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).
- 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.
This is an AQF Level 8 course delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd.
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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
Average salary: $107,000 - $180,000
Chief Security Officer
Average salary: $170,000 - $226,000
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.
Network Design and Security | NDS441In Network Design and Security, students will be introduced to principles of network communications, topologies, and security protocols. Contemporary and advanced techniques for managing and protecting computing networks will be explored to ensure the protection of commercially processed data and their supported applications. Students will be given an opportunity to design and evaluate a contemporary computing network with a focus on next generation firewalls, threat management systems, and advanced access management, and present network design and security strategies to protect the business against emerging cybersecurity attacks.
Cybersecurity Principles and Organisational Practice | CPO442This subject introduces students to cybersecurity principles with a focus on the human factors involved and their consequences on business operations. IT risk management, security strategies and governance will be explored to protect both end-users and business operations. Students will plan, develop and communicate a cybersecurity strategy for an enterprise with consideration of human behaviours, system requirements and operational assurance.
Principles of Programming | MIS501This subject introduces students to programming as a tool for developing systems and addressing business needs. Students will learn Unified Modelling Language (UML) and Integrated Development Environment (IDE) to design, create, compile, test and run programs, applying object-oriented concepts to construct classes and methods to solve organisational problems. This subject will be tailored to student's levels of expertise and expose students to an object-oriented programming language(s). Furthermore, it will equip students with the skills to assess and apply requirements in business environments.
Software Fortress and Web Protection | SWF541Software Fortress and Web protection introduces students to the tools and methodologies to secure software and web applications against external threats and internal risks. Important topics will be explored, such as advanced risk management in software systems, development of resilient systems to safeguard data and applications, and sustained protection of users and data against emerging cybersecurity attacks. Upon completion of this subject, the students have the skills and knowledge needed to develop sustainable and dependable software and web systems according to the industry standards.
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
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.
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.
ScholarshipsIf 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:
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.
Guaranteed pathway and Recognition of Prior LearningIf 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.
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.
Course fees can be paid across three study periods. Each instalment to be paid before the beginning of the academic stage census date.
ScholarshipsWe 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.
Before you begin your course application to study as an international student, check that you meet the requirements below.
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How to apply
Read through the admissions criteria and ensure you meet the entry requirements.
It’s easy! Apply online below or contact us and we can help on 1300 575 803.
We’ll contact you shortly after to confirm your details and help you through the rest of the process.
Frequently asked questions
Can I get course credit for previous experience?
Yes, course credit is available for most courses upon application and academic approval (excluding Higher Degree by Research programs).
If you have already completed a qualification or have relevant work experience, you may be eligible for credit towards your course. This credit can take the form of credit transfer, block credit or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Review our Course Credits page or chat to our Future Student Advisors.
What are Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT)? How do I apply?
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is an assessment process that recognises experience, previous study and qualifications, and other forms of informal and non-formal learning, to determine if you meet course requirements.
If you have relevant qualifications or experience, you may be eligible for credit towards your course and a reduction in tuition costs.
Please speak to our Future Student Advisors to discuss your prior learning experiences.
For more information, please visit Course credits.
How do I apply for a scholarship?
Torrens University has a wide range of scholarship options to support new, returning, international and Australian students. They all include a reduction in tuition fees, and some scholarships include a mentoring component with our industry partners.
When you speak to our Future Student Advisors, let them know you wish to be considered for a scholarship in your application form. They will show you how to apply for a scholarship.
Please contact your Education Agent for further information. Alternatively, you can call us on 1300 575 803 or by email.
For more details, explore our range of scholarships.
What if I don’t meet the entry criteria for a degree?
Torrens University Australia has a range of application pathways to help you gain entry into our degrees based on different criteria.
To find out more, visit Study Pathways or contact our Future Student Advisors.
Am I eligible for FEE-HELP?
If you are a domestic student attending university or an approved higher education provider, you can get a FEE-HELP loan to pay all or part of your tuition fees.
You are eligible for FEE-HELP assistance for a unit of study (i.e. subject) if you:
- Undertake study with an approved provider.
- Meet the citizenship and residency requirements:
- An Australian citizen or a New Zealand Special Category Visa holder who meets the long-term residency criteria and who will undertake, in Australia, at least one unit of study contributing to your course; OR
- A permanent humanitarian visa holder who will be a resident in Australia for the duration of your unit; OR
- Are a permanent visa holder who is undertaking bridging study for overseas-trained professionals, and will be a resident in Australia for the duration of the study.
- Enrolled in an eligible unit of study by the census date for the unit.
- Have not exceeded the FEE-HELP limit.
For full details, visit the Australian Government website Study Assist.
If you are still unsure, please contact our Future Student Advisors who can talk you through the information.
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