Qualification Level



3 years full time or equivalent part time

Start Date

Mar, Jul, Nov



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.

Career opportunities

Customs and Border Protection Officer
Manage the security and integrity of a country’s borders.

Risk Analyst
Conduct specialist risk analyses of key national operations.

Security Advisor
Provide security insight and advice in private or public organisations.

Immigration Officer
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

  • Cybersecurity

    Examine the role of technology in the changing nature of warfare.

  • Countering Violent Extremism

    Explore contemporary issues in counter-terrorism such as radicalisation.

  • International Politics

    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.

  • International Relations

    Explore the role of the United Nations and the problems associated with global governance.

Support and assistance

Everyone has questions from time to time. That’s why we have a dedicated team of tutors and support staff on-call to help you, seven days a week. So whether you need help with writing an essay or have a technical issue, there’s always someone you can talk to.

Course units

Entry criteria

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.

VCE Pre-requisites

  • 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

The full Course Information Set and Whole of Institution Set are available for reference.

Courses are only available to Australian and New Zealand citizens, permanent residents and humanitarian visa holders.

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