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Graduate Certificate of Cyber Law

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The Graduate Certificate of Cyber Law prepares you for the evolving legal challenges of the digital world.

Key details

Degree Type
Graduate Certificate
Course Code
M575

About this course

The Graduate Certificate of Cyber Law prepares you for the evolving legal challenges of the digital world. Develop technical skills in both cyber technology law and IT, and use your dual expertise to protect and defend victims of cybercrime.

Want to take your legal career to the next level with a qualification that's sought-after across all organisations with a digital footprint?

As technology continues to change, adapt and transform, so too does the risk of cyber related threats. This emerging risk creates challenges for legal, IT, business and government. Deakin's Graduate Certificate of Cyber Law trains you to meet this challenge head on.

This course provides long-lasting career benefits to all types of graduates regardless of background. For example, law graduates looking to upskill in the technical aspects of cyber security. Or IT specialists wanting to understand the law and regulatory frameworks. Throughout the course you'll combine complementary skills in both disciplines and cover a broad range of areas that reflect the challenges faced by cyber lawyers on a daily basis. With guidance from teachers who are leaders in the field, you'll explore:

  • technology law
  • data security
  • privacy laws and rights
  • cloud computing
  • digital literacy
  • cyber security risks and decision-making
  • legal and ethical issues in security management.

Build practical experience developing contingency planning, risk assessments, risk management and compliance standards for real businesses, and apply data protection policies and procedures to relevant case studies.

Students will be able to leverage the extensive research, industry partnerships and state-of-the-art facilities of Deakin Law School and Deakin's Centre for Cyber Security Research and Innovation (CCSRI). With research in areas spanning international law, criminal justice, cyber analytics, artificial intelligence and information warfare, you'll have direct access to some of the most progressive cyber law content in the world.

Whether you're aspiring to shape policy at a government level, or aiming to use your knowledge of data security to be on the front line of combating cybercrime, the Graduate Certificate of Cyber Law provides you with the tools and experience you need to be a confident decision-maker and in-demand specialist.

Entry requirements

Minimum admission criteria:

  • Bachelor degree or higher OR
  • Two years 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

Career pathways

Cybercrime is at an all-time high. Government and businesses, big and small, are in need of professionals who can identify risks before they happen and provide legal protection for their digital operations.

Graduates of this course will have the legal acumen and technical IT knowledge to explore a variety of roles including:

  • cyber lawyer
  • cybersecurity consultant
  • cryptographer
  • business analyst
  • policy adviser
  • security analyst.

Course structure

To complete the Graduate Certificate of Cyber Law, students must attain a total of 4 credit points, consisting of 4 credit points of core units, completion of the compulsory 0-credit point module, MAI010 Academic Integrity Module.

From Trimester 2 2021

To complete the Graduate Certificate of Cyber Law, students must attain a total of 4 credit points, consisting of 3 credit points of core units, 1 credit point of elective units, 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.

Credit for prior study or work

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.

Graduate outcomes

Graduate satisfaction and employment outcomes for Law & Paralegal Studies courses at Deakin University.
80%
Overall satisfaction
92%
Skill scale
80%
Teaching scale