Become a National Security Specialist
If a career in intelligence and protection is on your radar, then Swinburne’s Bachelor of Social Science with a Major in Security and Counter Terrorism is just for you.
During this degree, students will learn about the changing nature of security in a post-9/11 world – from the role of technology (such as cybersecurity and drone warfare) to countering violent extremism and radicalisation.
You’ll graduate with an understanding of the complex issues that surround security, terrorism, and human rights, with the skills to contribute to the strategic and operational protection of national security.
This course is not available to international students.
Customs and Border Protection Officer
Manage the security and integrity of a country’s borders.
Conduct specialist risk analyses of key national operations.
Provide security insight and advice in private or public organisations.
Work to maintain effective immigration control based on a country’s immigration laws.
Learning at Swinburne Online
An industry-recognised qualification
The Bachelor of Social Science majoring in Security and Counter Terrorism is an accredited degree from a university ranked among the top 3% in the world. Taught by leading academics, it is recognised by the industry’s government, private and non-profit sectors. And once you graduate, you’ll be in a position to apply for employment or graduate programs in a related security field.
A community of critical thinkers
At Swinburne Online, you will be part of an online community of switched-on students. Like you, each person will bring a unique perspective to discussions. You will work with others on a range of interactive activities, and collaborate with industry professionals on real life case studies. You’ll be supported by experienced tutors, and form valuable networks with those working in the industry.
A unique learning experience
You shouldn’t have to put your life on hold to study, so we have created an online security and counter terrorism degree that can fit around it. Working to your own schedule, you’ll learn in a live, interactive environment, where you will discuss global issues and analyse real political situations with other like-minded students. Our study groups and discussion boards allow you to share your ideas at any time of the day or night.
What you will learn
Examine the role of technology in the changing nature of warfare.
Countering Violent Extremism
Explore contemporary issues in counter-terrorism such as radicalisation.
Gain an understanding of the major institutions, events and issues in international politics.
Dictators and Democrats
Examine the key concepts of Political Science and comparative political systems.
Explore the role of the United Nations and the problems associated with global governance.
Support and assistance
- COM10003 Learning and Communicating Online
- POL10001 Australian Politics
- POL10002 International Politics
- POL20008 Australian Foreign Policy
- POL20009 Dictators and Democrats: Comparative Politics
- POL20010 International Relations and Security Studies
- POL20011 Conflict Resolution
- POL30009 Critical Perspectives on Terrorism (Capstone Unit)
- POL30015: Cybersecurity
- POL30016: Countering Violent Extremism
- PSY10005 Introduction to Research Methods
- SOC10004: Sociological Foundations
- Electives 12 elective units
Non-Year 12 entry
Completion or partial completion of an approved tertiary qualification (including diplomas, advanced diplomas, associate degrees and degrees). Additional performance criteria and prerequisite requirements may also apply.
Students admitted to the course with prior tertiary studies that satisfy part of the academic requirements of this course may be eligible for academic credit.
Applicants without a formal qualification but with significant and relevant work experience and appropriate English language skills, or a suitable Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) result, will be considered if they can demonstrate that they can undertake the course with a reasonable prospect of success. Read our Applying and Enrolling FAQs.
The University may determine selection criteria and restrictions in respect of courses to apply in addition to these entry requirements.
Year 12 entry
Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or its equivalent, such as an interstate or international Year 12 qualification.
- Applicants must meet the associated minimum ATAR score
- Units 3 and 4 – a study score of at least 30 in English (EAL) or at least 25 in English other than EAL
Courses are only available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, permanent residents and humanitarian visa holders.