Warning! This is a restricted degree. Subject enrolment is only available to students admitted into this degree.

Degree structure

Degree details

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

  1. Demonstrate good understanding of concepts and theories in the field of security studies and criminology
  2. Understand and critically apply the leading research methods and methodologies in the field of security studies and criminology
  3. Develop advanced critical thinking and analytical skills to find solutions to complex problems
  4. Apply disciplinary knowledge to critically analyse and explain real world security and criminology issues
  5. Apply ethically and socially informed judgement to the development and implementation of security and criminology policies
  6. Communicate disciplinary knowledge to professional and academic audiences

Graduates will be equipped to work in a range of government, non-government and private employment, including:

  • Department of Defence
  • Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
  • Law Enforcement and Police
  • Australian Border Force
  • International/Regional organizations
  • Think tanks and policy advising.
  • Media
  • International Non-Government Organisations

Higher education

Australian level 7 bachelor qualification (or recognised equivalent) in any field

Work and Life

three years' work experience in a relevant field at a relevant level

English Proficiency Requirements

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

Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (see www.mq.edu.au/policy) and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. The RPL pages contain information on how to apply, links to registers, and the approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit.

This degree develops students' understanding of the different dimensions of security issues and criminology. All subjects are provided through the Department of Security Studies and Criminology and focus on synthesising the latest developments in security studies and criminology. They provide an in-depth understanding of theoretical and practical issues at a global, regional and national level.

Recommended Study Pattern

Graduate Certificate of Security Studies and Criminology 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.
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 Certificate.

Award Requirements

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate of Security Studies and Criminology students must complete four subjects. The subjects should include the compulsory subjects as indicated in the degree structure.

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 Schedulesof 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 note that tudents who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy will not be permitted to register in Macquarie University degrees offered through OUA. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.