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Master of Cyber Security

  • Masters (Coursework)

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.

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
Course Code
S734, 093941G
Intake Months
Jun, Oct

About this course

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.

Entry requirements

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

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

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 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.

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 Computing & Information Systems courses at Deakin University.
79.2%
Overall satisfaction
80.8%
Skill scale
65.2%
Teaching scale
88.8%
Employed full-time
$110k
Average salary