Monash University

Postgraduate - Course

Students who commenced study in 2013 should refer to this course entry for direction on the requirements; to check which units are currently available for enrolment, refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course.

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This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2013 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Arts

Managing facultyArts
Abbreviated titleMCounterTerrSt
CRICOS code050400C
Total credit points required72
Standard duration of study (years)1.5 years FT, 3 years PT
Study mode and locationOn-campus (Clayton)
Admission, fee and application details
Course coordinator

Dr Muhammad Bakashmar


  • Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.


The September 11 attacks, Bali bombings and home-grown operations in London and those thwarted in Australia have increased the importance of understanding terrorism and political violence. The Master of Counter-Terrorism Studies offers a rigorous course of study that evaluates these multifaceted phenomena. The course provides an understanding of what terrorism is and how it is constructed and reproduced. It also addresses the diverse and multifaceted actors involved in enacting and preventing terrorism and other security concerns. The range of studies includes units on terrorisms (state, religious, revolutionary and right wing); the political, theological and intellectual bases of terrorism; political violence and political movements; and country and regional studies. Theoretical and empirical units that examine the international processes and events that fuel and discourage terrorism provide further context for students. The course is designed for students who wish to pursue graduate study in these areas and professionals working in law enforcement, public service, defence and diplomacy.


These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9, the Bologna Cycle 2 and Monash Graduate Attributes. For more information refer to

Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that graduates will be able to demonstrate:

  • an intermediate to advanced knowledge of terrorism, security and conflict
  • knowledge of contemporary political systems, relations between states, non-state and sub-state actors, political theory, and identity and cultural politics and how they relate to terrorism and political violence
  • advanced skills in contemporary forms of political and social inquiry
  • advanced knowledge of issues of contemporary relevance
  • sophisticated skills and graduate attributes in critical thinking, analysis, research and question design, and oral and written forms of communication


This course consists of three core units and one elective at level four (48 points) and 24 points at level five.


Level four

Students must complete:

  • APG4327 Wars of recognition: Terrorism and political violence
  • APG4666 Terrorism, counter-terrorism and intelligence
  • APG4667 Terrorism, fringe politics and extremist violence
  • one level-four electives from the list below

Level five

Students must complete one of the following options:

  • two level-five elective units from the list below
  • APG5851 Terrorism and security studies research project* (9000 words) and one level-five elective
  • APG5852 Terrorism and security studies research dissertation** (18,000 words, 24 points), or APG5853 Terrorism and security studies research dissertation - Part 1 and APG5854 Terrorism and security studies research dissertation - Part 2 (18,000 words)
  • APG5858 Internship in counter-terrorism studies*** and either one level-five elective or APG5851 Terrorism and security studies research project (9,000 words).

Note: Students can replace one level-five elective with 12-points of units from anywhere in the university, if closely related to counter-terrorism studies and approved by the course coordinator.

* Entry into the research project will be reserved for students who have achieved a distinction average in all their coursework units.

** Entry into the research dissertation will be reserved for students who have achieved a high distinction average in all their coursework.

*** Entry to the internship will be reserved for students who have achieved distinction results in APG4665, APG4666, APG4327 and APG4667.


Note: APG5600 and APG5851 are recommended for students considering progressing to a research degree.

Alternative exit(s)

Students may apply to exit after successful completion of:

  • 24 points with a Graduate Certificate in Counter-Terrorism Studies
  • 48 points with a Graduate Diploma in Counter-Terrorism Studies.


Master of Counter-Terrorism Studies