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What will I learn?

Macquarie has always considered our students to be co-creators in their learning. One of the most exciting developments in our new curriculum is around your ability to study two degrees at once.

In this double degree, you will be able to combine:

Master of Laws: ?This degree will simultaneously extend your legal research, and your practical legal skills and knowledge to an advanced level. It offers you the flexibility to focus on a particular area of law, such as environmental law, international law, human rights law or business law, or to choose a broader program of study covering a variety of legal areas. You’ll gain the skills to think critically and respond flexibly by applying your research and practical skills to the wide range of potential issues you may confront in your career.

Master of Security and Strategic Studies: This course will prepare you to analyse and make sense of contemporary security and strategic challenges. You will learn about dynamics behind major geopolitical and geostrategic issues and multidimensional non-traditional security challenges, analytical methods to evaluate strategic choices, and the evolution of Australia's interests and grand strategy.


  • Double degrees fast-track your study – you usually complete double degrees one or even two years faster than you would be undertaking both degrees on their own. This not only saves you time but money as well.
  • This degree’s focus on critical thinking, problem solving and research skills at an advanced level will enable you to apply your new knowledge to future problems.
  • Macquarie Law School is home to the renowned Centre for Environmental Law, which provides you with the opportunity to attend additional free seminars and events featuring key academics and influencers in environmental law.
  • Simulated learning which reproduces the multidisciplinary expert panels that are frequently employed by government in response to security challenges will enable you to develop your technical skills.
  • Electives will allow you to focus on other aspects of security and strategic studies, including intelligence, counter-terrorism, cyber security and criminology.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Arts



Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
A$36,750.00 (19,67,345) per year

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

Start date

21 February 2022, 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

AQF level 8 bachelor honours or graduate diploma qualification in a related field or recognised equivalent, or

Meet two of the following three criteria:

AQF level 7 bachelor's qualification in a related field or recognised equivalent

Minimum two years relevant approved work experience at senior management level, professional certification or other recognised prior learning

AQF level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent with a WAM of 65

The required standard of English for this program is:

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