Course location

0.5 years

Course code


August 2021

Course fee (2022)
A$13,085 per semester (4 units required for course completion)

Build on your prior grounding in information technology with skills and knowledge in the practice of cyber security. This course content covers the essential areas of cyber security, from proactive cyber threat detection and risk management to cyber law and regulations.

You'll learn from academic staff with a strong research record in cyber security, and industry experts with significant cyber security experience.

Guest lecturers with current experience in the cyber security industry will complement the academic staff and provide you with the latest developments in the field.

Specifically the content includes:

  • cyber security fundamentals
  • cyber security architecture
  • cyber security technologies such as digital signature, public key infrastructure, virtual private networks, firewalls, intrusion detection, data encryption
  • cloud security
  • enterprise security
  • cyber security regulation, policies and laws.

On successful completion of this course, you will be eligible to progress to the Graduate Diploma of Cyber Security, and Master of Applied Information Technology.


The Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security opens new career possibilities in cyber security, especially over the next few years with a global shortage of cyber security professionals*.

You'll be prepared as security professionals who have attained specialised expertise in cyber security, such as:

  • Cyber Security Specialist
  • Cyber Security Consultant
  • Cloud Security Engineer
  • Network Security Engineer.

Cybersecurity skills shortage putting public, private sectors at risk, experts say, ABC News, June 2017.

Learning outcomes

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

  1. Critically apply cyber security knowledge and skills to new and uncertain situations in professional practice, exhibiting a high level of personal autonomy and accountability
  2. Evaluate cyber security architecture and state-of-the-art technologies including firewalls, virtual private networks, public key infrastructure, digital signature and anti-malwares
  3. Apply commercial tools to secure computers and networks in enterprise and cloud systems to ensure privacy and prevent data loss

Course structure & units

To qualify for the award of Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security, a total of 48 credit points must be completed.

Units of Study

Entry requirements

English language requirements

You must provide evidence that you have completed an approved English language test, and achieved the result as described below:

  • IELTS (Academic Module): Overall score 6.5 (no band less than 6.0)
  • TOEFL Internet: Overall score 79 (section scores no less than: Listening 19, Speaking 19, Reading 18, Writing 22)
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE): Overall score 58-64 (no section score less than 50)
  • University of Cambridge - Advanced (CAE): Total score of 176 (no individual band less than 169)
  • VU English - University Preparation UPU (Undergraduate): Achieved
  • English Language School in Sydney (ELSIS)- EAP 2 (advanced): A 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.

Students who don't meet the English language requirements may choose to undertake an intensive English course at the English Language School in Sydney (ELSIS).

Academic requirements

Entry into the Graduate Certificate of Cyber Security requires you to have completed one of the following:

  • Bachelor/Honours degree:
    • completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or equivalent) in any discipline.

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 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.

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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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