Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security (Secure Software)

Degree Type Graduate Certificate
Duration 6 months full-time
or part-time equiv.
SATAC Code 3GC107
CRICOS 099706C

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 those who are based in Adelaide, we will be offering a blended delivery mode that combines face-to-face with remote learning in as many courses as possible, taking into consideration social distancing and hygiene. All lectures will continue to be delivered online for the remainder of the year, with some exceptions.

    For our students who are studying offshore for the remainder of the 2020 Academic Year, the University will continue to offer high-quality access to the learning resources remotely. 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.

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
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    Domestic applicants

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    SATAC Code
    Deferment Yes - 2 year
    Intake February and July
    Enquiries Future Students team

    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:

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    CRICOS 099706C
    Intake February and July
    Selection Criteria
    English Language Requirements
    Australian Year 12 Successful completion of an Australian year 12 qualification with a minimum pass in an accepted English language subject
    English Tests accepted by the University of Adelaide
    IELTS Overall 6.5 Reading 6 Listening 6 Speaking 6 Writing 6
    TOEFL Overall 79 Reading 13 Listening 13 Speaking 18 Writing 21
    Pearson Overall 58 Reading 50 Listening 50 Speaking 50 Writing 50
    C1 Advanced Overall 176 Reading 169 Listening 169 Speaking 169 Writing 169
    Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements
    Academic Entry Requirements
    More Information
    Tertiary Qualifications
    • Bachelor of Computer Science (or an equivalent Information Technology degree with similar levels of programming to a Computer Science degree) and a GPA of 4.5; or
    • Relevant work experience, including programming experience, of at least 3 years in Computer Science or Cyber Security roles; or
    • Diploma or above in Networking and IT plus 2 years relevant work experience, including programming experience
    How to Apply
  • Fees and Scholarships

    Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
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    Domestic applicants

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    Tuition fees
    Australian Full-fee place: $16,750 for 12 units

    International applicants

    Not an international applicant?

    Tuition fees International student place: $22,500 for 12 units


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

    Find a Scholarship.

  • Careers

    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

  • Further Information

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Last updated: Tuesday, 8 Sep 2020