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Start Date
February
July

Duration
2 year(s) full-time

Program Code
LMCY

SATAC Code
4CM207 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time

Key features

  • Join a growing industry tasked with protecting critical IT infrastructure and information.
  • Study technical topics such as web and network security, digital forensics, identity management and access control.
  • Apply technical skills to organisational contexts with a focus on risk management and incident response.
  • Devise and implement a defence strategy for a complex enterprise environment in a final year Cybersecurity Exercise.
  • 97 per cent of our assessed research is at or above world class, according to Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA) 2015.

Snapshot

Snapshot

Join a growing industry tasked with protecting critical IT infrastructure and information.

Cybersecurity is an essential component of a modern, prosperous and safe society. Like many other nations, Australia is suffering from a cybersecurity skills shortage. These particular skills are essential in our connected, technology-enabled world1.

Taught by industry professionals and world-class lecturers, you will apply technical skills to organisational contexts with a focus on risk management and incident response. In a final year Cybersecurity Exercise you will devise and implement a defence strategy for a complex enterprise environment.

1Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, A cyber-smart-nation

Why Master of Cybersecurity

Why this Degree

In this master degree you’ll learn the very broad cybersecurity aspects of complex enterprise architecture. In your final year you will devise and implement a defence strategy for a complex enterprise environment.

Topics you’ll study will include:

  • network security
  • application and web security
  • identity management and access control
  • digital forensics
  • incident response
  • infrastructure security
  • industrial internet security (including Internet of Things and mobile device security)
  • and penetration testing

You’ll graduate with real-world knowledge and the skills to capitalise on the global need for cybersecurity experts. 

Real-world connections

Research institutes and centres

UniSA is home to several research centres:

All have state-of-the-art facilities, with world renowned links and associations that provide a dynamic teaching and research base for our students.

Cooperative Research Centres

We are also proud to support a number of Cooperative Research Centres (CRC) bringing together researchers and research users, with an emphasis on collaboration through utilisation, commercialisation and technology transfer.

UniSA is the national headquarters for an $88 million CRC in big data. The Data to Decisions CRC is set to boost national security. It places UniSA at the forefront of industry and academic research collaboration. The CRC involves researchers in areas of computer science, engineering, business and law from UniSA, the University of Adelaide, University of New South Wales, Deakin University and Carnegie Mellon University, with industry input from IT and systems integration companies, consulting companies and SMEs in collaboration with state and federal national security agencies.

We also host regular University-wide employee master classes and employment expos, and alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Online study

Online study

Can I study this program online?

Yes, however some components of advanced cybersecurity education inherently require access to physical equipment or practical laboratories. In order to facilitate this, there is a mandatory on-campus intensive practical session for external students in South Australia during the summer associated with some of the advanced courses.

Your career

The cybersecurity field is flourishing and the need for specialists is increasing.

 In April 2016, the Australian government launched a $230m Cyber Security Strategy with 33 initiatives aimed at improving defences and creating a 'cyber smart nation'. It addresses our nation’s “shortage of cyber security professionals” and states that we must “build our nation’s stock of cyber security skills, which are becoming increasingly essential for life and work in our connected world”.

Careers to consider:

  • cybersecurity consultant: understanding vulnerabilities and threats; performing threat and risk assessments, and mitigation strategies; developing network system architecture and design; auditing, acceptance testing and compliance; ability to work in a close team
  • information security analyst: reporting and recommendations to prevent security incidents; security control monitoring; implementing new security technology, methods and techniques; championing security best practice; reviewing systems for security risks and compliance issues
  • system security engineer: engineering, implementing and monitoring security measures to protect computer systems, networks and information; configuring and troubleshooting security infrastructure devices; communicating with internal stakeholders as quickly as possible about security incidents and mitigation strategies
  • system security architect: identifying and defining system security requirements; designing computer security architecture and developing cyber security designs; preparing and documenting standard operating procedures and protocols; developing solutions and security tools to help mitigate security vulnerabilities

Industry facts

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Australia is a popular test bed for new technology and the recipient of commercial investment in research and development1.

1 Australian Trade and Investment Commission, Industry Capability Reports

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The Australian Chief Scientist has identified cyber security as one of the nation’s nine Science and Research Priorities1.

1 Australia’s Digital Pulse, Developing the digital workforce to drive growth in the future, Australian Computer Society, 2016

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62 per cent of organisations indicate that they have too few information security professionals to implement security activities within their organisations1.

1 Telstra Cyber Security Report 2016

What you'll learn

What you Learn

You will study a range of core and technical courses including network infrastructure, security operations, web and cloud security, and cybersecurity planning and compliance. You will also complete three capstone courses:

Security Consultancy: learn the leadership, negotiation and influencing skills needed of a cybersecurity subject matter expert; and to manage cybersecurity projects and personnel.

Security Architecture: learn cybersecurity defence strategies for a complex enterprise environment, including penetration testing techniques; and presentation methods for communicating technical topics to a lay audience.

Professional Project: work in a structured project team, gaining practical experience in modern cybersecurity techniques and practices.

Study hours

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for various classes such as lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals. Plus you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and contribute to online discussion forums. So as a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate 12 – 26 hours of study when at university and 14 – 28 hours of independent study per week.

Assessment

Assessment

Your studies at UniSA will incorporate both practical, professionally-focused and research-based learning, so assessment types will vary. You can expect them to include:

  • reports and project documentation
  • essays and assignments
  • examinations
  • group projects and presentations

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. Australian and international students may have the option to do an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas. We have links with universities worldwide. You can choose short-term or semester-long study from a range of universities and countries depending on your area of study and cultural interests.

Take a look at the global opportunities available.

Global opportunities

What courses you'll study

Structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
FIRST YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
IT Concepts INFT 5030 4.5
Network Infrastructure INFT 5032 4.5
Security Principles INFS 5115 4.5
Security Operations INFS 5114 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Research Methods INFT 4017 4.5
Network Security INFT 3015 4.5
Operating Systems and Application Security INFT 5033 4.5
Web and Cloud Security INFT 5035 4.5
SECOND YEAR
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Digital Forensics Essentials COMP 5071 4.5
Industrial Internet Security INFT 5031 4.5
Enterprise Security INFT 5029 4.5
Cybersecurity Planning and Compliance INFS 5112 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Security Consultancy INFS 5113 4.5
Security Architecture INFT 5034 4.5
Capstone Professional Project INFT 5021 9

I am the Program Director for the Master of Information Technology and the Master of Cybersecurity in the School of Information Technology and Mathematical Sciences. My research interests include strategic alignment, purposeful corporations and digital innovation. I have been working in the higher education sector for over 15 years, and prior to that spent a number of years as a systems engineer in the IT industry.

Dr Gaye Deegan

Program Director

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Scholarships

Every year, over 2,500 UniSA students are supported in their studies through scholarships and grants worth millions of dollars. Check out the scholarships below. One of them may be perfect for you. Visit our scholarship search page for more.

Your campus

We have six campuses in metropolitan and regional areas, each with advanced facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments.

Mawson Lakes

Nestled in amongst engineering and tech companies in Technology Park, Mawson Lakes has state-of-the-art teaching and research facilities. On-campus there are large open green spaces, cafés, wetlands, interactive learning spaces, the largest strong-floor in Australia, a planetarium and a gym. It is 20 minutes from the city centre, easily accessible by bus, train and car. Explore Mawson Lakes >

Your study spaces

You will benefit from our culture of innovation and start-ups. We’re helping IT entrepreneurs and innovators turn their ideas into start-up enterprises with a bright future. Through the Innovation and Collaboration Centre (ICC) you will access services and expertise including:

  • technology (DXC and UniSA IT)
  • design (matchstudio)
  • business growth (Centre for Business Growth)
  • business managementstrategy and marketing (UniSA Business School)
  • commercialisation (UniSA Ventures)  
Your study spaces

Your study experience

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and areas that simulate real work environments. You’ll also find student gyms and campus sport activities to keep you active. We also offer flexible study options, with online resources available for accessing lecture recordings, virtual classrooms, library resources and learning support. 

Adelaide has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation or private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages for plenty of options. If you need somewhere to live, our new student accommodation by urbanest is on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, a perfect location for students. It is within easy reach of UniSA’s city and metropolitan campuses, Rundle Mall shopping, the Central Market, Chinatown, and the West End’s vibrant nightlife. It is also across the road from the Adelaide train station, and on bus and tram routes.

Student services

Student services

Our student support services can make your life at university easier. We provide a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling. You can also access a range of services through our students association, USASA. When you become a UniSA student you can contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and any other questions you might have.

24/7 digital environment

Our learnonline facilities include a personal learning environment with virtual classrooms, lecture recordings, emails, learning support, administration, library access and results. The environment is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so you can tailor your learning to your life. We are continually investing in innovative digital technologies for a high-quality student learning experience.

Student services

Additional info

Is this program suitable for information technology professionals?

Yes, this program is designed to produce graduates with specialist cybersecurity knowledge, skills and competencies. Developing cybersecurity expertise not only benefits from, but requires, a strong information technology background either gained through formal education and/or work experience. Please refer to the formal entry requirements for further details.

Can I do more than one course at a time?

Yes. Usually a full-time load is 36 units. To achieve a full-time load in the Master of Cybersecurity, like many other postgraduate degrees at UniSA, you will need to successfully complete four, 4.5 unit courses per semester. If you decide to reduce your course load, and it is less than 75% of a full-time load, you will be deemed to be a part-time student.

How much time will I need each week?

For each course you study, you will need to allocate time for the scheduled lectures, tutorials, workshops, seminars and practicals (or the online / intensive mode equivalent). Plus, you will need additional hours to study in your own time to complete assignments, readings and projects and to contribute to online discussions. As a general rule, if you are studying full-time you would need to allocate a total of 10 hours per week, per course.

How much contact will I have with the teaching staff and my fellow students?

Students studying internally will have many opportunities to work alongside fellow students during scheduled course components such as workshops, seminars and practicals and will have opportunities to meet with teaching staff on campus.

How to apply

Applying to study with us:

  • go to the top of this page and make note of the SATAC code, then click Apply
  • you will be redirected through to the SATAC website to continue your application

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