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What will I learn?


In today's uncertain world, it can been argued that intelligence has never been more important than it is now. Good intelligence can alleviate security concerns and can even save lives. Specialists in intelligence studies are, therefore, in demand by the Australian Government and private sector market, including in corporate intelligence.

This course will equip you with a practical skill set, enabling you to analyse real-world intelligence challenges. You'll also develop a deep understanding of the evolution of Australia's intelligence community, as well as the emerging domestic, regional and international challenges that surround intelligence.


You'll have access to experts from around the world, each with practical experience in the intelligence sector, and each highly respected in their fields and sought after by media.

Our Department of Security Studies and Criminology has established strong ties with government and non-government partners in the field of intelligence, ensuring this course is not only theoretically grounded but also highly practical.

Simulated learning which reproduces the multidisciplinary expert panels that are employed by government and industry in response to intelligence and security issues will enable you to develop your technical skills.

Electives allow you to focus on other aspects of security, including counter terrorism, security and strategic studies, cyber security and criminology.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Science and Engineering



Study options

Full Time (1.5 years)

Tuition fees
A$36,000.00 (19,58,651) 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

Student must have: Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent; GPA of (5.00 out of 7.00) or (3.00 out of 4.00) or overseas equivalents; Recent successful completion of specified prerequisite units at tertiary level.

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