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Cyber attacks are on the rise globally. Every sector faces the daily threat of cyber security incidents. When you work in cyber security, you embark on a journey of continuous learning to keep organisations safe from cyber threats. With UOW's postgraduate cyber security courses, you'll gain sought-after skills that will help you thrive in one of the world’s most in-demand job areas.

Get up to 75% off your fees in 2024

In 2024, the Government will pay up to 75% of the course fees for eligible Domestic students studying the postgraduate courses at UOW. There’s never been a better time to get started on your next qualification.

ELIGIBILITY & FEES

Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security

The Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security can be studied over six months full-time. This course runs in short 10-week sessions, with two subjects offered each session. You can also choose to study one subject at a time which is considered part-time which will take one year. 

Master of Computer Science (Cyber Security)

The Master of Computer Science (Cyber Security) can be studied over 2 years full-time (four subjects per semester). You can also choose to study part-time and work at your own pace. Students who are working full-time often study part-time, choosing to complete one to two subjects per semester, taking four years to complete the full degree.

Credit for prior learning

  • Applicants with a Bachelor degree in Computer Science may apply for credit for 24 credit points (1 session).
  • Applicants who successfully complete the Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security will receive 24 credit points of specified credit into the Master of Computer Science (Cyber Security).

Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security

The Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security includes four core subjects:

  • Python Programming for Cyber Security
  • Databases and Security
  • Cyber Security Risk and Risk Management
  • Web Security

View the Course Handbook for the complete course structure and learning outcomes.

Master of Computer Science (Cyber Security)

The Master of Computer Science (Cyber Security) requires the successful completion of 96 credit points, with the following subjects:

  • Programming and Data Structures
  • Data Management Systems
  • System Analysis and Project Management
  • Web Development
  • Strategic Network Design
  • Security, Ethics and Professionalism
  • Security Essentials
  • Artificial Intelligence for Cybersecurity
  • Emerging Topics in Cyber Security

Plus your choice of:

  • Professional Capstone Project
  • Research Project

Credit for prior learning

If you have successfully completed the online Graduate Certificate of Cyber Security or a Bachelor of Computer Science prior to starting this course, you will be eligible for 24 credit points of specified credit (four subjects).

View the Course Handbook for the complete course structure and learning outcomes.

Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security

  • 2024 Session 1: 29 January - 7 April 2024
  • 2024 Session 2: 22 April - 28 June 2024
  • 2024 Session 3: 15 July - 20 September 2024
  • 2024 Session 4: 7 October - 13 December 2024

Master of Computer Science (Cyber Security)

  • 2024 Autumn Session: 26 February – 21 June 2024
  • 2024 Spring Session: 22 July – 15 November 2024

 

Course Campus Total Course Fee*
Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security
  • UOW Online
$4,472 (2024)
Master of Computer Science (Cyber Security)
  • UOW Liverpool campus
  • UOW Wollongong campus

$19,563 - $20,216 (2024)

Depending on subject selection

The above tuition fees are the amount payable for a Commonwealth Supported place.

Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are university places where, for eligible domestic students, tuition fees are made up of two parts:

  • an Australian Government contribution (for some courses, up to three-quarters of the tuition fee is funded by the Australian Government)
  • a student contribution (the above amount, which may be deferred and repaid later via a HECS-HELP loan)

To be eligible for this fee subsidy, you must meet the following criteria: Be a domestic student, i.e. an Australian or New Zealand citizen, a permanent resident of Australia or a permanent Australian Humanitarian visa holder.

 *Total indicative course tuition fees shown is for a Commonwealth Supported place. These fees are based on normal course length and progression and are subject to change from year to year. For up to date information on course structure and fees, refer to the UOW Course Handbook.

 

Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security

UOW Online

UOW integrates online learning into nearly all subjects. However, when your course is offered through UOW Online, 100% of your course will be delivered online, including all tutorials, class discussions and submission of assessments. This delivery mode allows you to study from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. 

Studying online still means you will be able to connect with our passionate lecturers and teachers and network with your classmates.

Master of Computer Science (Cyber Security)

On-campus at Wollongong or Liverpool campuses

When you study ‘on campus’ you will attend classes on the Wollongong or Liverpool campus between Monday and Friday, and you can sometimes choose class times outside business hours to help you organise study around your other commitments. UOW integrates online learning into all of our subjects so the time spent on campus is spent strengthening your understanding and practicing your skills.

It’s an interesting and challenging course that allows you to broaden your understanding of cyber security. The teachers’ level of knowledge and experience allowed the course content to understood very easily. This qualification has already assisted me in my current role and it will open up new avenues for my career as I progress in the future. Mitchell Prior Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security

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The top 3 reasons to study Cyber Security at UOW

#1 Real-world experience

Lecturers in this course are from the Institute of Cybersecurity and Cryptology (iC2), one of the top-ranking cyber security research centres in Australia. We also cooperate with worldwide industry partners in cyber security and cloud, such as Cisco, Google, AWS, Deloitte, and Hack the Box.

#2 A booming job market 

There were more than 134,000 cyber security workers in Australia in 2021, up from 109,000 in 2020 and 107,000 in 2019. This number is predicted to increase by more than 20% annually. Source: Australian Computer Society

#3 Set yourself up for a cyber career

"Students get theoretical and practical knowledge about Web Security, Database Security, Risk Management, and Python Programming for Cybersecurity. Some IT experience together with the lessons from this course will help them to find a very good position in the Cybersecurity field." Dr Chau Nguyen, Lecturer in Cyber Security at UOW.

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Learn from the best

Access to world-leading cyber security experts with the backing of UOW’s Institute of Cybersecurity and Cryptology (IC²).

Willy Susilo: Guardian of the e-world

For 30 years, Professor Willy Susilo has been at the forefront of cryptographic and cybersecurity breakthroughs, forging the path to Australian cybersecurity and teaching others to do the same.

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UOW Computer Science and Information Technology degrees rank among the best:

  • Five-star study area: The 2022 Good Universities Guide awarded UOW for Learner Engagement and Skills Development in the study area of Computer and Information Technology. 
  • Subject experts: UOW ranked among the top 200 universities in the world for Computer Science and Information Systems in the QS World University Rankings by Subject 2021.

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Become part of UOW's active ICT community:

  • Engage with like-minded students: Join the Wollongong Information Technology Society (WITS) at UOW and become part of a vibrant and engaged community.
  • Hands-on learning: You'll have access and opportunity to attend industry workshops, and work on industry-sponsored projects.
  • Learn from the best:  Learn from world-renowned academics who are experts in their field, and engage with guest industry lecturers throughout your degree.
  • Strong support for women: The Women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Student Society actively supports females studying STEM at UOW.

 

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Taught by cyber security experts

Our students learn how to solve real-life cyber security problems faced by organisations today. You’ll learn hands-on skills such as running an autopsy of a real cyber-attack, conducting experiments on different kinds of web attacks, as well as an introduction to programming, risk management, and database and web security. Joonsang Baek Associate Professor, School of Computing and Information Technology

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Imagine where cyber security can take you

The course can lead to specialist roles such as secure software developer, database administrator. secure web developer, security analyst, ethical hacker/penetration tester, digital forensics analyst, cryptographer, security consultant, security architect, information security manager, or chief information security officer.

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