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Graduate Certificate of Security Studies and Criminology
Secure your career protecting others
Study national and global security issues and criminology. Delve into online terrorism and the intelligence tradecraft. Secure skills to critically apply criminal research. Make ethical and socially informed decisions about complex problems.
Australian Higher Education Loan Program (HELP)
This research-intensive university in north-western Sydney offers a range of undergraduate and postgraduate degrees. With over 30,000 current students, Macquarie has a strong reputation for welcoming international students and embracing flexible and convenient study options, including its partnership with Open Universities Australia.
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By the end of this program it is anticipated you should be able to:
- Demonstrate good understanding of concepts and theories in the field of security studies and criminology
- Understand and critically apply the leading research methods and methodologies in the field of security studies and criminology
- Develop advanced critical thinking and analytical skills to find solutions to complex problems
- Apply disciplinary knowledge to critically analyse and explain real world security and criminology issues
- Apply ethically and socially informed judgement to the development and implementation of security and criminology policies
- 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.
- International Non-Government Organisations
AQF level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent
English Proficiency Requirements
The required standard of English for this program is:
Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent.
All applicants to coursework programs at Macquarie University are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English.
For more information on accepted equivalents, please see English Language Requirements.
From terrorist attacks to paralysing cyber assaults and organised gangs on global crime sprees, the media seems filled with news about emerging security and intelligence threats. Specialists in security, intelligence studies and criminology who are skilled at researching and analysing these complex issues, and at finding ways to mitigate their impact, are highly sought after by both government and the private sector.
Offering a high degree of flexibility, this course gives people working in policing, defence and security-related industries, law, policy advising or media, both theoretical and practical knowledge of contemporary security issues. You’ll explore the strategies that are being developed to respond to emerging security and intelligence threats, and combine a deep theoretical understanding with practical research and analytical skills. You’ll be equipped to ask – and answer – the hard questions about the multiple dimensions of security and criminology in the contemporary world and how they relate to one another.
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.
Essential units: 10 credit points
- PICX8012 Critical Thought and Research Design
Option set 1: 20 credit points from:
- PICX8020 Terrorism
- PICX8043 Global Terrorism name change
- PICX8060 Geopolitics and Geostrategy
- PICX8061 Transnational Security
- PICX8013 The History of Intelligence
- PICX8045 Intelligence: Theory and Practice
- PICX8080 Cyber Terrorism and Informational Warfare
Option set 2: 10 credit points from:
- PICX8088 Advanced Criminology Theory
- PICX8062 The Crimes of Powerful
- PICX8040 Cyber Crime and Cyber Policing name change
Total credit points required: 40
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.
Changes in 2020
In 2020 the Macquarie subject codes have changed. All subjects previously studied under the old subject code will be recognised as equivalent.
- The structure for this degree has changed.
Choose subjects to begin.
You can apply for government funding or pay up-front.