Undergraduate Certificate in Cyber Security

PLEASE NOTE: THIS PROGRAM IS NO LONGER AVAILABLE

Digitally secure your future

Preventing and reducing security threats in the cyber realm is no longer a niche profession. It’s now one of the most important, and in-demand fields in the global workforce, with huge employment opportunities at all levels of government and industry.

Our new Undergraduate Certificate in Cyber Security provides a valuable introduction to this vital and rewarding area—ideal for upskilling, strengthening your CV, or laying the foundations for a full, related bachelor degree.

What will you do?

Conducted over six months full-time or 12 months part-time, this flexible program is designed and taught by our world-class, research-active cyber security experts. Through a flexible combination of face-to-face and digital learning, you will:

  • gain fundamental skills and knowledge in cyber security and computer science, including computer architecture and programming
  • build skills in managing cyber security risks and threats at an organisational level
  • learn to critically seek and analyse data, materials and technology to understand and advise on issues relating to cyber security practice, governance and policy.

Where could it take you?

You could go on to a full bachelor degree in computer science or IT—whether to start your first career, or an exciting new one. You might draw on your enhanced capabilities to step up in an existing role. Perhaps the qualification will help you win a well-deserved promotion.

*Commonwealth Support for the Undergraduate Certificates is only available to domestic students in 2021 as part of the Australian Government's Job Ready Graduates package. On current advice, you must also complete the qualification by 31 December 2021. Students can look to continue further studies into a Bachelor degree with credit.

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.

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Admissions information

SATAC Code 319071
Deferment No
Intake March and July
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Selection Criteria
Recent Secondary Education A completed Australian Year 12 secondary schooling qualification (or overseas equivalent) (no minimum ATAR required).
Higher Education Study Completion of at least six months full time equivalent higher education study (the number of courses and units will vary depending on your prior institution however at the University of Adelaide, this equates to 4 courses / 12 units).

Completion of a recognised tertiary enabling program will also be considered.

Vocational Education and Training (VET) study You must have completed an AQF Certificate III or above from a Registered Training Organisation.
Work and life experience To be eligible to sit the Special Tertiary Admissions Test (STAT) as as pathway for entry, you must be 18 years or over before 1 February 2022.

Alternatively, completion of at least three years of full time equivalent employment with appropriate experience.

Other Entry Pathways
How to Apply
SATAC Code: 319071

Fees and Scholarships

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Indicative annual tuition fees
Commonwealth-supported place

More information on Student Contribution Amounts.

Scholarships

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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Degree Structure

The Undergraduate Certificate in Cyber Security is suitable for students from diverse backgrounds who wish to develop new skills in the growing area of cyber security. It provides a pathway, and advanced standing, to further learning in either the Bachelor of Computer Science or Bachelor of Information Technology. It is also a stand-alone qualification of broad applicability in today’s workplace.

In this program, students will undertake four core courses designed to provide skills and knowledge in computer science and cyber security.

The Undergraduate Certificate in Cyber Security has a standard full-time duration of 0.5 years.

Academic Program Rules

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

Example Study Plan

Part-time study plan - for students commencing in Semester 1, 2021
Please note:  Due to course availability, this program can only be completed part-time for students commencing in Semester 1.

Semester 1
Students must complete the following:
COMP SCI 1015 Introduction to Programming for Information Technology Specialists COMMGMT 2508 Business Data & Cyber Security
Semester 2
Students must complete the following:
COMP SCI 1013 Introduction to Computer Systems, Networks and Security TECH 1005 Cyber Security

Full-time study plan - for students commencing in Semester 2, 2021
Semester 2
Students must complete the following
COMP SCI 1013 Introduction to Computer Systems, Networks and Security TECH 1005 Cyber Security COMP SCI 1015 Introduction to Programming for Information Technology Specialists COMMGMT 2508 Business Data & Cyber Security

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

Assessment

Assessment can vary from course to course and can include a combination of assignments, individual projects, written tests and seminar presentations.

The University of Adelaide is committed to regular reviews of the courses and programs it offers to students. The University of Adelaide therefore reserves the right to discontinue or vary programs and courses without notice. Please read the important information contained in the disclaimer.

Last updated: Tuesday, 23 Nov 2021