Duration: 
1 year
Location: 
Fees: 

2021: A$15,450*
* fee per semester

Application due dates:
We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Overview

Open new career possibilities in cyber security with the Graduate Diploma in Cyber Security at Victoria University.

This course will prepare you to be a security professional with specialised expertise in cyber security.

You will learn the essential areas of cyber security, from proactive cyber threat detection, risk management to cyber law and regulations. The course content includes:

  • cyber security fundamentals
  • cyber security architecture
  • cyber security technologies
  • cloud security
  • enterprise security
  • cyber security regulation, policies and laws.

Learn from experienced academic staff and guest lecturers with current experience and a strong track record in cyber security research.

VU degrees are internationally recognised and provide an opportunity for our graduates to find jobs within and outside Australia.

Following the overwhelming success of the revolutionary VU Block Model with undergraduate students, from 2021 we will start rolling out the Block Model to our postgraduate courses.

From 2021, this course will be delivered in eight-week mode, which means you study two units (subjects) at a time over eight weeks (or one unit at a time over eight weeks for part-time study), rather than juggling several units at once. And with its focused timetables and smaller, collaborative classes, VU’s Block Model gives you more time to connect with your peers, lecturers and industry partners, helping you to build strong professional networks.

The VU Block Model has improved our student results and engagement, and has won multiple international awards for innovation and excellence.

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A recent Government report estimated Australia would need another 11,000 cyber security specialists over the next decade. Read the full report here.

Careers in cyber security

Completion of this course will prepare you for variety of cyber security careers, such as:

  • cyber security specialist
  • cyber security consultant
  • cloud security engineer
  • network security engineer.

Salaries

Globally, cyber security is expected to have an annual growth of over 20% in the next five years and competitive salaries (Job Outlook).

Course structure

To successfully attain the Graduate Diploma in Cyber Security, students will be required to complete:

  • 96 credit points of Core Studies

Year 1, Semester 1

Year 1, Semester 2

On successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  1. Conceptually map the most recent developments in cyber security and justify the utility in various contexts;  
  2. Critically apply cyber security knowledge and skills to new and uncertain situations in professional practice, exhibiting a high level of personal autonomy and accountability;  
  3. Investigate and evaluate cyber security architecture and state-of-the-art technologies and transmit this knowledge to specialist and non-specialist audiences; and  
  4. Apply commercial tools to secure computers and networks in enterprise and cloud systems to ensure privacy and prevent data loss and develop corresponding security policies and regulations.  

What's a unit?

A unit or 'subject' is the actual class you'll attend in the process of completing a course.

Most courses have a mixture of compulsory 'core' units that you need to take and optional elective units that you can choose to take based on your area of interest, expertise or experience.

Credits

Each unit is worth a set amount of study credits based on the amount of time you study. Generally, 1 credit is equal to 1 hour of study per week.

Admission & pathways

Meeting the minimum admission requirements does not guarantee you entry into this course. Some courses receive more applications than the number of places available. In this situation we will also assess your education, work and other relevant experience.

If you do not meet the minimum requirements you may be eligible for one of our special admission programs. We also encourage you to explore our study pathways to help you reach your goal.

Find out more about how to apply for our courses, and our commitment to admissions transparency.

Entry requirements

Completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline
OR
Completion of an Australian Graduate Certificate (or equivalent) in a similar discipline
PLUS
IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score of 6.5 (with no band less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking)

Find out if you meet the entry requirements, including English language and academic requirements.

There are many ways you can start your education journey at VU. Pathways offer an easy transition between courses at different levels, so that you can start with a certificate and progress right through to postgraduate study.

Find out more about pathways and credits.

If you have completed study with another university or institution and believe you are eligible to receive credit for skills and past study, you can apply for advanced standing.

Applications for advanced standing can be made after a discussion with your course coordinator or academic adviser.

How to apply

We are currently accepting applications for this course.

Methods of applying:

International students can apply directly to Victoria University using our online application system, or apply through an education agent.

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Information and fees listed above are for non-resident students. Fees are accurate at the time of viewing and will be subject to annual increases. Some courses require students to purchase equipment or clothing that they will need in the course. These equipment or clothing costs are not included in the course fees listed above and we recommend that you confirm these costs with the relevant college.

VU takes care to ensure the accuracy of this course information, but reserves the right to change or withdraw courses offered at any time. Please check that course information is current with the Student Contact Centre.