In our increasingly connected world, secure systems and networks are a vital responsibility for all organisations. Informed by global best practice and cutting-edge research, the Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security at UNSW Canberra provides you with the tools and techniques required to detect, analyse and confront cyber challenges.  

Degree type

Postgraduate coursework


6 months full-time

Commencing terms

Semester 1, Semester 2

Program code


Delivery mode

Online (some face-to-face electives)


This course is for postgraduate students who wish to gain detailed cyber security technical skills and expertise. It incorporates principles gathered from information systems, systems engineering, computer science, network security, and defence.  

Build your capacity as a cyber security professional for a rewarding and highly sought-after career.

World-class teaching facilities

The Master of Cyber Security is offered primarily via Intensive Delivery Mode due to the nature of the courses and the use of the training facilities at UNSW Canberra Cyber. The Cyber Range includes a digital forensics lab and virtual learning environments where our students learn how to identify and manage cyber threats.  

Find out more

For more information on this degree, see the UNSW Handbook.

  • Students undertaking Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security are required to complete 24 Units of Credit (UOC) by completing four 6-UOC courses from the list in the Handbook entry for the program.

    In the Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security program, students must complete at least 12 UOC, up to 24 UOC, from the core courses list and up to 12 UOC from the elective courses list.

  • *Please note: Program rules are subject to change. Students need to follow the program rules set out in the UNSW Handbook of the year they were admitted into the program.

    Core courses

    Code Course Semester 1 - 2024 Semester 2 - 2024
    ZEIT8020 Cyber Offence: Threats and Opportunities

    Distance Mode

    Not Offered
    ZEIT8021 Information Assurance and Security Distance Mode 

    Not Offered

    ZEIT8023 Wireless, Mobile and Internet of Things Security

    Not Offered

    Distance Mode

    ZEIT8025 Reverse Engineering Distance Mode Not Offered
    ZEIT8026 Cyber Defence: Network Security Operations

    Not Offered

    Distance Mode

     ZEIT8028 Digital Forensics  Not Offered Distance Mode
     ZEIT8029 Network and Memory Forensics  Distance Mode Not Offered
     ZEIT8042 Introduction to Exploit Development  Not Offered Intensive Delivery Mode – Dates TBA



    Code Course Semester 1 - 2024 Semester 2 - 2024
    ZEIT8024 Software Security Lifecycle Distance Mode Not Offered
    ZEIT8027 Critical Infrastructure and Control System Security Not Offered Intensive Delivery Mode – Dates TBA
    ZEIT8030 Big Data and Decision Analytics for Security Not Offered Distance Mode
  • For information regarding entry requirements, please refer to the online handbook

  • Limited Commonwealth Supported Places (CSPs) are available for this degree to eligible domestic students who commence in S2 2022 only. CSP are not available for any new admission or deferred admission in this degree for 2023 commencement and onwards. Further information regarding UNSW PG Commonwealth Supported Places can be found here including eligibility and CSP Tuition Fees. 

    Please note that CSP won't be available to Defence students in this degree if their study is funded via Defence PG ADFA Study Scheme. 

Key contacts

Program Coordinator
Dr Tim Lynar

Student Enquiries
T: +61 2 5114 5000