Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security New

Defend the digital domain

Cyber attacks are a serious threat—for governments, law enforcement agencies, companies and NGOs alike. Digital system breaches can have disastrous, even life-threatening impacts and cybercrime costs the world trillions a year. As a result, cyber security skills are in high demand worldwide, with thousands of jobs added yearly in Australia.

What will you do?

You will gain:

  • critical foundations on complex cyber security needs and considerations across multiple industries
  • high-level technical skills and the ability to apply them in real-world contexts, including in your intended or existing domain
  • the ability to critically analyse and evaluate relevant data and technology
  • the necessary foundation of skills and understanding to embark on work or further study in cyber security

Supporting the certificate’s alignment with real-world workplace practice, all assessment will be project and assignment-based.

How will you study?

This program is able to be studied in either part-time, standard full-time or accelerated mode—enabling you to undertake your studies at a pace and level of commitment that suits you. For further information, see the Degree Structure section.

Where could it take you?

You could help secure border protection authorities’ surveillance plans. Keep large companies safe from industrial espionage. Or ensure online voting systems are tamper-free. For students without relevant experience or prior studies, the Graduate Certificate provides the perfect introduction to cyber security principles while also laying a strong foundation for further advanced study in the area.

Successful completion of the graduate certificate enables you to gain credit towards our Graduate Diploma and Master in Cyber Security.





  • Ranked #48 in the world for computer science and engineering^
  • Available to be studied either full-time, part-time or accelerated mode
  • Flexible learning with courses taught in intensive and blended mode

^ARWU, 2021

Entry Requirements

Please note: For programs including placements and/or study-related activities in settings where COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory, it is an inherent requirement that all students be fully vaccinated prior to undertaking the placement and/or study-related activity.
For our students who are studying offshore in 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 further information and a list of programs where in-person attendance is required.

Choose your applicant type to view the relevant admissions information for this program.
I am a:

Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3GC113
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake January, May, September
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed Bachelor's degree OR relevant work experience of at least 3 years in Computer Science/Cyber Security or cognate roles OR Diploma or above in Networking and IT plus 2 years relevant work experience in Computer Science/Cyber Security or cognate roles.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3GC113


Fees and Scholarships

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

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $17,750

Scholarships

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

Professional Accreditation

The Master of Cyber Security degree is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

Potential careers

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

Degree Structure

The Graduate Certificate of Cyber Security is ideal for those students who have a background/qualifications in another field and are looking to upskill in this exciting, high-demand area. The curriculum has been designed to include all of the necessary computer science foundations for students to succeed. Students with relevant qualifications or experience in computer science can apply for advanced standing*.

To qualify for the degree of Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security, students must satisfactorily complete a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of no less than 12 units comprising:

  • Two core courses to the value of 6 units

  • Two elective courses** to the value of 6 units

*For further information, please contact one of our friendly program advisors.

**Unless exempted international students are required to take ENG 7057 Communication & Critical Thinking in lieu of an elective.



Study mode
This program is able to be studied in either part-time, standard full-time or accelerated mode—enabling you to undertake your studies at a pace and level of commitment that suits you.

  • Accelerated mode – 12 units (4 courses) per trimester
  • Standard full-time mode – 24 units (8 courses) per year
  • Part-time mode – 3 or 6 units (1 or 2 courses) per trimester
You can even choose the study load that works best for you at different times of the year.

Whatever mode you choose, our interactive blend of online and face-to-face learning supports you in fitting your study around other commitments—without compromising on authentic and immersive learning experiences.

*International students please note: accelerated study modes are subject to visa conditions. Please contact one of our friendly program advisors for more information.

Example Study Plan

Core course (6 units total)
Students must complete all of the following

Electives (6 units total)
Students must choose two* of the following courses


*Unless exempted international students are required to take ENG 7057 Communication & Critical Thinking in lieu of an elective.


Study plans are available on the Faculty of Engineering, Computer and Mathematical Sciences website.

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Last updated: Monday, 17 Jan 2022