Warning! This course has undergone a Major Change.

Warning! This course has been withdrawn and is no longer available for new applicants. Students who are already working towards this degree can continue to enrol in units.

Degree structure

Degree details

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.

Higher education

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, GPA of not less than 4.0 out of 7.0


Australian Graduate Certificate or recognized equivalent in a cognate discipline, GPA of not less than 4.0 out of 7.0

VET studies

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, GPA of not less than 4.0 out of 7.0

Work and Life

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 PICT to relate to security, GPA of not less than 4.0 out of 7.0

English Proficiency Requirements

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

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 https://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.mq.edu.au/account/pub/display/non_award

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 Diploma 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.

Recommended Study Pattern

Graduate Diploma 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; AND
  • Complete a specialisation

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 Diplomas.

Award Requirements

To qualify for the award of Graduate Diploma of Cyber-Security, Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism students must complete eight subjects. The subjects should include the compulsory subjects as indicated in the degree structure and a specialisation.

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.

Exit Points

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

Choose your subjects


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

  • Compulsory Units (four units)
  • Compulsory 800 or 900 Series Units (one unit)
  • Specialisation as indicated below (three units)

Specialisation in Policing

Specialisation in Intelligence

Specialisation in Counter Terrorism

Specialisation in Cyber Security

Specialisation in General PICT

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

Students will need to submit an application form by mail with originals or certified copies and evidence of their previous degrees and academic transcripts.

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

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:

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.