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Bachelor of Arts (Security Studies)

Key facts

  • Available at Auckland
  • Available via Distance Learning
  • Not all courses are available at all campuses
  • Available for international students via distance learning

Graduate in high demand

Massey’s Bachelor of Arts (Security Studies) will give you a powerful combination of critical thinking skills and knowledge of global security issues.

Find out more about the Bachelor of Arts parent structure.

What is it like?

Our world provides numerous complex and multifaceted challenges to security. These include traditional interstate conflict, the threat of the spread of nuclear weapons, disputes linked to religious differences, control and exploitation of scarce resources, and the impact of globalisation and environmental change.

Management of threats to security is an important dimension of government and public policy. If you are interested in local and global security issues, Massey’s Bachelor of Arts (Security Studies) will give you knowledge in this area.

You can take security studies as a major to develop a specialisation, or a minor to complement other subject choices. It’s a flexible degree that will equip you for a number of careers.

Unique in New Zealand

Massey offers New Zealand’s only specialist education in security studies. It examines security challenges such as biosecurity, conflict resolution and cyber-crime at community and government levels. You’ll develop broad and transferable critical thinking skills. You’ll also have the opportunity to do an internship with government agencies such as Customs or the New Zealand Police.

Learn from the best

Our lecturers have professional and academic experience. Our courses are nationally and internationally respected, scholarly and career-focussed, and well-connected with potential employers. The programme is designed in collaboration with an advisory board of New Zealand’s top defence and security officials.

You choose what to study

The security studies programme is highly interdisciplinary. Your education will draw on the academic knowledge and professional experience of staff from across the University.

A good fit if you:

  • Want to help keep New Zealand safe
  • Want to make a difference in your community
  • Can look for solutions in tough situations


With a Bachelor of Arts (Security Studies) you’ll graduate in high demand.

By learning how people, property and information are protected, you can prepare for a career that’s challenging, rewarding and will help make the world a safer place. Knowledge of security can be applied to a range of professions and vocations such as:

  • Government or non-government agencies
  • Commercial companies
  • Security
  • Business
  • Foreign affairs
  • Trade, law
  • Intelligence
  • Border protection
  • Law enforcement

Lecturer profile

Professor Rouben Azizian

Director, Centre for Defence and Security Studies

I enjoy informing and motivating students to become responsible, well-informed citizens.

I have 20 years of diplomatic experience in the Soviet and later Russian Foreign Service. This, combined with my years of teaching security studies, means I understand international relations from both academic and practitioner points of view.

I can reconcile the two sometimes conflicting approaches to international security studies: theorists can be too abstract and practitioners can overlook the big picture. I’m able to help students appreciate the complexities of real-world issues; there is no single answer or thought.

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