The University of Newcastle, Australia
Location

Newcastle

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

Face to Face

Duration

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

Accelerated options available

Location

Newcastle

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

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

Duration

2 years full-time.

Accelerated options available

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

Program handbook

Description

Cybersecurity 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. There is a significant shortage of cyber security skill and expertise throughout the world. This program is designed to provide postgraduate students 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 also their application to real-world problems in different industry sectors.


Program learning outcomes

On successful completion of the program students will have:

  • An advanced and integrated understanding in cyber security and related ICT disciplines.
  • A capacity to independently: • Critically appraise, reflect and synthesise complex 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

Details

Information correct as at30 Mar 2020 7:04 pm
Program code40180
AQF level

Level 9 Masters Degree (Coursework)

Locations and UAC codes
Mode of delivery
  • Face to Face
Duration
  • Australian students - 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent.
  • International students - 2 years full-time.

Accelerated options available

Term typeSemesters
Fees
Managing faculty
  1. Faculty of Engineering and Built Environment
Contributing schools
  1. Newcastle Law School
  2. Newcastle Business School
  3. School of Engineering
  4. School of Electrical Engineering and Computing
Relevant University rules and policies
CRICOS Code0100135

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Admission information

Admission requirements

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

Applicants with a recognised qualification may be eligible for up to 80 units of Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) as outlined below. Admission into and RPL towards the Master of Cyber Security will be based on a completed:

  • 3 year Bachelor Degree in a related field* of study, with no relevant work experience (160 units) OR
  • 3 year Bachelor Degree in a non-related field of study, with one year relevant work experience (160 units) OR
  • 4 year Bachelor Degree in a related field* of study, with no relevant work experience (80 units**) OR
  • 4 year Bachelor Degree in a non-related field of study, with no relevant work experience (160 units) OR
  • UON Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security (UON GCCS), with no relevant work experience (120 units***) OR
  • 3 year Bachelor Degree in a related field* of study and UON GCCS, with no relevant work experience (120 units) OR
  • 3 year Bachelor Degree in a non-related field of study and UON GCCS, with one or more years relevant work experience (120 units) OR
  • 4 year Bachelor Degree in a related field* of study and UON GCCS, with no relevant work experience (40 units***) OR
  • 4 year Bachelor Degree in a non-related field of study and UON GCCS, with no relevant work experience (120 units)
*Related fields: computer science, software engineering, computer systems and information technology.**Dependent on coverage of base degree. UON Bachelor of Computer Science, Bachelor of IT, Bachelor of Software Engineering (Honours) and Bachelor of Computer Systems Engineering (Honours) degree holders will complete 80 units.***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.

Students who have a three or four year degree in a related field of study will not be permitted to study courses that overlap with their undergraduate study:

  • UON Software Engineering graduates will complete 80 units, including 20 units of 6000 level project courses plus 60 units from core or directed courses.
  • Other UON Computing graduates will have at least four SENG courses plus Final Year Project and a list of Special Topics (which are at 4000 level) to choose from to complete 160 units of study

Students from other universities with a related field of study will have the option of choosing Special Topic courses and a Final Year Project at a minimum.

Upon admission to the program students will be provided with further advice regarding their program plan and pathway of study. 

Please note: this 80 unit program structure is available for students to commence in Semester 1 only.

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

160 units

Program duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent up to 6 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 ProgramAdvice@newcastle.edu.au

Program requirements

160 unit program structure

Students will undertake 160 units of study, which is comprised of: 80 units of core courses, 60 units of directed courses and 20 units of elective courses.

Please note: Postgraduate coursework students are normally required to complete all courses at the postgraduate level (6000). To meet the Directed course requirements in the Master of Cyber Security, students in the 160 unit pathway are permitted to undertake a maximum of 60 units at the 4000 level and a maximum of 20 units at the 3000 level from this Directed course list. All Elective courses however must be completed at the postgraduate level (6000).

120 unit program structure

Students will undertake 120 units of study, which is comprised of: 80 units of core courses, 30 units of directed courses, and 10 units of electives.

Please note: Postgraduate coursework students are normally required to complete all courses at the postgraduate level (6000). To meet the Directed course requirements in the Master of Cyber Security, students in the 120 unit pathway are permitted to undertake a maximum of 60 units at the 4000 level and a maximum of 20 units at the 3000 level from this Directed course list. All Elective courses however must be completed at the postgraduate level (6000).

80 unit program structure

Students will undertake 80 units of core courses.

Please note: this 80 unit program structure is available for students to commence in Semester 1 only.

The primary mode of delivery of this program is face-to-face. However, please note that one core course (LAWS6087) and some directed courses in this program are delivered in online mode.


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.


Transition arrangements

As programs are regularly reviewed and updated, some students may experience changes to their program of study during the course of their enrolment, which may require transition arrangements.

Students affected by changes to their program are advised to review any documentation contained in the "Additional documents" section, in the first instance. Any further questions should be directed to the Program Advisor (Programadvice@newcastle.edu.au).


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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160 unit pathway

Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
COMP6360Data Security
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
COMP6500Security Attacks: Analysis and Mitigation Strategies
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
COMP6600Security Standards and Practices in Industry
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
ENGG6500Engineering Complexity
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
LAWS6087Internet Law
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
SENG6210ASoftware Engineering Masters Project Part A
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
SENG6210BSoftware Engineering Masters Project Part B
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
SENG6250System and Network Security
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
Directed Courses

Choose 60 units from the following directed courses. Please note: you can complete a maximum of 60 units at the 4000 level and 20 units at the 3000 level.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
INFT2031Systems & Network Administration
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
INFT3100Project Management
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Central Coast)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Singapore)
10 units
BUSN4100Business Research Methods
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
20 units
COMP4110Special Topic A
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
COMP4120Special Topic B
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
COMP4130Special Topic CNot currently offered10 units
COMP4240Special Topic GNot currently offered10 units
SENG4211ASoftware Engineering Final Year Project Part A
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
SENG4211BSoftware Engineering Final Year Project Part B
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
20 units
SENG4400Enterprise Software Architectures
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
SENG4430Software Quality
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
COMP6240Operating Systems
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
COMP6340Data Mining
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
COMP6350Advanced DatabaseNot currently offered10 units
GSBS6001Managing Under Uncertainty
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Sydney CBD)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Sydney CBD)
10 units
GSBS6004Organisational Behaviour and Design
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (GOSFORD)
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Sydney CBD)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Sydney CBD)
10 units
GSBS6012Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Sydney CBD)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
GSBS6100Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
GSBS6514Leadership in Contemporary Organisations
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (GOSFORD)
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Sydney CBD)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
SENG6320Software Verification and Validation
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
SENG6400Network and Distributed Computing
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
SENG6450Advanced Special Topics in Software EngineeringNot currently offered10 units
SENG6460Advanced Directed Studies in Software EngineeringNot currently offered10 units
Electives

Complete 20 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.

20 units

120 unit pathway

Core Courses

Complete the following courses core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
COMP6360Data Security
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
COMP6500Security Attacks: Analysis and Mitigation Strategies
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
COMP6600Security Standards and Practices in Industry
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
ENGG6500Engineering Complexity
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
LAWS6087Internet Law
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
SENG6210ASoftware Engineering Masters Project Part A
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
SENG6210BSoftware Engineering Masters Project Part B
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
SENG6250System and Network Security
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
Directed Courses

Choose 30 units from the following directed courses. Please note: you can complete a maximum of 60 units at the 4000 level and 20 units at the 3000 level.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
INFT2031Systems & Network Administration
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
INFT3100Project Management
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Central Coast)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Singapore)
10 units
BUSN4100Business Research Methods
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
20 units
COMP4110Special Topic A
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
COMP4120Special Topic B
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
COMP4130Special Topic CNot currently offered10 units
COMP4240Special Topic GNot currently offered10 units
SENG4211ASoftware Engineering Final Year Project Part A
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
SENG4211BSoftware Engineering Final Year Project Part B
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
20 units
SENG4400Enterprise Software Architectures
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
SENG4430Software Quality
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
COMP6240Operating Systems
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
COMP6340Data Mining
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
COMP6350Advanced DatabaseNot currently offered10 units
GSBS6001Managing Under Uncertainty
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Sydney CBD)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Sydney CBD)
10 units
GSBS6004Organisational Behaviour and Design
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (GOSFORD)
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Sydney CBD)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Sydney CBD)
10 units
GSBS6012Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Sydney CBD)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
GSBS6100Negotiation and Conflict Resolution
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
10 units
GSBS6514Leadership in Contemporary Organisations
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (GOSFORD)
  • Trimester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Newcastle City Precinct)
  • Trimester 2 - 2020 (Sydney CBD)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (Singapore)
  • Trimester 3 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
SENG6320Software Verification and Validation
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
SENG6400Network and Distributed Computing
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
SENG6450Advanced Special Topics in Software EngineeringNot currently offered10 units
SENG6460Advanced Directed Studies in Software EngineeringNot currently offered10 units
Electives

Complete 10 units of electives to fulfil the requirements of the program. Electives can be used to extend and complement your core studies with more courses in the same field of study, or from areas that might be of interest to you. Electives can be chosen from all courses available at the University that do not have any other conditions (such as a course requisite) applied to them.

10 units

80 unit pathway

Core Courses

Complete the following core courses to fulfil the requirements of this program.

CodeTitleTerm / Location Units
COMP6360Data Security
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
COMP6500Security Attacks: Analysis and Mitigation Strategies
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
COMP6600Security Standards and Practices in Industry
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
ENGG6500Engineering Complexity
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
LAWS6087Internet Law
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (ONLINE)
10 units
SENG6210ASoftware Engineering Masters Project Part A
  • Semester 1 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units
SENG6210BSoftware Engineering Masters Project Part B
  • Semester 2 - 2020 (Callaghan)
10 units

Additional information

Additional Information (Prospective Students)

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.