Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security (Secure Software)

For domestic applicants, this qualification is also being offered online for Semester 2 2020 only as part of the Australian Government's Higher Education relief package. Visit the Course Seeker website for more information and apply via SATAC using the code 3GC107.

Design bespoke electronic ‘armour’

Governments and organisations everywhere are now acutely aware of the serious threat posed by cyber-attack. They’re demanding powerful digital tools to keep their critical systems safe. And this degree will equip you provide them.

Approaching cyber security from a technical, computer science perspective, you’ll learn the advanced secure-software development skills needed to build stronger systems.


What will you do?

Our Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security (Secure Software) will prepare you to conceive and create cutting-edge cyber security programs in any sphere.

The industry-driven content is delivered over six months full-time, with a flexible blend of online and intensive on-campus learning. You will gain:

  • a strong analytical framework to understand cyber security challenges and solutions from a computer-science perspective
  • high-level technical skills and the ability to apply them in real-world contexts through secure programming, networks and operating systems
  • an introductory grasp of cyber security policy and governance considerations—social, legal and commercial
  • the ability to critically analyse and evaluate relevant data and technology.


Where could it take you?

Opportunities are increasing all over the world. You could write programs that help secure patients’ health data. Keep companies safe from industrial espionage. Or ensure online voting systems are tamper-free. The certificate could also give you advanced standing in our cyber security grad dip or masters.

Entry Requirements

For our students who are studying offshore in 2021 and 2022, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely for most programs. This includes all lectures, tutorials and other support material. Students will be advised in advance if there are course components that cannot be provided in remote mode and, wherever possible, offered alternative courses. Please refer to the COVID-19 FAQ page for a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

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Domestic applicants

Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
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Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed Bachelor degree in Computer Science (or equivalent) with a GPA of 4.5.
How to Apply
Apply through SATAC:

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $15,500


These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.

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Potential careers

Cloud Architect , Computer Programmer, Computer Scientist, Cyber Defender, Information Analyst

Degree Structure

The Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security (Secure Software) is a 12 unit program, comprising: Core courses to the value of 3 units and elective courses to the value of 9 units.

Example Study Plan


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Last updated: Thursday, 12 Aug 2021