The University of Newcastle, Australia


Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 20 Jul 2020
Mode of delivery

Face to Face


2 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 6 years maximum.



Start dates
  • Semester 1 - 24 Feb 2020
  • Semester 2 - 20 Jul 2020

AUD38,315 (indicative annual fee, 2020)
Indicative annual fees are based on a full year full time load (80 units) Find out more about fees


2 years full-time.

Mode of delivery

Face to Face

English language proficiency
  • IELTS overall minimum - 6.5
  • IELTS section minimum - 6.0

Find out more about IELTS.

UON program code: 40180
CRICOS code: 0100135

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 can also 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.

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 the areas of cyber systems and infrastructures, and their applications, thereby helping to address the severe skill shortages globally in these areas.

Upon graduating, this professional qualification will allow you to harness your expertise to safeguard cyber security across 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.

View the full course list

Career opportunities

Career options may include:

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