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Master of International Security Studies

  • Qualification:

    Master's Degree

  • Study mode:


  • Payment options:

    FEE-HELP may be available
    Payment plan
    Upfront payment

  • Duration:

    Self-paced, max of 10 years

  • Start date:

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  • Awarded by:

    Macquarie University

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What you'll learn

About this course

The Master of International Security Studies offered by Open Universities Australia focuses on the broad spectrum of traditional and non-traditional global security issues that pervade the current geopolitical climate. This postgraduate international security course will give you in-depth knowledge and training in the theoretical and conceptual frameworks that inform the current international security landscape.

This involves understanding the emergence of non-traditional threats such as pandemics, natural disasters, humanitarian intervention, economic security and environmental security, in conjunction with more conventional military threats, terrorism, law enforcement and critical infrastructure protection.


Applicants must meet the following criteria to be eligible for this program:

  • Have an undergraduate degree from a recognised tertiary institution; OR
  • Have at least 5 years relevant work experience (ie: a defence, intelligence or law enforcement role requiring research and report writing skills)

Areas of study

In this Master of International Security Studies program, the subjects you will study include:

  • Terrorism issues
  • Intelligence analysis: concepts and applications
  • Intelligence and national security
  • Strategic planning
  • Terrorist support networks and operations
  • Information warfare & cyberterrorism
  • National security and counter terrorism
  • Insurgency and non-state security challenges
  • Theories of international security
  • Economic and resource security
  • Asia Pacific security
  • International security law
  • Border security and migration
  • Globalisation and security
For two decades, Open Universities Australia (OUA) has partnered with leading Australian educators to make tertiary-level courses easier to access for people, no matter their background, their work status or their other life commitments. OUA has built up their reputation by making education more flexible, easier to tailor and available almost entirely online.

OUA's devotion to online education remains to this day, but where they once focused on higher education, today they offer the broadest set of post-secondary education and training programs in Australia.
Open Universities Australia offers a range of administrative and student support options. As a student of OUA you will have access to four hours of free expert tutoring support for each unit undertaken through the tutoring service SMARTHINKING. This on-demand service allows you to get fast, detailed feedback on your assignment drafts and gives you access to your tutor in real time.

The My OUA portal is an online student medium that allows you access to all your course and enrolment information as well as access to student forums and assessment tips.

Career outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course you will receive a nationally recognised, accredited Master of International Security Studies from Macquarie University.

Upon completion of this master's program, graduates most commonly find employment with state and federal police services, defence forces, intelligence agencies, border protection and public sector agencies involved in the national security field. There are also ample opportunities within the private security industry and the cyber security sector.

Curious about where a career in security could take you? Potential job outcomes may include:

  • Sociologist
  • Security Officer
  • Cyber Security Officer

Payment options & support

Finance options

FEE-HELP is available.

You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, this means you don’t need to pay upfront.

Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees on your behalf. You’ll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $54,869 (2016-17 income year).

Find out more about government study loans here.

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