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3 years (6 semesters of study)

Course code


Intakes (2024)
19 February, 29 April, 29 July, 30 September, 28 October

Gain in-demand skills to protect data and information systems from hackers, with a Bachelor of Cyber Security at Victoria University.

Our cyber-security degree opens many career possibilities. You will study information technology, preparing you for a career in software development or the networking industry. Then you will focus on specialised units in cyber security – gaining the expertise needed to apply for specialised roles.

Learn essential skills in cyber-threat detection and risk management, including:

  • cyber security technologies (such as digital signature, public key infrastructure, virtual private networks, firewalls, intrusion detection and data encryption)
  • ethical hacking and digital forensic data collection
  • vulnerability analysis and control
  • enterprise security
  • cyber security regulation, policies and laws
  • software development
  • network design.

You will graduate with an internationally recognised degree, giving you the opportunity to launch your career within or outside Australia.

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

  • cyber security specialist
  • cyber security consultant
  • cloud security engineer
  • network security engineer
  • mobile and web applications developer.


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

Learning outcomes

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

1. Integrate and apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge of cybersecurity with depth in selected areas of study from the following areas: network security, digital forensics, ethical hacking, cybersecurity professionals, enterprise network management, cloud security, data analytics for cybersecurity, ICT management for cybersecurity

2. Analyse and adapt the latest cybersecurity technologies with intellectual independence, self- learning capabilities and creativity to identify and solve real-world problems with sound decisions and judgement in a broad range of sectors including ICT, government, banking and finance, retail, education, health, media and manufacturing

3. Exhibit a range of technical, analytical, managerial, leadership and interpersonal skills; in depth understanding to the codes of ethics and conducts of cybersecurity professions

4. Exhibit a capacity to undertake IT design and development practice in an independent or collaborative environment with a strong industry focus; and the responsibility and accountability as a lifelong learner for their own learning and professional practice.

Course structure & units

To attain the Bachelor of Cyber Security, students will be required to complete 288 credit points (equivalent to 24 units), consisting of the following units.

View the  course structure for detailed information.

Year 1, Semester 1

Year 1, Semester 2

Year 2, Semester 1

Year 2, Semester 2

Year 3, Semester 1

Year 3, Semester 2

Entry requirements

English language requirements

You must provide evidence that you've completed an approved English language test and achieved results as described below:

  • IELTS (Academic Module): Overall score (no band less than) 6.0 (6.0)
  • TOEFL Internet: Overall score (section score no less than) 67 (Listening 12, Speaking 18, Reading 15, Writing 21)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score (no section score less than) 50-57 (50)
  • University of Cambridge - Advanced (CAE): Total score of 52
  • VU English - University Preparation UPU (Undergraduate): Achieved
  • English Language School in Sydney (ELSIS)- EAP 2 (advanced): B grade.

Recognition of prior English language studies

If you've completed a qualification where English was the primary language of instruction, you may be eligible for an English language exemption. Check our  Guide to English Language Requirements to find out if you qualify.

Academic requirements

Entry into the Bachelor of Information Technology requires you to have completed:

  • TAFE: Completion of a cognate (similar discipline) Australian Diploma or Advanced Diploma (or equivalent), will be granted advanced standing of a maximum 96 credit points (Diploma) or 144 credit points (Advanced Diploma).
  • Year 12: Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including Units 3 and 4: a study score of at least 25 in English (EAL) or at least 20 in any other English; and a study score of at least 20 in any Mathematics.
  • International: Completion of an Australian Senior Secondary Certificate (VCE or equivalent) including at least one of the following subjects: Mathematics
    Completion of an Australian Diploma or Advanced Diploma (or equivalent);
    IELTS (or equivalent): Overall score of six (with no band less than 6.0 in Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking).
  • Mature: Applicants with relevant work, education and/or community experience will be considered for admission to the course.

Your eligibility will be assessed when we receive your completed application.

Admission requirements in your country

Find out if you meet the minimum academic (international qualification) requirements to be eligible to apply for this course by reviewing the  academic entry requirements listed by country.

Applicants must be aged 18 or over to be eligible to apply for this course.

Credit for skills & past study

If you've completed one or more of the following courses at VU, you'll be guaranteed a place in this degree. In some cases you may receive credit for your previous study, reducing the time it takes to complete your course.

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.

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Please note that all tuition fees are subject to an annual increase each year of your study, effective at the start of each calendar year. This increase will be reflected in invoicing issued to you. This annual increase in fees is covered as part of the agreed terms and conditions of your Letter of Offer.

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