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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 (21 Feb, 2022), Semester 2 (25 Jul, 2022)
QTAC Code
733411
Program Code
2481
AQF
Level 9
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$46112 (2021 indicative per year)
Duration
4 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (21 Feb, 2022), Semester 2 (25 Jul, 2022)
Semester dates for 2023 are yet to be confirmed
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 2021

85 in the world for engineering and technology

QS World University Rankings 2021

Majors

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

  • Cryptography
  • Cyber Defence
  • Cyber Security
  • Data Science

How you'll learn

Due to the way they are taught, certain programs and plans are not offered online in Semester 1, 2022.

See the list of programs you can't commence online.

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

$72K–$128K

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Graduate salary

Computing & information systems (postgraduate)

$74K–$96K

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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.<p>Students without Specialist Mathematics (or equivalent) may be required to undertake preparatory courses beyond the 64 units for the program and may not be able to complete the program in the minimum time frame without overloading or undertaking summer study.

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.<p>Students without Specialist Mathematics (or equivalent) may be required to undertake preparatory courses beyond the 64 units for the program and may not be able to complete the program in the minimum time frame without overloading or undertaking summer study.

Entry score threshold

ATAR / RankIB
97.0039

These are the lowest adjusted scores we made an offer to in Semester 1, 2021. Entry scores are based on the most recent Semester 1 intake and are updated in April each year. Meeting the entry score threshold doesn't guarantee admission.

Guarantee your place at UQ: If you meet our guaranteed minimum ATAR (PDF, 165.47 KB) you could secure an offer for your preferred program.

Have an OP from the last 2 years? See QTAC's OP to ATAR conversions (PDF) for a rough guide to equivalent ATARs.

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

Additional application information

Please note that eligible students may receive Centrelink income support for those semesters of study in the BCompSc/MCyberSec in which they are enrolled in undergraduate courses. Typically students may be eligible for payments for the first 2 - 3 years of the dual degree program depending on unit enrolment. Students should contact Centrelink directly for further information.

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

Entry score range

This table shows the range of entry scores for recent secondary students offered a place in the B Computer Science/M Cyber Sec for Semester 1, 2021

Without adjustmentsWith adjustments
Highest98.7599.95
Median96.2599.95
Lowest95.4597.45

Who you'll study with

Here's a snapshot of our student intake for this program in Semester 1, 2021:

Applicant backgroundNumber of studentsPercentage of all students

(A) Higher education study

<5<5

(B) Vocational Education and Training (VET) study

00%

(C) Work and life experience

00%
(D) Recent secondary education
  • Admitted solely on the basis of ATAR
654.55%
  • Admitted where ATAR and additional criteria were considered
00%
  • Admitted on the basis of other criteria only and ATAR was not a factor
00%

International students

<5<5

Total

11100%

"<5" — The number of students is less than 5.
N/A — Students not accepted in this category.
N/P — Not published. The number is hidden to protect the privacy of students in other cells.

Majors

Majors

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

Fields of study

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

Majors

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

Fields of study

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

Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

AUD $46,112

Indicative annual fee 2022

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the Bachelor of Computer Science / Master of Cyber Security for the 2022 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

AUD $6,613

Indicative annual fee 2021 Commonwealth supported place

Fee information for 2022 is not yet available. Fee information displayed is for 2021.

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

If your senior schooling is from outside Australia, you can submit your application to UQ. Or, 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

If your senior schooling is from Australia

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

  • Australian Year 12 (in Australia or another country), or
  • 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

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.

Contact the ATSIS Unit

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