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LocationNewcastle
Duration2 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 6 years maximum.
Accelerated options available
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Mode of deliveryFace to Face
Start datesSemester 1 (22 Feb 2021), Semester 2 (19 Jul 2021), Semester 1 (22 Feb 2021), Semester 2 (19 Jul 2021),
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English proficiencyIELTS overall minimum - 6.5, IELTS section minimum - 6.0 Find out more about IELTS.
CRICOS CodeCRICOS code: 0100135
Program Code40180

Study Cyber Security

Cyberspace has profoundly transformed the way we live and do business. We are increasingly relying upon networked applications for assessing information and making critical business decisions, so it is critical for individuals, enterprises and governments to be able to secure cyberspace from attacks to allow them to effectively conduct their business.

There is currently a considerable shortage of cyber security skill and expertise globally.

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 be used to run cyber hackathons and develop real-world applications in a safe and controlled environment.
  • 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)
  • 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 – at the University of Newcastle, you can choose to study full-time or part-time to suit your professional and personal needs.

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What you will study

The University of Newcastle’s Master of Cyber Security has been designed to provide you with quality training which will enable you to become a cyber security professional. You will gain extensive knowledge in cyber systems and infrastructures, their applications and legal aspects of cyber security which will provide you with the skills to address severe skill shortages in these areas globally. By undertaking a hands on project spanning over two semesters you will have the opportunity to work with industry partners and gain highly valuable skills for your career.

Upon graduation, this program will allow you to harness your expertise in cyber security to work in a variety of industry sectors.

Courses to support your drive and direction include:

  • Data Security
  • System and Network Security
  • Security Attacks: Analysis and Mitigation Strategies
  • Security Standards and Practices in Industry
  • Engineering Complexity

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.

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Career

Career opportunities

Career options may include:

  • security system manager
  • security consultant
  • cryptographer
  • IT security engineer
  • security system developer
  • security analyst
  • project manager

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I am a prospective
student, looking to study at
Newcastle

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:

The Master of Cyber Security is a 160 unit postgraduate qualification. 

Applicants with relevant professional experience may be eligible for RPL (Recognition of Prior Learning).

  • 160 units (2 years): Bachelor Degree or higher in any discipline AND minimum 1 year relevant work experience. 
  • 80 units (1 year): Bachelor Degree or higher in a relevant discipline*

*Related fields: computer science, software engineering, computer systems and information technology.

  • Students who complete the UON Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security will receive 40 units of credit towards the Master of Cyber Security.
  • Applicants who would like their professional qualifications and/or work experience to be considered need to provide certified copies of all relevant qualifications, a detailed CV and a statement of service or signed letters from employers confirming your role, duties and period of employment.

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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