Master On Campus

Security and Strategic Studies

Macquarie University

12 months
37200 AUD/year
28000 AUD/year
Tuition fee
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The Security and Strategic Studies program at Macquarie University will prepare you to analyse and make sense of contemporary security, defence and strategic challenges. 


The post-Cold War international system has witnessed the rise of multifaceted security challenges.  

Traditional great power rivalries have re-emerged as China and Russia have been contesting the existing world order; while non-traditional, human, societal and economic security issues have added considerable complexity to our understanding of security and stability. 

In order to face these challenges, governments and international organisations increasingly need analysts who have the knowledge, skills and creativity to understand complex geostrategic issues and engineer solutions.

As a student in the Security and Strategic Studies program at Macquarie University, you’ll learn about the dynamics behind major geopolitical and geostrategic issues, and about multidimensional non-traditional security challenges, and you’ll extend your knowledge of analytical methods to evaluate strategic choices, and the evolution of Australia’s interests and grand strategy.

Career Opportunities

  • Academic
  • Defence expert
  • Intelligence analyst
  • Police officer
  • Policy adviser
  • Researcher
  • Risk analyst
  • Security analyst

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Critical Thought and Research Design 
  • Strategic Thinking  
  • Geopolitics and Geostrategy 
  • Transnational Security 
  • Australia's Strategic and Defence Policy

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines

More details
  • International - We recommend applying early for your course to ensure you have adequate time to arrange your student visa.


80 alternative credits
  • 1,5 years - 120
  • 1 year - 80


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements


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

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    37200 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 37200 AUD per year during 12 months.
  • National

    28000 AUD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 28000 AUD per year during 12 months.

Living costs for Sydney

1882 - 3547 AUD /month
Living costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


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