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Bachelor of Cyber Security (Honours)

Undergraduate degree

Develop the skills to protect computer systems, networks and programs through exploration of best practice management of cyber security challenges.


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4 years full-time or part-time equivalent


NP ATAR lowest selection rank ?

Student access and equity

65 Deakin guaranteed ATAR ?

Check if you are eligible and how to apply

4 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Course overview

Secure technology is not only pivotal to business, but to everyday life. As a result, cyber security professionals are in high demand around the world. Deakin’s Bachelor of Cyber Security (Honours) is a specialised four-year course equips you with the essential skills to investigate and protect computer systems, networks and programs through exploration of best practice in the identification, diagnosis, analysis and management of cyber security challenges.

You will assess cyber security systems in a working environment, and cover areas such as computer crime and digital forensics while gaining the skills to identify, diagnose and manage risk. You will undertake a professional placement, work in teams with an industry partner to tackle authentic business challenges as part of a capstone project, focus your studies by undertaking a minor in an area of your choosing, and complete an honours research project in your final year.

Ready to secure the digital future?

The Bachelor of Cyber Security (Honours) gives you ample opportunity to sharpen your skill set under the guidance and direction of our supportive teaching staff. You'll explore fundamental concepts across computer systems and discrete mathematics in your first year, before diving into more advanced topics in networking and communication, computer and network forensics, security analytics, secure coding and ethical hacking.

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Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 2 2024 close 30 June 2024

Current Deakin Students

To access your official course details for the year you started your degree, please visit the handbook

Course information

Award granted
Bachelor of Cyber Security (Honours)

2024 course information

VTAC code
1400511621 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400611621 - Online, Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
Deakin code
CRICOS code?
111443E Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition

The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 8

Course structure

To qualify for the award of Bachelor of Cyber Security (Honours) students must complete 32 credit points comprising:

  • DAI001 Academic Integrity Module (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • SIT010 Safety Induction Program (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • STP010 Career Tools for Employability (0-credit point compulsory unit)
  • thirteen (13) credit points of core units
  • three (3) credit points Cyber Security capstone units
  • four (4) credit points Cyber Security Research Training capstone units
  • and one of:
    • three minors (totalling 12 credit points) OR
    • two minors (totalling 8 credit points), and four open elective units (4 credit points) OR
    • one minor (totalling 4 credit points), and eight open elective units (8 credit points)
  • no more than ten (10) credit points at level 1
  • minimum of 14 credit points over levels 2 and 3
  • level 7 – minimum 4 credit points of postgraduate units.

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements.


Core units


Capstone units


Major/Minor and Elective units



Course Certifications

Students will also have the opportunity to complete industry certifications within the following core units as part of your cyber security degree for no additional cost:

  • Real World Practices for Cyber Security
  • Secure Coding
  • Computer Forensics and Investigations
  • Ethical Hacking
  • Certifications include:

    • Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
    • Certified Secure Programmer (ECSP)
    • Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI)
    • Cybersecurity Fundamentals (CSX)

    These industry certifications are recognised globally and prove your competence and proficiency in these highly skilled cyber security areas.


    Year 1 -Trimester 1

  • Introduction to Programming
  • Computer Systems
  • Real World Practices for Cyber Security
  • Discrete Mathematics
  • Academic Integrity Module (0 credit points)
  • Safety Induction Program (0 credit points)
  • Career Tools for Employability (0 credit points)
  • Year 1 - Trimester 2

  • Computer Networks and Communication
  • Object-Oriented Development
  • Plus one elective unit (one credit point)

    Plus one minor unit (one credit point)

    Year 2 - Trimester 1

  • Computer Forensics and Investigations
  • Cyber Security Analytics
  • Plus one elective unit (one credit point)

    Plus one minor unit (one credit point)

    Year 2 - Trimester 2

  • Secure Coding
  • Professional Practice in Information Technology #
  • Plus one elective unit (one credit point)

    Plus one minor unit (one credit point)

    Year 3 - Trimester 1

  • Malware Analysis
  • Network Forensics
  • Plus one minor unit (one credit point)

    Plus one (1) credit point from the following capstone options:

  • Team Project (A) - Project Management and Practices ^~ OR
  • One (1) SIT elective unit

    Year 3 - Trimester 2

  • Ethical Hacking
  • Plus one elective unit (one credit point)

    Plus two (2) credit points from the following capstone options:

  • Team Project (B) - Execution and Delivery ^ and
  • IT Placements and Industry Experience ^+
  • OR

  • Professional Practice (2 credit points) ^+

  • Year 4 - Trimester 1

  • Research Techniques and Applications (2 credit points) (Research Training capstone)^
  • Plus two (2) major or minor units (two (2) credit points)

    Year 4 - Trimester 2

    Plus two (2) electives or minor units (2 credit points)

    Plus two (2) credit points from the following Research Training capstone options:

  • Research Project (2 credit points)^
  • OR

  • Research Project (Advanced) (2 credit points)^*
  • ^ offered in trimester 1, trimester 2, trimester 3

    + Students must have completed STP010 Career Tools for Employability (0-credit point compulsory unit) and SIT223 Professional Practice in IT.

    ~ Note: Students are recommended to undertake SIT374 and SIT378 in consecutive trimesters. Students should seek advice from the unit chair if they are unable to complete SIT374 and SIT378 consecutively.

    ^ Offered in Trimester 1, trimester 2 and trimester 3

    # Corequisite of STP010 Career Tools for Employability (0-credit point compulsory unit)

    * Entry to SIT746 is subject to specific unit entry requirements.


    Select from a range of elective units offered across many courses. In some cases you may even be able to choose elective units from a completely different discipline area (subject to meeting unit requirements).

    Minor sequences

    Refer to the details of each minor sequence for availability.

    Intakes by location

    The availability of a course varies across locations and intakes. This means that a course offered in Trimester 1 may not be offered in the same location for Trimester 2 or 3. Check each intake for up-to-date information on when and where you can commence your studies.

    Trimester 1 - March

    • Start date: March
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Online

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Online

    Deakin splits the academic year into three terms, known as trimesters. Most students usually undertake two trimesters each year (March-June, July-November).

    Additional course information

    Student equipment purchases

    The learning experiences and assessment activities within this course require that students have access to a range of technologies beyond a desktop computer or laptop. Students will be required to purchase minor equipment, such as small single board computers, microcontrollers and sensors, which will be used within a range of units in this course. This equipment is also usable by the student beyond their studies. Equipment requirements and details of suppliers will be provided on a per-unit basis. The indicative cost of this equipment for this course is AUD$500.

    For information regarding hardware and software requirements, please refer to the School of Information Technology.

    S334 Bachelor of Cyber Security

    Course duration

    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.


    You can expect to participate in a range of teaching activities each week. This could include lectures, 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

    Placement can occur at any time, including during standard holiday breaks. Learn about key dates at Deakin.

    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. More information available at Disability support services.

    Work experience

    This course includes a compulsory work placement where you will be required to undertake a minimum of 100 hours in industry, providing professional work experience with an approved host organisation. Alternatively, high achieving students may have the opportunity to undertake an extended full-time paid industry-based learning placement (conditions apply, please refer to

    Elective units may also provide additional opportunities for Work Integrated Learning experiences.

    Entry requirements

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum academic and English language proficiency requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Academic requirements

    Current or recent secondary education

    If you're currently studying Year 12, or completed Year 12 in the last two years, you will need to meet all the following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    Year 12 prerequisite subjects

    • Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English EAL (English as an Additional Language) or at least 20 in English other than EAL


    • Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with an unadjusted ATAR of at least 50 or equivalent

    Higher education

    If you have undertaken higher education studies after secondary schooling, you will need to meet all the following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    • successful completion of at least two bachelor level or above units (AQF Level 7 or equivalent)

    Vocational education

    If you have undertaken any Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, you will need to meet at least one of following criteria to be considered for admission to this degree:

    • completion of a certificate IV or higher in a related discipline
    • completion of a diploma or higher in any discipline
    • at least 50% completion of a diploma or higher in a related discipline

    Work and life experience

    If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago, or did not finish Year 12, and have not undertaken any further study, you may be considered for admission to this degree based on your work, volunteer and/or life experience.

    Submit a personal statement outlining your motivation to study, previous education and employment history, and how this course can assist your career aspirations or progression. Think of it as a job application cover letter – it should be relevant and demonstrate your commitment and interest in this course or study area.

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    • Victorian Certificate of Education (VCE) English Units 3 and 4: Study score of 25 in English as an Additional Language (EAL) or 20 in any other English
    • IELTS overall score of 6.0 (with no band score less than 6.0) or equivalent
    • other evidence of English language proficiency (learn more about other ways to satisfy the requirements)

    Selection adjustments

    Subject adjustment

    A study score of 30 in any English, any Information Technology or any Mathematics equals 2 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 10 points.

    Access and equity

    Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enable Deakin to consider disadvantaged circumstances you may have experienced and the impact upon your studies. SEAS also allows us to identify if you’re from under-represented groups when making selection decisions for some courses. SEAS does not exempt you from meeting any of the course entry requirements. Learn more about Deakin’s special entry access schemes.

    Admissions information

    Learn more about Deakin courses and how we compare to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning. We're also committed to admissions transparency. Read about our first intake of 2024 students (PDF, 793KB) – their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

    Not sure if you can get into Deakin? Discover the different entry pathways we offer and study options available to you, no matter your ATAR or education history.

    Recognition of 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 Recognition of 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

    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    $7,822 for 1 yr full-time - Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
    Learn more about fees.

    The tuition fees you pay will depend on the units you choose to study as each unit has its own costs. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students undertaking the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the time it takes to complete your course and any approved Recognition of prior learning you have.  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 that course. Eight credit points is used as it represents a typical full-time enrolment load for a year.  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 on our Current students fees website.

    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

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    Entry pathways

    View pathways into the Bachelor of Cyber Security (Honours) with our pathways finder.

    Further study options

    A Bachelor of Cyber Security (Honours) may also provide you with the opportunity to  pursue a research pathway to Higher Degree by Research.

    Contact information

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    Career outcomes

    Skilled cyber security professionals are highly sought-after across the globe. As a graduate, you will have a highly specialised skill-set that enables you to effectively identify, diagnose and manage cyber security challenges. You may find employment as a security analyst; project manager; security systems developer, programmer or auditor; security consultant; or IT security engineer to name a few.

    By undertaking a focused research project in your final year of study, you will also acquire research skills and advanced technical expertise in your chosen topic, as well as the skills to become a creative, solutions-driven professional in the dynamic and ever-evolving field of cyber security. You will also be well positioned to pursue further study including a masters by research or PhD.

    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 a coherent and advanced knowledge of cyber security, with detailed knowledge of the computer networking, security analytics, secure coding and knowledge, skills, tools, and methodologies for professional practice and research.


    Communicate in a professional context to inform, motivate, and effect change, and to drive sustainable innovation, utilising a range of verbal, graphical and written methods, recognising the needs of diverse audiences.

    Digital literacy

    Utilise a range of digital technologies and information sources to discover, analyse, evaluate, select, process, and disseminate both technical and non-technical information in cyber security projects and research.

    Critical thinking

    Evaluate information and evidence, applying critical and analytical thinking and reasoning, technical skills, personal judgement and values, in decision processes.

    Problem solving

    Apply theoretical constructs and skills and critical analysis to real-world and ill-defined problems and develop robust cyber security solutions.


    Work independently to apply knowledge and skills to new situations in research and professional practice and/or further learning in the field of cyber security with adaptability, autonomy, responsibility, and personal accountability for actions as a practitioner and a learner.


    Contribute effectively as a skilled and knowledgeable individual to the processes and output of a work unit or team, with specific knowledge and skills associated with using professional and research practices associated with the information technology industry.

    Global citizenship

    Apply professional and ethical standards and accountability in research and in designing, deploying, and operating cyber security solutions.

    Approved by Faculty Board 28 July 2022

    ++Some courses have limited places, apply early to avoid missing out.