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What will I learn?


Terrorism is becoming exceedingly complex. Changes to society and technology have increased our vulnerability to terrorist attacks, and have given unprecedented power to terrorists. To defend themselves, governments and businesses need analysts who have the knowledge, skills and creativity to understand the dynamic and complex systems that terrorists are leveraging. Specialists in counter terrorism are, therefore, in demand by the Australian Government, as well as by the private sector. This practice-oriented course will prepare you to analyse real-world counter terrorism challenges. You'll learn about the theory and practice of counter terrorism studies; the emerging domestic, regional and international challenges related to terrorism and their implications for counter terrorism approaches and policies; and the evolution of Australia's counter terrorism strategies and policies. It will also equip you with a practical skill set.


  • You'll have access to experts from around the world with practical experience at all levels of security.
  • You'll study the latest developments and analyse the terrorism challenges, threats and opportunities confronting Australia, Indo-Pacific region and the globe.
  • Simulated learning which reproduces the multidisciplinary expert panels that are frequently employed by government and industry in response to terrorism issues will enable you to develop your technical skills.
  • You'll benefit from the strong relationships that the Department of Security Studies and Criminology has with Australian Government agencies working in this field.
  • This course is unique in New South Wales in that it is theoretically grounded, but also highly practical due to close interaction with our partners.
  • Electives will allow you to focus on other aspects of counter terrorism, including intelligence, security and strategic studies, cyber security and criminology.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Human Sciences



Study options

Full Time (1.5 years)

Tuition fees
A$36,000.00 (19,46,998) per year

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

Start date

25 July 2022


Macquarie University

Balaclava Road,

North Ryde,


New South Wales,

2109, SYDNEY, Australia

Entry requirements

For students from United States

AQF level 8 bachelor honours or graduate diploma qualification in a related field or recognised equivalent, Meet two of the following three criteria: AQF level 7 bachelor's qualification in a related field or recognised equivalent; Minimum of two years relevant approved work experience, professional certification or other recognised prior learning; AQF level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent with a WAM of 65

For international students

With either of the following:

AQF 7 degree in related field

AQF 7 with approved informal / formal learning

Academic IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent.

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


About Macquarie University

Ranked in the top 1% of universities in the world, students discover passions and pursue career goals at a global leader in tertiary education.

  • Ranked in the top 1% of world universities
  • Located in Sydney’s fastest-growing business region
  • More than 30,000 practical work placements available
  • One of Australia’s most generous scholarship programmes