Graduate Diploma in Cyber Security

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  • Awarded by

    UNSW Online

  • Qualification

    Graduate Certificate

  • Study Mode

    Online

  • Payment Options

    FEE-HELP may be availableUpfront payment

  • Duration

    Accelerated; complete in as little as 16 months

  • Start Date

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  • Career Outcomes

    Security Consultant | Cyber Security Officer | Information Security Analyst | Security System Manager | View all

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  • In a Nutshell

    Australia is facing a severe shortage of job-ready cyber security workers, requiring an estimated 16,600 additional cyber security workers for technical as well as non-technical positions by 2026¹.  

    The Graduate Diploma is designed for those looking to build upon foundational knowledge and gain the cyber security skills needed to meet demand in an evolving industry. Develop a holistic perspective of the current and emerging trends in cybercrime and gain the technical skills to secure modern networks against cyber-attacks. 

    Designed by leading cyber security academics and industry experts and built to remain relevant in a continuously developing sector, this dynamic and rewarding program provides you with the skills employers demand, for a successful career in cyber security. 

    ¹AustCyber, Sector Competitiveness Plan, 2019 ​​​​​.​

  • What You'll Need to Get In

    Specialisation: Management and Leadership

    • Have completed a Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security with a WAM of 65 or greater as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Coursework Entry Score Calculator or no fails; OR
    • Have completed a recognised bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline (e.g. Engineering, Business, Science, Leadership, Policy) with a WAM of 65 or greater as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Coursework Entry Score Calculator; OR
    • Four years of relevant experience* with demonstrated skills and ability in leadership; AND
    • Proficient in the English language.

    *Relevant work experience for the Management and Leadership specialisation includes, but is not limited to, roles in Business Strategy, HR Management, Change Management, Project Management, Policy or Leadership as well as the following: Business Systems Analyst, Front end developer, Application coder, Game designer, Cyber Security Analyst, Software Developer, Consultant in Risk or Business, Penetration Tester, Security Team Manager, Digital Forensics specialist, Cyber Security Change and Awareness Manager, Cyber Security Outreach Trainer, Private Investigator, Specialist Police and Military roles, Financial Analyst, Forensic Accountant, Computer Systems or Information Auditor, Data Privacy and Electronics Technician, Project Manager, Executive Officer, Technical Manager, Analyst. 

    Specialisation: Security Engineering

    • Have completed a Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security with a WAM of 65 or greater as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Coursework Entry Score Calculator or no fails; OR
    • Have completed a recognised bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline (e.g. Computer Science, Science or Engineering or a degree containing considerable mathematics and/or statistics courses) with a WAM of 65 or greater as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Coursework Entry Score Calculator; OR
    • Four years of relevant experience* with demonstrated skills and ability in leadership; AND
    • Proficient in the English language.

    *Relevant experience for the Security Engineering specialisation includes, but is not limited to, the following roles: Business Systems Analyst, Front End Developer, Application Coder, Game Designer, Cyber Security Analyst, Software Developer, Consultant in Risk or Business, Penetration Tester, Security Team Manager, Digital Forensics Specialist, Cyber Security Change and Awareness Manager, Cyber Security Outreach Trainer, Private Investigator, Specialist Police and Military roles, Financial Analyst, Forensic Accountant, Computer Systems or Information Auditor, Data Privacy, Electronics Technician, Project Manager, Executive Officer, Technical Manager, Analyst, Systems Administrator, Network or Telecommunications Engineer.

  • Subject Breakdown

    The Graduate Diploma in Cyber Security comprises eight online courses, with the option of selecting from a Management and Leadership or Security Engineering specialisation. The Graduate Diploma program consists of four foundation courses, three specialisation electives, and one elective of choice. 

    Core courses 

    • Foundations of Cyber Security 
    • Data Security and Privacy 
    • Cyber Security Ethics 
    • Principles of Security Engineering 

    Management and Leadership specialisation electives 

    • Cyber Operations 
    • Cyber and the Law 
    • Cyber Management and Governance 
    • Cyber Threats and Crime 

    Security Engineering specialisation electives

    • Cloud Security 
    • Penetration Testing 
    • Advanced Penetration Testing
    • Reverse Engineering 
    • Digital Forensics 

    *Pre-requisite required: Penetration Testing 

    Should you choose to pursue a Master of Cyber Security upon the successful completion of your Graduate Diploma, the following prerequisites must be considered: 

    • Fundamentals of coding: C and Assembler is a prerequisite for Reverse Engineering. 
    • Operation System Fundamentals is a prerequisite for Digital Forensics. 
  • Why UNSW Online?

    Study 100% Online with UNSW. A World Leader.  

    UNSW is a globally recognised leader in education, with a focus on industry applicable programs. When you study online with UNSW, you can expect to learn from world-class academics and collaborate with ambitious, like-minded individuals. 

    Study at Australia’s Global University. Anywhere, anytime. 

    Studying online at UNSW means that you have the flexibility to shape your studies to fit your life and career goals. The programs have been designed with busy working professionals in mind so you can study one course at a time, 100% online & accelerated, whilst working full-time. 

    Designed by Industry for Industry. 

    The UNSW online programs have been developed in close consultation with industry experts equipping you with applicable and career-related skills. UNSW is ranked in the top 3 universities in Australia for graduate employability, and is 27th in the world (QS University World Rankings by Graduate Employability, 2020) with each program offering advanced disciplinary depth, giving you access to the latest thinking and current research.

    Student Admissions Advisors:

    Investing in the right program for you is important to us and we’re here to help you every step of the way. Our Student Enrolment Advisors are available to assist you with all your program and enrolment queries.

    Student Success Advisors:

    Studying online does not mean studying alone. We are here to help you make your difference. Throughout your study journey, you will be able to turn to your Student Success Advisor (SSA), who is committed to assisting you at every stage, from enrolment through to graduation. Your SSA is on hand to help with all non-academic queries by phone or email.

  • Where will this course take you?

    The online Graduate Diploma in Cyber Security prepares students to pursue a range of local and international roles in professional cyber security within a business, government, or law enforcement environment.

  • Career Outcomes

  • Let's talk price

    The 2022 Indicative Domestic Tuition Fee is $36,480. 

    The total indicative cost of completing your degree depends on the elective courses you choose to complete and any recognition of prior learning before the commencement of your studies. Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees.

    Eligible students may be able to apply for a government loan scheme, FEE-HELP.

    FEE-HELP

    You may be eligible to receive FEE-HELP for this course!

    This course can be paid for through the FEE-HELP government loan scheme. If you are an Australian citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa, you may not need to pay upfront.

    Instead, the Australian government will pay your course fees directly to the provider on your behalf. You'll begin repaying your loan through the tax system once you start earning more than the minimum threshold of $47,014 (2021-22 income year). 

    Find out more about government study loans here.

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Specialisation: Management and Leadership

  • Have completed a Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security with a WAM of 65 or greater as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Coursework Entry Score Calculator or no fails; OR
  • Have completed a recognised bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline (e.g. Engineering, Business, Science, Leadership, Policy) with a WAM of 65 or greater as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Coursework Entry Score Calculator; OR
  • Four years of relevant experience* with demonstrated skills and ability in leadership; AND
  • Proficient in the English language.

*Relevant work experience for the Management and Leadership specialisation includes, but is not limited to, roles in Business Strategy, HR Management, Change Management, Project Management, Policy or Leadership as well as the following: Business Systems Analyst, Front end developer, Application coder, Game designer, Cyber Security Analyst, Software Developer, Consultant in Risk or Business, Penetration Tester, Security Team Manager, Digital Forensics specialist, Cyber Security Change and Awareness Manager, Cyber Security Outreach Trainer, Private Investigator, Specialist Police and Military roles, Financial Analyst, Forensic Accountant, Computer Systems or Information Auditor, Data Privacy and Electronics Technician, Project Manager, Executive Officer, Technical Manager, Analyst. 

Specialisation: Security Engineering

  • Have completed a Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security with a WAM of 65 or greater as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Coursework Entry Score Calculator or no fails; OR
  • Have completed a recognised bachelor's degree (or equivalent) in a cognate discipline (e.g. Computer Science, Science or Engineering or a degree containing considerable mathematics and/or statistics courses) with a WAM of 65 or greater as determined by the UNSW Postgraduate Coursework Entry Score Calculator; OR
  • Four years of relevant experience* with demonstrated skills and ability in leadership; AND
  • Proficient in the English language.

*Relevant experience for the Security Engineering specialisation includes, but is not limited to, the following roles: Business Systems Analyst, Front End Developer, Application Coder, Game Designer, Cyber Security Analyst, Software Developer, Consultant in Risk or Business, Penetration Tester, Security Team Manager, Digital Forensics Specialist, Cyber Security Change and Awareness Manager, Cyber Security Outreach Trainer, Private Investigator, Specialist Police and Military roles, Financial Analyst, Forensic Accountant, Computer Systems or Information Auditor, Data Privacy, Electronics Technician, Project Manager, Executive Officer, Technical Manager, Analyst, Systems Administrator, Network or Telecommunications Engineer.

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