Overview

The Master of Cyber Security has been designed for students who wish to develop their computer science and cyber security knowledge by focusing on identifying, demonstrating, diagnosing and fixing flaws in software systems. These solutions can apply to web applications, internet-based services and desktop applications. Upon graduating, students will have the confidence and ability to pursue a career as a systems analyst in fields such as cybersecurity, incident response, auditing and malware.

View the Master of Cyber Security course handbook
Is your course available for Midyear entry?

Starting midyear means getting your study goals under way before the year is over. Semester 2 begins Monday 29 July, 2024.

Upgrade your skills

  • Network security proficiency
  • Identify security risks
  • Diagnose security risks
  • Prevent security risks

Stretch your career further

  • Security Manager
  • Reverse Engineer
  • Penetration Tester
  • Ethical Hacker

Key codes

CRICOS course code
098492J
International student visa

International students in Australia who hold student visas are required to study full-time and on campus. Courses that are taught entirely online are only available to international students studying outside Australia or those in Australia who are not on a student visa. Online courses are not available to international students in Australia who hold a student visa.

Strong industry connections and co-creation

The capstone unit of this degree is a project-based unit in which students work in teams to apply a solution to an industry driven challenge. The project will have a substantial emphasis on technology application. Student teams will select a Cyber security project and will work closely with the industry partner to address the problem identified.

Professional accreditation

Why Swinburne?

Ranked top 10 Australian university for Computer Science and Electronics

85.1% of students found employment within 4 months of graduating

The median income for PG graduates nine years out is $105.5K

Ranked top 100 in the world for Computer Science and Engineering

ARWU Global Ranking of Academic Subjects 2022

Qualifications

The admission requirements for Master of Cyber security consist of:

  • a bachelor degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline, or
  • a non-STEM bachelor degree, plus three years industry experience in the web development, cyber security, software development or related fields, or
  • successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Cyber security.

The admission requirements for Master of Cyber security consist of:

  • a bachelor degree in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics) discipline, or
  • a non-STEM bachelor degree, plus 3 years industry experience in the web development, cyber security, software development or related fields, or
  • successful completion of the Graduate Certificate of Cyber security.
Admission requirements

Meeting the minimum entry requirements for the course does not guarantee an offer of a place. See admission requirements for general information about the admission process.

English language requirements

Satisfactory completion of one of the following:

Need to undertake an English assessment for entry?

A prerequisite for many courses, the Pearson Test of English (PTE Academic) can now be done at our Hawthorn campus.

Credit transfer

Credit is granted in recognition of previous study and/or experience and allows students to gain advanced standing towards their course. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) allows students to gain credit (advanced standing) towards their course in recognition of skills and knowledge gained through work experience, life experience and/or formal training. Applicants are assessed on a case-by-case basis.

Finding your fit

At Swinburne, we recognise that not one size fits all. If this course doesn’t meet all your study criteria, check out these alternatives.

How credit points work

To qualify for the award of Master of Cybersecurity students must complete 14 units of study (200 credit points) as follows:

  • Twelve (12) core units (175 credit points)
  • Two (2) electives (25 credit points)

Your units

Graduate Certificate

Completing 8 core units entitles you to the graduate certificate.

8
Core units
=
Graduate certificate
Units of study Unit code
Core units
Creating Web Applications
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
COS60004
Technology Inquiry Project
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
COS60010
Technology Design Project
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
COS60011
Internet Security
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
COS80013
Cyber-Ethics
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
CYB70001
Operating System Management
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
ICT60001
Network Administration
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
TNE60002
Networks and Switching
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
TNE60006
Learn more about the Graduate Certificate of Cyber Security

Graduate Diploma

Completing an additional 2 core units entitles you to the graduate diploma.

Note: This qualification is an exit award only. No admission.

8
Core units
+
2
Core units
=
Graduate diploma
Units of study Unit code
Core units
Technology Innovation Project
Core unit, 25.0 credit points
COS70008
Operating System Cybersecurity
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
CYB80002
Learn more about the Graduate Diploma of Cyber Security

Masters degree

Completing an additional 2 core unit and 2 elective units entitles you to the masters.

10
Core units
+
2
Core units
+
2
Elective units
=
Masters degree
Units of study Unit code
Core units
Technology Application Project
Core unit, 25.0 credit points
COS80029
Advanced Cyber Security Programming
Core unit, 12.5 credit points
CYB80003
Elective units
Introduction to Data Science
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
COS60008
Web Application Development
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
COS80021
Software Quality and Testing
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
COS80022
Data Visualisation
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
COS80025
Research Paper
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
ICT80007
Minor Thesis
Elective unit, 25.0 credit points
ICT80014
Internship Project
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
ICT80004
Network Routing Principles
Elective unit, 12.5 credit points
TNE70003

Note: Some units are only available with the approval of the course director. 

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$34,300.00

Total fee* ($AUD)

$68,600.00

Commonwealth Supported Yearly Fee* ($AUD)

$8,948.00

Commonwealth Supported Total Fee* ($AUD)

$17,896.00

2024 fees

Yearly fee* ($AUD)

$41,240.00

Fees are estimates only

The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. These fees apply for units studied in 2024 only and may change for units studied in future years. If part-time study is permitted, annual fees will be proportionally lower based on the number of units taken per semester.

Fees are estimates only

The indicative course fees shown apply to international students for the relevant year only. They are based on a standard study load per year. However, please note that fees are assessed according to a student's study load in each semester, and variation to study load will result in an adjustment to tuition fees. International tuition fees are generally inclusive of Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF). All fees are subject to annual review and may be adjusted.

How do I pay my fees?

Two types of loans are available to assist with student study fees. Depending on eligibility, you’re able to apply for one of the loans outlined below.

  • FEE-HELP is a loan that’s available for full-fee paying higher education students. Depending on your eligibility, the Commonwealth Government can help pay all or part of your loan directly to Swinburne.
  • HECS-HELP is a loan and discount scheme that’s available if you’re enrolled in a Commonwealth-supported place. Depending on eligibility, a HECS-HELP loan can cover all or part of your contribution amount.

International students need to pay tuition fees up-front by the relevant due date. You can find the due dates on your Statement of Account.

To pay your fees:

  • log in to My Finances
  • check your Australian bank account details are correct 
  • check your Statement of Account to see how much you owe 
  • pay using your preferred payment method.

Eligibility for FEE-HELP

You’re eligible for a FEE-HELP loan if you are studying an undergraduate or postgraduate degree, or UniLink or OUA course at Swinburne, and you:

  • are an Australian citizen doing at least one unit of your course in Australia; or
  • hold a permanent humanitarian visa and will be living in Australia for the duration of your course; or
  • hold a New Zealand Special Category visa and meet the special eligibility requirements for New Zealand citizens
  • are undertaking bridging study for overseas trained professionals and will be living in Australia for the duration of this study
  • have not exceeded the new combined Help Loan limit.
     

The HELP limit is the maximum amount you can borrow from the government in your lifetime towards your education costs. It is fixed and cannot be topped up.

Eligibility for HECS-HELP

You are eligible for a HECS-HELP loan if you have been offered a Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) for an undergraduate degree at Swinburne or a UniLink course, and you:

  • are an Australian citizen and doing at least one unit of your course in Australia; or
  • hold a permanent humanitarian visa and will be living in Australia for the duration of your course; or
  • hold a New Zealand Special Category visa and meet the special eligibility requirements for New Zealand citizens.

Student services and amenities fee

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

This funding serves to improve the student experience at Swinburne. You may use many or just some of the services and amenities that the fee provides.

This amenities fee is included within your annual tuition fee listed above. The fee shown in the capped amount for 2024.

Please refer to the Student Services Amenities Fee page for more information.

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$351.00

SSAF fee* ($AUD)

$351.00

Scholarships

Scholarship applications for 2024 are open. Scholarships at Swinburne are about providing opportunity, promoting equity and recognising excellence and achievement. We want you to reach your potential and achieve your life and career goals. 

Our handy guide will assist you to gather documents for your application.

When you apply for a Swinburne course, we automatically consider you for an international scholarship of up to 20 per cent off your course fees – no separate application required! Just apply for your Swinburne course of choice and when we review your course application, we will also assess you for an international scholarship.

Apply through an agent

Most international students use an education agent to help them through the application process. Swinburne has agents all over the world that can help you with your application to study. Search for a Swinburne representative in your country. If your country is not listed, please contact us.

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Ready to take on a new challenge and reach your academic goals? If you already know which course you want to study and understand the entry requirements, what are you waiting for? Apply online! 

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