Macquarie University logo

Strategic Thinking

Postgraduate | MAQ-PICX8050 | 2024

Previously MAQ-PICX850

Produce theoretical and empirical academic research by absorbing foundational concepts such as security, war, coercion, intervention, arms races, geopolitics, civil-military relations and cyber warfare. 

Study method
100% online
100% online
Enrol by
14 July 2024
Entry requirements
Prior study needed
13 weeks
Start dates
22 July 2024

Price from


Upfront cost


FEE-HELP available

Strategic Thinking

About this subject

  • On successful completion of this subject, you will be able to:

    1.  Demonstrate specialised knowledge of key concepts, theories and contemporary issues in the field of strategic studies, aligned with the field’s leading thinkers, texts and paradigms.
    2. Comprehend the challenges and complexities of strategy-making as well as the main features, applications and relative merits of various strategic approaches.
    3.  Apply disciplinary knowledge to analyse and critically evaluate real-world historical and contemporary strategic decisions, cases and issues.
    4. Apply critical thinking skills in order to cogently and effectively defend intellectual positions and to produce well-reasoned, theoretically informed and empirically substantiated written work.

Entry requirements

Equivalent subjects

You should not enrol in this subject if you have successfully completed any of the following subject(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • MAQ-PICX850 (Not currently available)


NCCW (pre-2020 units) PICT850, PICX850
Pre-requisite Admission to MPICT or MCPICT or GradDipPICT or GradDipCPICT or PGCertPICT or MPICTMIntSecSt or MCPICTMIntSecSt or MIntSecStud or GradDipIntSecStud or MSecStrategicStud or MCyberSec or MSecStrategicStudMCrim or MSecStrategicStudMIntell or MSecStrategicStudMCyberSec or MSecStrategicStudMCTerrorism

Additional requirements

  • Other requirements - Students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy are not permitted to enrol in OUA units offered by Macquarie University. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.

Study load

0.125 EFTSL
This is in the range of 10 to 12 hours of study each week.

Equivalent full time study load (EFTSL) is one way to calculate your study load. One (1.0) EFTSL is equivalent to a full-time study load for one year.

Find out more information on Commonwealth Loans to understand what this means to your eligibility for financial support.

What to study next?

Once you’ve completed this subject it can be credited towards one of the following courses

Macquarie University logo
Open Universities Australia - Logo


Postgraduate Single Subjects

University of New England logo

Single subject FAQs

Tell us a little about yourself

Keep track of your favourites

Create a free account or sign in to: