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Master of International Security Studies

About This Masters Degree

Course Description


In today's environment, international security studies goes beyond the traditional security challenges such as military conflict and can include challenges to human, societal, economic and environmental security. This degree explores the strategies being developed to respond to these security and intelligence threats. It covers a broad spectrum of traditional and non-traditional security issues examined from a regional and global context.

See the website http://courses.mq.edu.au/international/postgraduate/master/master-of-international-security-studies

Key benefits

- Gives you access to experts from around the world with practical experience in all levels of security
- Opportunity to undertake study in the workplace (external study mode), supervised and coordinated through web-based activities
- You may be able to complete an industry-focused internship depending on your academic performance
- Offers contemporary and rigorous academic study in security studies and intelligence analysis, as well as transnational crime, international law and political violence
- This degree can be combined with the Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism

Suitable for

Anyone with an interest or with experience in the areas of international relations, security, government, risk assessment or non-government organisations.

Recognition of prior learning

Course Duration
- 1.5 year program
Bachelor degree in a relevant discipline;
Bachelor degree in any discipline and work experience in a relevant area at a senior level;*
Bachelor degree in any discipline and Graduate Diploma in a relevant discipline.

- 1 year program
Work experience in a relevant field at senior level;*
Honours, Graduate Diploma, Masters (coursework) or Higher Degree Research in a relevant discipline.

- Relevant disciplines
Natural and Physical Sciences, Information Technology, Health, Banking, Finance and Related Fields, Society and Culture, Communication and Media Studies, Accounting, Business and Management, Business Management, Human Resource Management, Organisation Management, Industrial Relations, International Business, Pubic and Health Care Administration.

- Relevant areas
*Police Force, Defence Force, Public Service.
Level of seniority: Police - Senior Sergeant equivalent or above; Defence - Major, equivalent or above; Public Service APS 5 equivalent or above.
Knowledge must be equivalent to a Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma level, to be deemed by the Department on a case by case basis of assessment.

English language requirements

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

All applicants for undergraduate or postgraduate coursework studies at Macquarie University are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English.
For more information see English Language Requirements. http://mq.edu.au/study/international/how_to_apply/english_language_requirements/

You may satisfy the English language requirements if you have completed:
- senior secondary studies equivalent to the NSW HSC
- one year of Australian or comparable tertiary study in a country of qualification


Career Opportunities
- advisers and analysts for private security agencies
- advisers and analysts to international organisations involved in security operations
- border protection agency officials strategists
- commentators and researchers for media outlets
- researchers for intelligence agencies

- Employers
Our graduates find employment with government and non-government employers who deal with state and international security issues.

See the website http://courses.mq.edu.au/international/postgraduate/master/master-of-international-security-studies

Visit the Master of International Security Studies page on the Macquarie University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Santiago Ballina Garcia

“This is a comprehensive and flexible degree that provides students with the freedom and resources to pursue their own research interests, while at the same time building a solid knowledge foundation and encouraging critical thinking. Having students from various countries in my classes gave me a unique opportunity to share with people that have actually experienced what is described in the textbooks, and this enriched my learning experience. The degree has given me the tools to better understand the security dimension of my job and respond to the everyday challenges that I face professionally.”

Santiago works for the Mexican Embassy in Australia as Head of the Consular Section and Cultural Attache.

(Student Profile)

Jahanzeb Khan

“As an employee of the Government of Pakistan as a mid-ranking police officer, this double degree has enhanced my expertise in policing and introduced me to the latest theories and practices. My specialisation in Cyber Security has helped me learn the skill set fundamental to securing the cyber space. As part of my studies I undertook a research project that has helped prepare me for a possible doctorate in an area in Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism. A brilliant aspect of studying in the Department of Policing, Intelligence, and Counter Terrorsim (PICT) is the lifelong acquaintances and friendships made with fellow security professionals from around the world. Most of the students are professional police officers, army officers and counter terrorism experts who opt for PICT in order to upgrade their theoretical framework while exchanging practical experiences with their fellow students, and this enriches the overall learning endeavour of everyone at PICT.“

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Sarah Iannantuono

“This program is unique as it combines what at other universities offer in single degrees such as counter terrorism or policing. Therefore, you get a strong grasp of overall security issues and how to combat them. When I researched the professors and the industry experience they possessed, I was sold on Macquarie and the course. This was one of the best decisions of my life.

The staff were brilliant at facilitating opportunities for students and were heavily invested in seeing students achieve. During my studies I was lucky enough to go to the International Youth Leadership Conference in Prague where I met young leaders from around the world which helped increase my global network. I also got to participate in a mock International Criminal Court, a United Nations Security Council Meeting and European Parliament. As part of my course I chose to undertake an internship. The staff helped me organise a six week internship at KPMG that turned into a ten week internship that turned into a job once I graduated!“

Sarah Iannantuono
Master of Policing, Intelligence and Counter Terrorism with the Master of International Security Studies


Entry Requirements

Minimum admission requirements: Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent in relevant field; or Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent with relevant and significant work experience related to the field of security; GPA of 2.00 (out of 4.00)

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