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 students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of concepts and theories in the field of criminology.
  2. Apply disciplinary knowledge to critically analyse and explain real world criminology issues.
  3. Transfer, integrate and use disciplinary techniques and methods for problem solving purpose and develop solutions to real world criminology issues .
  4. Apply disciplinary knowledge to analyse and evaluate criminology policies.
  5. Apply disciplinary knowledge to develop and formulate innovative criminology policies.
  6. Demonstrate ethically and socially informed judgments on the development and implementation of criminology policies.
  7. Communicate disciplinary knowledge to professional and academic audiences.
  8. Demonstrate critical thinking abilities and apply them in a criminology context.

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

  • State and federal policing agencies
  • Federal intelligence services
  • Australian Border Force
  • Criminal justice administration
  • Corrective services
  • Cyber security

Open enrolment subjects


Higher education

  • Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification in Security Studies or recognised equivalent in relevant field; or Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent with relevant and significant work experience related to the field of security.
  • GPA of 4.00 (out of 7.00) or overseas equivalent

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 and its associated Procedures and Guidelines.

This degree aims to provide students with in-depth knowledge about the theory and practice of criminology; the evolution of Australia’s criminology community; and the emerging domestic, regional and international challenges for criminology. It will also equip students with a practical skill set to analyse criminology challenges, based on real world examples. The core subjects, provided through the Department of Security Studies and Criminology, focus on synthesising the latest developments in criminology theory and practices. Electives allow students to focus on other aspects of security, including counter terrorism, security and strategic studies, cyber security and criminology.

Recommended Study Pattern

Required six of the following: 
PICX812 Critical Thought & Research Design
PICX862 The Crimes of the Powerful
PICX888 Advanced Criminology Theory
PICX889 Applied Criminology Practice and Policy
PICX842 Australia's Approach to Law Enforcement
PICX952  Simulation in Criminology

Required six of the following:
PICX813 History of Intelligence
PICX845 Intelligence: Theory and Practice
PICX861 Transnational Security
PICX860 Geopolitics and Geostrategy
PICX802 Terrorism
PICX843 International Policing and Counter Terrorism
PICX808 Cyber Terrorism and Information Warfare
PICX840 Cyber Crime

Award Requirements

General requirements:
Minimum number of subjects - 12
Completion of other specific minimum requirements

This degree is restricted. Students are required to apply and be approved by Macquarie University.

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


Students 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.