Master of Cyber Security

Postgraduate coursework

Build your capacity to investigate, mitigate and combat cybercrime for a rewarding and highly sought-after career as a cyber security professional.

Key facts

Duration

Depending on your professional experience and previous qualifications, your course will be:

  • 1 year full time (2 years part time) – 8 credit points
  • 1.5  years full time (3 years part time) – 12 credit points
  • 2 years full time (4 years part time) – 16 credit points

Campuses

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Course information

In an increasingly digital world, cyber-attacks are an everyday occurrence. Cyber security professionals are employed to protect organisations from these cyber threats and are in high demand globally. This course can prepare you for a successful career in cyber security anywhere in the world.

Throughout the Master of Cyber Security, you will learn how to detect, analyse and confront cyber security challenges. You will focus on a range of studies, and gain knowledge about system security and digital forensics, analytics, organisational security and human aspects of cyber security.

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 Master of Cyber Security, you will complete 8, 12 or 16 credit points, depending on your prior experience.

The course is structured in three parts:

  • Part A. Fundamental Information Technology Studies (4 credit points),
  • Part B. Introductory Cyber Security Studies (4 credit points), and
  • Part C. Mastery Cyber Security Studies (8 credit points).

Depending upon prior qualifications and/or experience, you may receive credit for Parts A and B.

Note that if you are eligible for credit for prior studies you may elect not to receive the credit.

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

Core

Mandatory unit for all entry levels

  • Academic Integrity STP050 (0 credit points)
  • Part A: Fundamental Information Technology Studies

  • Object-Oriented Development SIT771
  • Database and Information Retrieval SIT772
  • Software Requirements Analysis and Modelling SIT773
  • Web Technologies and Development SIT774
  • Part B: Introductory Cyber Security Studies

  • Value of Information MIS782
  • Security and Privacy Issues in Analytics SIT719
  • Communications Network Security SIT735
  • Advanced Digital Forensics SIT703
  • Part C: Mastery Cyber Security Studies

  • Advanced Topics in Digital Security SIT704
  • Cyber Security Management SIT763
  • Research and Development in Information Technology SIT740
  • Project Analysis and Design SIT764 ~
  • Project Delivery SIT782 ~
  • Computer Networks and Security SIT716
  • ~ Note: Students are expected to undertake SIT764 and SIT782 in consecutive trimesters. Students should seek advice from the unit chair if they are unable to complete SIT764 and SIT782 consecutively.

    Electives

    Plus two (2) level 7 SIT-coded elective units.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Cyber Security
    Year
    2019 course information
    Deakin code
    S734
    CRICOS code?
    093941G
    Level
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    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 9.

    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

    Elective units may be selected that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

    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.

    Admission to study postgraduate coursework at Deakin is based on your professional experience and previous academic qualifications. Depending on your prior experience, your course will be:

    1 year full time (2 years part time) – 8 credit points

    Admission is based on:

    • Bachelor’s Honours (AQF8) degree in a related discipline
    • Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline, plus two years relevant work experience
    • Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in the same discipline
    • Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

     

    1.5 years full time (3 years part time) – 12 credit points

    Admissions is based on:

    • Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline
    • Bachelor’s degree in any discipline, plus two years relevant work experience
    • Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in a related discipline
    • Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

     

    2 years full time (4 years part time) – 16 credit points

    Admissions is based on:

    • Bachelor’s degree or other qualification at a higher AQF level in any discipline
    • Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

     

    All Applicants must also meet the minimum English language requirements.

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

     

    Credit for prior learning

    The University 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 at Deakin University, 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 at Deakin.

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

    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.

    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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    Entry pathways

    Pathways for students to enter the Master of Cyber Security are as follows:

    • Option 1: Graduate Certificate of Information Technology (followed by a 12 credit point Master of Cyber Security)
    • Option 2: Graduate Certificate of Cyber Security(followed by an 8 credit point Master of Cyber Security)

    Pathway options will depend on your professional experience and previous qualifications.

    If you have a Bachelor's degree within same discipline area, you may be eligible for credit for 4 credit points (units) which means you need to complete 12 credit points (units). If you have a Graduate Certificate within the same discipline, you may be eligible for credit for 4 credit points (units) which means you need to complete 12 credit points (units). If you have a Bachelor's degree within different discipline area, no block credit offered - 16 credit point course.

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    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?

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    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, you could work anywhere in the world as a:

    • security analyst
    • project manager
    • security system manager
    • cryptographer
    • 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, evaluate, implement and manage cyber security solutions for complex systems, organisations, platforms communication channels, and data, based on industry-accepted standards and best practice.  Design, develop and implement advanced cyber systems and software, and associated policies and procedures for optimal use to withstand emerging attacks/threats in cyber space.

    Communication

    Communicate effectively in order to design, evaluate and respond to advances in technology, future trends and industry standards and utilise a range of verbal, graphical and written forms, customised for diverse audiences including specialist and non- specialist clients, colleagues and industry personnel.

    Digital literacy

    Utilise a range of digital technologies and information sources to discover, select, analyse, synthesise, evaluate, critique and disseminate both technical and professional information.

    Critical thinking

    Appraise complex information using critical and analytical thinking and judgement to identify problems, analyse user requirements and propose appropriate and innovative solutions.

    Problem solving

    Generate IT security solutions through the application of specialised theoretical constructs, expert skills and critical analysis to real-world, ill-defined problems to develop appropriate and innovative IT solutions.

    Self-management

    Take personal, professional and social responsibility within changing national and international professional IT contexts to develop autonomy as researchers and evaluate own performance for continuing professional development.  Work autonomously and responsibly to create solutions to new situations and actively apply knowledge of theoretical constructs and methodologies to make informed decisions.

    Teamwork

    Work independently and collaboratively towards achieving the outcomes of a group project, thereby demonstrating interpersonal skills including the ability to brainstorm, negotiate, resolve conflicts, manage difficult and awkward conversations, provide constructive feedback, and demonstrate the ability to function effectively in diverse professional, social and cultural contexts.

    Global citizenship

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

    Approved by Faculty Board 7 June 2018

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