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.

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

Duration

Depending on your professional experience and previous qualifications, your course will be:

  • 1 year full time (2 years part time) – 8 credits
  • 1.5  years full time (3 years part time) – 12 credits
  • 2 years full time (4 years part time) – 16 credits

Current Deakin Students

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

Course information

In an increasingly digital world, cyber-attacks are an everyday occurrence. As a result, cyber security professionals are in high demand around the world to protect organisations in all sectors from increasingly sophisticated cyber threats.  Deakin’s Master of Cyber Security equips you with the specialised skills to investigate and combat cyber crime and prepares 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 vital experience will prepare you to counter the number one criminal threat to modern-day society.

Ready to take on an expert security role within business, government or law enforcement?

Deakin’s Master of Cyber Security will give you the skills required to effectively and strategically respond to cyber security challenges from both a technical and organisational perspective. You will gain a solid understanding of cyber security concepts and industry practices as well as the techniques and tools available to prevent and mitigate cyber security threats.

You will learn about digital forensics, security and privacy issues in analytics, network security, and gain the technical skills required to investigate and combat cyber-crime and cyberterrorism.

Deakin regularly invests in its facilities, you will have access to current state-of-the-art software and hardware throughout the course, giving you vital hands-on experience that employers demand.

Graduates may pursue a career as a risk analyst, information security specialist, security system developer or programmer, cyber security consultant, security systems manager, cryptographer, security consultant, information security auditor, security manager; and with experience, take on roles such as chief security officer.

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Course structure

To complete the Master of Cyber Security, you will complete 8, 12 or 16 credit points, depending on your prior experience.

The course is structured in three parts:

  • Part A. Foundation Information Technology Studies (4 credit points),
  • Part B. Introductory Cyber Security Studies (4 credit points), and
  • Part C. Mastery Cyber Security Studies (8 credit points).

Depending upon prior qualifications and/or experience, you may receive credit for Parts A and B.

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

Core

Mandatory unit for all entry levels

  • Academic Integrity (0 credit points)
  • Part A: Foundation Information Technology Studies

  • Object-Oriented Development
  • Database and Information Retrieval
  • Software Requirements Analysis and Modelling
  • Web Technologies and Development
  • Part B: Introductory Cyber Security Studies

  • Value of Information
  • Analytics for Security and Privacy
  • Cyber Security Management
  • Computer Networks and Security
  • Part C: Mastery Cyber Security Studies

  • Communications Network Security
  • Advanced Digital Forensics
  • Advanced Topics in Digital Security
  • Research and Development in Information Technology
  • Team Project (A) - Project Management and Practices ~
  • Team Project (B) - Execution and Delivery ~
  • ~ Note: Students are expected to undertake SIT764 and SIT782 in consecutive trimesters. Students should seek advice from the unit chair if they are unable to complete SIT764 and SIT782 consecutively.

    Electives

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

    Key information

    Award granted
    Master of Cyber Security
    Year

    2021 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 Qualifications 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

    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

    Elective units may be selected that include compulsory placements, work-based training, community-based learning or collaborative research training arrangements.

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

    Entry requirements

    Entry information

    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

    Admission to study postgraduate coursework at Deakin is based on your professional experience and previous academic qualifications. Depending on your prior experience, your course will be:

    1 year full time (2 years part time) – 8 credit points

    Admission is based on:

    • Bachelor’s Honours (AQF8) degree in a related discipline
    • Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline, plus two years relevant work experience
    • Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in the same discipline
    • Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

    1.5 years full time (3 years part time) – 12 credit points

    Admissions is based on:

    • Bachelor’s degree in a related discipline
    • Bachelor’s degree in any discipline, plus two years relevant work experience
    • Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in a related discipline
    • Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent

    2 years full time (4 years part time) – 16 credit points

    Admissions is based on:

    • Bachelor’s degree or other qualification at a higher AQF level in any discipline
    • 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

    The 'Estimated tuition fee' is provided as a guide only based on a typical enrolment of students completing the first year of this course. 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 eight credit points of study. Each unit you enrol in has a credit point value. The 'Estimated tuition fee' is calculated by adding together eight 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 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 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 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. 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 How to apply webpage
    If you’re still having problems, please contact Deakin International for assistance.

    Entry pathways

    Pathways for students to enter the Master of Cyber Security are as follows:

    Pathway options will depend on your professional experience and previous qualifications.

     

    Alternative exits

    Why choose Deakin

    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.

    Professional recognition

    The Master of Cyber Security is professionally accredited with the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

    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 27 June 2019