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Master of Networking and Security

Course summary for local students

Award granted Master of Networking and Security
CampusOffered at Burwood (Melbourne)
Cloud (online)No
Length1.5 years full-time or part-time equivalent
Next available intake

March (Trimester 1)

Indicative annual fee 2015$23,200 - Full-fee paying place
LevelHigher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
Faculty contacts
CRICOS course code073320B
Deakin course code S781

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.

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Fees and charges

Equivalent Full Time Student Load (EFTSL)
EFTSL is the standard annual full time load. Eight credit points is the standard full time load for one year of study.

This is a fee-paying course.  Domestic students may be eligible for FEE-HELP assistance in paying these tuition fees.  For more information about FEE-HELP go to http://www.deakin.edu.au/future-students/fees/

Fee paying place - Domestic (DFP)
A fee paying place is one for which the university does not receive any government funding. As such, students enrolled in these places are required to contribute the full cost of their course.
Fee paying places are available to domestic students. Domestic students are those who are Australian citizens, New Zealand citizens or holders of a permanent visa.

* The 'indicative annual course fee' cited has been 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 a full-time quota of units within the specified discipline.
The actual fees charged by Deakin University will depend upon the discipline from which each individual unit is chosen, and may vary from the indicative course fee cited, particularly if units are chosen from a number of disciplines. The cost of each unit offered in 2015 can be viewed from the Unit Search.
Please note that the fees per unit/credit point may increase annually due to rises in the cost of course delivery and service.
Deakin assumes no responsibility for persons relying on 'indicative course fees' to calculate the total future cost of their course.

Career opportunities

Potential career opportunities include positions in network architecture, network management, network operations engineering, security analysis, information security management and IT security/risk consulting.

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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

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    Course structure

    Year 1


    Trimester 1

    SIT701 Enterprise Network Construction  

    SIT764 Project Management  

    SIT737 Service Oriented Architectures and Technologies  

    SIT704 Advanced Topics in Digital Security  


    Trimester 2

    SIT703 Advanced Digital Forensics  

    SIT784 Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing  *

    SIT735 Communications Network Security  

    plus one IT general elective unit


    Year 2

    Trimester 1

    SIT751 Java Network Programming  ^

    SIT782 Practical Project  

    MLC771 Law for Managers  


    plus one IT general elective unit


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

    ^ not available as of 2015

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    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.

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    Entry requirements - general

    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.

    For more information on the Deakin Admissions Policy visit The Guide.

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    Entry requirements - specific

    To satisfy the general entrance requirements for admission to the Master of Networking and Security a student must hold an approved three-year undergraduate degree in an information technology or related field.


    Applicants with a non-computing degree with five years of relevant work experience in IT security, networking or a related field will also be considered.

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    Credit for prior learning - general

    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.

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    How to apply

    Applications must be made directly to the University through the Applicant Portal.  Details of available courses and application closing dates can be found on the Apply webpage. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

    Your course may require further information in support of your application. Please refer to the faculty information website for further details.

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    Alternate exits

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

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