Master of Cyber Security

Defend the digital domain

Cyber security is an important component of every company. It spans all sectors and creates many job opportunities, especially in AI systems. Cybercrime costs the world tens of trillions annually, and organisations and governments all over the world are actively working to protect themselves. Companies are seeking cyber security experts with advanced technical skills and an understanding of the social, legal and business contexts of the digital world. The need is urgent. It spans all sectors. And your pathway is here.

What will you study during a Master of Cyber Security?

Our Master of Cyber Security will equip you to lead cutting-edge cyber security programs —for governments, law enforcement agencies, companies and NGOs alike. Elements of this program are driven by the Australian Institute of Machine Learning's cutting-edge research and extensive industry links, spanning diverse international sectors from health, medical technology, defence and security to environment and natural resources.

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
  • 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
  • the chance to gain invaluable real-world experience, through a major research or industry-based project as well as an optional industry internship.

You’ll also apply and expand your learning through a major research project, or industry-based practise.

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 a Master of Cyber Security take you?

You will build solutions for new challenges in the field of IT and data science/AI systems. You could develop strategies to secure health providers’ patient data. You could 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. You could develop frameworks to protect small to medium businesses.  Wherever your interests lie, your expertise will be in demand.

This degree is accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS) .

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  • Ranked #50 in the world for computer science and engineering^
  • Available to be studied either full-time, part-time or accelerated mode
  • Apply your skills through a major industry or research project

^ARWU, 2022

Entry Requirements

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Domestic applicants

SATAC Code 3CM274, 3CM247
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake January, May and September
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

Higher Education Study A completed Bachelor degree with a minimum GPA of 4.5.

  • Admissions Transparency Data
    Student Profile
    Applicant background Semester one/Full year intake 2022
    Number of students Percentage of all students
    International students 19 82.6%
    All students 23 100.0%

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Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

Indicative annual tuition fees
Australian Full-fee place: $37,000

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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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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 (ACS).

Potential careers

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

Degree Structure

The Master 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 can apply for advanced standing*.

To qualify for the Master of Cyber Security, students must complete a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of not less than 48 units, comprising:
  • Core Courses to the value of 12 units
  • A research or industry project to the value of 12 units
  • Electives to the value of 24 units
  • Unless exempted, international students are required to take ELEC ENG 7057 Communications & 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.

Academic Program Rules

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

Master of Cyber Security

Example Study Plan

Core courses
All of the following courses must be completed:

COMP SCI 7210 Foundations of Computer Science A
COMP SCI 7211 Foundations of Computer Science B
COMP SCI 7328 Concepts in Cyber Security

and courses to the value of 3 units from the following: MATHS 7027 Mathematical Foundations of Data Science
MATHS 7107 Data Taming
Research or Industry Project
All of the following courses must be completed:
Research pathway
COMP SCI 7101A Cyber Security Research Project Part A
COMP SCI 7101B Cyber Security Research Project Part B

Industry pathway
COMP SCI 7102A Cyber Security Industry Project Part A
COMP SCI 7102B Cyber Security Industry Project Part B

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Last updated: Wednesday, 26 Jul 2023