Security studies Law, security and intelligence

Security studies Law, security and intelligence

At no other point in history has our world experienced a set of security challenges to the extent it does today.

Because of this, governments and businesses need security analysts with the knowledge, skills and creativity to respond to such dynamic and complex challenges. Our practice-oriented courses will prepare you to meet the needs of this rapidly changing sector.



Careers in security 

  • intelligence analyst
  • journalist
  • military officer
  • operations officer
  • policy adviser
  • policy analyst
  • policy officer
  • project officer
  • risk analyst
  • security analyst
  • security consultant

Professional experience

At Macquarie, learning doesn't just happen in the classroom. With PACE you can gain real-world experience and get ahead in the career queue.

Through Macquarie University's PACE program, you can take everything you’ve learned in the Security Studies program out of the classroom and into an industry-relevant scenario which pits you against the uncertainty, complexity and dynamism which characterises real-life security challenges.

Through PACE you will work in consultation with industry representatives from state and federal governments, private businesses and the not-for-profit sector to make security arrangements, plan for contingencies, respond to incidents, activate continuity plans and perform an after action review and a policy evaluation.

No matter what you decide to study at Macquarie, PACE has an opportunity available for you. Learn more about the opportunities available through PACE.

Student experience

Henry Ward

Henry Ward

Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism with a specialisation in Cyber Security

"As a mature student with over 30 years experience in the field of intelligence and counter terrorism, there were three major reasons for choosing my degree at Macquarie. Firstly, I sought to formalise my experience with a widely recognised qualification. Secondly, I felt the need to challenge or confirm my beliefs in some of the industry dogma that I had come to regard as absolute truth. Thirdly, the quality, variety and breadth of experience of the PICT staff is world class."

"My studies have delivered answers where none had previously been forthcoming. Answers that not only have allowed me to personally evaluate industry practice but also widen my view of potential field-related developments into the future. I enjoy the in-class interaction, shared experiences and sense of camaraderie with tutors and fellow students. It is these connections that will endure long after we graduate."

Our expertise in security studies

Professor Benjamin Schreer

Professor Benjamin Schreer

Head of Department of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism

Professor Schreer teaches and researches in security and strategic studies, with a main focus on Asia-Pacific strategic trends and the evolution of Australian defence policy. He regularly provides expert advice to national and international media on these subjects.

Prior to joining Macquarie, he was Senior Analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute; Senior Lecturer and Deputy Head of the Strategic and Defence Studies Centre at the Australian National University; Deputy Director of the Aspen Institute Germany; Research Group Leader in the Centre of Excellence at the University of Konstanz; and Research Fellow at the German Institute for International and Security Affairs.

Dr Angela Irwin

Dr Angela Irwin


Dr Angela Irwin's research interests are in the areas of criminology, sociology, psychology and information and computer technology (ICT). A current research project involves looking at the use of crypto-currencies for funding violent jihad. In her teaching Dr Irwin focuses on inspiring students to become enthusiastic and motivated learners who actively participate in their own learning by framing the topics in new and exciting ways. She also ensures students develop skills that are valuable to the workplace.

See Dr Irwin's full profile

Study Bachelor of Security Studies

Launch your career in the rapidly growing field of security studies with the Bachelor of Security Studies at Macquarie University.

Today, it has become one of Australia’s leading centres of teaching and research in security studies, including internationally recognised programs in international security, cyber security, criminology, intelligence studies, counter terrorism, and policing.

You will benefit from an innovative and diverse learning environment through interaction with leading researchers and practitioners in the field; an applied curriculum; internships with leading industry partners; and opportunities to work with researchers exploring the big strategic issues of 21st century security.

Specific areas of expertise within the Department include:

  • Indo-Asia Pacific strategic trends 
  • The evolution of Australia’s strategic and defence policy
  • Cyber security
  • Terrorism and counter terrorism
  • Criminology
  • Intelligence
  • Organised crime 
  • Strategic policing
  • Insurgency and counter insurgency

Learn more about the Department of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism

4 reasons to choose law, security and intelligence at Macquarie

  • Law at Macquarie has been ranked in the top eight in Australia, and our interdisciplinary approach provides you with a critical understanding of the law, its development and its future direction.
  • Our law degree can be taken on its own or combined with several disciplines including finance, media, IT, commerce or psychology, to give you more varied career choices.
  • You'll learn from international security experts with years of practical experience.
  • Our staff have strong links with industry and are across developments in areas critical to industry and government.

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