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Master of Cyber Security

Overview

Become a leader in cyber security, equipped with new and exciting ways to meet the security challenges of the future.

To get ahead in cyber security you need more than just technical skills. Our Cyber Security program 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 two year program will give you 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.

You'll 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.

You'll 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. Plus you'll undertake an industry or research-based project to improve your workforce readiness.

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

An interdisciplinary 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.

Location
St Lucia
Duration
2 Years (or part time equivalent)
1.5 Years Master of Cyber Security
Start Semester
Semester 1 (21 Feb, 2022), Semester 2 (25 Jul, 2022)
Program Code
5257
AQF
Level 9
Location
St Lucia
Fees
A$46112 (2022 indicative per year)
Duration
2 Years
1.5 Years Master of Cyber Security
Start Semester
Semester 1 (21 Feb, 2022), Semester 2 (25 Jul, 2022)
Program Code
5257
CRICOS Code
0100693
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 2022

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

Due to the way they are taught, certain programs and plans are not offered online in Semester 2, 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
  • 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 Criminology and Global Security

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:

  • Cyber risk and governance consultant
  • Penetration tester
  • Cyber security analyst
  • IT security specialist
  • Cyber security designer
  • Forensic analyst
  • Risk and compliance analyst
  • Cloud infrastructure engineer
  • Incident response manager
  • Cyber security policy officer

Graduate salary

Computing & information systems (postgraduate)

$74K–$96K

compared.edu.au

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).

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

To be eligible for entry, you'll need:

  1. An approved bachelor degree in any discipline with a GPA of 5.0 on a 7-point scale; or
  2. An approved graduate certificate or graduate diploma in any discipline with a GPA of 5.0 on a 7-point scale; or
  3. Have successfully completed at least three years of study towards an approved program at a partner institution with a GPA of 5.0 on a 7-point scale.

Additionally, please note that for entry into the Leadership field of study, applicants must also demonstrate a minimum of 2 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.
  1. An approved bachelor degree in any discipline with a GPA of 5.0 on a 7-point scale; or
  2. An approved graduate certificate or graduate diploma in any discipline with a GPA of 5.0 on a 7-point scale; or
  3. Have successfully completed at least three years of study towards an approved program at a partner institution with a GPA of 5.0 on a 7-point scale.

Additionally, please note that for entry into the Leadership field of study, applicants must also demonstrate a minimum of 2 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.

Related programs

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

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:

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

Cryptographic systems and algorithms are a fundamental building block of secure computing and communication systems. In this field of study you'll learn about the mathematical foundations of these critical systems, and their secure and practical implementation. You'll also learn about quantum computing and how it may fundamentally change the nature of modern cryptography.

You'll learn how to:

  • analyse and understand modern public and private key cryptographic systems and key exchange protocols, and
  • apply best practice in the implementation of modern cryptographic systems.

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

What motivates cyber criminals? How can we better prevent victimisation? The more we interrogate these types of questions, 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 analysis, intelligence, law enforcement, security, or research roles.

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

  • focus on the human side of cyber crime and cyber security, and employ human-centred analysis to cyber crime and cyber security problems, and
  • examine the motivations, methods, behaviours, and beliefs underpinning cyber crime offending, victimisation, and responses.

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

What does it take to protect systems, data, organisations and people against a wide variety of current and future cyber-attacks? How do we assess software and systems for vulnerabilities, and how do we plan for an organisation's response to a cyber attack? These and other cutting edge topics such as the application of AI to cyber security are all part of the Cyber Defence field of study.

You'll learn how to:

  • identify, analyse, prevent and respond to cyber threats and incidents, and
  • translate technical risks and threats into impactful advice to enhance organisational cyber security.

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Discover why leadership is just as important as strategy.

In an industry like cyber security, rapid change is inevitable. 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, and
  • 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:

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

Cryptographic systems and algorithms are a fundamental building block of secure computing and communication systems. In this field of study you'll learn about the mathematical foundations of these critical systems, and their secure and practical implementation. You'll also learn about quantum computing and how it may fundamentally change the nature of modern cryptography.

You'll learn how to:

  • analyse and understand modern public and private key cryptographic systems and key exchange protocols, and
  • apply best practice in the implementation of modern cryptographic systems.

View

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

What motivates cyber criminals? How can we better prevent victimisation? The more we interrogate these types of questions, 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 analysis, intelligence, law enforcement, security, or research roles.

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

  • focus on the human side of cyber crime and cyber security, and employ human-centred analysis to cyber crime and cyber security problems, and
  • examine the motivations, methods, behaviours, and beliefs underpinning cyber crime offending, victimisation, and responses.

View

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

What does it take to protect systems, data, organisations and people against a wide variety of current and future cyber-attacks? How do we assess software and systems for vulnerabilities, and how do we plan for an organisation's response to a cyber attack? These and other cutting edge topics such as the application of AI to cyber security are all part of the Cyber Defence field of study.

You'll learn how to:

  • identify, analyse, prevent and respond to cyber threats and incidents, and
  • translate technical risks and threats into impactful advice to enhance organisational cyber security.

View

Discover why leadership is just as important as strategy.

In an industry like cyber security, rapid change is inevitable. 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, and
  • investigate, review, and evaluate cyber events and cyber crimes.

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Fees and Scholarships

Indicative annual fee

Approximate yearly cost of tuition (16 units). Your fees will vary according to your selected courses and study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

$38,620

2022

Reduced fee (CSPs)

We offer a limited number of Commonwealth supported places (CSPs) for this program based on academic merit. We allocate CSPs based on academic merit after the closing date for applications and before Orientation.

$9,673

2022

Learn more about postgraduate fees

Approximate yearly cost of full-time tuition (16 units). Your fees will vary according to your selected courses and study load. Fees are reviewed each year and may increase.

AUD $46,112

2022

Learn more about postgraduate 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 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

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

Scholarships

Make your university experience more affordable with a scholarship. Opportunities include:

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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