Postgraduate Research Degrees

Postgraduate Research Degrees

The Department of Security Studies and Criminology supervises research students in several areas of expertise, including cyber security, intelligence studies, counter-intelligence, security and strategic studies and criminology. You can find more details about our areas of expertise here, and view a list of current researchers here.

You may be a full-time employee looking to explore a particular area of research associated with your employment field through part-time study, or a full-time student looking to develop a career in government, industry or academia. Either way, academics in the Department of Security Studies and Criminology have the required supervisory experience and disciplinary knowledge to ensure you are best placed to successfully complete your research project.

Our courses

Our HDR program consists of 2 degrees, both of which attract financial support (stipends and scholarships). A Master of Research (MRes) degree, and a PhD.

The 2-year Master of Research (MRes) consists of a combined research-based coursework (first year) and thesis (second year). It is both an established stand-alone research degree and the usual pathway program for students who wish to undertake doctoral (PhD) studies after the MRes.

The MRes degree is particularly suited to two groups of people.

  1. The MRes is ideal for Middle to senior-level leaders in the areas of security and law enforcement who wish to establish themselves as recognised experts in their field, and to broaden their future career prospects by acquiring a research profile that can carry them into consulting, applied research or further academic research.
  2. The MRes is otherwise the normal entry point to our PhD program. It allows students to hedge their bets

Successful MRes students may transition directly to the 3-year PhD thesis upon completion of the MRes (or equivalent research training degree at the Masters level elsewhere). Further details are below:

You can find more information about the admission process for our research degrees here.


View the list of Macquarie University scholarships available.

Cotutelle or Joint PhD

A cotutelle or joint PhD offers students the opportunity to study abroad at a partner institution. Find out about the many benefits of our cotutelle and joint PhD opportunities.

More information

For information about the application process and scholarships please contact the Faculty of Arts HDR Office at

For specific advice about areas of supervision and academic expertise you can contact relevant academic staff members directly, or otherwise, please contact Dr Allon Uhlmann at

Content owner: Department of Security Studies and Criminology Last updated: 30 Apr 2019 4:07pm

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