Master of Terrorism and Security Studies


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Program Description

The Master of Terrorism and Security Studies from Charles Sturt University will develop your comprehensive knowledge and understanding of terrorism and its complex social, political, domestic and international contexts alongside other contemporary security-related issues. Broaden your expertise within intelligence, law enforcement, or military and explore methods for strategic responses in an increasingly globalised world.

Refine your technical and communication skills to lead research efforts about terrorism and counterterrorism related developments and shape industry strategy.

This course has Commonwealth supported places (CSP) – meaning the Australian Government pays part of your fees.

This course is part of an articulated program of study. Articulated programs allow you to build on your study to achieve the right level of qualification for you.

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Course highlights

  • Study at your own place and pace:
    This course is delivered online and can be completed with a part-time study load over three years. This gives you the flexibility to fit study around your existing work, family or other commitments.
  • Refine your cutting-edge skills:
    Develop your research and analysis techniques and capability across cyberterrorism, terrorist financing and illicit networks. Build advanced skills in applying research and investigative initiatives to strategic planning and management. The Master of Terrorism and Security Studies will position you to make high level, independent assessments and provide sophisticated, empirically-based analysis of current and emergent terrorism threats.
  • Align your knowledge with current practice:
    Designed and delivered in collaboration with industry leaders, this course ensures you'll be able to initiate, plan, implement and evaluate various counterterrorism activities and policies across your areas of responsibility. Refine your skills and knowledge towards the revision, analysis, consolidation and synthesis of knowledge and understanding of terrorism and counterterrorism, and identify and provide appropriate responses to complex terrorism-related threats and counterterrorism challenges. Apply your learning to add value to your professional environment in real-time.
  • Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security:
    Established in 1993, Charles Sturt University's Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS) is a leading provider of postgraduate research and education for professionals in law enforcement, emergency management and security. As a graduate of this course, you'll secure an internationally recognised postgraduate qualification through a world-class program and join an international network of security, counterterrorism and law enforcement graduates.

Career opportunities

When you graduate from the Master of Terrorism and Security Studies, you'll have the potential to explore any number of career opportunities across government and private arenas. For instance, you could contribute to military intelligence, or work to support law enforcement, civil and community organisations. You could also work with multidisciplinary specialist teams to identify and respond to national and international security risks. And you could work with partner agencies to ensure responses meet requirements, to deliver information in response to operational activities and to secure appropriate support where required.

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The Master of Terrorism and Security Studies allows students to learn about the history of terrorism, the concept of radicalisation, terrorism in cyberspace and contemporary terrorism.

“The master’s program is demanding and expansive in what is covered, but with the choice of electives you can tailor your studies to your job requirements and interests. CSU is the university where I would like to teach in the future.”
Odhinn Kohout – Master of Terrorism and Security Studies


For each 8 point subject, you are enrolled in, you should expect to spend 10 to 12 hours per week working on assignments and assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, and attending lectures, residential schools, or examinations.

If you are studying four subjects per session, this is equivalent to a full-time job. The workload for some subjects may vary as a result of approved course design.

Graduation requirements

As a Charles Sturt University student, throughout your course, you have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to your discipline. This ongoing development will enable you to effectively participate in your course and graduate prepared to enter the workforce.

To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 96 points.

International students

Gain an internationally recognised qualification with Charles Sturt University at one of our vibrant regional campuses, or study online from the comfort of your own home - anywhere in the world!

Please note: if you choose to study online with Charles Sturt University, the course study mode will not meet necessary requirements for granting Australian student visas.

Entry requirements

  • An undergraduate degree or relevant industry experience.

English language requirements

You can normally meet the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements for entry to most Charles Sturt University courses by doing one of the following:

  • Providing evidence of having completed a sufficient standard of study in English.
  • Obtaining Academic IELTS within the last 2 years, with a minimum overall score of 6 and no individual score below 5.5.
  • Obtaining a qualification deemed to be equivalent to Academic IELTS (and its minimum scores) by Charles Sturt.


When it comes to postgraduate study, we understand that having the right kind of support is key to your success. You’ll enjoy flexible learning that allows you to fit study into your life, at a time that suits you. Our team are only a phone call or email away and you can even use our online chat for any questions you may have. We can also help you connect with scholarships, grants, loans, and assistance that can make further study affordable. At Charles Sturt University, we’re with you every step of the way.

Key points

  • Charles Sturt University is Australia’s leading regional university. Charles Sturt campuses are small, friendly communities, based in vibrant regional Australian locations.
  • Charles Sturt University is #1 for graduate employment, More Charles Sturt grads get jobs faster than grads from any other university in Australia. (Good Universities Guide 2020/21).
  • Charles Sturt’s approach to teaching and learning combined with hands-on experience ensures graduates have the best opportunities to kickstart careers in their chosen profession.
Last updated Aug 2020

About the School

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