Master of Cyber Security Operations (8629)
The Master of Cyber Security Operations is designed for postgraduate scholars and professional managers who wish to gain a more detailed understanding of the managerial and technical skills and expertise relevant to planning, operation and acquisition of the cyber security function. It is designed to meet the demand for executives and managers who oversee the cyber security function in government, industry, law enforcement and Defence. It provides principles gathered from information systems, cyber security, risk, management and governance for managers seeking to enhance their career in cyber security operations
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 MCyberSecOps 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 MCyberSecOps 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 an average mark of 65% or higher 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.
Courses being offered in Master of Cyber Security Operations – 2018
*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. **IDM dates may be subject to change. Enrolled students will be advised if changes occur.
|Core||Semester 1 - 2018||Semester 2 - 2018|
|Cyber Crime and Cyber Security||Distance Mode||
|Cyber Defence||Not Offered||Distance Mode|
|Information Assurance Principles||Distance Mode||Not Offered|
|Cyber Security Risk Management||Not offered||Distance Mode|
|Elective Courses||Semester 1 - 2018||Semester 2 - 2018|
Note:*The asterisk courses are offered in intensive delivery mode only. (ie 5 full days in the Cyber Range lab on campus at UNSW Canberra, followed by online study throughout the semester) and assumed technical knowledge is required. Please refer to the Course Outline for details.
|Intrusion Analysis and Response||Not Offered||Not Offered|
|ZEIT8020||Computer Network Operations*||
5-9 Feb (IDM3)
12-16 Feb (IDM4)
5-9 Mar (IDM5)
23-27 July (IDM3)
30 July-3 Aug (IDM4)
6-10 Aug (IDM5)
|ZEIT8024||Software Security Lifecycle||Not Offered||Distance Mode|
19-23 Feb (IDM3)
26 Feb-2 Mar (IDM4)
7-11 May (IDM5)
|ZEIT8026||Network Security Operations*||
19-23 Feb (IDM3)
19-23 Mar (IDM4)
16-20 April (IDM5)
23-27 July (IDM3)
30 July-3 Aug (IDM4)
13-17 Aug (IDM5)
|ZEIT8027||Critical Infrastructure and Control System Security*||Not Offered||
9-13 July (IDM3)
16-20 July (IDM4)
|ZEIT8028||Digital Forensics*||Not Offered||Not Offered|
|ZEIT8029||Network and Memory Forensics*||
29 Jan-2 Feb (IDM3)
5-9 Mar (IDM4)
7-11 May (IDM5)
|ZEIT8030||Big Data and Decision Analytics for Security*||Not Offered||Not Offered|
|ZEIT8033||Critical Infrastructure Security Policy and Governance||Not Offered||Not Offered|
|ZEIT8035||Cyber Terrorism||Not Offered||Distance Mode|
|ZEIT8036||Humans and Security||Distance Mode||
|ZEIT8043||Cyber and the Law||Not Offered||Not Offered|
|List Two:||* Students should complete no more than two electives or (12 UoC) from the list below:|
|Cyber Operations||Not Offered||
30 July-3 August
|ZEIT8115||Information Operations||Not Offered||Distance Mode|
|Project Management Body of Knowledge||Distance Mode
|Cyber-Security and World Politics||Not Offered||Distance Mode|
PLuS Alliance Online Course Exchange
UNSW Sydney is part of the PLuS (Phoenix-London-Sydney) Alliance with Arizona State University and King’s College London. The PLuS Alliance provides unique international study opportunities for students in all three universities. Select Master courses from each university are available through the PLuS Alliance Online Course Exchange.
For further information about PLuS Alliance- please visit https://www.unsw.edu.au/about-us/business-research-partners/plus-alliance
For further information about PLuS Alliance Online Course Exchange, how to access PLuS courses, support and contact – please visit https://www.plusalliance.org/orientation
The following ASU course is available as an elective in the Master of Cyber Security Operations program.
|PLuS Alliance Elective Course available through Arizona State University||Semester 1 - 2018|
|US Cyber Policy and Information Security||
Spring 2018, Session B (ASU Online calendar)
12 March - 27 April 2018
Enrolment to this course will be available via MyUNSW from 9 Feb 2018.
For further information about this course, please visit the ASU page -
There are six pathways for entry to the Master of Cyber Security Operations.
UNSW Canberra postgraduate programs with a Business or Management cognate discipline.
Pathway 1. Completion of a Bachelor's degree with Honours with a major in Business or Management.
Pathway 2. Completion of a Graduate Diploma in Business or Management.
Pathway 3. Completion of a 3 or 4-year Bachelor degree in Business or Management, which includes a major in Business or Management and have completed at least 3 years full-time professional experience in Business or Management*.
Pathway 4. Completion of a Bachelor degree in any discipline and have completed at least 4-years full-time professional experience in Business or Management*.
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:
The evidence required for validation of professional experince will include a statment 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).