Graduate Certificate of Cyber Law

Postgraduate coursework

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.

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Key facts


1 year part time

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 1 2021 close 21 February 2021

Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

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, IT, 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 structure

To complete the Graduate Certificate of Cyber Law, students must attain a total of 4 credit points, consisting of 4 credit points of core 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

  • Foundations of Law
  • Data Law, Policy and Cybercrime
  • Analytics for Security and Privacy
  • Cyber Security Management

  • Compulsory 0-credit point module

    To be completed in the first trimester of study:-

  • Academic Integrity Module
  • Key information

    Award granted
    Graduate Certificate of Cyber Law

    2021 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.

    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)
      • Cloud Campus

    This course is not available to international students studying onshore in 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

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate 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

    Minimum admission criteria:

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

    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 - full-fee paying place
    Estimated tuition fee - (CSP)?
    Not applicable

    The available fee places for this course are detailed above. Not all courses at Deakin have Commonwealth supported places available.

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

    One year full-time study load is typically represented by four credit points of study for Graduate Certificates. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together four credit points of a typical combination of units for your course.

    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.

    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 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your Immediate Family Members may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

    Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

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    How to apply

    Apply direct to Deakin

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Deakin Application Portal. 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.

    Need more information on how to apply?

    For more information on the application process and closing dates, see the How to apply webpage. If you're still having problems, please contact us for assistance.

    Contact information

    Faculty of Business and Law - student advisers
    Tel 03 9244 6555

    Why choose Deakin

    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, and 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 globa nature of data flows and the global nature of cybercrime



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