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Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 3 August 2020
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 3 August 2020
Mode of delivery

Face to Face, Online


1 year part-time up to 3 years maximum.

Program code: 40196

Program handbook


Cyber security has become a critical need in the 21st century as users, enterprises and governments increasingly rely upon networked applications for assessing information and making critical business decisions. This program is designed to provide a pathway for information technology professionals seeking to commence or further progress their careers in the cyber security domain. In this program, students develop a comprehensive understanding of network security, system security and security theory.

Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • An advanced and integrated understanding of cyber security and related ICT disciplines.
  • The capacity to independently: - critically appraise, reflect and synthesise information around problems, concepts and theories in ICT security - research and apply established theories in ICT security - interpret and transmit ICT security knowledge, skills and ideas to specialist and non-specialist audiences.


Information correct as at29 Oct 2020 1:57 pm
Program code40196
AQF level

Level 8 Graduate Certificate

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
  • Online
  • Australian students - 1 year part-time.
Term typeSemesters
Managing faculty
  1. Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Contributing schools
  1. School of Electrical Engineering and Computing
Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code102242M

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Admission information

Admission requirements

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

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


Minimum English language proficiency requirements

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.

Credit transfer

If you wish to apply for credit for studies completed at another institution, or if you are changing programs within the University and wish to transfer your credit to the new program, visit the University's credit website for more information on applying for credit.

Academic requirements for program completion

Total units required

40 units

Program duration

1 year part-time up to 3 years maximum.

International students studying this program on campus are required to enrol full time to comply with their student visa requirements and complete their study in the standard minimum program duration. International students requiring enrolment advice should review the program plan corresponding to the semester and year of commencement and can contact their Program Advisor at

Program requirements

This program consists of 40 units: 20 units of core courses and 20 units of directed courses.

Students who complete this program may apply for entry to the Master of Cyber Security, for which they will receive 40 units of credit.

Program plans

Download a program plan for further details on what you will study. Please refer to the program plan for the year that you commenced or transitioned into this program.

Program structure

Students are advised to read their program handbook information in conjunction with the program plans for course sequence/enrolment advice. Please refer to the Program Plan for the year that you commenced, or transitioned into, this program - Program Plans are available above.

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Core Courses

Complete the following core courses.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
COMP6360Data Security
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
SENG6250System and Network Security
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units

Directed Courses

Online students must complete the following 20 units of directed courses.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
INFT2031Systems and Network Administration
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Winter - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
COMP6500Security Attacks: Analysis and Mitigation Strategies
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units

Additional information

All students can access free academic skills and support provided by Academic Learning Support through the Pathways and Academic Learning Support Centre.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students can draw on the assistance and support provided by the Indigenous Student Support and Development service through The Wollotuka Institute.

International students

All International Students enrolled in the program will be provided with an orientation to familiarise them with the rules, expectations, facilities and services offered by the University. Please visit our International Students website to find out more about the support services available to international students.

Additional support

AccessAbility provides advice and reasonable adjustments to Students with a medical or health condition or disability. If you require adjustments to undertake your program, contact the Student Support Advisors - AccessAbility before semester or early in the semester. They will work with the Faculty or School to ensure that this happens in a timely manner.

Please note: All students must fulfil the inherent requirements of the programs and courses they are undertaking. While reasonable adjustments can be made, these adjustments cannot compromise academic integrity. It is the student's responsibility to check all the requirements of courses, and consider the effects of any medical condition or disability on their ability to complete course requirements. More information is available online.