Graduate Diploma in Cyber Security

Go beyond the firewall

With cybercrime networks constantly evolving, governments and organisations have a pressing need to stay a step ahead. There is high demand globally for cyber security experts to secure digital networks and protect our communities.

What will you do?

Our Graduate Diploma in Cyber Security will equip you to execute and manage cutting-edge cyber security programs in any sphere.

The industry-driven content is delivered over 12 months full-time, with a flexible blend of online and intensive on-campus learning. You will gain:

  • a broad, manager’s perspective on complex cyber security needs and issues
  • high-level technical skills and the ability to apply them in real-world contexts
  • a sound grasp of cyber security policy and governance considerations—social, legal and commercial
  • the ability to critically analyse and evaluate relevant data and technology.

You’ll also undertake specialist courses in both cyber security management and secure software.

 Where could it take you?

You could identify vulnerabilities in social welfare systems. Audit information security procedures for business advisory firms and their clients. Or customise state-of-the-art cyber security software for growing SMEs. The grad dip could also give you advanced standing in our Master of Cyber Security.

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

SATAC Code 3GD102
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
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Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed Bachelor degree or equivalent with a GPA of 4.5. Students without a Bachelor of Computer Science degree or equivalent will be required to complete foundation courses as electives.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3GD102

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $35,500


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

Computer Programmer, Computer Scientist, Cyber Defender, Data Analyst, Programmer, Information Analyst

Degree Structure

The Graduate Diploma in Cyber Security is a 24 unit program, comprising: Core courses to the value of 12 units and elective courses to the value of 12 units.

Example Study Plan


The Master of Software Engineering has given me an opportunity to work on innovative projects led by supervisors with rich experience in conducting research, who have given me guidance and insight which will benefit my future career path.

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Last updated: Saturday, 25 Sep 2021