The University of Newcastle, Australia
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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 20 Jul 2020
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 20 Jul 2020
Mode of delivery



1 year part-time up to 3 years maximum.

UON program code: 40196

Study Cyber Security

There is a significant shortage of cyber security skill and expertise throughout the world. This program is designed to provide you with a working knowledge of important security standards, techniques to exploit the current systems and networks, and technical depth in terms of expertise in the design of secure systems and their application to real-world problems in different industry sectors.

Why study with us?

  • Enhance your career opportunities – this degree was created specifically to address the needs and demands of both individuals and industry. Develop analytical skills and cryptographic techniques that are essential to organisations looking to employ secure network protocols.
  • Flexible study options – at the University of Newcastle, you can choose to study full-time or part-time to suit your professional and personal needs. Our advanced online learning system gives you the flexibility and support to study at a location and times during the week of your choosing.
  • Structured program – you will complete core and directed courses that will allow you to gain an integrated understanding of cyber security and related ICT disciplines.
  • Place yourself at the forefront of a growth industry - the Australian Information Security Association’s (AISA) 2016 Australian Cyber Security Skills Shortage Study Report identified a major shortage of cyber security workers becoming a critical issue for business and government organisations in Australia.
Video: Meet current Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security student Christian

What you will study

The University of Newcastle’s Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security offers a professional qualification for those who wish to specialise in safeguarding cyber security across a variety of industry sectors.

You will gain a thorough understanding of cyber security threats and attacks to enable you to identify, analyse and apply security techniques and mechanisms to develop secure protocols. You will also learn privacy concepts and techniques for privacy enhanced technologies, and be equipped to implement best practices for cyber security.

Courses to support your drive and direction include:

  • Data Security
  • System and Network Security
  • Systems and Network Administration
  • Security Attacks: Analysis and Mitigation Strategies

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on your degree's structure and what courses you will study.

These program plans are applicable to new students. Current students should refer to the program handbook to access the plan relevant to the year they commenced.

View the full course list

Career opportunities

Career options may include:

  • security system developer
  • security system manager
  • security analyst
  • security consultant
  • cryptographer