Graduate Certificate of Digital Transformation and Cyber Security

Postgraduate coursework

Stay ahead of the curve with the coveted skills and know-how to implement new technologies. This course will teach you how to effectively apply cyber security strategies through a digital transformation lens.

Key facts


1 year part-time

Key dates

Direct applications to Deakin for Trimester 2 2023 close 25 June 2023

Current Deakin Students

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

Course overview

Develop the skills and expertise to lead organisations through digital transformation via the latest cyber security strategies.

As society evolves, so does the way we use digital technologies. One major area of digital change is the implementation of cyber security strategies. Organisations are highly aware of the need to prioritise cyber security yet many don't carry the expertise to transform their digital systems.

With data breaches becoming more common and widely publicised, its predicted legislation will soon be in place to hold organisations more accountable. This means the demand for qualified experts with an understanding of both digital transformation and cyber security will continue to grow.

Deakin Business School's new Graduate Certificate of Digital Transformation and Cyber Security is your opportunity to upskill in order to understand the context and application of cyber security strategies across a diverse range of industries.

Are you ready to develop the skills and confidence to lead an organisation through digital transformation processes?

With a focus on real-world relevancy, you'll be introduced to a range of strategies drawn straight from industry. You'll be learning from leaders in the industry who sit at the forefront of digital change. The pairing of digital transformation and cyber security is unique to Deakin Business School, giving you a distinct skillset to help future-proof organisations.

Tailor the course to suit your employment and professional needs. Choose from application domains such as law, cyber crime, technical management and the increasingly challenging environment of supply chain management. Already working in industry? This course delves into the latest cyber security strategies, giving you the opportunity to upskill and improve your future career prospects.

Deakin Business School’s Graduate Certificate of Digital Transformation and Cyber Security prepares you to:

  • Lead digital transformation within an organisation.
  • Advise organisations on how to future-proof their business.
  • Apply digital transformation processes to ensure organisations keep their computing infrastructure, data, and information processes secure.
  • Plan, evaluate, implement, and manage digital transformation and cyber security strategies.
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Course information

Award granted
Graduate Certificate of Digital Transformation and Cyber Security

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 Digital Transformation and Cyber Security, students must attain 2 credit points of core units, 2 credit points of course elective units, plus 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


Course Elective unit


Total units

Core units

  • Managing Digital Transformation
  • Cyber Security Strategies
  • Compulsory 0-credit point module

    To be completed in the first trimester of study:-

  • Academic Integrity Module
  • Course Elective

    Select 2 credit points from the following:

  • Digital Transformation of Supply Chains
  • Ethics of Digital Transformation
  • Cyber Security Management
  • Legal Method and Statutory Interpretation
  • Data Law, Privacy and Cybercrime
  • 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:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Online

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Burwood (Melbourne)
      • Online

    This course is only available for part-time study.

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


    There is an expectation that the students will undertake at least 150 hours of learning and assessment activities per Deakin credit point.

    Work experience

    This course does not require students to undertake formal work integrated learning units.

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Minimum admission requirements:

    • Bachelor's degree or higher, OR
    • two years of relevant work experience, OR
    • evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

    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.

    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 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 10% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees.

    Learn more about the 10% Deakin alumni discount

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    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.

    Entry pathways


    Further study options

    This course acts as a pathway to any Deakin Business School Coursework Masters degree that has provision for a minimum of four credit points of electives or for a Faculty-wide specialisation to be taken as part of its structure.

    Contact information

    Our friendly advisers are available to speak to you one-on-one about your study options, support services and how we can help you further your career.


    Career outcomes

    As a graduate, you may find employment across a wide range of organisations as a:

    • Cyber Security Specialist
    • Cyber Security Lead
    • Cyber Security Manager
    • Lead Business Analyst
    • Digital Transformation Lead
    • Digital Transformation 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

    Develop digital transformation strategies that consider cybersecurity concerns and address existing business challenges.


    Communicate to organisational stakeholders how digital transformations can address business problems, inclusive of any cybersecurity concerns involved in implementation.

    Digital literacy

    Evaluate the impact of digital technologies and associated cybersecurity management issues on organisations.

    Critical thinking

    Critically evaluate digital transformation and cybersecurity issues faced by contemporary businesses and organisations.

    Problem solving

    Analyse digital transformation and cybersecurity management challenges in formulating and evaluating alternative solutions to inform organisations on future-proofing their businesses.


    Not explicitly addressed as a learning outcome in this award.

    Teamwork Not explicitly addressed as a learning outcome in this award.
    Global citizenship

    Not explicitly addressed as a learning outcome in this award.