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.

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International student information

Key facts


1 year part-time


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. Deakin’s new Graduate Certificate of Digital Transformation and Cyber Security is your opportunity to learn about the context and application of digital transformation and cyber security strategies across a diverse range of industries.

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.

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

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.

With a focus on real-world relevancy, you will be introduced to a range of strategies drawn straight from industry and you will be learning from leaders 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 skill set to help future-proof organisations.

Tailor the course to suit your employment and professional needs. Choose from application domains such as law, cyber crime, cyber security management and the increasingly challenging environment of supply chain management. Already working in industry? This course delves into the latest cyber security strategies and cybercrimes, 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

2024 course information

Deakin code
Postgraduate (Graduate Certificate and Graduate Diploma)
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, DAI001 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 units

    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:
      • Online

      *part-time study only in Trimester 1

    Trimester 2* - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Online

      *Full-time study only in Trimester 2

    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.

    Additional course information

    Course duration

    Course duration may be affected by delays in completing course requirements, such as accessing or completing work placements.


    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

    Selection is based on a holistic consideration of your academic merit, work experience, likelihood of success, availability of places, participation requirements, regulatory requirements, and individual circumstances. You will need to meet the minimum academic and English language proficiency requirements to be considered for selection, but this does not guarantee admission.

    Academic requirements

    To be considered for admission to this degree you will need to meet at least one of the following criteria:

    • completion of a bachelor degree or higher
    • at least two years’ relevant work experience (or part-time equivalent)

    English language proficiency requirements

    To meet the English language proficiency requirements of this course, you will need to demonstrate at least one of the following:

    Admissions information

    Learn more about Deakin courses and how we compare to other universities when it comes to the quality of our teaching and learning.

    Not sure if you can get into Deakin postgraduate study? Postgraduate study doesn’t have to be a balancing act; we provide flexible course entry and exit options based on your desired career outcomes and the time you are able to commit to your study.

    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

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    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.

    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.

    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.


    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.