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Degree structure

Degree details

Higher Education

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.

VET Studies

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.

Work and Life

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.

English Proficiency Requirements

IELTS or IELTS equivalent of 6.5 overall, with minimum 6.0 in each band.

Please Note: The program will no longer be offered by Macquarie . This degree will not be taking further applications in 2018. Relevant OUA subject 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 subjects are now available in Semesters. Please refer to the Key Dates page for further information.

This degree was previously known as Graduate Certificate of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism.

The Cyber-Security, Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism degree is designed to equip students with the ability to respond critically to major security, policing and defence issues both locally and internationally. Students will gain knowledge and understanding in contemporary policing, intelligence, counter terrorism, cyber security and security studies.

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, cyber security 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, cyber security 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.

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 at Macquarie University viahttps://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-portal.insightfulcrm.com/account/pub/display/non_award

Changes in 2018:

PICX950 has replaced PICX851
PICX860 has replaced PICX901
PICX861 has replaced PICX913
PICX862 has replaced PICX841
The following units have been removed from offer:
PICX838
PICX905
PICX915
PICX922
PICX806

Students who commence in a particular award will graduate in that award. If they wish to transfer into this newly named award they would need to follow the transition policy of Macquarie University.

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 athttps://students.mq.edu.au/admin/other-resources/student-admin-services.

Recommended Study Pattern

Graduate Certificate of Cyber-Security, Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism students must:

  • Complete the compulsory requirements as indicated in the degree structure at the time of admission.

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

Award Requirements

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate in Cyber-Security, Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism students must complete one compulsory subject and three additional subjects.

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 Graduate Certificates

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

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.

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Majors

All students in the Graduate Certificate of Cyber-Security, Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism must complete the following compulsory units.

  • Compulsory 800 Series unit (one unit)
  • Compulsory 800 Series Units. Policing Stream (one unit)
  • Compulsory 800 Series Units. Counter Terrorism Stream (one unit)
  • Compulsory 800 Series Units. Intelligence Stream (one unit)

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