Master of Cybersecurity
You’re considered an International student if you are a citizen of a country other than Australia or New Zealand.
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
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:
You’ll graduate with real-world knowledge and the skills to capitalise on the global need for cybersecurity experts.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
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:
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.
|Course name||Area and cat no.||Units||Reference|
|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|
|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|
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.
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 >
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:
As a student at the University of South Australia you will have unique access to work placement opportunities, overseas study tours and exchanges, networking events, internships, guest speakers and more.
Our campuses are equipped with state-of-the-art facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, and areas that simulate real work environments. These are all supported by the latest technologies and a 24/7 online learning platform. We have health services on campus, gymnasiums, technology zones and great student lounges. There are campus sport activities to keep you active, and if you are keen to explore the social side of university life, there are movies, cooking demonstrations, parties and lots more.
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.
International Student Services will make your life at university easier. We want you to be successful, and if you need help we will be there to assist.
We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers. You can work with them face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies. They also offer help with the English language. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 for international students will give you helpful information about the application process at the University of South Australia. When you are ready, apply through our International Application System. If you would like to talk to someone near you about studying at the University of South Australia, we have agents all over the world who can assist you. Find an Education Agent in your country.