Language Proficiency: IELTS or IELTS equivalent of 6.5 overall, with minimum 6.0 in each band.

Master of International Security Studies/Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism students must:

  • Complete the compulsory requirements as indicated in the course structure
  • AND complete a specialisation

Please note: It is NOT recommended to enrol in more than 2 units per Session.

To qualify for the award of  Master of International Security Studies/Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism students must complete twenty units.

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.

Exit award means an approved lesser award that a student may elect to qualify with provided the requirements of the exit award have been met. Some exit awards are exit qualifications only and are not offered for admission. (This means that the student must meet the requirements of the year they were admitted into the program and not the current years requirements). For further information please contact Macquarie at http://www.students.mq.edu.au/student_admin/student_connect/.

Majors

All students in the Master of International Security Studies/Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism must complete the following compulsory units and a specialisation.

  • Compulsory 800 and 900 series units (eleven units)
  • Compulsory 800 series units (six units)
  • Specialisation as indicated below (three units)

Specialisation in Policing

Specialisation in Intelligence

Specialisation in Counter Terrorism

Specialisation in Cyber Security

Specialisation in General PICT

Total number of units to complete: 11 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Terrorism Issues
PICX802 Macquarie Sess 1 - Sess 3
Foundations of Modern Intelligence
PICX813 Macquarie Sess 1 - Sess 3
Strategic Law Enforcement
PICX842 Macquarie - Sess 2 Sess 3
Foundations of Security Studies
PICX850 Macquarie Sess 1 - -
Advanced Security Studies
PICX851 Macquarie - Sess 2 -
International Security
PICX901 Macquarie Sess 1 - Sess 3
Weapons of Mass Destruction: Proliferation and Control
PICX905 Macquarie Sess 1 - -
Border Security and Migration
PICX907 Macquarie - Sess 2 -
Globalisation and Security
PICX908 Macquarie Sess 1 - -
Asia Pacific Security
PICX913 Macquarie - Sess 2 -
Humanitarian Intervention and Peacekeeping
PICX915 Macquarie - Sess 2 -
Complete 6 units from the following 13 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Police Leadership and Governance (Previously: Strategic Policing)
PICX806 Macquarie Sess 1 - -
Cyber Terrorism and Information Warfare
PICX808 Macquarie Sess 1 - -
Architecture of Modern Intelligence
PICX814 Macquarie - Sess 2 -
National Security and Counter Terrorism
PICX818 Macquarie - Sess 2 -
Terrorist Support Networks and Operations
PICX837 Macquarie - Sess 2 -
Insurgency and Non-State Security Challenges
PICX838 Macquarie Sess 1 - -
Cyber Crime (Previously: Cybercrime)
PICX840 Macquarie - Sess 2 -
Organised Crime
PICX841 Macquarie - Sess 2 -
International Policing Systems (Previously: Comparative Policing)
PICX843 Macquarie Sess 1 - -
The Modern Intelligence Practitioner
PICX844 Macquarie - Sess 2 -
Practice of Modern Intelligence
PICX845 Macquarie Sess 1 - -
Cyber Security
PICX848 Macquarie Sess 1 - -
Cyber Policing and Intelligence
PICX849 Macquarie - Sess 2 -
Complete 3 units from the following 4 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Cyber Terrorism and Information Warfare
PICX808 Macquarie Sess 1 - -
National Security and Counter Terrorism
PICX818 Macquarie - Sess 2 -
Terrorist Support Networks and Operations
PICX837 Macquarie - Sess 2 -
Insurgency and Non-State Security Challenges
PICX838 Macquarie Sess 1 - -
Complete 3 units from the following 4 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Police Leadership and Governance (Previously: Strategic Policing)
PICX806 Macquarie Sess 1 - -
Cyber Crime (Previously: Cybercrime)
PICX840 Macquarie - Sess 2 -
Organised Crime
PICX841 Macquarie - Sess 2 -
International Policing Systems (Previously: Comparative Policing)
PICX843 Macquarie Sess 1 - -
Complete 3 units from the following 4 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Architecture of Modern Intelligence
PICX814 Macquarie - Sess 2 -
The Modern Intelligence Practitioner
PICX844 Macquarie - Sess 2 -
Practice of Modern Intelligence
PICX845 Macquarie Sess 1 - -
Cyber Security
PICX848 Macquarie Sess 1 - -
Complete 3 units from the following 4 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Cyber Terrorism and Information Warfare
PICX808 Macquarie Sess 1 - -
Cyber Crime (Previously: Cybercrime)
PICX840 Macquarie - Sess 2 -
Cyber Security
PICX848 Macquarie Sess 1 - -
Cyber Policing and Intelligence
PICX849 Macquarie - Sess 2 -
Complete 3 units from the following 13 units Required Elective Optional
Unit name Code Provider Availability
Police Leadership and Governance (Previously: Strategic Policing)
PICX806 Macquarie Sess 1 - -
Cyber Terrorism and Information Warfare
PICX808 Macquarie Sess 1 - -
Architecture of Modern Intelligence
PICX814 Macquarie - Sess 2 -
National Security and Counter Terrorism
PICX818 Macquarie - Sess 2 -
Terrorist Support Networks and Operations
PICX837 Macquarie - Sess 2 -
Insurgency and Non-State Security Challenges
PICX838 Macquarie Sess 1 - -
Cyber Crime (Previously: Cybercrime)
PICX840 Macquarie - Sess 2 -
Organised Crime
PICX841 Macquarie - Sess 2 -
International Policing Systems (Previously: Comparative Policing)
PICX843 Macquarie Sess 1 - -
The Modern Intelligence Practitioner
PICX844 Macquarie - Sess 2 -
Practice of Modern Intelligence
PICX845 Macquarie Sess 1 - -
Cyber Security
PICX848 Macquarie Sess 1 - -
Cyber Policing and Intelligence
PICX849 Macquarie - Sess 2 -

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 http://www.students.mq.edu.au/student_admin/student_connect/ .

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This course is restricted. Students are required to apply and be approved by Macquarie University before they can enrol in units through OUA.

Applications are due the Friday two weeks prior to the close of enrolment date for the study term you are applying for.

You can pay fees in one of two main ways:

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
    OR
  • Permanent humanitarian visa holders who will be resident in Australia for the duration of their unit
    OR
  • Permanent visa holders who are undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be resident in Australia for the duration of their study

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  • Cheque
  • Money order

You should make cheques and money orders payable to 'Open Universities Australia' and send them to:
Open Universities Australia
GPO Box 5387
Melbourne 3001
Australia

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.

Please contact Macquarie University for further assistance at http://www.students.mq.edu.au/student_admin/student_connect/.

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