Master of Cyber Security (Professional)

Postgraduate coursework

Become a cyber security specialist with advanced knowledge of the detection, mitigation and management of cyber threats in our increasingly digital world.

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Key facts

Duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses

Current Deakin Students

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Course information

The Master of Cyber Security (Professional) is designed to extend the specialised cyber security skills obtained in the Master of Cyber Security by providing students with the opportunity to undertake a period of industry-based learning or a research project under the supervision of our internationally-recognised research staff.

The course is designed to prepare you for a variety of security roles within business, government and law enforcement by combining technical studies in system security, digital forensics and analytics with organisational security, governance and policy.  A serious challenge facing our 21st century digital life is how to deal with the dramatic increase in the number and severity cyber attacks which cause great loss and sufferings to society, governments, companies and individual’s prosperity and reputations. The issue of dealing with cyber attacks is integral to a wide variety of organisations, across all levels of society in the context of technology, law and ethics. Having professionals with cyber security skills is crucial for the ongoing success of our digital future.

The course is ideally suited to those who have completed an undergraduate degree in a similar discipline, in the field of information technology or computing.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

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Course structure

To complete the Master of Cyber Security (Professional), students must attain 16 credit points over 2 years of full time study (or part time equivalent).   Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The course comprises a total of 16 credit points, which must include the following:

  • Completion of STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
  • Ten (10) core units
  • Two level 7 SIT course grouped elective units
  • plus a further 4 credit points from a specified list
Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

Core

  • Academic Integrity STP050 (0 credit points)
  • Value of Information MIS782
  • Security and Privacy Issues in Analytics SIT719
  • Communications Network Security SIT735
  • Advanced Digital Forensics SIT703
  • Advanced Topics in Digital Security SIT704
  • IT Security Management SIT763
  • Research and Development in Information Technology SIT740
  • Project Analysis and Design SIT764
  • Project Delivery SIT782
  • Computer Networks SIT716
  • Plus a further four credit points from the below list:

  • Major Thesis SIT790 (4 cp), or
  • Professional Practice SIT791 (4 cp)*, or
  • Minor Thesis SIT792 (2 cp), and 2 additional credit points of level 7 SIT elective units
  • * must have successfully completed STP710 Introduction to Work Placements (0 credit point unit)

    Electives

    Two additional level 7 SIT course grouped elective units.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Cyber Security (Professional)
    Year
    2018 course information
    Deakin code
    S735
    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:
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • 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

    Elective units may be selected that may include compulsory placement, study tours, work-based training or collaborative research training arrangements.

    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.

    Work experience

    You will have an opportunity to undertake a discipline-specific internship placement as part of your course. deakin.edu.au/sebe/wil.

    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
    • 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.

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place
    $26,280 for 1 yr full-time* - Full-fee paying place
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    Not applicable

    The available fee places for this course are detailed above.

    Tuition fees are determined by your enrolment:

    • If you are offered a full fee paying place, your tuition fees are calculated based on your course.
    • If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are calculated depending on the units you choose. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning.

    * One year full-time study load is typically represented by eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together 8 credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.

    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.

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    The estimated course fee is based on the tuition fee costs applicable to a domestic full time student commencing the course in Trimester 1 and studying full time for the duration of the course but:

    • does not include non-tuition costs that may apply, such as Student Services and Amenities Fees (SSAF);
    • does not take into account any scholarships or bursaries awarded to the student (including the 15% Deakin Alumni Postgraduate Course Fee Bursary);
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    • where fees are estimated for future years those fee will be subject to annual increases in accordance with increases in the cost of course delivery.

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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

    Graduate outcomes

    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.Assess the role of cyber security in the context of modern organisations and society in order to add value.

    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.  Evaluate the place and role of security systems, applications and processes in organisational and societal contexts for reliability, usefulness and the value they add to those contexts.

    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 27 July 2017

    Application information

    How to apply

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    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.

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

    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

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