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Security, intelligence and criminology

Our highly practical and unique courses in security studies, intelligence and cyber security have produced in-demand graduates who are working with KPMG, Qantas, NSW Police, AFP, cyber security consultancies and the defence forces.

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Criminology is the interdisciplinary study of crime, deviance, social control and the legal system.

At Macquarie you’ll learn from international security experts with strong industry ties. The skills you gain will prepare you for careers in security and intelligence, policy, social and criminal justice.

Potential careers:

  • criminologist
  • corrective services officer
  • cyber safety specialist
  • policy adviser and researcher
  • state or federal policy officer
  • witness protection program worker
  • lawyer
  • investigator
  • criminal justice and corrections officer
  • advocate
  • support officer
Prepare for a career in the fast-growing Security, Intelligence and Criminology sector with Macquarie's highly practical courses, taught by industry experts.

The security challenges our world faces today are like never before.

Through Macquarie’s practice-oriented courses you’ll develop the knowledge, skills and creativity to respond to the needs of the rapidly developing security and defence sectors.

Potential careers:

  • intelligence analyst
  • military officer
  • journalist
  • policy adviser
  • risk analyst
  • security analyst
  • operations officer
  • project officer
  • policy analyst
  • cyber security consultant
Build the practical skills needed to successfully respond to our world's evolving security challenges with Security, Strategic and Defence Studies at Macquarie.

Good intelligence provided by highly skilled analysts can save lives for a country or millions of dollars for an organisation.

At Macquarie you’ll examine the role of intelligence both nationally and internationally and learn highly practical skills from experts who, combined, have over 100 years of experience.

Potential careers:

  • political adviser
  • cyber security analyst
  • risk analyst
  • intelligence analyst
  • policy adviser to public and private sectors
  • intelligence officer
  • researcher
  • consultant
  • detective
At Macquarie you'll learn from industry experts and develop the skills needed to save lives or millions of dollars through good intelligence analysis.

Cyber security challenges range from high profile data breaches and election hacking to everyday risks to people and organisations.

Develop highly practical skills across the policy, policing and strategic dimensions of emerging cyber security challenges, including cyber crime, cyber intelligence and cyber terrorism.

Potential careers:

  • cyber security analyst
  • risk analyst
  • intelligence analyst
  • cyber safety adviser
  • researcher
  • consultant
  • detective
At Macquarie you'll build the practical skills to address the growing Cyber Security challenges of our time, including cyber crime, intelligence and terrorism.

Counter terrorism includes government, military, law enforcement and agency strategies against violent extremism, nationally and globally.

At Macquarie, you’ll learn practical skills to analyse and address terrorism challenges, taught by highly respected experts with considerable experience in government and industry.

Potential careers:

  • counter terrorism expert
  • intelligence analyst
  • expert in countering violent extremism
  • defence force personnel
  • police
  • criminologist
  • risk analyst
  • policy officer
Help address today's key security concerns when you study Counter Terrorism. You'll learn skills applicable in government, law enforcement, military and beyond.

Develop the specialist skills and knowledge to succeed in this influential and growing industry

Employability

Flexible course options

Flexible course options

At Macquarie you have the freedom to combine almost any fields of study, giving you a more diverse skill set and expanding your career options. From 2020 you can join your security, intelligence or criminology degree with any of our 50+ undergraduate degrees.

Industry relevant courses

Industry relevant courses

Our programs are uniquely practical in nature, in addition to being theoretically grounded. You’ll learn directly from industry leaders, such as Julian Droogan, a member of NSW’s Countering Violent Extremism committee.

Most popular security course in Australia

Most popular security course in Australia

$10 million invested in the Optus Macquarie University Cyber Security Hub

$10 million invested in the Optus Macquarie University Cyber Security Hub

Ranked in the top 1 per cent of universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2019)

Ranked in the top 1 per cent of universities in the world (QS World University Rankings, 2019)

Practical learning

Real-world, hands-on experience

Real-world, hands-on experience

You’ll have the opportunity to take part in simulations and internships as part of your degree, ensuring you’re work ready when you graduate.

World-class facilities

World-class facilities

The Optus Macquarie University Cyber Security Hub is a $10 million joint investment, which promotes a uniquely interdisciplinary approach to tackle real-world challenges in cyber security.

What our students say

Patrick McCoy

Patrick McCoy

Bachelor of Security Studies

"My course is unique in Australia, as it covers many aspects of international security – a relatively new phenomenon in academic circles. It’s fascinating to be studying an area that we’re immersed in every day through TV and social media.

Having covered topics such as intelligence and counter intelligence, strategy and security in the Indo-Pacific, terrorism and counter terrorism, my career choices are diverse – I can see myself in any number of areas from the military or policing to a government department, an airline or even a bank."

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