What will I learn?

Every day, media outlets feature stories of terrorism and political violence around the world. These issues represent today’s biggest global security challenges.

In this course you’ll explore the meaning, development and complex causes of terrorism and political violence. Examine the different ways governments, states and organisations have responded to the threat of terrorism and discover how effective these approaches have been.

You’ll gain the kind of skills, knowledge and insights that organisations across the world are looking for when assessing risk and potential threats to security.

3 reasons to study Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies at Murdoch

This course was the first of its kind in WA.
Benefit from our long-standing industry connections with government and security agencies and learn from experts who have worked and consulted with organisations such as the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Australian Defence College, United Nations and a range of aid and development agencies.
Get a competitive advantage in your career as you explore national and international security issues, particularly in relation to the Middle East, Southeast and South Asia, where our teaching staff have special expertise.

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:

Terrorism in a globalised world
Military force and counterterrorism
Policing, intelligence and counterterrorism
Middle East politics and security
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:

Counterterrorism Consultant
Security and Risk Manager
Security Analyst or Manager
Intelligence Analyst or Officer
Strategic Risk Analyst
Law Enforcement or Defence Officer
International Diplomacy
Aid and Development Officer
Foreign Policy Consultant
Border Protection Officer
Australian Defence Force Analyst

You could work in a range of industries including security and cybersecurity, human rights and law enforcement, foreign affairs, aid and development, non-governmental organisations (known as NGOs) and more.

Which department am I in?

Social and Cultural studies



Study options

Full Time (3 years)

Tuition fees
A$29,131.00 (15,59,475) per year
This fee is for 2020 and may subject to change
Start date

28 February 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.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT): 140 Written English; International English Language Testing System (IELTS): 6.0 Overall; Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): 169 Overall; Pearson Test of English (PTE): 50 Overall; Test of English as a Foreign Language Ð IBT (TOEFL IBT): 73 Overall; Occupational English Test (OET): C (250-290) Reading; C (250-290) Writing; C (250-290) Speaking; C (250-290) Listening

*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