Master of Cyber Security (8628)
The Master of Cyber Security is designed for postgraduate scholars who wish to gain a more detailed understanding of the technical skills and expertise relevant to the technical implementation and leadership of the cyber security function. It is designed to meet the demand for technical experts who can implement and lead the technical cyber security function in government, industry, law enforcement and Defence. It provides principles gathered from information systems, systems engineering, computer science, network security, and defence to enhance a career as a cyber security specialist. The Master of Cyber Security is offered primarily via Intensive Delivery Mode due to the nature of the courses and the use of the Cyber Range.
Further details for the program are listed below. If you require any more information about this program, or are currently in a Masters program and would like to enquire if you are eligible to transfer into this program, please contact:
Students undertaking MCyberSec are required to complete 48 Units of Credit (UOC) by completing eight 6-UOC courses from the list in the Handbook entry for the program (see the list in Course Availability below).
In the MCyberSec program, students must complete four core courses and four elective courses. Not all elective courses will be available in a particular year.
The courses in the program may be taken in any order but it is recommended that the four core courses are completed first, followed by the four elective courses.
With approval of the Program Coordinator, students with a high distinction average in four courses may complete a 12-UOC research project in lieu of two elective courses. The project is recommended for those with a strong interest in pursuing original research in a particular area or intending to undertake a higher-level research qualification.
With the approval of the Program Coordinator, students may take up to two elective courses (12 UOC) from other coursework programs.
*Please Note: Program rules are subject to change, students need to follow the program rules set out in the UNSW Handbook of the current year of their admission into the program.
|Core||Semester 1 - 2019||Semester 2 - 2019|
|Cyber Offence: Threats and Opportunities|
|Information Assurance and Security||Distance Mode||
|Wireless, Mobile and Internet of Things Security|
|Cyber Defence: Network Security Operations|
|Electives||Semester 1 - 2019||Semester 2 - 2019|
|Software Security Lifecycle||Not Offered||Not Offered
|Reverse Engineering||Not Offered|
|Critical Infrastructure and Control System Security||
|Digital Forensics||Not Offered||Intensive Mode|
|Network and Memory Forensics||
|Big Data and Decision Analytics for Security||Not Offered||Distance Mode|
|Humans and Security||Not Offered||
|Introduction to Exploit Development||
There are six pathways for entry to the Master of Cyber Security
UNSW Canberra postgraduate programs with an Information Technology, Information Systems, Science, Computer Science or Engineering cognate discipline:
Pathway 1. Completion of a Bachelor's degree in Engineering or Bachelor's degree with Honours with a major in Information Technology, Information Systems, Science, Computer Science or Engineering
Pathway 2. Completion of a Graduate Diploma in Information Technology, Information Systems, Science, Computer Science or Engineering.
Pathway 3. Completion of a 3 or 4-year Bachelor degree in a cognate discipline which includes a major in Information Technology, Information Systems, Science, Computer Science or Engineering, and have completed at least 3-years full-time professional experience.
Pathway 4. Completion of a Bachelor degree in any discipline and have completed at least 4 years full-time professional experience in a cognate discipline*.
Pathway 5. Evidence of other academic qualifications and professional experience to be submitted to the relevant Program Authority to be acceptable grounds for admission into the degree*.
Pathway 6. No tertiary qualifications but evidence of professional experience to be submitted to the relevant Program Authority to be acceptable grounds for admission into the degree*.
*Pathway 3, 4, 5 and 6. Evidence for professional experience by:
The evidence required for validation of professional experience will include a statement of service from the employer verifying the position, role and responsibilities, and duration of employment.
Program Credit (Advanced Standing)
If you have previously completed postgraduate courses at UNSW or another recognised University, as part of either a completed or partially completed postgraduate award, you can apply for credit (advanced standing) towards your next postgraduate qualification.
The maximum amount of credit allowable is 50% of the requirements of the program—that is, no more than 24 UOC can be credited.
Credit can be either ‘specified’, meaning it can be used against a nominated core or elective course, or ‘unspecified’ where it can be used against electives only.
A course cannot be used for credit if it is greater than 10 years old.
A course cannot be used for credit if it was not completed at a recognised University, at the postgraduate level.
Recognition for Prior Learning - Professional Development
UNSW Canberra allows students who have successfully completed a minimum of 12 days of approved Professional Education courses to use those courses as partial credit for one course in the program, which has two main components:
• Prior successful completion of 12 days of approved Professional Education courses.
• A 3500 word essay exploring issues related the professional practice of a relevant discipline
To obtain credit for Professional Education courses, students apply to the Program Coordinator for permission (through an enrolment variation application) to enrol in the course. The application must include proof of successful completion of 12 days of approved Professional Education courses. On enrolment into the course, students engage with the Program Coordinator to choose an appropriate topic for the 3,500-word essay which will be submitted in the last week of the relevant session. A mark of satisfactory/unsatisfactory will be recorded for the course.
What is an approved Professional Education course?
An approved Professional Education course is one that:
• contains at least one day (at least six hours) of course work;
• is delivered by a presenter, or presenters, that would be eligible for appointment at an Australian university;
• is assessed by at least one hour of examination for every three days of course work; and
• is able to be verified by inspection of course and assessment materials.
Which UNSW Canberra Professional Education courses are approved?
To obtain credit for the short course, a student must complete the associated examination and receive a “Successfully Completed” certificate. Our Professional Education Accreditation page lists those approved courses.
Are approved Professional Education courses offered by any other service provider?
A Professional Education/short course offered by a provider other than UNSW Canberra may be considered for inclusion in the list of approved Professional Education courses providing it meets the criteria listed above. If the course in question is not already listed on the list of approved Professional Education courses application may be made to the Program Coordinator. An application for approval must contain at least the following:
• evidence of the number of hours of course work;
• evidence that the presenter(s) would be eligible for appointment at an Australian university (a brief CV of each presenter is required, providing qualifications, background, and experience);
• evidence of the assessment for the course (must be at least one hour of examination for three days of course work), including copies of previous tests and marking criteria; and
• a copy of the course materials (course notes, and text).