Graduate Certificate of Cyber Law

Postgraduate coursework

Be prepared for the evolving legal challenges of the digital world. Develop technical skills in cyber technology law and IT to protect victims of cybercrime.

Key facts

English language requirements

IELTS overall score of 6.5 (with no band score less than 6) or equivalent


1 trimester full time or part time equivalent


This course is only offered in Online mode

Current Deakin Students

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

Course overview

The Graduate Certificate of Cyber Law prepares you for the evolving legal challenges of the digital world. Develop technical skills in both cyber technology law and IT, and use your dual expertise to protect and defend victims of cybercrime.

Want to take your legal career to the next level with a qualification that’s sought-after across all organisations with a digital footprint?

As technology continues to change, adapt and transform, so too does the risk of cyber related threats. This emerging risk creates challenges for legal and IT industries, as well as business and government. Deakin’s Graduate Certificate of Cyber Law trains you to meet this challenge head on. 

This course provides long-lasting career benefits to all types of graduates regardless of background,  for example, law graduates looking to upskill in the technical aspects of cyber security, or IT specialists wanting to understand the law and regulatory frameworks. Throughout the course you’ll combine complementary skills in both disciplines and cover a broad range of areas that reflect the challenges faced by cyber lawyers on a daily basis. With guidance from teachers who are leaders in the field, you’ll explore:

  • technology law
  • data security
  • privacy laws and rights
  • cloud computing
  • digital literacy
  • cyber security risks and decision-making
  • legal and ethical issues in security management.

Build practical experience developing contingency planning, risk assessments, risk management and compliance standards for real businesses, and apply data protection policies and procedures to relevant case studies. 

Students will be able to leverage the extensive research, industry partnerships and state-of-the-art facilities of Deakin Law School and Deakin’s Centre for Cyber Security Research and Innovation (CCSRI). With research in areas spanning international law, criminal justice, cyber analytics, artificial intelligence and information warfare, you’ll have direct access to some of the most progressive cyber law content in the world.

Whether you’re aspiring to shape policy at a government level or aiming to use your knowledge of data security to be on the front line of combating cybercrime, the Graduate Certificate of Cyber Law provides you with the tools and experience you need to be a confident decision-maker and in-demand specialist.

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Course information

Award granted
Graduate Certificate of Cyber Law

2023 course information

Deakin code
Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
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 8.

Course structure

To complete the Graduate Certificate of Cyber Law, students must attain a total of 4 credit points, consisting of 3 credit points of core units, 1 credit point of elective units, completion of the compulsory 0-credit point module, MAI010 Academic Integrity Module.

Most units (think of units as 'subjects') are equal to 1 credit point.


Core units

  • Legal Method and Statutory Interpretation
  • Data Law, Privacy and Cybercrime
  • Cyber Security Management
  • Compulsory 0-credit point module

    To be completed in the first trimester of study:-

  • Academic Integrity Module
  • Elective units

    Plus 1 credit point elective unit from:

  • Analytics for Security and Privacy
  • Computer Networks and Security
  • 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:
      • Online

    INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS - International students should note that, due to visa regulations, this course can only be undertaken while living outside Australia.

    Additional course information

    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. Refer to the relevant unit guide.

    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.


    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.

    Work experience

    This course does not require students to complete compulsory work integrated learning units.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Minimum admission criteria:

    • Bachelor degree or higher OR
    • Two years relevant work experience OR
    • Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

    IELTS / English language requirements

    Please note that English language requirements exist for entry to this course and you will be required to meet the English language level requirement that is applicable in the year of your commencement of studies.

    It is the students’ responsibility to ensure that she/he has the required IELTS score to register with any external accredited courses. (more details)

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. To be eligible for admission to this program, applicants must meet the course requirements.

    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

    Online studies

    Deakin offers many courses which can be studied by distance education overseas.

    However, international students living in Australia on a student visa, in each compulsory trimester (that is, Trimesters 1 and 2), must enrol in at least one unit that is offered as a Campus located unit and can, in addition enrol in units offered online. International students may undertake a maximum of up to one third (or equivalent) of their study as online study. Please note enrolment in one face to face unit in compulsory study periods is only allowed if the student is completing their final unit of study and will not exceed maximum one third (or equivalent) online requirement.

    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 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing this course within the same year in which they started. 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.

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together four credit points of study. Four credit points is used as it represents a typical enrolment load for a Graduate Certificate.

    Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. 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 tuition fees.

    Scholarship options

    A Deakin scholarship might change your life. If you've got something special to offer Deakin – or you just need the financial help to get you here – we may have a scholarship opportunity for you.

    Search or browse through our scholarships

    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumnus commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.

    Learn more about the 10% Deakin alumni discount


    Career outcomes

    Cybercrime is at an all-time high. Government and businesses, big and small, are in need of professionals who can identify risks before they happen and provide legal protection for their digital operations.

    Graduates of this course will have the legal acumen and technical IT knowledge to explore a variety of roles including:

    • cyber lawyer
    • cybersecurity consultant
    • cryptographer
    • business analyst
    • policy adviser
    • security analyst.

    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.

    Graduate Learning Outcome Course Learning Outcome
    Discipline specific knowledge and capabilities

    Demonstrate an understanding of:

    • the Australian and international legal system as it applies to the regulation of data and cybercrime
    • IT security policy development and human security management
    • security issues associated with large data sets and the results obtained from analytics on such data
    Communication Communicate in both a legal and IT contexts appropriately and effectively to identify issues with, and propose solutions to, cyber security and law issues
    Digital literacy

    Use digitally-based technologies and data to find, use and disseminate information relevant to cyber security and related legal issues

    Critical thinking Exercise critical thinking, judgment and intellectual independence to evaluate, consolidate and synthesise knowledge relevant to cyber security and related legal policy and practice
    Problem solving

    Apply legal reasoning, critical analysis and theoretical constructs to generate and articulate responses to relevant to cyber security and law contexts


    Not explicitly addressed as a learning outcome in this award


    Not explicitly addressed as a learning outcome in this award

    Global citizenship

    Apply legal and IT skills to demonstrate an understanding of the global nature of data flows and the global nature of cyber crime