Master of Networking and Security

Course summary for current students

Award granted Master of Networking and Security
Campus
Cloud (online)No
Duration1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
CRICOS course code073320B
Deakin course codeS781

Note: Offered to continuing students only.

Continuing students should contact their course advisor for further information.

Further course structure information can be found in the handbook archive.

Course sub-headings

Course overview

The Master of Networking and Security is an interdisciplinary course that covers network computing, information systems, cryptography, ubiquitous computing, digital forensics and law.

This course will provide you with the advanced skills needed to successfully design, maintain and manage network infrastructure and applications; to effectively secure the infrastructure, information systems and assets; and to investigate any network and information security breaches through digital forensic techniques.

By undertaking postgraduate study in two related fields that are widely recognised as critical to the successful provision of IT infrastructure, you will be able to effectively support the achievement of strategic business goals.

Units in the course may include assessment hurdle requirements.

Alternative exits

Graduate Certificate of Information Technology (S578)
Graduate Diploma of Information Technology (S678)

Equipment requirements

Students must have access to a suitable computer and a network connection. Information about hardware and software requirements may be obtained from the School of Information Technology's website www.deakin.edu.au/sebe/it or by telephone 03 9244 6699.

Fees and charges

This section is for:

  • all Commonwealth Supported Place students, or
  • domestic fee-paying undergraduate students, or
  • all domestic and International students who commenced in 2015 or before.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the units you study. The cost of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search under the 'Unit based calculation'.

* The Commonwealth supported place (CSP) indicative annual course fee shown in the table below is provided as a guide only. It has been calculated on the basis of a typical enrolment of a student undertaking the course in 2015, and reflects the cost involved in undertaking full-time study within the specified discipline. The actual fees charged by Deakin University, will depend on the individual unit discipline and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines.


  This section is for:

  • all International students who commenced in 2016 or after, or
  • all postgraduate domestic student who commenced in 2016 or after.

Your course tuition fees are calculated based on the course you study. The following rates apply:

Commonwealth Supported Place (indicative)*Domestic Fee PayingInternational Fee Paying
Not applicableNot applicableNot applicable

The rates shown are based on eight credit points (which equals one Equivalent Full Time Study Load - EFTSL). If your study load for the year is less than or more than eight credit points, your fees will be adjusted accordingly. The credit point and EFTSL value of each unit can be viewed by looking up your units in the Handbook Unit Search. To calculate the fee for each unit, take the applicable course fee above, divide it by eight, then multiply it by the credit point of the unit you are studying.

Course rules

The course comprises 12 credit points which can be completed on a full-time basis over three trimesters or part-time equivalent.   

Students are required to successfully complete the following units:

  • one capstone unit (SIT735)
  • two project units (SIT764 and SIT782)
  • three networking units (SIT701, SIT784 and SIT751)
  • four security units (SIT703, SIT704, SIT737 and MLC771), and
  • two information technology electives

    Course structure

    Year 1

    Trimester 1

    SIT701Enterprise Network Construction

    SIT764Project Management

    SIT737Service Oriented Architectures and Technologies

    SIT704Advanced Topics in Digital Security

    Trimester 2

    SIT703Advanced Digital Forensics

    SIT784Unit description is currently unavailable *

    SIT735Communications Network Security

    plus one IT general elective unit

    Year 2

    Trimester 1

    SIT751Unit description is currently unavailable ^

    SIT782Practical Project

    MLC771Law for Managers

    plus one IT general elective unit

    * not available in 2015 (replace with SIT706 Cloud Computing Technologies)

    ^ not available as of 2015