Bachelor of Laws/Bachelor of Cyber Security

Undergraduate degree

Protect society from the growing threat of cybercrime by studying Australia's only combined laws and cyber security degree.

Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 7.0 (with no band score less than 6.5) or equivalent

Duration

5 years full-time or part-time equivalent

Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

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.

With over 6 million Australians being victim to cybercrime in 2017*, professionals with this unique dual skillset law are needed more than ever.

Cybercrime is at an all-time high and it's not just everyday consumers who are facing the threat. Government and businesses, 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.

What if you had the power to make a difference?

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

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Course structure

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:-

  • 15 credit points of core units
  • 1 credit point of SIT coded elective unit
  • 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.

 

16

Credit points from the Bachelor of Cyber Security

24

Credit points from the Bachelor of Laws

40

Total credit points

Units

To assist you in following the course rules:

Please see course entry for Bachelor of Cyber Security (S334) and Bachelor of Laws (M312).

Compulsory 0-credit point units

To be completed in the first trimester of study.

  • MAI010 Academic Integrity
  • SIT010 Safety Induction

Key information

Award granted
Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Cyber Security
Year

2021 course information

VTAC code
1400410653 - Waterfront (Geelong), International full-fee paying place
1400510653 - Burwood (Melbourne), International full-fee paying place
Deakin code
D397
CRICOS code?
0100550
Level
Undergraduate
Approval status
This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) recognition
The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 7.

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

Please note that students enrolled at Waterfront (Geelong) in this combined course will be required to undertake units of study at both Waurn Ponds (Geelong) and Waterfront (Geelong) campuses.

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

Units which contain work integrated learning, a community placement or interaction with the community may require a police check, working with children check or other check. These requirements will be detailed in unit guides upon enrolment.

Workload

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.

Participation requirements

Units in this course may have participation requirements that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

Entry requirements

Current or recent Year 12

If you are currently studying Year 12 in 2020 or completed Year 12 in 2018 or 2019 and have not attempted higher education or VET study since, your selection is based on the following.

Prerequisite subjects

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 25 in English other than EAL.

ATAR

This course uses the ATAR as part of its selection consideration

Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

Higher education experience

If you have undertaken at least one unit of higher education after secondary schooling, your selection is based on the following.

Education

This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 25 in English or equivalent.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

Applicants who wish to use a general aptitude test for consideration for entry must complete the STAT (Multiple Choice). Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

VET education experience

If you have undertaken at least one unit of Vocational Education and Training (VET) study after secondary school, your selection is based on the following.

Education

This course uses your secondary education and subsequent academic records as part of its selection considerations.

Senior secondary prerequisite subjects

Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 30 in English EAL (English as an additional language) or at least 25 in English other than EAL or equivalent.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

Applicants who wish to use a general aptitude test for consideration for entry must complete the STAT (Multiple Choice). Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

English language requirements

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

Work and life experience

If you finished Year 12 more than three years ago or did not finish Year 12, your selection is based on the following.

Education

This course uses your entire academic record as part of its selection considerations.

Senior secondary 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 or equivalent.

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. Please read about other ways of satisfying the English language proficiency requirement.

Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT)

Applicants who wish to use a general aptitude test for consideration for entry must complete the STAT (Multiple Choice). Learn more about the STAT Multiple Choice test.

English language requirements

All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements. For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library.

Selection is competitive and meeting the minimum entry requirements does not guarantee selection.  Our Admission Criteria and Selection Policy outlines the principles of selection.

Selection adjustments

Subject adjustment

A study score of 35 in English other than EAL, any History, Legal Studies, Australian Politics or Global Politics equals 3 aggregate points per study. A study score of 30 in English other than EAL, any History, any Information Technology, Legal Studies, Australian Politics or Global Politics equals 2 aggregate points per study. Overall maximum of 12 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 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 2020 students (PDF, 581.6KB) - their average ATARs, whether they had any previous higher education experience and more.

Recognition of prior learning

If you have completed previous studies which you believe may reduce the number of units you have to complete at Deakin, indicate in the appropriate section on your application that you wish to be considered for Recognition of Prior Learning. You will need to provide a certified copy of your previous course details so your credit can be determined. If you are eligible, your offer letter will then contain information about your Recognition of Prior Learning.
Your Recognition of Prior Learning is formally approved prior to your enrolment at Deakin during the Enrolment and Orientation Program. You must bring original documents relating to your previous study so that this approval can occur.

You can also refer to the Recognition of Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree.

Fees and scholarships

Fee information

Estimated tuition fee - full-fee paying place

The tuition fees you pay are calculated depending on the course you choose.

The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. The cost will vary depending on the units you choose, your study load, the length of 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 eight 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 international student 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

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How to apply

Apply through VTAC

Applications for study for Trimester 1 must be made through the Victorian Tertiary Admission Centre (VTAC). For more information refer to VTAC

Apply through Deakin

Applications can be made directly to the University through StudyLink Connect - Deakin University's International Student Application Service. For information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply web page. Please note that closing dates may vary for individual courses.

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

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.

Why choose Deakin

Career outcomes

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.

Professional recognition

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.