Defence, Cyber and Space

Located in the heart of Adelaide’s innovation and technology precinct and home to the world-leading Australian Institute for Machine Learning, we offer a range of degree programs that’ll put you on the fast-track to a career in defence, cyber security or Australia’s thriving space sector.

Artificial intelligence and machine learning now present the world’s single greatest commercial opportunity. Governments and organisations all over the world are actively seeking cyber security experts and data science is an emerging area of necessity for many fields—from space exploration, science and engineering to economics and digital humanities.

With the Australian Government’s commitment to invest $200 billion in Australia’s defence capabilities^—and with many defence organisations now headquartered in South Australia—Adelaide is the best place to study for a career in this strong growth field. Our degrees are taught by world-class researchers and enable you to hone your expertise further a chosen specialisation.

With multiple opportunities to gain practical experience through workplace projects and internships built into your degree, you’ll graduate in demand and well-equipped to manage and lead key projects in these rapidly growing sectors.

^ Budget 2017–18 – Defence Budget Overview, Australian Government Department of Defence.

  • #3 in the world for computer vision research and #25 for automation and control*
  • SA's only specialised aerospace engineering program
  • Jobs in STEM are growing twice as fast as other occupations**

*CS Rankings, 2020 & ARWU, 2021
**DESE, 2020

Astrophysics is awesome! I have wanted to do this since I was a kid, and the space science and astrophysics degree opened up many opportunities. I was able to work on IceCube for my PhD, make a trip to the South Pole , and now, get to continue this research at the University of California, Berkeley.
  • Five-star rating for teaching quality and student support^
  • Showcase your work and network with future employers at our Ingenuity expo
  • Partnered with industry both locally and internationally, degrees co-taught with industry

^Good Universities Guide, 2022


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