Course location

1 year

Course code


August 2021

Course fee (2022)
A$13,085 per semester

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.


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.


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

Learning outcomes

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

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.

Course structure & units

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

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 Diploma 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
    • completion of an Australian Graduate Certificate (or equivalent) in a cognate field (similar 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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