Undergraduate major

Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies

Terrorism impacts the world in challenging and often unexpected ways. In this course, you’ll explore the complex causes of terrorism and political violence, how these issues are shaping the world – and what can be done about it.

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Murdoch code

MJ-TCS

Study mode

Part Time or Full Time

Selection rank

70

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Overview

Every day, media outlets feature stories of terrorism and political violence around the world. These issues represent today’s biggest global security challenges.

In this course you’ll explore the meaning, development and complex causes of terrorism and political violence. Examine the different ways governments, states and organisations have responded to the threat of terrorism and discover how effective these approaches have been.

You’ll gain the kind of skills, knowledge and insights that organisations across the world are looking for when assessing risk and potential threats to security.  

3 reasons to study Terrorism and Counterterrorism Studies at Murdoch

  1. This course was the first of its kind in WA.
  2. Benefit from our long-standing industry connections with government and security agencies and learn from experts who have worked and consulted with organisations such as the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, the Australian Defence College, United Nations and a range of aid and development agencies.
  3. Get a competitive advantage in your career as you explore national and international security issues, particularly in relation to the Middle East, Southeast and South Asia, where our teaching staff have special expertise.

What you’ll learn

Build the knowledge and skills you need to meet your career or study goals. Here are some of the things you’ll learn:

  • Terrorism in a globalised world
  • Military force and counterterrorism
  • Policing, intelligence and counterterrorism
  • Middle East politics and security
  • US policies and global security

Your future career

Across the world, organisations are facing more dangerous and varied security threats than ever before. When you graduate, your career opportunities could include working in the intelligence services, Australian Defence Force, and state and federal government agencies. Careers could include:

  • Counterterrorism Consultant
  • Security and Risk Manager
  • Security Analyst or Manager
  • Intelligence Analyst or Officer
  • Strategic Risk Analyst
  • Law Enforcement or Defence Officer
  • International Diplomacy
  • Aid and Development Officer
  • Foreign Policy Consultant
  • Border Protection Officer
  • Australian Defence Force Analyst

You could work in a range of industries including security and cybersecurity, human rights and law enforcement, foreign affairs, aid and development, non-governmental organisations (known as NGOs) and more.

For further admission information about this course, please download our Information Pack.

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English Requirements

You must meet a minimum standard in English to study at Murdoch, which can be demonstrated through either English proficiency testsuniversity preparation coursesEnglish language coursesprevious tertiary study or vocational education.

 

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

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Adjustment for Murdoch RISE

Murdoch RISE is a selection rank adjustment, as part of our commitment to helping students from regional, Indigenous and low socio-economic backgrounds gain university entry.

If you achieve an ATAR of 60.00 - 89.95, a Murdoch RISE adjustment factor of up to 10.00 points may help you get into your preferred course. Murdoch RISE can increase your selection rank up to a maximum of 90.00.

There’s no application or need to register. If you are eligible, the adjustment factor is automatically added to your raw ATAR score when you apply.

 

This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

Advanced Standing

Everyone has a different path to university so if you’ve already completed formal or informal learning, you could receive advanced standing. Also known as recognition of prior learning, advanced standing can reduce the amount of study needed to complete your degree by giving you credit for certain units.

Formal learning can include previous study in higher education vocational education or adult and community education. Informal learning can include on the job learning, various kinds of work and life experience.

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This information applies to courses offered at our Australian campuses only. Courses offered at our Dubai, Singapore and Myanmar campuses or delivered by Open Universities Australia may have different requirements.

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