Graduate Certificate of Cybersecurity

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Graduate Certificate of Cybersecurity | Torrens University

What is a Graduate Certificate of Cybersecurity?

The Graduate Certificate of Cybersecurity is designed to provide you with fundamental IT skills and an extensive understanding of the field of cybersecurity. The course will develop your knowledge of essential IT areas including software and data security, as well as a foundation of cybersecurity principles.

Learn to apply your skills and knowledge in practical ways within the ever-evolving Industry 4.0 environment. This qualification teaches you the in-demand human-centric solutioning skills that employers are seeking within the industry, while you gain an understanding of the continuously changing environment and the crucial nature of ethical and professional decision making in a cybersecurity context.

This course has been co-developed with industry-leading ICT practitioners and academics, and is structured to meet the Australian Computer Society’s Core Body of Knowledge (CBOK) and Cybersecurity Body of Knowledge (CyBOK).


Learning outcomes

  • Analyse and explain cybersecurity operations and their impact on society.
  • Learn to develop human-centric ICT products with the application of contemporary software security and cybersecurity features.
  • Gain an understanding of cybersecurity standards and practices.
  • Learn to demonstrate ethical and professional leadership in supporting digital businesses.
Study mode
Online, On campus, Blended
Campus locations*
Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne, Adelaide, Online
Course duration
6 months full time, 12 months part time
Start date
05 Jun 2023
18 Sep 2023

This is an AQF Level 8 course delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd.

*For more details on international student study options.

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Career opportunities

Your fundamental cybersecurity and IT skills and knowledge will enable you to enter the growing field of ICT security professionals. The Graduate Certificate of Cybersecurity also provides an alternative entry path for further study into the Master of Cybersecurity courses.

Potential career paths

  • Cybersecurity Engineer
    Average salary: $107,000 - $180,000
  • Chief Security Officer
    Average salary: $170,000 - $226,000
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The digital evolution will continue in many industry sectors, and the smart information and communications technologies, enabled by software engineering and protected by cybersecurity professionals, will be the new norm in our daily lives and business operations.
Tony Jan
Associate Professor, Program Director - Technology

Subjects and units

This course comprises of four core subjects over levels 400 and 500. Each subject involves 10 hours of study per week, comprising three hours of facilitated study and seven hours self-directed study.

  • Core


Complete four core subjects.

Core subjects

  • Network Design and Security | NDS441
  • Cybersecurity Principles and Organisational Practice | CPO442
  • Principles of Programming | MIS501
  • Software Fortress and Web Protection | SWF541


Learn with industry standard technologies

International students must not enrol in more than one-third (33%) of online subjects over their course, and must study at least one face-to-face subject each study period. Please note that due to COVID-19, authorities have provided exceptions to the usual face-to-face learning requirements until 30 June 2023 only. For more information, visit Study in Australia.

International students on a student visa are required to study full time (i.e. must complete a minimum of 1.0 EFTSL of study per year). For the latest information on study locations, please check the entry requirements flyer.

Industry partners and work placements

When you study with Torrens University Australia, you will benefit from our extensive network of industry partners. You’ll learn from industry professionals, gain invaluable insights and build key industry relationships.
Complete an industry brief or internship

Engage with industry throughout your course as you complete an industry brief or internship, providing experience in the field you're pursuing your dream career in.

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Entry details

  • Domestic
  • International


Check the domestic course fee schedule for the cost of your course.


Eligible Australian students may choose to defer some, or all, of their tuition fees through FEE-HELP, a loan scheme repaid through the tax system based on income.

Learn more about fees and FEE-HELP


If you are truly passionate about Design and Creative Technology, we want to hear from you. We have a variety of Design and Creative Technology scholarships on offer to assist you in becoming a key part of the Design and Creative Technology industry:

Admission criteria

Before you begin your application to study as a domestic student, check that you meet the requirements listed below.

Completion of a qualification at AQF Level 7 (Bachelor degree) or above in Information Technology, Business Information Systems or relevant disciplines


Work life experience demonstrating the ability to undertake study at the required level.

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Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior Learning

If you have already completed a qualification you may be able to credit this against your degree with us, even if it’s from another institution. This is called Recognition of Prior Learning. We also offer pathway opportunities to further your learning.

Learn more about study pathways


Check the international course fee schedule for the cost of your course. Onshore international students requiring a student visa should choose campus-based / blended options.

Fee payment

Course fees can be paid across three study periods. Each instalment to be paid before the beginning of the academic stage census date.


We want you to have the best possible chance to succeed, which is why we offer a range of financial scholarships to support our international students during their study journey.

Admission criteria

Before you begin your course application to study as an international student, check that you meet the requirements below.

Completion of a qualification at AQF Level 7 (Bachelor degree) or above in Information Technology, Business Information Systems or relevant disciplines
Academic IELTS 6.5 (no band less than 6.0) or equivalent.
OR alternative entry requirement may be available. Contact the International Admissions team for more information.

View full course admission information

How to apply

Frequently asked questions

  • Can I get course credit for previous experience?
  • What are Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT)? How do I apply?
  • How do I apply for a scholarship?
  • What if I don’t meet the entry criteria for a degree?
  • Am I eligible for FEE-HELP?

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