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.
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.
I am a:
|Deferment||Yes - 2 year|
|Intake||February and July|
|Enquiries||Future Students team|
|Higher Education Study||A completed Bachelor degree (or equivalent) with a minimum GPA of 4.5.|
|Intake||February and July|
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||
|Qualifications that meet minimum English requirements||A range of alternative qualifications may meet the University’s minimum English requirements|
Academic Entry RequirementsMore Information
|Tertiary Qualifications||36 unit extension pathway:
1. 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.
2. Relevant work experience, including programming experience, of at least 3 years in Computer Science or Cyber Security roles.
3. Diploma or above in Networking and IT plus 2 years relevant work experience, including programming experience.
48 unit conversion pathway:
1. Bachelor degree or equivalent and a GPA of 4.5.
2. Relevant work experience of at least 3 years in Computer Science or Cyber Security roles.
3. Diploma or above in Networking and IT plus 2 years relevant work experience.
Fees and Scholarships
Choose your applicant type to view the relevant fees and scholarships information for this program.
I am a:
|Indicative annual tuition fees (24 units)||International student place: $46,000|
These scholarships, as well as many others funded by industry and non-profit organisations, are available to potential and currently enrolled students.
The University of Adelaide Careers Service prepares, inspires and empowers students to achieve successful career transitions and connect with industry.
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
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
Specialisations are available in the following areas:
- Cyber Security Management
- Secure Software Development
Example Study Plan
|Core Course, choice of|
|Cyber Security Management specialisation courses|
|Secure Software specialisation course||
|Secure Software specialisation, choice of:|
OR (COMP SCI 7405 is to be taken in lieu of a 3 unit elective for Research 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.
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