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What will I learn?

Terrorism – and how to deal with it – has become one of the biggest security challenges of our time.

This is the first course of its kind in Australia. It has been designed to build the expertise in criminology and security you need to help tackle today’s global concerns.

In our Bachelor of Criminology you can specialise in Criminal Behaviour, Legal Studies or Crime Science. Learn what causes growing crime rates, what goes on behind criminal minds and behaviours, and discover how the legal system shapes our society.

Our Bachelor of Global Security allows you to specialise in Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies. Delve into the history and causes of terrorism, how it affects society and what can be done about it.

3 reasons to study a combined degree in Criminology and Global Security at Murdoch

This course is not offered anywhere else in Australia.
Learn new ways of thinking to help address terrorism, today’s biggest global security challenge.
Learn from experts in terrorism and criminology issues. They might even pop up on TV or in printed articles in between lectures because they’re often asked for their expertise, opinions and advice in the media.

What you’ll learn

Build the knowledge and skills you need to meet your career or study goals. Here are some of the things you’ll learn:

International and transnational crimes
Psychology and law
Social and welfare law
Understanding international politics
US policies and global security

Your future career

Across the world, organisations are facing more dangerous and varied security threats than ever before. When you graduate, your career opportunities could include working in the intelligence services, Australian Defence Force, and state and federal government agencies. Careers could include:

Customs and Protections Officer
Defence Force Officer
Immigration and Citizenship Officer
State and Federal Law Enforcement Officer
Intelligence Services
Border Force Officer

You could work in a range of industries including security and cybersecurity, intelligence, law enforcement, foreign affairs and aid, the court and legal system, non-governmental organisations (knowns as NGOs) and more.

Which department am I in?

Social and Cultural studies



Study options

Full Time (4 years)

Tuition fees
A$28,560.00 (15,70,957) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

1 August 2022


Murdoch University

Perth Campus,

90 South Street,


Western Australia,

6150, PERTH, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Applicants must have General Certificate of Education Advanced Level (A-Level) - D in English Language or English Literature or Knowledge and Inquiry. Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Overall 6.0 with no band below 6.0; Test of English as a Foreign Language - IBT (TOEFL IBT) - 73 with no band less than 18; Test of English as a Foreign Language - Paper Based (TOEFL - Paper Based) - 534 (Test of Written English not less than 4.5); Cambridge Advanced English prior 52 with no section less than Borderline; Cambridge Advanced English after 169 overall with no band below 169; Occupational English Test (OET) - OET with a minimum of C in the four components; Pearson Test of English (PTE) 50 with no band below 50.

For international students

Applicants are required to complete secondary education (Year 12 or Australian equivalent) currently or within the last two years are eligible to apply. Entry requirements vary country by country.

Academic International English Language Testing System (IELTS): IELTS overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.5; Cambridge Advanced English after January 2015 (CAE): 176 overall with no band below 176; Pearson Test of English (PTE): 58 with no band below 58; Test of English as a Foreign Language - IBT (TOEFL IBT): 79 with no band less than 21; Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) (Written English Section): Written English Score 140

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Phoenix Academy
  • Canning College

About Murdoch University

Murdoch’s creative approach to education gives students the support, skills and opportunities to think critically and forge their own career pathways.

  • Murdoch University spans six campuses across three countries
  • Home to over 25,000 students from 90 countries
  • AUD 2.5 million awarded in scholarships annually
  • Top Australian university for industry co-authored papers

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