Start date

2 year(s) full-time


Program Code

AUD$ 41,200 per annum (per 1.0 EFTSL) for students enrolled in 2024

English Language Requirements
  • IELTS total [6.5]
  • IELTS reading [6.0]
  • IELTS writing [6.0]
Equivalent English qualifications (PDF)

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Degree overview

  • Gain expertise in cyber security, modern telecommunication systems, artificial intelligence and data science to enter the emerging field of cyber engineering.
  • Develop the skills needed in the emerging fields of space, Internet of Things (IoT) and modern defence engineering..
  • Benefit from the preeminent expertise of leading telecommunications and cybersecurity experts and their work with the SmartSat Cooperative Research Centre.
  • Enjoy state-of-the-art facilities, including the Modern Digital Electronics Laboratory, Electronics Innovation Laboratory, Mechatronics Laboratory, high-performance computers, telecommunication research equipment, and Factory of the Future Laboratory.
  • Learn using industry-standard modelling and simulation software, and satellite test beds, as well as advanced Industrial Internet of Things (Industry 4.0) software packages.
  • Study at one of Australia’s leading universities for Engineering research, with our research rated well above world-class1.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)



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 new jobs needed by 2026¹.

With the unprecedented penetration of computers and telecommunications systems outpacing advancements in cybersecurity, there is a significant need for telecommunications professionals with expertise in cybersecurity to ensure modern satellite, Internet of Things (IoT) and other emerging communication systems are designed – from the very start – with consideration for cybersecurity.

The only master’s degree of its type in Australia, this program will prepare you to perform design, cybersecurity, research and development, and analytics roles with government agencies, defence contractors or IoT companies. It may also lead to a career in research, with a PhD in space, telecommunications, software, systems or satellite engineering, or the engineering of secure emerging technologies.

This program is suitable for students with an engineering background in areas such as:

  • Telecommunications Engineering
  • Electronics and Communication Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Computer Science and Engineering with a significant component of Engineering Mathematics

On-campus teaching for this program is based at the Mawson Lakes campus. Only 20 minutes from the city centre with easy parking. The Mawson Lakes campus is also accessible by bus and train with the Mawson Lakes train station only a short walk.

¹Australia’s Cybersecurity Strategy 2020

What you'll learn

What you Learn

In your first year you’ll study specialist courses covering topics such as big data concepts, systems engineering, critical infrastructure and control system security, cryptography and data protection, and digital communications.

In second year you’ll take further specialist cyber engineering and telecommunications courses including telecommunications and device security, statistical programming for data science, information theory and coding and mobile communications and wireless access.

Also key to this degree is the development and application of research methods and skills. These will be invaluable when you begin work on your minor thesis.

Our UniSA STEM Professional Practice Program allows you to apply the skills and knowledge you've acquired throughout your degree in real-world settings.

Degree structure

Course name Area and cat no. Units Reference  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Research Data Analysis CIVE 5015 4.5
Big Data Concepts INFS 4020 4.5
Security Principles INFS 5115 4.5
Fundamentals of Telecommunication Systems EEET 5152 4.5 Rule(s): 3
Elective 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5, and 6)
Digital Communications EEET 3028 4.5
Principles of Systems Engineering ENGG 5031 4.5
Cryptography and Data Protection COMP 5074 4.5
Critical Infrastructure and Control System Security COMP 5062 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2, and 3)
Engineering Masters Industrial Experience ENGG 5030 0 Rule(s): 1,2
Telecommunication Networks EEET 5147 4.5
Telecommunications and Device Security COMP 5075 4.5
Statistical Programming for Data Science COMP 5070 4.5
Masters Research Theory and Practice ENGG 5020 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5, and 6)
Masters Research Project CIVE 5092 9
Modern Communication Systems EEET 4036 4.5
Mobile Communications and Wireless Access EEET 5102 4.5
Information Theory and Coding EEET 5101 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.



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 
  • individual and group projects and presentations 

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


UniSA’s research centres provide a dynamic teaching and research base for students. All have state-of-the-art facilities, with world renowned links and associations. Through your studies you may become involved with the Laser Physics and Photonics Devices Laboratory, or partner on satellite and IoT security projects with SmartSAT Cooperative Research Centre (CRC) researchers.

Why Master of Engineering (Cyber Engineering and Telecommunications)

Why this Degree

UniSA is one of Australia’s leading universities for engineering research, with research rated well above world-class1.

Developed to address industry demand for highly qualified cyber engineering and telecommunications professionals, you will learn directly from renowned experts; studying advanced topics in cyber engineering, telecommunications, big data and systems engineering, with a research component also incorporated in the program, including a minor thesis.

Our telecommunications students have worked on industry-related projects such as:

  • indoor localisation based on visible light communications
  • digital signal processing applied to a variety of practical problems (such as radar-based vehicle collision prevention system)
  • various aspects of the Internet of Things

Incorporating strong theoretical teaching, experience-based learning and modern facilities, we offer the ideal academic blend for graduates to meet the challenges of contemporary industry practice. Learning is supported by world-class engineering research and industry experience to elevate your expertise and career opportunities.

12018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

Real-world connections

UniSA collaborates with over 2,500 companies worldwide to ensure our degrees remain relevant and connected to industry. As part of this degree, you will participate in our UniSA STEM Professional Practice Program, giving you the opportunity to gain hands on experience and foster industry connections.

We also host regular University-wide career expos and employment forums through our Career Service, as well as alumni events in Australia and overseas.

Career outcomes

Your career

There are a wide range of career options for highly qualified engineers, with employment opportunities in engineering consulting firms, construction companies, and local, state and federal government.

Careers to consider:

  • network planning manager: developing and implementing network plans and strategic goals; analysing existing network performance and identifying growth
  • opportunities; leading teams of network engineers
  • operations management and maintenance: supervising and leading teams of engineers, scientists and technicians who work on projects; overseeing production and
  • quality control; directing operations, testing and maintenance; planning and scheduling, client consulting, budgetary responsibilities
  • telecommunications research and development: improving the capabilities of current technologies or developing new technological innovations; analysing problems,
  • identifying solutions, using research methods to apply and test solutions, documenting and presenting solutions 
  • satellite and other space system communications and security roles

You could also continue with a PhD through one of our dynamic research concentrations.

Industry facts


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 new jobs needed by 2026

(Australia’s Cybersecurity Strategy 2020)


There is very strong future demand for Telecommunications Engineering Professionals, with expected job growth of 17.6% by 2026

(Labour Market Insights, November 2021 - 2026)


There is currently a skills shortage of experienced engineers in Australia

(Engineers Australia 2022)

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.


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

I am a lecturer in Telecommunication Networks and Computer Communications and Networks, and a Program Director for Master of Engineering (Electrical Power and Telecommunications) at UniSA. My research interests include telecommunications networks, protocols, mobility support in wireless Internet and related topics. In my Program Director role, I am passionate about helping all students feel welcome in the programs and achieve the best results they can.

Dr Debabrata Karmokar

Program Director

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Dr Debabrata Karmokar

Program Director


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