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Protect society from the growing threat of cybercrime by studying Australia’s only combined laws and cyber security degree. Through Deakin’s Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Cyber Security, you can explore roles in both fields or use your dual expertise to become an in-demand cyber lawyer, capable of handling the complex issues of our evolving digital world.
Over 6 million Australians were victims of cybercrime in 2017.* What if you had the power to make a difference?
Cybercrime is at an all-time high and it’s not just everyday consumers who are facing the threat. Government and businesses, big and small, are in need of professionals who can expose risks before they happen and provide legal protection for their digital operations.
This degree puts you in a position to answer the call. Graduate with two degrees – in two years fewer than if you studied each degree separately – and develop advanced skills in cyber security that perfectly complement legal acumen.
You’ll study major areas of law including:
- legal practice and ethics
- constitutional, administrative, commercial and land law
- criminal procedure
- advanced legal problem-solving and persuasion.
As well as industry-relevant areas of cyber security such as:
- computer crime and digital forensics
- database and information management
- ethical hacking
- cyber security management.
The broad range of units on offer allows you to build a diverse set of skills, which opens the door to exciting career opportunities. For example, you could become an accomplished cyber lawyer, leaning on your deep understanding of privacy and criminal law to better protect the rights of your clients. Or, you could be on the front line of cybercrime, using your skills in system security to set up digital barriers between businesses and cyber threats.
Whichever path you choose, you’ll be well-served by the practical experience on offer throughout the course. Gain real-world legal experience at the renowned Deakin Law Clinic. The clinic is a teaching law firm that gives you the opportunity to access real clients under the supervision of qualified legal practitioners. Analyse complex legal problems and develop the drafting, communication and problem-solving skills required for a successful career in law. Better still, you’ll get hands-on with our specialised cyber security software that allows you to simulate and respond to real cyber attack scenarios. By practising your skills under pressure, you’ll feel confident when it’s time to perform in your job. You’ll also be able to leverage the extensive research, industry partnerships and state-of-the-art facilities of Deakin’s Centre for Cyber Security Research and Innovation (CCSRI). With research in areas from cyber analytics and artificial intelligence to organisational security and information warfare, you’ll have direct access to some of the most progressive cyber security content in the world.
Importantly, this course has the accreditations you need to take your career forward. Deakin’s Bachelor of Laws is a recognised pathway towards becoming a practising Australian lawyer. The Bachelor of Cyber Security is in the process of being professionally accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) as part of this double degree.
* Source: Norton Cyber Security Insights Report 2017 – Australia
To complete the Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Cyber Security, students must attain a total of 40 credit points consisting of 16 credit points from the Bachelor of Cyber Security and 24 credit points from the Bachelor of Laws. Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point. Course requirements for both the Bachelor of Cyber Security (S334) and the Bachelor of Laws (M312) must be satisfied plus completion of the compulsory 0-credit point units, MAI010 Academic Integrity and SIT010 Safety Induction Program. Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake 2 trimesters each year.
The 16 credit points from the Bachelor of Cyber Security include:-
- 16 credit points of core units
- SIT010 Safety Induction Program (0 credit point compulsory unit)
- Level 3 - at least 4 credit points of SIT-coded units
Students undertaking this combined degree are not required to undertake SIT306 IT Placement.
The 24 credit points from the Bachelor of Laws include:-
- 18 credit points of core units
- MAI010 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit to be completed in the first trimester of study)
- 6 credit points of law elective units, including 1 credit point of WIL/practical unit.
Credit points from the Bachelor of Cyber Security
Credit points from the Bachelor of Laws
Total credit points
2020 course information
1400410651 - Waterfront (Geelong), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400510651 - Burwood (Melbourne), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
1400610651 - Cloud (online), Commonwealth Supported Place (HECS)
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:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
- Waterfront (Geelong)
- Cloud Campus
Trimester 2 - July
- Start date: July
- Available at:
- Burwood (Melbourne)
- Waterfront (Geelong)
- Cloud Campus
Students and Applicants to Geelong Waterfront Campus
Travel between campuses will be required to complete this combined degree. The Bachelor of Laws degree will be taught at Waterfront campus and the Bachelor of Cyber Security degree will be taught at the Waurn Ponds Campus.
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
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
As a student in the Faculty of Business and Law, 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.
Deakin University offers admission to undergraduate courses through a number of Admission categories.
All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.
Please note that meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee selection, which is based on merit, likelihood of success and availability of places in the course.
For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library
Students must meet the requirements for entry to both the Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Cyber Security.
Entry for applicants with recent secondary education (previous three years) will be based on their performance in the Senior Secondary Certificate of Education with an ATAR of at least 50, and pre-requisite units 3 and 4; a study score of at least 35 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or 25 in English other than EAL.
Refer to the VTAC Guide for the latest pre-requisite information www.vtac.edu.au
Entry for applicants with previous Tertiary, VET, life or work experience will be based on:
- Successful completion of at least 4 credit points of study (equivalent to one trimester/semester of full-time study) at a bachelor level (AQF Level 7) or above, from an accredited higher education institution within the last ten years, and with a Weighted Average Mark (WAM), depending on campus, as follows:
- 70% Burwood campus
- 65% Geelong Waterfront campus
- 60% Cloud campus
- The Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) Multiple Choice – with achievement of a minimum percentile rank, depending on campus, as follows:
- 70% Burwood campus
- 65% Geelong Waterfront campus
- 60% Cloud campus
- Applicants with TAFE or equivalent level qualifications (diploma or associate degree studies) are required to sit the STAT.
- Applicants who have the required study and WAM may still sit the STAT to improve their eligibility for admission if they wish. Under these circumstances, the applicants’ WAM and the STAT result will each be given a 50% weighting.
Applicants with TAFE or equivalent level qualifications (diploma or associate degree studies) are required to sit the STAT.
*From 1 June 2017 Deakin University changed their admission test for Law from the Australian Law Schools Entrance Test (ALSET) to the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT - multiple choice version). Deakin no longer accepts ALSET test results for entry into Law courses.
For further details on STAT including booking and preparing for your STAT, please visit the VTAC website.
Learn more about this course and others that Deakin offers by visiting VTAC for more information. You can also discover how Deakin compares to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning by visiting the ComparED website.
Special entry access schemes (SEAS) enables Deakin to consider disadvantageous circumstances you may have experienced and their 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.
You can also find out about different entry pathways into Deakin courses if you can't get in straight from high school.
Finally, Deakin is committed to admissions transparency. As part of that commitment, you can learn more about our first intake of 2019 students (PDF, 746.6KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.
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
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.
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
How to apply
Applications through VTAC have now closed.
Applications can be made directly to the University through the Course and Scholarship Applicant Portal.
For more information on the application process and closing dates, visit the how to apply page.
Please complete the Register your interest form to receive further information about our direct application opportunities.
View pathways into the Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Cyber Security with our pathways finder.
Frequently asked questions
What are the key study start dates?
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How much does it cost to study at Deakin?
Your tuition fees will depend on the type of student you are, the course you study and the year you start. Fees are based on an annual amount; they don't cover the entire duration of the course.
Use our fee estimator to gauge what your fees could be per year.
Can I speak to someone in person about my study options?
Yes! We regularly host a range of events including 1:1 consultations and information sessions, to assist you with your study options and career planning. Check out our upcoming events or contact our Prospective Student Enquiry Centre on 1800 693 888 for more information.
Am I eligible for a scholarship with this course?
Scholarships are available for domestic and international students at all study levels. Find a scholarship that works for you.
Can I claim recognition of prior learning (RPL) for this course?
In some courses, you can reduce your overall study time and tuition cost by getting your work and previous study experience recognised as recognition of prior learning (RPL).
Why choose Deakin
Studying this combined degree means you’ll be well-placed to work in the field of law and cyber security, or in roles where both disciplines intersect. You’ll graduate with the diverse skills and practical experience required to thrive in roles including:
- business analyst
- business manager, company administrator or consultant
- corporate lawyer
- cyber security consultant
- national security adviser
- policy adviser for government departments or authorities such as the Attorney General's Department, the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Australian Securities and Investments Commission
- security analyst
- security systems manager or cryptographer.
Obtaining a law degree is your first step to entering the legal profession. Upon completion of your degree and the additional practical legal training, you’ll be qualified to work as a solicitor or barrister in all legal fields, including:
- commercial law
- criminal law
- family law
- personal injury law
- public international and human rights law
- refugee law.
The Bachelor of Laws is designed to satisfy the university component of the requirements to become an Australian lawyer set by the Victorian Legal Admissions Board (VLAB). In addition to completing an approved LLB degree, you’ll need to work for one year as a legal trainee or undertake a practical legal training (PLT) course.
The Bachelor of Cyber Security is professionally accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) – Australia’s leading professional association for the information and communication technology sector – as part of this double degree. As a member, students will receive international recognition for their skills, as well as professional development opportunities, networking and information resources.
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.
Please refer to the Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs) of each of the single degrees.
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