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Master of  Cyber Security

Program code: 5256
CRICOS code: 0100692


St Lucia


1.5 Years full-time


Semester 2 (27 Jul, 2020)

To get ahead in cyber security you need more than just technical skills. Our new degree will develop your broader strategic cyber security insight while deepening specialist skills and experience – preparing you to lead at a technological, organisational or policy level.

  • The new Master of Cyber Security aims to create specialists with a deep understanding of cyber security’s impact on every aspect of modern life, and to empower cyber security leaders for a resilient, more productive digital future.
  • Study specialised topics such as Cryptography, Cyber Criminology, Cyber Defence and Leadership to develop an understanding of the global cyber security landscape, informed by industry and government experts.
  • Gain integrated learning experience and advance your professional network by working with a cohort from diverse backgrounds in technology, business, mathematics, social science and law.
  • Undertake an industry or research-based capstone project to improve your workforce readiness. Get ready to look at the field from a different angle, ask bigger questions, and find new ways to tackle real and emerging cyber security threats.

With data breaches and cyber-attacks making victims of some of the world’s biggest companies on a weekly basis, the massive global shortfall of cyber security professionals is an increasing problem – and a growing opportunity – across the world.

  • Why study

    Gold standard around the world

    This new degree is aligned to the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s internationally-recognised Cyber Security Education framework — the current gold-star standard around the world for cyber security education and job alignment.

  • In the classroom

    An interdisciplinary approach

    This is the first program that genuinely addresses the interdisciplinary nature of the field while also meeting the need for deep technical specialisation in selected discipline areas.

  • Students

    An opportunity to build your network

    A common core, taken by all students, gives a global perspective on the cyber security sector and highlights how disciplines interact. This mirrors the reality of professional life for cyber security professionals who don’t work in isolation of each other.

  • Professional experience

    Research and industry capstone projects

    Capstone projects allow students to tackle significant topics and improve workforce readiness. With the flexibility to undertake a research activity within the university or a research-based project as part of a work placement, diverse career pathways are opened.

Fields of study for this program

Fields of study for this program

There are 4 fields of study available in the Master of Cyber Security.

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Career outcomes

Cyber security jobs are fast becoming the highest-paying jobs in the IT sector. Graduates of the Master of Cyber Security can find employment in the following areas:

  • Cyber Defence: as a Vulnerability and Penetration Tester, Incident Responder, Intelligence Analyst or Security Analyst.
  • Leadership: as a CIO, CISO, Policy Advisor, Consultant, Cyber Security Trainer or Security Architect.
  • Cyber Criminology: as a Policy Advisor, Criminal Justice, Intelligence Analyst or in Law Enforcement.
  • Cryptography: as a Crypto-Analyst Crypto Software Developer or Cryptography Researcher.

  • Fast Facts

    An industry on the rise

    It’s estimated that Australia will need an additional 18,000 cyber security professionals by 2026.

  • Employability
    “There is a lack of professionals available that meet industry need for both depth and breadth of cyber security knowledge, problem solving and at least some devops skills. Experience and specific skills can be acquired on the job, however, job applicants with a solid knowledge of cyber security are naturally at an advantage.” Mike Holm,
    Operations Manager, AusCERT


Admissions criteria


an approved Bachelor Degree in a relevant area of study with a GPA of at least 5.0 on a 7 point scale; or
an approved Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma in a relevant area of study with a GPA of at least 5.0 on a 7 point scale.

A relevant area of study for a field in:
- Cyber Defence is a degree in Computer Science, Information Technology, Computer Engineering, Mechatronics, Electrical and Electronic Engineering or Mathematics.
- Cyber Criminology is a degree in Sociology, Criminology, Criminal Justice or Crime Science.
- Cryptography is a degree in Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science, Physics, Actuarial Science or Information Technology.
- Leadership is a degree in Commerce, Management, Business, Accounting, Information Technology, Computer Science, Leadership. In addition applicants must minimum of 5 years of supervisory/management experience. This may include, but is not limited to: managing a team of people, managing client accounts, the managerial components of any major projects, resource planning, direct responsibility for financial delegations.

English Proficiency

IELTS overall 6.5; reading 6; writing 6; speaking 6; listening 6. For other English Language Proficiency Tests and Scores approved for UQ

TOEFL IBT - Overall 87, listening 19, reading 19, writing 21 and speaking 19.

TOEFL PB - Overall 570, listening 54, reading 54, writing 59/5.

Pearsons - Overall Score of 64 and 60 in all sub bands.

BE - A minimum overall grade of 4 plus a minimum grade of C in all macro skills.

CES - Overall 176 and 169 in all sub bands.

OET is not accepted.

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Visa requirements

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Master of Cyber Security are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa.

The Australian Government has simplified the visa application process. Now, all international students apply for the Student Visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted. Find out more about the visa application process.

Learn more about entry requirements

Program structure


The courses offered in the Master of Cyber Security are set out in the course list. Each course is allocated a certain number of units (#).

Courses Program Rules

The Program Rules explain what is required to complete the Master of Cyber Security. These requirements include the total number of units you need to complete in order to graduate.

Program Rules

To have your degree conferred, you also need to comply with UQ’s policies and rules.

Early exit points

Depending on your choice of courses, it might be possible to withdraw from the Master of Cyber Security at an early exit point and graduate with one of the following awards:

Programs and Courses

If you're a current student who has already commenced study at UQ, refer to Programs and Courses in my.UQ for full information about your program structure, rules and requirements.

Fields of study

The following is a list of fields of study available in the Master of Cyber Security.

When you graduate, any fields of study you have finished will be listed on your degree certificate.


This field will empower you to play a lead role in the technical heart of cyber security - the security of data at rest and in transit, through modern and emerging cryptographic techniques. If you're keen to work in cutting-edge areas such as quantum algorithms and quantum computing, team up with world-leading agencies to tackle big cyber security challenges, or pursue security roles in the public and private sectors - this field will give you skills and confidence to make it happen.

Cyber Criminology

What motivates cyber criminals? The more we interrogate this question, the better we can manage and get ahead of cyber threats. In this field you'll look at the psychological, sociological and criminological considerations that impact upon the human component of cyber security, and learn how to overcome the threats they pose to systems, individuals, information and organisational integrity. Whether you're looking to upskill or re-stream into the cyber industry, you'll gain the skills and knowledge to make your mark in intelligence, law enforcement or security in either management, investigative or threat analysis roles.

Cyber Defence

In this field, you'll learn what it takes to protect systems, data, organisations and people against a variety of cyber-attacks. You'll delve into the fundamentals of cyber security, as well as advanced topics, including vulnerability assessment and penetration testing, internet of things security, cloud computing and artificial intelligence. Alongside the theory, you'll get real experience through coursework, research or industry-led project placements, or at the UQ Cyber Security Centre. Our team have research connections all around the world, and with such high demand from industry, they can set you up with opportunities to collaborate with leading minds.


In an industry like cyber security, rapid change is inevitable. And as we continue to find new ways to defend, adapt to and get ahead of threats, we need a new generation of leaders to develop and evolve resilient organisations. We take an inter-disciplinary approach, bringing together students from all kinds of backgrounds to meet the ever-complex challenges within the field. You'll develop a deep understanding of cyber security governance, risk management and how to apply effective leadership skills to engage with technical teams and lead organisations in designing and implementing safer digital environments.

You should refer to the Program Rules for more information. A full definition of "field of study" is available in the Policies and Procedures Library.

Financial aid

As an international student, you might be eligible for financial aid – either from your home country, or from the Australian Government.

Find out more about financial aid, including scholarships and financial aid programs.

Indicative annual fee

AUD $45,120
Indicative fee 2020

The "indicative annual fee" is the cost of enrolling in the Master of Cyber Security for the 2020 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load.

A standard full-time study load is 16 units per academic year.

If you enrol in a larger or smaller study load, your fees will be calculated on a proportionate basis.

All fees are reviewed annually.

Visit Tuition fees for more information.


International students are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and prizes. These may be offered by the University, the Australian Government, foreign governments, or private organisations.

Many scholarships have specific eligibility criteria and are very competitive. More information, including information about how to apply, is available on the Scholarships website.

Applying online

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All international student applications for the Master of Cyber Security can be lodged directly to UQ using our online application form or through an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Master of Cyber Security is 5256. You'll need this when applying.

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Important dates

There are a number of dates and deadlines you need to meet when applying for postgraduate study.

The closing date for the Master of Cyber Security is:

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.

A full list of dates relevant to UQ students is available on the Student Matters Calendar.

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