Graduate Certificate of Cyber Security

Postgraduate coursework

This course provides postgraduate insight into cyber security and the skills required to identify, analyse and manage cyber security challenges.

Key facts

Duration

One year part- time

Campuses

Cloud (online)
Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

In today’s digital world, cyber-attacks are becoming everyday occurrences. Cyber security professionals are employed to protect organisations from cyber-attacks and are in high demand. This course can prepare you for a successful security career anywhere in the cyber world.

Throughout the Graduate Certificate of Cyber Security, you will learn how to confront cyber security challenges and understand what the key issues are. You will focus on a range of studies, and gain knowledge about system security and digital forensics, analytics, organisational security and human issues.

This course gives you the cyber security skills that are crucial to the success of our digital future. And, once you graduate, you’ll have the knowledge and talent to take on an expert security role within business, government or law enforcement. 

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Course structure

To complete the Graduate Certificate of Cyber Security, students must attain 4 credit points and complete STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit) as outlined below.

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

Key information

Award granted
Graduate Certificate of Cyber Security
Year
2019 course information
Deakin code
S535
Level
Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
Approval status
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8.

Campuses by intake

Campus availability varies per trimester. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Read more to learn where this course will be offered throughout the year.

Trimester 1 - March

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Trimester 2 - July

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)

Additional course information

Course duration - additional information

Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.

Mandatory student checks

Any unit which contains work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, Working with Children Check or other check.

Workload

You can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include classes, seminars, practicals and online interaction. You can refer to the individual unit details in the course structure for more information. You will also need to study and complete assessment tasks in your own time.

Participation requirements

Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

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Entry requirements

Entry information

Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

  • Bachelor degree in related discipline OR
  • Bachelor degree (any) plus two years relevant work experience OR
  • Graduate Certificate of Information Technology or equivalent.

For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

Credit for prior learning

Deakin aims to provide students with as much credit as possible for approved prior study or informal learning which exceeds the normal entrance requirements for the course and is within the constraints of the course regulations.

Students are required to complete a minimum of one-third of the course with Deakin, or four credit points, whichever is the greater. In the case of certificates, including graduate certificates, a minimum of two credit points within the course must be completed with Deakin.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning Page which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin degree and how to apply for credit.

Credit for prior learning may be granted to applicants based on prior studies and/or equivalent industry experience.

Fees and scholarships

Fee information

Fee rate

2019 Fee information will be available soon.

Find out more about fees

The cost of this course will vary depending on your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.  The fee rate shown is the cost per credit point studied in 2019. A typical enrolment load for a Graduate Certificate is four credit points.

Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The ‘Estimated tuition fee’ is calculated by adding together four credit points of a typical combination of units for that course. Four credit points is used as it represents a typical enrolment load for a Graduate Certificate.

You can find the credit point value of each unit under the Unit Description by searching for the unit in the Handbook.

Learn more about fees and available payment options.

Scholarship options

A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

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Postgraduate bursary

If you’re a Deakin alumni commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

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How to apply

Apply direct to Deakin

Applications can be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal if you are only applying for one course. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the how to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

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Entry pathways

After successfully completing your graduate certificate, you can continue your study by using the credit points you’ve earned to enter the:

Faculty contact information

Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
School of Information Technology
+61 3 9244 6699
sebe@deakin.edu.au

www.deakin.edu.au/information-technology

Frequently asked questions

How do I apply?

We provide step-by-step guidance online to make applying to Deakin easy. And, with three study periods a year, the next intake is never far away. Learn more about the application process and entry requirements by visiting our How to apply page.

When do applications close?

Application deadlines depend on the course and trimester you’re applying for.

Find out the application open and close dates for your course by visiting our Key dates page.

Missed the application cut-off? The good news is Deakin has three study periods a year, which means the next intake is never far away.

How do fees work?

Fees are paid according to the units you study each trimester.

Don’t worry, you don’t need to pay your course fees upfront. There are different loans available depending on the type of student you are and the course you’re applying for.

For more information on fees, including payment assistance, and understanding what type of student you are, visit our Fees hub.

If we haven’t answered your question, our student enquiries team is ready to help.

Why choose Deakin

Career outcomes

Career options are varied so you could work anywhere in the world as a:

  • security analyst
  • project manager
  • security system manager
  • cryptographer
  • security consultant
  • security system developer or programmer information security auditor
  • business continuity or IT security engineer.

Course learning outcomes

Deakin's graduate learning outcomes describe the knowledge and capabilities graduates can demonstrate at the completion of their course. These outcomes mean that regardless of the Deakin course you undertake, you can rest assured your degree will teach you the skills and professional attributes that employers value. They'll set you up to learn and work effectively in the future.

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes

Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities

Develop specialised and essential knowledge of security needs, design and development, systems, processes, concepts and technologies to develop software systems, products and solutions that automates business processes at par with industry standards and based on cyber security needs.

Communication

Communicate IT solutions as appropriate to the context to inform, motivate and effect change utilising a range of verbal, graphical and written methods, recognising the needs of diverse audiences.

Digital literacy

Use digital media to locate, collect and evaluate information from technical channels and apply information to identify approaches and solutions that meet user requirements.

Critical thinking

Use the frameworks of logical and analytical thinking to evaluate specialist IT information, technical problems and user requirements, and develop approaches to identify solutions.

Problem solving

Develop IT solutions for automating processes by investigating technical and business problems; design and propose alternative solutions that improve services and user experiences.

Self-management

Demonstrate the ability to work in a professional manner, learn autonomously and responsibly in order to identify and meet development needs.

Approved by Faculty Board 7 June 2018

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