Master of Cyber Security

Defend the digital domain

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.

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 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 #48 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, 2021

Entry Requirements

Please note: For programs including placements and/or study-related activities in settings where COVID-19 vaccination is mandatory, it is an inherent requirement that all students be fully vaccinated prior to undertaking the placement and/or study-related activity.
From 30 June 2023, in accordance with Australian government requirements, the University will be returning to face-to-face teaching for all students where it is safe and practical to do so. For students with circumstances where it would not be practical or safe to travel to Australia, exemptions may apply. Students are encouraged to regularly check Study in 2023 and International Student Covid-19 FAQ for information and updates.

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

SATAC Code 3CM247, 3CM214
Deferment Yes - 2 year
Intake January, May and September
Selection Criteria
Graduate entry

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

Fees and Scholarships

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Domestic applicants

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

Where the standard duration of the program is less than one year the full cost of the program is displayed.


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 satisfactorily complete a program of study consisting of the following requirements with a combined total of no less than 48 units comprising:

  • Four core courses to the value of 12 units
  • Up to five** elective set A courses to the value of 15 units
  • Three courses from either elective set A or set B to the value of 9 units
  • Two project courses from either the Research Pathway or Industry Pathway to the value of 12 units

*For further information, please contact one of our friendly program advisors.

**Unless exempted international students are required to take ENG 7057 Communication & 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 (12 units total)
Students must complete all of the following

Elective Set A (15 units total)

Option 1:
5 courses* (3 units each) plus 3 courses from Set B


Option 2:
3 courses* (3 units each) plus ENG 7111 Internship (6 units) plus 3 courses from Set B


Option 3:
8 courses* (3 units each) from Set A with no Set B electives

*Unless exempted international students are required to take ENG 7057 Communication & Critical Thinking in lieu of an elective.
Elective Set B (9 units total)
Students must choose 3 courses

Project (12 units total)

Option 1:
Research Pathway

Option 2:
Industry Pathway

Research pathway

Industry pathway

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Last updated: Tuesday, 4 Oct 2022