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Master of Cyber Security (Professional)

  • Masters (Coursework)

The Master of Cyber Security (Professional) is designed to extend the specialised cyber security skills obtained in the Master of Cyber Security by providing students with the opportunity to undertake a period of industry-based learning or a research project under the supervision of our...

Key details

Degree Type
Masters (Coursework)
Course Code
S735, 093940G
Intake Months
Jun, Oct

About this course

The Master of Cyber Security (Professional) is designed to extend the specialised cyber security skills obtained in the Master of Cyber Security by providing students with the opportunity to undertake a period of industry-based learning or a research project under the supervision of our internationally-recognised research staff.

The course prepares you for a variety of security roles within business, government and law enforcement by combining technical studies in system security, digital forensics and analytics with organisational security, governance and policy skills.

In an increasingly digital world, a serious challenge facing governments and organisations is how to deal with the dramatic increase in the number and severity of cyber attacks which cause great loss to business, government and society. Having professionals with cyber security skills is crucial for the ongoing success of our digital future.

Want to combat cyber crime and cyber terrorism?

Deakin's Master of Cyber Security (Professional) will give you the skills required to effectively and strategically respond to cyber security challenges from both a technical and organisational perspective. Addressing cyber attacks is integral to a wide variety of organisations and government departments, in the context of technology, law and ethics.

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.

The course is ideally suited to those who have completed an undergraduate degree in a similar discipline, in the field of information technology or computing.

Entry requirements

  • Bachelor degree in related discipline, OR
  • Bachelor degree or higher in any discipline AND two years relevant work experience, OR
  • Graduate Certificate of Information Technology, 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

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

  • security analyst
  • project manager
  • security system manager
  • cryptographer
  • security consultant
  • security system developer or programmer information security auditor
  • business continuity or IT security engineer.

Course structure

To complete the Master of Cyber Security (Professional), students must attain 16 credit points over 2 years of full time study (or part time equivalent). 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)
  • Ten (10) core units
  • Two (2) level 7 SIT-coded elective units (2 credit points) (excluding SIT771, SIT772, SIT773 and SIT774)
  • plus a further 4 credit points from a specified list detailed below

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.

Recognition of Prior Learning may be granted to applicants based on prior studies and/or equivalent industry experience.

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