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Field of Study


Master of Cyber Security

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.


1 in Queensland for computer science and information systems

QS World University Rankings 2021

Career possibilities

Postgraduate study can take you anywhere. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Cryptographic systems engineer
  • Intelligence officer
  • Malware researcher
  • Cryptographer
  • Signals intelligence officer
  • Malware analyst
  • Financial systems engineer
  • Payment systems engineer
  • Applied cryptographer

Early-career salary

Systems Engineer


Mid-career salary

Senior Systems Engineer (Computer Networking)


How you'll learn

In 2022, we'll be teaching on campus, with online options (for most programs and plans) for students who can't attend in person. See the list of programs and plans you can't commence online.

Course delivery modes may change in future semesters.

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, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Linear & Abstract Algebra & Number Theory
  • Discrete Mathematics II
  • Calculus & Linear Algebra I
  • Applied Probability & Statistics
  • Coding and Cryptography
  • Applied Cryptography
  • Quantum Algorithms & Quantum Computing

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