What is a Master of Cybersecurity (Advanced)?A Master of Cybersecurity (Advanced) meets the growing need for professionals equipped to protect the digital fortress from rising cybersecurity threats. Develop extensive knowledge and skills in software and network security, human-centric cybersecurity solutions and enterprise computing systems.
Designed with Industry 4.0 at the forefront, this course will also give you a thorough understanding of the significance of ethical use of technology in designing and implementing innovative cybersecurity solutions. In preparation for launching or advancing a successful career, you'll complete work-integrated learning subjects, allowing you to put your learnings into practice.
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).
- Critically analyse and explain cybersecurity operations and their impact on society.
- Assess human and technology requirements, using agile approaches to protect human and digital infrastructures.
- Learn how to evaluate and leverage emerging cybersecurity tools and methodologies for preventative action.
- Develop innovative and agile solutions to defend against cybersecurity breaches and attacks.
- Understand how to research and evaluate emerging cybersecurity threats, risks and solutions.
- Learn to demonstrate ethical and professional leadership in implementing cybersecurity solutions.
This is an AQF Level 9 course delivered by Torrens University Australia Ltd.
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The skills you gain in the Master of Cybersecurity will enable you to enter a growing and crucial range of senior cybersecurity roles. The focus of human-centric practice will ensure you are well positioned to develop innovative, ethical and agile solutions to defend against cybersecurity breaches and attacks.
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 twelve core subjects and one elective subject. Each subject involves 10 hours of study per week, comprising three hours of facilitated study and seven hours self-directed study.
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.
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.
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.
IoT Cloud and Digital Infrastructure Protection | ICD542In this subject, students will be introduced to the methodologies and techniques that enable secure digital infrastructure, including Internet of Things (IoT), cloud networks, and extended computing networks. Specialist topics that are relevant to contemporary and future industries will be explored such as Artificial Intelligence (AI) driven security solutions and cloud enabled secure environments. The knowledge and skills acquired in the subject will equip students with the ability to devise an innovative security solution to protect digital infrastructure for public safety and a sustainable future society.
Intelligent Systems | ISY503This subject aims to give a broad introduction of intelligent systems, that is, how technologically advanced machines perceive and respond to the world around them. Discussion will focus on how Artificial Intelligence (AI) concepts and classifications are used to design intelligent systems. Overview of AI topics such as representation, reasoning, search methods, intelligent agents, learning, uncertainties and probabilities, perception and action, and communication are presented. It also includes discussions of AI classifications such as Machine Learning, Robotic, Natural Language Processing, Speech Recognition, Expert Systems, Computer Vision, and how they are used to make intelligent systems. This subject also enables students to understand the particular ethical issues that AI presents and how it can be used to benefit society.
Research Methodologies | REM502This subject introduces students to a framework for developing good scholarly inquiry skills and fundamental knowledge needed to make rational decisions about research strategies. Students will be presented with research strategies to critically investigate exemplar studies and examine the connection between a research question with appropriate research design and methodology. On completion of this subject, students should be able to develop researchable questions, and write research proposals and literature reviews. They will have a critical understanding of the strengths and limitations of the quantitative, qualitative and mixed method approaches to research. They will also learn about the ethical principles of research, challenges in getting approval and the approval processes.
Machine Learning | MLN601This subject is designed to provide a graduate-level student an in-depth understanding of the methodologies, technologies, and algorithms currently used in machine learning. Students will be introduced to the theory behind a range of machine learning tools and practice applying the tools to different applications. It explores topics such as classification, linear models, supervised and unsupervised learning in conjunction with applied and theoretical machine learning concepts. Students complete practical activities using machine learning algorithms and methods.
Cybersecurity for Sustainable Enterprises | CSE641Cybersecurity and Sustainable Enterprises enables students to develop their knowledge and understanding of enterprise governance standards and strategies with a focus on cybersecurity law and regulations. Digital transformation and its impact on business enterprises will be explored to ensure secure and efficient operational sustainability. Students will plan, develop and communicate sustainable cybersecurity solutions that are dependable and trustworthy, and encompass enterprise culture and viability.
Human-Centric Cybersecurity in a Smart Society | HCC642Human-Centric Cybersecurity in a Smart Society develops students' knowledge and understanding of advancements in digital technology with consideration of human factors and a smart digital society. Digital disruption, contemporary cybersecurity solutions, and security breaches will be explored to design a sustainable and secure digital world including social media and virtual spaces, and ensure compliance with standard security frameworks. Students will design, deploy and communicate smart effective software solutions for both business and entertainment applications that are based on the smart trust scheme needed for a digital society.
Information Technology Work Integrated Learning | ITW601This subject is designed to provide students an opportunity to pursue a significant IT project in a professional environment. This enables students to develop skills that enhance their prospects of gaining meaningful employment and build their career for the future. Work integrated learning broadens the students' learning environment while they are studying and allows them to see first-hand how their learnings in their degree translates in practice, as well as how 'real world' practice relates to what they are learning at University. There are two work integrated learning options available to students: Option 1: Industry Placement Option 2: Industry Live Brief
Advanced Information Technology Work Integrated Learning | ITA602This subject builds upon the subject ITW601 Information Technology Work Integrated Learning enabling students to further develop and apply strategic processes, creative tools and research for innovation in the field of IT. It extends the opportunity to pursue the significant project in a professional environment enabling students to develop skills that enhance their prospects of gaining meaningful employment and build their career for the future. Industry Capstone Project
Big Data and Analytics | BDA601In this subject students learn techniques and best practices in collecting, storing, cleaning, manipulating, analysing, extracting, and visualising useful information from large, structured, semi-structured, or unstructured data sets, which are useful for crucial organisation decisions. Students will also learn applications of big data analytics across industry sectors such as segmentation and prediction, churn prediction, recommender systems and targeted marketing, sentiment analysis, operational analytics, and Big Data for social good.
Agile Project Management | MIS608Progressing from traditional project management frameworks this subject focuses on Agile project management, Agile project management methodology, the principles of Agile, and Agile techniques. This subject will be based on a foundation of the 4 core values and 12 guiding principles of Agile as laid out by the agile manifesto. Students will develop an understanding of Agile concepts, tools and techniques: Scrum and Kanban, Roadmap planning, Program increments, Sprints and daily scrums and the Agile roles within teams. Some of the leading Agile frameworks will be discussed so that students have an understanding of some of the different philosophies, which support the Agile continuous delivery pipeline. Points of origin in Lean practice and the relationship between Agile and DevOps will also be covered to help students orient themselves in the broader emerging landscape of projects and software development landscape.
User Experience Design | DID602AThis subject develops conceptual and practical knowledge and skills in experience design for interactive and online media. Students will use common experience design research methods to analyse audience and content requirements. Students will work through concept development, prototyping, validation and testing phases to improve and refine a user experience design in relation to the requirements of a specific client brief. Throughout students will develop their knowledge and skillset in terms of creating usable and user- centred interactive design experiences.
Management, People and Teams | MGT600This subject introduces you to how organisational behaviour, politics, dynamics and environments impact on the role and legitimacy of management. Constraints that managers and emerging leaders face in developing strategies to leverage advantages and overcome barriers in organisations and projects will be explored. You will identify, analyse and make effective decisions to resolve people-related issues, lead and manage change, facilitate employee development, performance and sustain effective teams in complex and diverse global operating environments.
Distributed Development | DDE602This subject provides an in-depth understanding of distributed application and systems development by training learners to aggregate resources of networked computers to construct highly versatile and scalable services. The topics cover how to implement thread pools that leverage lightweight concurrency primitives, harness concepts of distributed algorithms and discuss the role of overlays in content dissemination. Case studies of distributed systems are also covered in detail. Finally, learners design efficient data representation formats for communication between distributed components.
Deep Learning | DLE602This subject introduces the basics of deep learning and how to build neural networks. Students are presented with different methods and applications to different AI sub-areas such as natural language processing, speech recognition, and computer vision. The subject begins with the introduction of simple neural networks such as multi-layer perceptron, and to more complicated concepts such as recurrent neural networks, convolutional networks, and long short-term networks.
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
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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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