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Duration1 year part-time up to 3 years maximum.1 year full-time.
Mode of deliveryFace to Face, Online
Start datesSemester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022), Semester 1 (21 Feb 2022), Semester 2 (18 Jul 2022),
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Program Code40196

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?

  • Access our industry-leading cyber security labs – our System Security Lab, Smart Network Infrastructure Security Lab and Malware Lab each offer a range of advanced technologies and are setup to ensure each student has access to virtual machines to provide an isolated and secure environment to learn in. Our labs use advanced VMware based virtualisation technology, can run cyber hackathons and develop real-world applications in a safe and controlled environment.
  • Learn from global leaders in the field - the program design was led by the University’s Global Innovation Chair in Cyber Security, Professor Vijay Varadharajan, with substantial contribution from academic and industry partners.
  • 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 –  the program offers 100% online study enabling you to achieve your Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security in a time that suits your professional and personal needs.
  • Future pathways – the Graduate Certificate will provide you with the opportunity to progress into the Master of Cyber Security.
  • Place yourself at the forefront of a growth industry – there is currently a major shortage of cyber security workers, with leading independent and not-for-profit organisation AustCyber estimating that Australia could need almost 18,000 additional cyber security workers by 2026 (Australian Cyber Security Growth Network’s Sector Competitiveness Plan 2018)
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What you will study

The University of Newcastle offers an advanced Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security which is 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

How to apply

Applying for Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security

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Before you get started

To ensure that the process goes smoothly for you, you should complete the following steps before applying:

  1. Review the program that you wish to apply for. Note the admission criteria, admission instructions, requirements & structure and any additional information listed.
  2. Review the program fees and costs.
  3. Check whether your postgraduate program has a Semester or a Trimester closing date. Please view the application closing date.
  4. If you are from a non-English-speaking background, you need to satisfy the University's English language requirements and ensure that you can provide evidence of your English proficiency if required.

You will be considered for entry based on criteria such as your undergraduate studies and/or equivalent prior learning and/or relevant work experience.

Postgraduate application process

Other things to consider

Make sure you double check the special entry requirements, assumed knowledge or recommended studies for the degree:

Bachelor degree (or higher) from a relevant discipline*. 

Related fields of study include: computer science, software engineering, computer systems and information technology. 


All Applicants must demonstrate that they meet the University’s English proficiency requirement. Further information regarding English language proficiency requirements can be found at the English Language Proficiency for Admission Policy here.

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