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Degree structure

Degree details

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

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

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

Applicants must hold the following: 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 aims to provide students with in-depth knowledge about the theory and practice of intelligence studies; the evolution of Australia's intelligence community; and the emerging domestic, regional and international challenges for intelligence. It will also equip students with a practical skill set to analyse intelligence 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 Intelligence 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

Master of Intelligence students must complete twelve subjects per 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 7 years for this Masters degree.

Award Requirements

To qualify for the award of Master of Intelligence students must complete twelve subjects. Students must complete 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 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.

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.