Defence, Cyber and Space

There’s no greater reassurance for our community than knowing we’re well prepared to prevent or avert threats to our security. As the no.1 STEM university in South Australia we offer a range of degree programs that will put you on the fast-track to launch a career in defence, cyber security or Australia’s thriving space sector.

Explore careers and courses

Pave your way into a career in the defence industry. Search for career options and the University of Adelaide degrees that will get you there.


The University of Adelaide’s world-class academics work in partnership with defence and industry to develop innovative technologies that help give our Australian Defence Force a real edge.

From deep learning autonomous systems and pattern recognition, to optimising and automating complex systems. To sensing, recognising and predicting patterns. There are many jobs and careers needed to support Australia’s defence industry.


The Australian cyber security industry is rapidly growing. People with skills, knowledge and understanding of contemporary policing, intelligence, counter terrorism, programming and computer science are in high demand for cyber security jobs around the world.

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.

  • I am starting my career in cyber


    • Cryptanalyst 
      Develop algorithms, ciphers and security systems to encrypt sensitive information.

    • Cryptographer 
      Put into code ciphers, algorithms and security systems, and own responsibility for protecting those codes from cyber hackers.

    • Cyber security expert 
      Investigate, develop and deliver secure and robust systems and devices to protect information and privacy.


    • Electrical engineer - Cybersecurity 
      Cybersecurity is a high-growth industry. As more devices and systems are connecting to the Internet employers are increasingly seeking graduates who can develop secure and robust systems.


    • Security analyst 
      Detect and prevent cyber threats to an organisation. Looking for weaknesses in infrastructure and finding creative ways to protect your organisation.

    • Security engineer 
      A specialised engineering approach to cyber security, specifically in the design of security systems to counter potentially catastrophic issues.

    • Security software developer 
      Predict, prevent and protect cyber danger with security driven software.
  • I want to advance my career in cyber

    Lead cutting-edge cyber security programs for governments, law enforcement agencies, large companies and non-government organisations with industry informed postgraduate study from SA’s #1 university:


    At master’s level 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.



Space science is the essential foundation that enables us to understand and operate technology in the unforgiving environment of space.

By virtue of Australia’s position on our planet, space technology plays a central role in affordable solutions to some of our pressing national challenges. It also presents Australia with unique opportunities to overcome the tyranny of distance presented by our sparsely populated continent.

The University of Adelaide offer the no. 1 degree in South Australia for astronomical and space sciences research. Our Bachelor of Science (Space Science and Astrophysics) has a strong emphasis on physics to unravel the mysteries of space and discover the fundamental processes that define our universe.