Graduate Diploma of Cyber Security

Postgraduate coursework

Expand your knowledge of cyber security and build your capacity to investigate, mitigate and combat cybercrime.

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Key facts

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org

Duration

1 year full-time or part-time equivalent
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 prepares you for a successful security career anywhere in the cyber world.

Throughout the Graduate Diploma 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 Diploma of Cyber Security, students must attain 8 credit points and complete STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point 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 Diploma of Cyber Security
Year
2019 course information
Deakin code
S635
CRICOS code?
093939A
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)
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 2 - July

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

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS – Please note that due to Australian Government regulations, student visas to enter Australia cannot be issued to students who enrol in Deakin’s Cloud Campus.

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.

Try this course for free

Interested in a free taster of this course?

A two-week block of this course is available free on FutureLearn, an easy-to-use online learning platform. Try it out and discover just how flexible and rewarding online learning with Deakin can be. You’ve got nothing to lose!

Choose from two free course trials on FutureLearn:

  • Cyber Security for Small and Medium Enterprises - find out more
  • Competitive Advantage: Using Information to Build Business Success - find out more

Entry requirements

Entry information

General admission requirements for entry into postgraduate courses for international students at Deakin are summarised in the undergraduate admission requirements table.
Some courses may have additional entry requirements

Students must also meet the undergraduate English language requirements.

  • Bachelor degree in related discipline, OR
  • Graduate Certificate of Information Technology or equivalent.

IELTS / English language requirements

Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses.  (more details)

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

Fees and scholarships

Fee information

Fee rate

2019 Fee information will be available soon.

Find out more about fees

The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

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 Diploma is eight credit points.

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.

Search or browse through our scholarships

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

Graduate outcomes

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.  Develop extended knowledge in the development and use of techniques, systems and approaches for secure communication and the systematic analysis of systems for features related to cyber security.

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.

Global citizenship

Engage in professional and ethical behaviour in the design of IT systems, in a global context, in collaboration with diverse communities and cultures.

Approved by Faculty Board 7 June 2018

Application information

How to apply

Apply direct to Deakin

Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.  For information on the application process and closing dates, see the Apply web page.  Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

Apply through Deakin
Deakin International office or Deakin representative

Fill out the application form and submit to a Deakin International office or take your application form to a Deakin representative for assistance

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Need more information on how to apply?

For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage
If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.


Entry pathways

After successfully completing your graduate diploma, you can continue your study by using the credit points you’ve earned to enter Deakin’s Master of Cyber Security.

Alternatively, should you wish to exit the Graduate Diploma early, you can graduate with a Graduate Certificate of Cyber Security (S535), after the successful completion of at least 4 credit points.

Credit for prior learning

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for credit for prior learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your credit for prior learning.
Your credit for prior learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

You can also refer to the Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

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