Master of Cyber Security

Postgraduate coursework

Build your capacity to investigate, mitigate and combat cybercrime for a rewarding and highly sought-after career as a cyber security professional.

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Key facts

Duration

1.5 - 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent depending on your entry point

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Course information

In an increasingly digital world, cyber-attacks are an everyday occurrence. Cyber security professionals are employed to protect organisations from these cyber threats and are in high demand globally. This course can prepare you for a successful career in cyber security anywhere in the world.

Throughout the Master of Cyber Security, you will learn how to detect, analyse and confront cyber security challenges. You will focus on a range of studies, and gain knowledge about system security and digital forensics, analytics, organisational security and human aspects of cyber security.

This course gives you the cyber security skills that are crucial to the success of our digital future. And, once you graduate, you’ll have the knowledge and talent to take on an expert security role within business, government or law enforcement. 

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Course structure

To complete the Master of Cyber Security, students must attain 16 credit points over 1.5 - 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent depending on your entry point.  Most students choose to study 4 units per trimester, and usually undertake two trimesters each year.

The course comprises a total of 16 credit points, which must include the following:

  • Completion of STP050 Academic Integrity (0-credit-point compulsory unit)
  • Fourteen (14) core units (*which includes 4 foundation units - SIT771, SIT772, SIT773, SIT774)
  • Two (2) level 7 SIT elective units

*Students entering the degree with a related academic or professional background may be eligible for credit transfer and recognition for up to 4 of the foundation units, reducing the full time duration from 2 years to 1.5 years.

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

Core

  • Academic Integrity STP050 (0 credit points)
  • Object-Oriented Development SIT771 ^
  • Database and Information Retrieval SIT772 ^
  • Software Requirements Analysis and Modelling SIT773 ^
  • Web Technologies and Development SIT774 ^
  • Value of Information MIS782
  • Security and Privacy Issues in Analytics SIT719
  • Communications Network Security SIT735
  • Advanced Digital Forensics SIT703
  • Advanced Topics in Digital Security SIT704
  • IT Security Management SIT763
  • Research and Development in Information Technology SIT740
  • Project Analysis and Design SIT764
  • Project Delivery SIT782
  • Computer Networks and Security SIT716
  • ^ SIT771, SIT772, SIT773, and SIT774 are foundations level units.  Students entering the course with a relevant Bachelor’s degree (or equivalent) may be eligible for credit for up to 4 of these units.

    Electives

    Plus two (2) level 7 SIT-coded elective units.

    Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Cyber Security
    Year
    2019 course information
    Deakin code
    S734
    CRICOS code?
    093941G
    Level
    Higher Degree Coursework (Masters and Doctorates)
    Approval status
    This course is approved by the University under the Higher Education Standards Framework.
    Australian Quality Framework (AQF) recognition
    The award conferred upon completion is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

    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:
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
      • Cloud Campus

    Trimester 2 - July

    • Start date: July
    • Available at:
      • Waurn Ponds (Geelong)
      • Cloud Campus

    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 Cloud Campus.

    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.

    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

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    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    Deakin University offers admission to postgraduate courses through a number of Admission categories. In all categories of admission, selection is based primarily on academic merit as indicated by an applicant's previous academic record.

    All applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements.

    Entry will be based on performance in:

    • a Bachelor degree or other qualification at a higher AQF level in any discipline OR
    • other evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

    For more information on the Admission Criteria and Selection (Higher Education Courses) Policy visit the Deakin Policy Library

    Fees and scholarships

    Fee information

    Fee rate

    $3,400 each credit point in this course (Domestic located and Cloud Campus)
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    The cost of this course will vary depending on your study load, the length of your course and any approved Credit for Prior Learning you have.  The fee rate shown is the cost per credit point.

    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.

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    Postgraduate bursary

    If you’re a Deakin alumni commencing a postgraduate award course, you may be eligible to receive a 15% reduction per unit on your enrolment fees. Your spouse and members of your immediate family may also be eligible to apply for this bursary.

    Learn more about Deakin’s 15% postgraduate bursary

    Graduate outcomes

    Career outcomes

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

    • security analyst
    • project manager
    • security system manager
    • cryptographer
    • 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, evaluate, implement and manage cyber security solutions for complex systems, organisations, platforms communication channels, and data, based on industry-accepted standards and best practice.  Design, develop and implement advanced cyber systems and software, and associated policies and procedures for optimal use to withstand emerging attacks/threats in cyber space.

    Communication

    Communicate effectively in order to design, evaluate and respond to advances in technology, future trends and industry standards and utilise a range of verbal, graphical and written forms, customised for diverse audiences including specialist and non- specialist clients, colleagues and industry personnel.

    Digital literacy

    Utilise a range of digital technologies and information sources to discover, select, analyse, synthesise, evaluate, critique and disseminate both technical and professional information.

    Critical thinking

    Appraise complex information using critical and analytical thinking and judgement to identify problems, analyse user requirements and propose appropriate and innovative solutions.

    Problem solving

    Generate IT security solutions through the application of specialised theoretical constructs, expert skills and critical analysis to real-world, ill-defined problems to develop appropriate and innovative IT solutions.

    Self-management

    Take personal, professional and social responsibility within changing national and international professional IT contexts to develop autonomy as researchers and evaluate own performance for continuing professional development.  Work autonomously and responsibly to create solutions to new situations and actively apply knowledge of theoretical constructs and methodologies to make informed decisions.

    Teamwork

    Work independently and collaboratively towards achieving the outcomes of a group project, thereby demonstrating interpersonal skills including the ability to brainstorm, negotiate, resolve conflicts, manage difficult and awkward conversations, provide constructive feedback, and demonstrate the ability to function effectively in diverse professional, social and cultural contexts.

    Global citizenship

    Engage in professional and ethical behaviour in the design, development and management of IT systems, in the global context, in collaboration with diverse communities and cultures.

    Approved by Faculty Board 7 June 2018

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    Entry pathways

    If you have a bachelor’s degree or graduate certificate within the same discipline area, you might be eligible for 4 credit points (units), meaning you’ll only need to complete 12 credit points for this course.

    If you complete fewer than 16 credit points for this course, you could exit the course and still graduate with one of the following qualifications:

    If you have a Bachelor's degree within same discipline area, you may be eligible for credit for 4 credit points (units) which means you need to complete 12 credit points (units). If you have a Graduate Certificate within the same discipline, you may be eligible for credit for 4 credit points (units) which means you need to complete 12 credit points (units). If you have a Bachelor's degree within different discipline area, no block credit offered - 16 credit point course.

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    Credit for 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 Credit for Prior Learning System which outlines the credit that may be granted towards a Deakin University degree and how to apply for credit.

    Faculty contact information

    Faculty of Science, Engineering and Built Environment
    School of Information Technology
    +61 3 9244 6699
    sebe@deakin.edu.au

    www.deakin.edu.au/information-technology

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