Master of Cyber Security

Defend the digital domain

Governments and organisations all over the world are actively seeking cyber security experts with advanced technical skills and an understanding of the social and legal contexts of the digital world. The need is urgent. It spans all sectors. And your pathway is here.

What will you do?

Our Master of Cyber Security will equip you to lead cutting-edge cyber security programs —for governments, law enforcement agencies, companies and NGOs alike.

The industry-driven content is delivered over 18-24 months full-time. There’s a flexible blend of online and intensive on-campus learning, with mentoring from world-class cyber security researchers.

You will gain:

  • a deep, interdisciplinary understanding of complex cyber security needs and considerations across multiple industries
  • highly advanced technical skills and the ability to apply them in real-world contexts
  • a sophisticated grasp of cyber security policy and governance considerations—social, legal and commercial
  • the ability to critically analyse and evaluate relevant data and technology
  • the refined interpersonal skills to effectively communicate issues and strategies to a range of stakeholders.

You’ll also take specialist courses in your chosen major—Cyber Security Management or Secure Software Development. And you’ll apply and expand your learning through a major research project, or industry-based practise.

Where could it take you?

To the discipline’s highest levels. You could develop strategies to secure health providers’ patient data. Or protect social media users’ personal details. Perhaps you’ll prevent cyber theft for global financial institutions. Or ensure undercover police officers’ identities aren’t compromised. Wherever your interests lie, your expertise will be in demand.

This program is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) – please see the Careers section below for more accreditation and careers information.

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.

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

SATAC Code 3CM214
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake February and July
Enquiries Future Students team

Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed Bachelor degree (or equivalent) with a minimum GPA of 4.5.
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 3CM214

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: $35,500


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.


Career Readiness

Graduates are well equipped to lead cyber security initiatives across industry as diverse as finance and banking, government, education, healthcare and online retail.

The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.

Professional Accreditation

The Master of Cyber Security is accredited by the Australian Computer Society.

Potential careers

Computer Forensics Specialist, Cyber Intelligence Expert, Encryption Specialist, Computational Scientist, Computer Programmer, Computer Scientist, Cyber Defender, Diagnostic Technician, Digital Strategist, IT Manager, IT Programmer, Information Analyst, Information Officer, Internet - Web Programmer

Degree Structure

The Master of Cyber Security can be studied as either a conversion program (suitable for students with a background in an area other than computer science) or an extension program (suitable for students who have previously completed a Bachelor of Computer Science or equivalent).

The Masters (conversion) program includes:

  • seven (24 units) core courses

  • two (6 units) electives

  • two (6 units) specialisation courses 

  • two (12 units) research project

Academic Program Rules

The Calendar is a comprehensive handbook of the University's academic program rules.

Areas of Specialisation

Students, through their elective choices, can pursue a specialisation within their Master of Cyber Security.

Specialisations are available in the following areas:
  • Cyber Security Management
  • Secure Software Development

Example Study Plan

Core Courses
Core Course, choice of
Cyber Security Management specialisation courses
  • COMMGMT 7024 Business Information Systems & Management (M)
  • COMMGMT 7026 Policies & Procedures in Organisational Cyber Security (M)
Secure Software specialisation course
Secure Software specialisation, choice of:
Research Pathway 

 (COMP SCI 7405 is to be taken in lieu of a 3 unit elective for Research Pathway)
  • CYBER 7101A Cyber Security Research Project Part A
  • CYBER 7101B Cyber Security Research Project Part B
  • COMP SCI 7405 Research Methods in Software Engineering and Computer Science
Practice Pathway
Students undertaking Research Pathway have a choice of 1 course (3 elective units)

Students undertaking Practice Pathway have a choice of 2 courses (6 elective units)

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


Research project, written assignments, practical work and/or examinations.


I chose to study a Masters in Petroleum Engineering at the University of Adelaide because the ASP (Australian School of Petroleum) is located on campus. The different programs content at the ASP are well balanced on important aspects like academia, government and industry and in my case, the coursework option was a better and more convenient choice, given that I already have work experience. On the other hand, there is significant research activity going on at the ASP, which attracts really high calibre teaching staff from Australia and overseas as well.

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Last updated: Saturday, 25 Sep 2021