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Introduction to Security & counter terrorism

Since the events of 9/11, the world has never been the same. As terrorism increases across the globe, a growing number of brave individuals are needed in the field. For those interested in protecting others, there has never been a better time to study a security course than there is today.

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Griffith University


Law, Crime and Justice

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No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 26 Feb 2024, 26 Aug 2024

University of South Australia


Policing Investigations and Intelligence

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No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 01 Apr 2024, 16 Sep 2024

Murdoch University


21st Century Security Challenges

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No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 29 Jul 2024

La Trobe University


Cyber Law and Policy

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No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Starts 29 Jul 2024

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Macquarie University


Bachelor of Security Studies

A degree designed in consultation with security industry stakeholders

Scrutinise risk analysis, intelligence, emergency responses and national resilience. Apply analytical tools to contemporary security, defence and policy challenges. Graduates pursue government graduate intake programs or careers in the private sector.

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Murdoch University

Protect our world against threats

You’ll cover terrorism, political violence, crimes that have effects across national borders, global poverty and even climate change. Learn how to combat situations in the short-term and use prevention longer-term.

100% online

3 years full time or part time equivalent

No ATAR required. Start with a subject.

Griffith University

Upskill to confidently identify dishonest wealth generation

Build skills to detect and report financial crime. You’ll learn about current financial crimes including money laundering and terrorism financing. Unpack the financial services industry’s obligations. Keep up with evolving technology and regulations.

100% online

6 months full time or part time equivalent

Australian National University

Prevent and reduce crime in the face of growing complexity

Address the challenges of regulating illegal activity which stretch the capabilities of traditional governing actors and institutions. You’ll consider crime in complex scenarios like global pandemics and climate change. Mitigate risk. Enhance resilience.

100% online

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What's the job outlook if I study a security course?

According to Labour Market Insights, strong job growth is predicted across the public administration and safety sector. In the next five years, increasing opportunities are expected.

What you’ll learn with a security course online:

  • The theory and practice of counter-terrorism studies.
  • Domestic, regional and international challenges in the field.
  • The changing nature of security in a digital world.
  • How to assess risk and potential threats.

What careers can I choose from with a security course?

Choose a security course and you could work as a:

  • Counter-terrorism consultant
    Use your online security course to predict threats and protect against attacks.
  • Security and risk manager
    Work with producers to reduce risks at major concerts and sporting events.
  • Intelligence analyst or officer
    Put the analytical skills developed in your security course to use by collecting and analysing classified information.
  • Law enforcement or defence officer
    Join police or defence force agencies to protect people in the community.
  • Aid and development officer
    Use your online security course to gain a position with the government – looking after the wellbeing of locals and visitors.
  • Border protection officer
    Inspect cargo, people and luggage to ensure they comply. Detain and interview suspects.
  • Australian Defence Force Analyst
    Use the analytical and communication skills developed in your security course to give the army the information they need to keep the country safe.

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