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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 apply the leading research methods and methodologies in the field of security studies and criminology
  3. Develop advanced critical thinking and analytical skills
  4. Apply disciplinary knowledge to analyse and explain real world security and criminology issues
  5. Apply ethically and socially informed judgments to the development and implementation of security and criminology policies
  6. Communicate disciplinary knowledge to professional and academic audiences.
  7. Apply disciplinary knowledge to assess security and criminology-related policy

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 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.

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 will provide students with a deep 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 contemporary theoretical and empirical 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 Diploma 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 Diplomas.

Award Requirements

To qualify for the award of Graduate Diploma of Security Studies and Criminology students must complete eight 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.

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

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