Warning! This degree has recently undergone a major change. Please refer to the transition arrangements for more information.
By the end of this program it is anticipated you should be able to:
Identify contemporary and emerging security threats.
Apply critical thinking skills in evaluating risk and threat assessment pertinent to the field of Security Studies.
Explore a range of theoretical principles that are necessary to contextualise traditional and non-traditional security threats.
Present informed, considered and logical judgements within a framework relevant to a dynamic security environment. Demonstrate ethical principles that manifest a global outlook through engagement with interdisciplinary and international issues; evidenced through balanced and clearly considered written and oral communication.
Communicate acquired knowledge and skills effectively to a range of professional audiences. Present informed, considered and logical judgements within a framework relevant to a dynamic security environment.
Evidence creative and innovative solutions to contemporary security challenges through means of case based assessment and subject participation.
Analyse theoretical, thematic and practical positions pertinent to professional practice in the field of security studies, in preparation for graduate employment and career based professional development.
Select and integrate source based knowledge from a diverse range of positions relevant to the field of security studies, which demonstrate social responsibility and appreciate of diversity in the application of relevant policy and professional positions
The Bachelor of Security Studies has been designed to meet the needs of public and private sector employers in the security field. It is ideal for prospective students who want to enter the workforce as a security analyst in the public, private or not-for-profit sectors.
The core content of the program is designed to give graduates a strong knowledge and skill base to make them attractive candidates for government graduate programs, entry into commercial enterprises with large operations, private consultancies, non-governmental organisations, statute authorities or any organisation which regularly deals with actors in the security field.
Higher education via OUA
- 4 OUA Undergraduate subjects at pass level from any OUA provider; OR
- 2 OUA Undergraduate subjects at credit grade level from any OUA provider; OR
Detailed information regarding Macquarie Admissions can be found here:
A competitive ATAR of 75 or equivalent OP of 12
English Proficiency Requirements
IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent
Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University and OUA offer a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others.
All unit materials are delivered fully online. Students with special needs can apply for alternative assessment arrangements. Contact us at https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-admin-services
Macquarie University recognises formal, informal and non-formal learning to support an individual's lifelong learning goals. An application for RPL will need the following support:
1. Official Academic transcript including all grades, on an institution letterhead. If your supporting documents are in a language other than English, this must be accompanied by a certified English translation.
2. Subject/Subject outlines
You need to supply a copy of the subject outline to support your request for exemption of subjects at Macquarie University.
Suitable portfolio items e.g. Certificates from accredited degrees, results from other non-credited degrees, certificates and statements from employer degrees or professional bodies, employment history and position descriptions, employers verifying your knowledge, skill and experience, details of community activities involving significant responsibilities, on-the-job assessment record, performance management reports etc.
You will need to complete an application for credit form and send to the OUA Program Manager at Macquarie University. There is no charge for students.
To request for a prerequisite waiver, please refer to Macquarie's website at https://ask.mq.edu.au/account/pub/display/non_award
Please note: All Macquarie subjects are now available in Semesters. Please refer to the Key Dates page for further information.
The program focuses on security, risks and policy responses in today’s society. It includes risk analysis, strategic planning, intelligence, emergency response and national resilience. The curriculum has been designed in consultation with major industry stakeholders from the public and private sectors. It combines academic conceptual skills with vocational skills in security analysis. Core subjects focus on security concepts and issues and applying analytical tools to contemporary policy challenges.
The Bachelor of Security Studies is structured around three key themes: the contemporary security environment, the range of options available to governments and businesses to manage and respond to security challenges, and emerging and ongoing challenges to security. The program emphasises both analytical skills and creativity in responding to new and complex challenges.
Being a Macquarie student means you aren’t restricted to picking subjects from just one field. You’re encouraged to extend your educational scope. Students are required to complete a People and Planet subject to meet the requirement of their Macquarie degree. This holistic approach to education encourages you to take subjects out of interest and curiosity. In some cases these areas of study digress from your career path, but doing these subjects make things interesting. We provide a list of People and Planet subjects as a guide, which makes it easy for every student to choose outside of their required study plan. People subjects are specifically designed to focus on the social world and develop socio-cultural literacy. While Planet subjects are more focused on developing scientific literacy and an understanding of the physical world.
In 2016 the Macquarie subject codes have changed. All subjects previously studied under the old subject code will be recognized as equivalent.
Recommended Study Pattern
- Complete level 1 core subjects
- Complete people and planet subjects (Current and new students enrolled in Macquarie OUA programs are exempt from completing Planet subject requirements for a period until 31 December 2019.) Please refer to the degree guide for the list of People and Planet subjects.
- Complete level 2 core subjects and electives
- Complete level 3 subjects and electives
- Complete Capstone in final semester
Students must complete 24 subjects of study, comprised of
- 12 core subjects
- 3 specified electives
- 1 People and 1 Planet subject (from two different faculties)
- 7 open electives from any OUA provider (including Macquarie). 4 of these 7 open elective subjects must come from Levels 2 or 3 units. The other 3 electives can come from any level
- No more than 10 subjects at level 1
- A minimum of 14 subjects at level 2 or above
- A minimum of 6 subjects at level 3
The degree will normally be of three years duration for full-time students, but part-time students may take longer.
Choose your subjects
Current and new students enrolled in Macquarie OUA programs are exempt from completing Planet unit requirements for a period until 31 December 2019.
Four of these seven open elective subjects must come from levels 2 or 3 subjects. The other three electives can come from any level.
Students are eligible to register for this degree after successfully completing at least 2 subjects from the degree with a credit average, or passing four subjects from the degree. Registration is free for all students. If you are not eligible for CSP, please complete the non-CSP registration form (Application Form for Undergraduate Studies: Non-CSP and International Applicants).
Once registered you will receive the degree structure that you must follow to achieve the qualification.
Please contact us at https://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-admin-services for further enquiries.
All students registering in the Bachelor of Security Studies must complete the structure at the time of registration. 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.
Changes in 2018:
- Current and new students enrolled in Macquarie OUA programs are exempt from completing Planet unit requirements for a period until 31 December 2019.
- The following elective options have been removed from the elective stream:
INF20003 - Requirements Analysis and Modelling
INF30003 - Business Information Systems
- PSYX130 - Organisational Behaviour has been removed from the Level 1 Specified Electives stream