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Graduate Certificate of Cyber Security

Postgraduate coursework

This course provides postgraduate insight into cyber security and the skills required to identify, analyse and manage cyber security challenges.

Key facts

English language requirements

Overall IELTS score of 6.5 with no band less than 6 (or equivalent). More information is available at www.ielts.org

Locations

Current Deakin Students

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

Course overview

In today's digital world – where technology is pivotal to business, government and daily life – cyber security threats are a major challenge across many industry sectors. And as cyber-attacks are becoming everyday occurrences, cyber security professionals are in increasing demand globally.

Through the Graduate Certificate of Cyber Security, you will learn how to identify, diagnose and manage the challenges of cyber security threats, and graduate ready for a successful cyber security career anywhere in the world.

Focusing on a range of key industry-relevant areas, you will develop knowledge and expertise about system security and digital forensics, analytics and organisational security.

This course gives you the cyber security skills that are crucial to the success of our digital future. You will graduate equipped with the knowledge and talent to take on an expert security role within business, government or law enforcement.

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Course information

Award granted
Graduate Certificate of Cyber Security
Year

2023 course information

Deakin code
S535
Level
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 Security, students must attain 4 credit points (one year part- time study), which must include the following:

  • Four (4) core units (4 credit points)
  • Completion of STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit point compulsory unit)

Students are required to meet the University's academic progress and conduct requirements. Click here for more information.

Core

  • Academic Integrity (0 credit points)
  • Identity, Access Management and Physical Security
  • Analytics for Security and Privacy
  • Cyber Security Management
  • 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

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Online

    Trimester 3 - November

    • Start date: November
    • Available at:
      • Online

      *This course can only be completed Part-time for T3.

    INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS – Please note that due to Australian Government regulations, student visas to enter Australia cannot be issued to students who enrol in Deakin’s Online.

    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

    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.

    Workload

    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

    Reasonable adjustments to participation and other course requirements will be made for students with a disability. Click here for more information.

    Try this course for free

    Interested in a free taster of this course?

    A two-week block of this course is available free on FutureLearn, an easy-to-use online learning platform. Try it out and discover just how flexible and rewarding online learning with Deakin can be. You’ve got nothing to lose!

    Choose from two free course trials on FutureLearn:

    • Cyber Security for Small and Medium Enterprises - find out more
    • Competitive Advantage: Using Information to Build Business Success - find out more

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    • Bachelor degree in a related discipline OR
    • Bachelor degree in any discipline AND two years relevant work experience OR
    • Graduate Certificate of Information Technology or equivalent OR
    • evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent.

    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

    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

    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

    Apply now

    Apply direct to Deakin

    For information on the application process and closing dates, see the International students applications page.

    Applications can be made directly to the University through the Application Portal, or by email. 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 International students applications page.
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Entry pathways

    After successfully completing your graduate certificate, you can continue your study by using the credit points you’ve earned to enter the:

    Careers

    Career outcomes

    Career options are varied so you could work anywhere in the world as a:

    • security analyst
    • project manager
    • security system manager
    • cryptographer
    • security consultant
    • security system developer or programmer information security auditor
    • business continuity or IT security engineer.

    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 specialised and essential knowledge of security needs for design and development of secure systems, processes, concepts, and technologies; to develop software systems, products and solutions that automate business processes at par with benchmarks and industry standards and based on evolving cyber security needs.

    Communication

    Communicate secure solutions as appropriate to the context to inform, motivate and effect change utilising a range of verbal, graphical and written methods, recognising the needs of diverse technical and non-technical audiences.

    Digital literacy

    Use digital media to locate, collect and evaluate information from technical sources and apply cyber security discipline knowledge to identify approaches and solutions that meet the requirements of real-world organisations in the context of the evolving cyber threat landscape.

    Critical thinking

    Use the frameworks of logical and analytical thinking to evaluate specialist computing assets, technical problems, and user requirements, and develop approaches to develop innovative solutions for real-world practice of cybersecurity.

    Problem solving

    Develop secure, research-informed solutions through investigation of technical and business problem domains; and execute projects to improve services and user experiences.

    Self-management

    Demonstrate ability to understand and apply ethical standards and work professionally and autonomously to identify processes for continuous improvement; manage projects whilst incorporating professional development needs.

    Approved by Faculty Board 23 September 2021