Master of Cyber Security (Professional)

COURSE (INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS)

Overview

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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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.

Duration

2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Campuses

Offered Cloud (online)

Cloud (online)

Trimester 1

  • Start date: March
  • Available at:
    • Cloud Campus

Trimester 2

  • Start date: July
  • Available at:
    • Cloud Campus

Key information

Award granted

Master of Cyber Security (Professional)

Year

2017 course information

Tuition fee rate

Available fee rates can be found at www.deakin.edu.au/fees

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

Deakin code

S735

CRICOS code

093940G

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.

Entry requirements

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. The minimum requirements are successful completion of a three-year undergraduate degree, or equivalent, from an approved university or other educational institution or successful completion of other equivalent qualifications gained by examination, or approved professional or industrial experience. International students must also meet the postgraduate English language requirements.

To be eligible for entry, applicants must have:

  • Bachelor degree in same discipline (including information technology or computing)

or

  • Graduate Certificate of Information Technology or equivalent.

Selection is based primarily on academic merit, as indicated by an applicant’s previous academic record.

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 Graduate Learning Outcomes

Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs)

1. Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities: appropriate to the level of study related to a discipline or profession.

  • 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.

2. Communication: using oral, written and interpersonal communication to inform, motivate and effect change.

  • 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.

3. Digital literacy: using technologies to find, use and disseminate information.

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

4. Critical thinking: evaluating information using critical and analytical thinking and judgment.

  • 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.

5. Problem solving: creating solutions to authentic (real world and ill-defined) problems.

  • 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.

6. Self-management: working and learning independently, and taking responsibility for personal actions.

  • 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.

7.  Teamwork: working and learning with others from different disciplines and backgrounds.

  • 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.

8. Global citizenship: engaging ethically and productively in the professional context and with diverse communities and cultures in a global context

  • 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 15 September 2016

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 ten (10) core units, two level 7 SIT course grouped elective units plus a further 4 credit points from a specified list.

Core

  • Information Security and Governance MIS731
  • 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 Management SIT764
  • Practical Project SIT782
  • 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.

    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

    PDF Application form - 306 KB

    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.

    Credit for Prior Learning

    Am I eligible to receive 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.

    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.

    Work experience

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

    Fee information

    Fees and charges vary depending on your course, your fee category and the year you started. To find out about the fees and charges that apply to you, visit www.deakin.edu.au/fees.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship could help you pay for your course fees, living costs and study materials. If you've got something special to offer Deakin - or maybe you just need a bit of extra support - we've got a scholarship opportunity for you. Search or browse through our scholarships

    Offered campuses

    Study online at Cloud Campus

    Students are able to study all or part of this course online. You can study anywhere, anytime through Deakin's Cloud Campus.

    Learn more about studying online and the Cloud Campus

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