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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 security and strategic studies.
  2. Apply disciplinary knowledge to critically analyse and explain real world security/strategic issues.
  3. Transfer, integrate and use disciplinary techniques and methods for problem solving purpose and to develop solutions to real world security/strategic issues.
  4. Apply disciplinary knowledge to analyse and evaluate counter security/strategy-related policies.
  5. Apply disciplinary knowledge to develop and formulate innovative security/strategy-related policies.
  6. Demonstrate ethically and socially informed judgments on the development and implementation of security/strategy-related policies.
  7. Communicate disciplinary knowledge to professional and academic audiences.
  8. Demonstrate critical thinking abilities and apply them in a strategic 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
  • Australian Border Force
  • International/Regional organizations
  • Think tanks and policy advising.
  • Media
  • Defence and security related business and industry
  • 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.

In a changing international and strategic environment, there is a growing demand for students with specialised knowledge in security and strategic studies. The aim of the program is to provide students with a deep understanding of the theory and practice of security and strategy studies. This includes in-depth knowledge of Australia's emerging security and defence environment in the 21st Century. The program further seeks to equip students with practical skills in terms of thinking through complex security problems in a systematic way in order to enhance their employment opportunities. The core subjects, provided through the Department of Security Studies and Criminology, focus on synthesising the latest developments in security and strategic studies. They provide an in-depth understanding of theoretical and practical issues at a global, regional and national level. Electives allow students to focus on other aspects of security, including cyber security, counter terrorism, intelligence and criminology.

Recommended Study Pattern

Master of Security and Strategic Studies 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 Security and Strategic Studies 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 before they can enrol in subjects through OUA.

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