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Master of Cyber Security

Overview

Study our Master of Cyber Security and go beyond traditional thinking.

We bring together students from technology, business, mathematics, social science and law to offer an integrated learning experience, unique to UQ.

This is a new degree for a new kind of professional, aligned to the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s internationally-recognised Cyber Security Education framework, taught by leading academics and industry professionals, with a truly inter-disciplinary approach to the field.

You will 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. Wherever you’re positioned in your career, you’ll look at the field from a different angle, ask bigger questions, and find new and exciting ways to meet the security challenges of the future.

An inter-disciplinary approach

It’s estimated that Australia will need an additional 18,000 cyber security professionals by 2026, so in partnership with industry experts, UQ has developed the first program to genuinely address the interdisciplinary nature of this field, while meeting the need for deep technical specialisation in core areas.

Research or industry based capstone 

Research and industry capstone allows students to tackle a significant topic in their discipline of choice, improving their workforce readiness. With flexibility to undertake a research activity within the university or a research-based project as part of an optional work placement, diverse post-program career pathways are opened as industry or research-based professionals.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
1.5 Years (or part time equivalent)
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
Program Code
5256
AQF
Level 9
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$45120 (indicative per year)
Duration
1.5 Years
Start Semester
Semester 1 (22 Feb, 2021), Semester 2 (26 Jul, 2021)
Program Code
5256
CRICOS Code
0100692
AQF
Level 9

Program highlights

Program highlights

  • Study specialised topics such as cryptography, cyber criminology, cyber defence and leadership.
  • Gain integrated learning experience and advance your professional network.
  • Undertake an industry or research-based project to improve your workforce readiness.
  • Acquire a global perspective on cyber security and information security fundamentals.

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

Fields of study

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

  • Cryptography
  • Cyber Criminology
  • Cyber Defence
  • Leadership

How you'll learn

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

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Work placements
  • Laboratory work
  • Seminars

What you'll study

At UQ, degrees are called 'programs' and subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study in this program:

  • Fundamentals of Cyber Security
  • Information Security Essentials
  • Cyber Security Governance, Policy, Ethics and Law
  • Cyber Warfare, Global Security and Regulation

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Depending on which field you choose, here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Diplomat
  • Policy adviser
  • Cyber insurance adviser and provider
  • IT auditor
  • Cryptanalyst
  • Cryptographer
  • High tech crime unit police officer
  • Digital forensics specialist
  • Cyber security analyst
  • Cyber criminologist

Mid-career salary

Cyber Secuity Analyst

$76K–$130K

payscale.com

Mid-career salary

Cyber Security Engineer

$129–$197K

payscale.com

Next steps after graduation

  • The Australian Cyber Security Market is predicted to triple in size by 2026.
  • Cyber security specialist was the #2 emerging job of 2020. (LinkedIn 2020 Emerging Jobs Report)
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Entry requirements

Prerequisites

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, Mathematics or Software Engineering.
- 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.

Prerequisites

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, Mathematics or Software Engineering.
- 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 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 academic or English language requirements for your preferred program.

If you haven’t completed the prerequisites, we can help.

Learn about pathway options

Student visas

International students who are accepted into full-time study in the 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

Fields of study

Fields of study

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

Cryptography

Work in cutting-edge areas such as quantum algorithms and quantum computing.

Driven and taught by some of the brightest researchers in the industry, you’ll apply theory to real-world systems, as well as undertake internships or research projects with leading Australian companies and government agencies.

You'll learn how to:

  • Conceptualise, design, and build secure IT systems
  • Expertly review and evaluate cyber security information

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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.

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.

You'll learn how to:

  • Expertly review and evaluate cyber security information
  • Collect, process, analyse, and present information to develop intelligence

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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.

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.

You'll learn how to:

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

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Leadership

Discover why leadership is just as important as strategy.

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, the need for strong and innovative leadership is essential.

By studying the strengths and weakness of different leadership styles, you’ll gain a better understanding of how to implement projects, engage and inspire technical teams, and ultimately, create safer environments.

You'll learn how to:

  • Provide leadership and advocacy to conduct effective cyber security.
  • Investigate, review, and evaluate cyber events and cyber crimes.

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Fields of study

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

Cryptography

Work in cutting-edge areas such as quantum algorithms and quantum computing.

Driven and taught by some of the brightest researchers in the industry, you’ll apply theory to real-world systems, as well as undertake internships or research projects with leading Australian companies and government agencies.

You'll learn how to:

  • Conceptualise, design, and build secure IT systems
  • Expertly review and evaluate cyber security information

View

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.

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.

You'll learn how to:

  • Expertly review and evaluate cyber security information
  • Collect, process, analyse, and present information to develop intelligence

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.

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.

You'll learn how to:

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

View

Leadership

Discover why leadership is just as important as strategy.

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, the need for strong and innovative leadership is essential.

By studying the strengths and weakness of different leadership styles, you’ll gain a better understanding of how to implement projects, engage and inspire technical teams, and ultimately, create safer environments.

You'll learn how to:

  • Provide leadership and advocacy to conduct effective cyber security.
  • Investigate, review, and evaluate cyber events and cyber crimes.

View

Fees and Scholarships

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

Indicative annual fee

AUD $45,120

Indicative annual fee 2021

This indicative annual fee is the cost of enrolling in the 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 postgraduate fees

FEE-HELP

Domestic students who are accepted into the Master of Cyber Security pay tuition fees.

FEE-HELP is an Australian Government loan scheme to assist eligible students with the cost of their tuition fees.

Learn more about FEE-HELP

Centrelink support

Indicative annual fee

AUD $36,120

Indicative annual fee 2020

Fee information for 2021 is not yet available. Fee information displayed is for 2020.

This indicative annual fee is the average cost of enrolling in the Master of Cyber Security at 2021 fee rates. It is calculated based on a standard full-time study load (16 units per academic year).

The average fee would be less for part-time study. Actual fees will vary according to your choice of courses, their unit value and the time you take to complete this program.

Fees may be higher in later years as all fees are reviewed annually.

A limited number of Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are offered for this program on the basis of academic merit. Once all CSPs have been exhausted, offers may be made on a tuition fee paying basis.

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Scholarships

Scholarships

How to apply

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

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

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

Important dates

The closing date for this program is:

  • To commence study in semester 1 - January 31 of the year of commencement.
  • To commence study in semester 2 - June 30 of the year of commencement.

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

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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