Start date
February
July

Duration
1 year(s) full-time

Program Code
LGIG

Fees
AUD$ 34,800 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2023

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.5]
  • IELTS reading [6]
  • IELTS writing [6]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

International Admission by Country
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CRICOS Code
110777B

Degree overview

  • Benefit from our well-established links with industry offering valuable opportunities to apply newly acquired skills in professional contexts.
  • Develop advanced knowledge and skills in cyber security standards, frameworks and guidelines.
  • Apply professional skills to organisational contexts with a focus on governance, risk management and compliance.
  • Benefit from contemporary curriculum informed by UniSA research in cyber security.
  • Build your technical expertise with advanced topics in areas such as security operations, security architectures, and cyber law and digital evidence.
  • Access networking and cyber security laboratories or online simulation tools to develop your skills in a virtual environment.
  • Enjoy the flexibility to study full-time, part-time, online or on-campus.

Snapshot

Snapshot

Cyber security is one of the fastest growing sectors in Australia – and around the world – with rapid technological advancement and the evolving threat environment increasing demand that is set to see around 17,000 news jobs needed by 20261.

The Graduate Diploma in Information Technology (Cyber Security) aims to develop cyber security professionals with advanced knowledge in cyber security governance, risk and compliance (GRC). To ensure you graduate job-ready, significant consultation with industry has taken place to establish both the technical and non-technical expertise demanded by employers. In recent years, calls for cyber security professionals with a strong working-knowledge of GRC in complex organisational environments has significantly increased. As such, this program will build your professional proficiency, as well your ability to examine and implement a range of technology-based cyber security defences to address emerging threats and attacks.

This program is suitable for students from any background / discipline, as well as information technology professionals seeking to gain specialist skills. You will develop technical expertise in information technology (IT); technical proficiency in cyber security; and, an understanding of GRC as it applies to information technology and cyber security.

Consisting of eight courses from the Master of Information Technology (Cyber Security) degree, this program provides a pathway into the master-level qualification if desired.

1Australia’s Cybersecurity Strategy 2020

What you'll learn

What you Learn

The Graduate Diploma in Information Technology (Cyber Security) has been designed to develop foundational, discipline specific knowledge in IT in your first semester of study. From there, you will complete courses that develop your knowledge in governance, risk management and compliance, business practices, network security and cyber criminal behaviour.

You will enjoy access to dedicated learning hubs where you can connect and collaborate, giving you the full workplace and project experience.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
IT Concepts INFT 5030 4.5
Security Principles INFS 5115 4.5
Network Infrastructure INFT 5032 4.5
Problem Solving in the Digital Age COMP 5076 4.5
Business Practices for IT Professionals INFS 5058 4.5
Risk Management and Governance INFS 3083 4.5
Human Factors and Cyber Criminal Behaviour INFS 4021 4.5
Network Security INFT 3015 4.5

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, as well as to contribute to online discussion forums (independent study). 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 authentic assessment through professionally-focused, research-based learning and hands-on practical skills including:

  • practical demonstrations
  • reports and project documentation
  • literature reviews and research reports
  • group projects and presentations
  • examinations

Global opportunities

Enrich your studies and your life – make overseas study part of your qualification. You may have the option to undertake an exchange, short-term program or study tour overseas while you study. We have links with universities worldwide, as well as a range of travel grants available to make going overseas much more accessible.

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

Why Graduate Diploma in Information Technology (Cyber Security)

Why this Degree

UniSA has partnered with Optus to establish a Cyber Security Research and Collaboration Hub. Based at Lot Fourteen, the Hub is set to drive new innovations in technology and provide the best education for Australia’s next cyber security professionals.

We are committed to excellence in IT education and are No. 1 in SA for graduate careers1. Our educators are active researchers, with their findings directly linked to what is taught in the program. You will draw on current research in cyber security in your coursework and projects, and learn from dedicated, experienced, and highly qualified teaching staff.

As a UniSA student, you will benefit from our well-established partnerships with industry.

Students have the option to study full-time or part-time, on-campus, online, or a combination of both. Those studying on-campus will have access to networking and cyber security laboratories, where you can develop your skills in a simulated environment. Online students will be provided online simulation tools to ensure they too can develop the practical application of newly acquired knowledge and skills.

1ComparED (QILT) Graduate Outcomes Survey 2018-20, Computing and Information Systems – Full-time Employment Indicator (Undergraduate). SA public universities.

Real-world connections

UniSA is home to several research institutes and centres with world renowned links and associations that provide a dynamic teaching and research base for our students, as well as state-of-the-art facilities. These include:


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

Further information about research at UniSA is available here.

You will also benefit from our culture of innovation – we’re helping IT entrepreneurs and innovators turn their ideas into startup enterprises. Through the Innovation and Collaboration Centre (ICC), the University’s startup incubator, you have access to programs (such as Venture Catalyst), services and expertise including:

  • Workshops
  • One-on-one mentoring
  • Office space for startups and entrepreneurs
  • Access to a global pool of expert advisers
  • Small funding stipends
  • Events to kick-start ideas and competitions like hackathons

Online study

Online study

All or part of this degree can be studied online. With interactive online course materials and a 24/7 learning environment you can organise your study to suit your lifestyle.

You can:

  • study online, including accessing videos and course resources
  • participate in an interactive online learning environment
  • submit your assignments and get feedback online
  • use discussion forums for teamwork and communication

Please note that for some degrees, some on-campus attendance (such as to attend seminars, workshops or examinations) and/or placements may apply. Any requirements like this are detailed on individual course pages.

Career outcomes

Your career

Graduates will have the skills and expertise required for employment as cyber security professionals within both the public and private sector. You can expect to seek employment in roles such as:

  • Cyber security analyst
  • Cyber security consultant
  • Governance, risk and compliance analyst

Career progression may see you take on roles such as:

  • Senior cyber security analyst
  • Cyber security manager
  • Chief security officer
  • Chief information officer

How to apply

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.

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 scholarships page for more.

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Your study experience and support

As a UniSA student, 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 and laboratories, as well as spaces 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. You will also gain access to a range of community clinics, which provide professional and cost effective services in areas of health, business, law and psychology. 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 also has a variety of accommodation options to suit different requirements and budgets. Options include dedicated student accommodation and private rentals. See our long-term accommodation pages, or explore our student accommodation by Scape on Bank Street in Adelaide’s lively cultural precinct, an ideal 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 international student services provide you with all the support you need at university. We want you to succeed, and if you need help, we're here to assist. You can access a full range of support services, including:

  • career advice and mentoring
  • help with student visas and health cover
  • personal counselling
  • academic counselling
  • fees and finance help
  • common rooms
  • prayer rooms
  • security officers
  • accommodation services 
  • as well as services offered through our student association, USASA.

We also offer study support from our Learning Advisers face-to-face or online. They are here to help you develop academically and professionally during your studies, and can offer help with the English language too. When you become a UniSA student, you can also contact Campus Central for help with anything related to your degree. They will help you with your enrolment, ID cards, fees, timetables and more.

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

Your campus

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

Location This degree is delivered at the following campus.

Your program director

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