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Start Date

2 year(s) full-time

Program Code

4CM233 (Internal)

Study as
Full-time or part-time


$AU 30,900 per 1.0 EFTSL for students enrolled in 2024

Degree overview

  • No. 1 in SA for I.T. facilities1 and learning resources in I.T.2.
  • 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.
  • 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.

1ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2021-22, Computing and Information Systems – Learning Resources Indicator (Postgraduate). SA public universities.

2ComparED (QILT) Student Experience Survey 2021-22, Computing and Information Systems – Learning Resources Indicator (Postgraduate). SA public universities.



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 Master of 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. 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.

Information technology professionals can use this program to gain specialist expertise and pursue a career in cyber security.

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

The Master of 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, before completing advanced topics in:

  • security operations
  • security architectures
  • enterprise and cyber physical security, and
  • cyber law and digital evidence.

In your final year, you will put your skills into practice through our Professional Practice Project, working with an industry client. 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  
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
IT Concepts INFT 5030 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Security Principles INFS 5115 4.5 Rule(s): 1,2
Network Infrastructure INFT 5032 4.5 Rule(s): 1,2
Problem Solving in the Digital Age COMP 5076 4.5 Rule(s): 2
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Business Practices for IT Professionals INFS 5058 4.5
Risk Management and Governance INFS 3083 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Human Factors and Cyber Criminal Behaviour INFS 4021 4.5 Rule(s): 1
Network Security INFT 3015 4.5
First Semester (Study Period 1, 2 or 3)
Security Operations INFT 5042 4.5
Security Architecture and Engineering INFT 5041 4.5
Consultancy and Engaging with Stakeholders INFS 5092 4.5
Enterprise Security INFT 5029 4.5
Second Semester (Study Period 4, 5 or 6)
Critical Infrastructure and Control System Security COMP 5062 4.5
Australian Cyber Law and Digital Evidence INFT 5040 4.5
Capstone Professional Project INFT 5021 9

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. 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 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 Master of 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. Our educators are active researchers, with their findings directly linked to what is taught in the program. UniSA's research in information technology is rated as world-class1. 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. In your final year, you will work with an industry client through our Capstone Professional Project, providing you with the opportunity to apply your skills and expertise in a professional environment.

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.

1Results in Information and Computing Sciences - 2018 Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA)

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:

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

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

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

Industry facts


The Australian cybersecurity market is expected to be valued at AU$8.5 billion by 2024 with Australia's cyber maturity ranked second in the Indo-Pacific

(International Trade Administration 2022)


Database & System Administrators & ICT Security professionals is expected to strongly grow with 29,100 jobs (or 38.9 per cent) by 2026

(Labour Market Insights 2022)

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


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

Our campuses have fantastic facilities including modern lecture theatres, libraries, workshops, laboratories, tech zones, and spaces 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 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 student services provide you with all the support you need at university. You can access a full range of support services including academic and personal counselling, career advice, social support services, as well as those through our student association, USASA. 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 completed my PhD at UniSA in high performance computing. My teaching passion is in networking and infrastructure concepts and one of my career highlights has been getting the Internship program with DXC Technology off the ground and ensuring it is a continuing success.

Dr Grant Wigley

Program Director

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Portrait image for Dr Grant Wigley

Dr Grant Wigley

Program Director


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