Bachelor of Social Science (Security & Counter Terrorism)

  • Bachelor of Business (Security and Counter Terrorism) is issued by Swinburne University of Technology & is identical to the on-campus degree
  • Learn from dedicated tutors who are experts in their field
  • Support available via phone or email 7 days a week

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At a glance

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Swinburne (RTO 3059)
Career Opportunities
  • Customs / Border Protection Officer
  • Defence Intelligence Officer
  • Counter Terrorism Consultant
  • Security Risk Analyst
  • Security Manager

Nationally recognised - meets Australian Qualifications Framework standards.


Academic or work experience



Course length
Set your own timetable & finish the course within 2 years (minimum) to 9 years (maximum)
Study mode


Reports, essays, projects & exams
Start date

3 start dates per year.

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Swinburne (RTO 3059)
Payment options

Study now pay later – HECS-HELP

Upfront payment

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Year 12 graduates need:

  • Successful completion of the Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) or equivalent (VCE studies must have included successful completion of units 3 and 4 in English with a minimum study score of 25 in English), and meet the associated minimum ATAR; OR

Non-year 12 and mature age students not holding an appropriate Year 12 or equivalent qualification may be eligible if they have:

What you'll learn

Become trained in:

  • Implications for domestic and international security policy
  • Implications for international trade and policing.
  • Terrorism from a political, historical, sociological and military perspective 
  • Insight into the causes and effects of global terrorism
  • Human rights and the ethical issues surrounding security and counterterrorism policy

Course structure

24 units

Core units

  1. Learning & communicating online

  2. Australian foreign policy

  3. International relations & security studies

  4. War & peace in the 20th century

  5. Australian politics

  6. Crisis points: Global challenges

  7. International politics

  8. Dictators, democrats & dynasties: Comparative politics

  9. Sources of conflict & its resolution

  10. Critical perspectives on terrorism

  11. Global history & international relations

  12. History, politics & human rights


You will need to complete 12 electives as part of this course. You can select your units from a range of other Swinburne Online courses.

Support and delivery

Studying with Swinburne Online

Support for students

Set your own timetable

This course has a flexible design, meaning you can study anywhere at any time.

There are 3 teaching periods per year, and you can enrol in 1 to 4 units every period.

Payment options

There are 2 ways you can pay for this course:

1. Study now pay later – HECS-HELP

This course can be paid for through the HECS-HELP government loan scheme.

This means you don’t need to pay upfront for the course if you:

2. Upfront payment

You can pay for this course upfront via credit card or bank transfer.

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