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Bachelor of Computer Science / Master of Cyber Security

Overview

Master computer-based systems and find new and exciting ways to meet the cyber security challenges of the future as you gain 2 qualifications in just 4 years.

This vertical dual degree allows you to gain a bachelor’s and a master’s qualification in just 4 years, instead of 5. Get ready to launch into an exciting career with skills that are in high demand from some of the world’s biggest technology corporations.

The Bachelor of Computer Science will teach you how to create and analyse computer-based systems. You'll combine theory with hands-on experience and gain a deeper understanding of all aspects of computer technology. 

With a Master of Cyber Security, you will look at the field from a different angle, ask bigger questions, and find new ways to tackle real and emerging cyber security threats.

You’ll develop an understanding of the global cyber security landscape, informed by industry and government experts, to find better ways to defend, adapt and lead for a resilient, more productive digital world. 

Learn more about vertical dual degrees (PDF, 34.2 KB).

Location
St Lucia
Duration
4 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
QTAC Code
733411
Program Code
2481
AQF
Level 9
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$45120 (indicative per year)
Duration
4 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
QTAC Code
733411
Program Code
2481
CRICOS Code
103152E
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Save time and double your opportunities when you gain a bachelor's and master’s in 4 years with a UQ vertical dual degree.
  • Graduate with a combination of high-level technical skills and a global perspective on cyber security and information security fundamentals.
  • Benefit from a Commonwealth Supported Place throughout the program (Domestic students).
  • Flexible study options: exit early and graduate with a Bachelor of Computer Science.

1 in Queensland for computer science and information systems

QS World University Rankings 2020

76 in the world for engineering and technology

QS World University Rankings 2020

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

  • Cyber Criminology
  • Cyber Defence
  • Cyber Security
  • Data Science

How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Laboratory work
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

What you'll study

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Depending on which major you choose, here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Cyber security analyst
  • Cyber criminologist
  • Digital forensics specialist
  • IT auditor
  • Security architect
  • Policy adviser
  • Cyber insurance adviser and provider
  • Cryptographer

Mid-career salary

Cyber Secuity Analyst

$76K–$130K

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Graduate salary

Computing & information systems (postgraduate)

$69K–$91K

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Entry requirements

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C). Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C) is recommended. Students studying Specialist Mathematics will have increased flexibility in their studies.

Prerequisites

Queensland Year 12 (or equivalent) General English subject (Units 3 & 4, C); Mathematical Methods (Units 3 & 4, C). Specialist Mathematics (Units 3 & 4, C) is recommended. Students studying Specialist Mathematics will have increased flexibility in their studies.

English language requirements

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.

 

There are other ways to meet the English language requirements. For some programs, additional conditions apply.

Learn how to meet the English language requirements

Need help meeting the entry requirements?

We can help you meet the minimum entry score, subject prerequisites or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven't studied the prerequisites or need to improve your entry score, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the Bachelor of Computer Science / Master of Cyber Security are eligible to apply for an Australian student visa (subclass 500).

There are a number of requirements you must satisfy before a visa is granted, including the genuine temporary entrant (GTE) requirement.

Learn more about student visas

Majors

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Cyber Security

As computers become increasingly interconnected and support more services than ever, system security becomes more challenging and more crucial.

By studying cyber security, you'll learn the fundamental processes and practices to protect computing systems from attacks, damage or unauthorised access.

You'll study secure programming techniques and ethical hacking to safeguard individuals, businesses and governments against cybercrime — and you'll graduate with highly valued and employable skills.

Career paths can lead to roles such as cyber security analyst, cyber systems engineer or information security officer.

Join a growing industry

  • Cyber security specialist was the #2 emerging job of 2020 (LinkedIn 2020 Emerging Jobs Report)
  • By 2026, Australia will need 18,000 more cyber security workers
  • Australia’s external spending on cyber security products and services grew by 8 per cent in 2018 to $3.9 billion (Australian Cyber Security Growth Network).

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Data Science

Our world is creating more data than we can process, which presents enormous challenges associated with storage, management and analysis.

In the Data Science major, you'll learn comprehensive and fundamental techniques for end-to-end processing that transforms data into information. You'll develop the skills to become one of the new breed of data science professionals.

This major will prepare you for a career in government departments, consultancy or private sector organisations.

Join a growing industry

  • The rise of big data means data scientists are now some of the most in-demand professionals in the world
  • Data scientist was the #7 top emerging job of 2020 (LinkedIn 2020 Emerging Jobs Report).

View

Machine Learning

Machine learning is the study of algorithms that automatically improve with experience.

These algorithms allow computers do things like automatically identify and harness useful data to help decision making, find hidden insights without being explicitly programmed where to look, and predict outcomes to help authorities design effective policies.

You'll graduate with skills at the forefront of this massive growth area, as society looks for automated solutions to enhance business and our lives through the use of computing systems and data.

These skills can be applied in government departments, consultancy or private sector organisations.

Join a growing industry

  • Artificial intelligence specialist was the #1 emerging job of 2020 (LinkedIn 2020 Emerging Jobs Report)
  • AI could contribute up to $15.7 trillion to the global economy in 2030 (PwC research)
  • New AI technologies will require highly-skilled workers who can develop and maintain complex systems and applications.

View

Programming Languages

Programming languages are the building blocks of software.

Covering the different paradigms of programming, this major focuses on the design of computer languages that can be easily used to create programs.

You'll study the craft and science of programming, and graduate with the skills to enable the construction of effective programming languages and reliable software.

Career paths often lead to roles in government departments, consultancy or private sector organisations.

Opening doors beyond tech

  • Programmers write software that can be used to create websites, build computer networks, help doctors treat patients, or even drive a car
  • Half of all programming roles are in finance, manufacturing, health care, and other sectors outside of the technology industry
  • Coding skills can take you places — data analysts, scientists, engineers and designers all use coding.

View

Scientific Computing

Computers hold the key to fast and efficient analysis of complex scientific problems.

But computers are also digital systems, which require discrete inputs and outputs, while mathematical analysis often relies on continuous functions. Therefore, careful approximations are needed to allow computers to analyse complex mathematical functions.

You'll study algorithms for mathematical analysis and graduate with skills used in various scientific endeavours, including in hospitals and university medical research, as well as large pharmaceutical and petrochemical companies across the public and private sectors.

Join a growing industry

  • Help solve the complex scientific problems of the future using mathematical analysis
  • The digital technology sector is one of the fastest growing parts of Australia’s economy
  • Data engineer was the #8 emerging job of 2020 (LinkedIn 2020 Emerging Jobs Report).

View

Fields of study

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Cyber Criminology

Look at the psychological, sociological and criminological factors behind cyber crime.

What motivates cyber criminals? The more we interrogate this question, the better we can manage and get ahead of cyber threats.

In this field of study, you'll learn how to:

  • expertly review and evaluate cyber security information
  • collect, process, analyse, and present information to develop intelligence.

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.

View

Cyber Defence

Study advanced topics such as blockchain technologies, internet of things security, cloud computing and artificial intelligence.

Learn what it takes to protect systems, data, organisations and people against a variety of cyber-attacks.

In this field of study, you'll learn how to:

  • conceptualise, design, and build secure IT systems
  • identify, analyse, and prevent cyber threats to an organisation.

A number of our courses are taught by world-renowned AusCERT experts. And as many of our staff have research connections all around the world – from Singapore, Japan and Taiwan to NZ, Switzerland, Germany and the USA – we can set you up with opportunities to collaborate with leading minds.

View

Majors

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Cyber Security

As computers become increasingly interconnected and support more services than ever, system security becomes more challenging and more crucial.

By studying cyber security, you'll learn the fundamental processes and practices to protect computing systems from attacks, damage or unauthorised access.

You'll study secure programming techniques and ethical hacking to safeguard individuals, businesses and governments against cybercrime — and you'll graduate with highly valued and employable skills.

Career paths can lead to roles such as cyber security analyst, cyber systems engineer or information security officer.

Join a growing industry

  • Cyber security specialist was the #2 emerging job of 2020 (LinkedIn 2020 Emerging Jobs Report)
  • By 2026, Australia will need 18,000 more cyber security workers
  • Australia’s external spending on cyber security products and services grew by 8 per cent in 2018 to $3.9 billion (Australian Cyber Security Growth Network).

View

Data Science

Our world is creating more data than we can process, which presents enormous challenges associated with storage, management and analysis.

In the Data Science major, you'll learn comprehensive and fundamental techniques for end-to-end processing that transforms data into information. You'll develop the skills to become one of the new breed of data science professionals.

This major will prepare you for a career in government departments, consultancy or private sector organisations.

Join a growing industry

  • The rise of big data means data scientists are now some of the most in-demand professionals in the world
  • Data scientist was the #7 top emerging job of 2020 (LinkedIn 2020 Emerging Jobs Report).

View

Machine Learning

Machine learning is the study of algorithms that automatically improve with experience.

These algorithms allow computers do things like automatically identify and harness useful data to help decision making, find hidden insights without being explicitly programmed where to look, and predict outcomes to help authorities design effective policies.

You'll graduate with skills at the forefront of this massive growth area, as society looks for automated solutions to enhance business and our lives through the use of computing systems and data.

These skills can be applied in government departments, consultancy or private sector organisations.

Join a growing industry

  • Artificial intelligence specialist was the #1 emerging job of 2020 (LinkedIn 2020 Emerging Jobs Report)
  • AI could contribute up to $15.7 trillion to the global economy in 2030 (PwC research)
  • New AI technologies will require highly-skilled workers who can develop and maintain complex systems and applications.

View

Programming Languages

Programming languages are the building blocks of software.

Covering the different paradigms of programming, this major focuses on the design of computer languages that can be easily used to create programs.

You'll study the craft and science of programming, and graduate with the skills to enable the construction of effective programming languages and reliable software.

Career paths often lead to roles in government departments, consultancy or private sector organisations.

Opening doors beyond tech

  • Programmers write software that can be used to create websites, build computer networks, help doctors treat patients, or even drive a car
  • Half of all programming roles are in finance, manufacturing, health care, and other sectors outside of the technology industry
  • Coding skills can take you places — data analysts, scientists, engineers and designers all use coding.

View

Scientific Computing

Computers hold the key to fast and efficient analysis of complex scientific problems.

But computers are also digital systems, which require discrete inputs and outputs, while mathematical analysis often relies on continuous functions. Therefore, careful approximations are needed to allow computers to analyse complex mathematical functions.

You'll study algorithms for mathematical analysis and graduate with skills used in various scientific endeavours, including in hospitals and university medical research, as well as large pharmaceutical and petrochemical companies across the public and private sectors.

Join a growing industry

  • Help solve the complex scientific problems of the future using mathematical analysis
  • The digital technology sector is one of the fastest growing parts of Australia’s economy
  • Data engineer was the #8 emerging job of 2020 (LinkedIn 2020 Emerging Jobs Report).

View

Fields of study

Tailor your studies to suit your goals. This program offers these options:

Cyber Criminology

Look at the psychological, sociological and criminological factors behind cyber crime.

What motivates cyber criminals? The more we interrogate this question, the better we can manage and get ahead of cyber threats.

In this field of study, you'll learn how to:

  • expertly review and evaluate cyber security information
  • collect, process, analyse, and present information to develop intelligence.

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.

View

Cyber Defence

Study advanced topics such as blockchain technologies, internet of things security, cloud computing and artificial intelligence.

Learn what it takes to protect systems, data, organisations and people against a variety of cyber-attacks.

In this field of study, you'll learn how to:

  • conceptualise, design, and build secure IT systems
  • identify, analyse, and prevent cyber threats to an organisation.

A number of our courses are taught by world-renowned AusCERT experts. And as many of our staff have research connections all around the world – from Singapore, Japan and Taiwan to NZ, Switzerland, Germany and the USA – we can set you up with opportunities to collaborate with leading minds.

View

Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

AUD $45,120

Indicative annual fee 2021

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Computer Science / Master of Cyber Security for the 2021 academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (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.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

Indicative annual fee

AUD $6,613

Indicative annual fee 2021 Commonwealth supported place

This indicative annual fee is the approximate cost of enrolling in a Commonwealth supported place (CSP) in the Bachelor of Computer Science / Master of Cyber Security for one academic year. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units over two semesters).

Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses and their unit value. The Australian Government indexes fees each year.

Learn more about undergraduate fees

Government assistance

Financial aid

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

Learn more about financial aid

HECS-HELP

Domestic places in the Bachelor of Computer Science / Master of Cyber Security are Commonwealth Supported. This means the cost of your education is shared between you and the Australian Government.

Instead of tuition fees, Commonwealth Supported students pay what are called student contribution amounts.

HECS-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their student contribution amounts.

Learn more about HECS-HELP

Centrelink support

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Applying online

How you apply depends on what type of applicant you are.

Your senior schooling is from Australia or New Zealand

Submit your application to the Queensland Tertiary Admissions Centre if you are an international student who is currently:

  • completing Australian Year 12 (either in Australia or offshore) or
  • studying the International Baccalaureate in Australia.

The QTAC code for the Bachelor of Computer Science / Master of Cyber Security is 733411.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Apply now to QTAC

All other international applicants

Submit your application to UQ. If you prefer, you can use an approved UQ agent in your country.

The program code for the Bachelor of Computer Science / Master of Cyber Security is 2481.

Find out more about applying for undergraduate study

Apply now to UQ

Important dates

If you’re studying Year 12 in Australiago to the QTAC website to check the closing date for this program. 

If you’re applying to UQ, the closing date for this program is: 

  • To commence study in semester 2 - May 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 1 - November 30 of the previous year.

To learn more about UQ dates, including semester start dates, view the Academic Calendar

Important dates

Admissions schemes

Applying to university can be both exciting and daunting, which is why we’ve tried to make the process as simple as we can.

We have several schemes in place to improve your chances of getting a place at UQ.

Learn more about admission schemes

Pathway options

A rank or score doesn’t determine your potential.

If you're not offered a place in your first-choice program – or if you don't meet the entry requirements – you still have a number of options.

Learn more about pathway options

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

For support with applying - or if you have any questions about Uni - get in touch with our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Studies Unit.

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