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Security & Intelligence

We live in a world where threats to our way of life and to businesses or governments are becoming more frequent and sophisticated. We need to teach people like you the skills to protect critical and national infrastructure. So you can employ the latest security management techniques, whatever the threat level.

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A unique study experience

A new agreement between ECU and the University of Portsmouth means you can study Cybercrime, Security and Intelligence in Perth and the UK and graduate with a unique dual degree.

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Why study at ECU?

  • QILT - Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching

    Australia's best computing skills

    Best in the country for undergraduate skills development, learning resources and student support in the Computing & Information Systems discipline.

    QILT is an independent Australian government survey.

  • The Good Universities Guide - teaching quality

    The highest quality teaching

    ECU is one of the best unis in Australia for teaching. We've had 17 straight years of 5-star ratings in the Good Universities Guide to prove it!

  • THE World University Rankings Top 100 Young

    One of the world's young guns

    We're ranked one of the world's best universities under 50 years old, and we've already established a global reputation for such a young institution.


In the first year, you'll study the core elements of terrorism, security and intelligence. This will prepare you for specialised studies in how to counter the terrorist threat, apply intelligence gathering techniques, think critically, analyse and understand criminal motivation.

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Our future student events include a mix of on-campus and online sessions designed to help you decide what to study at ECU.

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Scholarship opportunities to reduce your expenses

Scholarships recognise those whose life journey may have been challenging, as well as students who've shown outstanding academic excellence and endeavour.

A scholarship can help you realise your ambitions by paying for fees, text books and living expenses.

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Student stories

  • The lecturers at ECU are lifelong professionals who have extensive experience in the subjects they are teaching

    During my study I've found that the lecturers at ECU are lifelong professionals who have extensive experience in the subjects they are teaching, rather than just an academic background. This makes the lectures very interesting, as we get to learn about real world issues and solutions. There are many opportunities for developing important contacts within the industry. Representing the university at two major industry conferences allowed me to develop critical networks in Federal and State law enforcement, and private industry.

    Samuel Bettison
  • I consciously chose ECU because its offering was unique

    I've always been interested in Intelligence and was delighted when I found ECU's Bachelor of Counter Terrorism Security and Intelligence course. I chose ECU because its offering was unique. The lecturers for the Bachelor of Counterterrorism, Security and Intelligence are also world-class. They have each had successful careers in intelligence and/or security, and are truly passionate about their subject areas.

The Important Things

Things you should know about if you're thinking about studying here.

Course Entry

There's more than one admission pathway into an ECU course. It depends on what you've studied already, or your work or life experience.

Fees & Scholarships

Course tuition fees can change, but we can give you an estimate of your costs. If you're eligible, a scholarship or student loan can help too.


Applying for a course is a fairly simple process, especially if you have scanned copies of qualifications, your resume or other paperwork, ready to upload.

ECU Experience

Starting a course is an exciting and sometimes daunting time, so we make a massive effort to ensure you get all the support you need to have a positive experience.