Join us for #CareersUnlocked: Trends, threats and the future of Cyber Security

30 November 6pm - 6:45pm (AEDT)

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

Degree type

Postgraduate coursework


1 year full-time

Commencing terms

Semester 1, Semester 2

Program code


Delivery mode

Online (some face-to-face requirements)


This course is for postgraduate students who wish to gain detailed cybersecurity 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.  

What our students say

“I liked that most lecturers were visiting lecturers, so they also ran their own companies outside of the University. This meant they had up-to-date knowledge and experience in cyber security in the real world. With cyber space rapidly changing and threats evolving, these lectures were informative, and the information was transferrable.
The intensive courses were also a great part of the program. I am a real hands-on learner, and it was good to be able to come and get some experience in a face-to-face environment.” 
Shannon Campbell, Master of Cyber Security student

Find out more

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

  • Students undertaking the Master of Cyber Security need to complete 48 Units of Credit (UOC) by completing eight 6-UOC courses from the list in the Handbook entry for the program (see the list in Course Availability below). 

    In the Master of Cyber Security program, students must complete four core courses and four elective courses. Not all elective courses will be available in a particular year. 

    Students may choose to complete the generalist Master of Cyber Security program or the Master of Cyber Security with a specialisation in Digital Forensics or Advanced Tradecraft

    The courses in the program may be taken in any order, but it's recommended that the four core courses are completed first, followed by the four elective courses. 

    With the approval of the Program Coordinator, students with a High Distinction average in four courses may complete a 12-UOC research project in lieu of two elective courses. The project is recommended for those with a strong interest in pursuing original research in a specific area or those intending to undertake a higher-level research qualification. 

    Students may take up to two elective courses (12 UOC) from other coursework programs with the approval of the Program Coordinator. 

  • Please note: Program rules are subject to change. Students need to follow the program rules set out in the UNSW Handbook of the current year of their admission into the program.           

    Core courses

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

    Distance Mode + Intensive Mode

    Not Offered
    ZEIT8021 Information Assurance and Security Distance Mode 

    Not Offered

    ZEIT8023 Wireless, Mobile and Internet of Things Security

    Not Offered

    Distance Mode + Intensive Mode (school consent to enrol)

    ZEIT8026 Cyber Defence: Network Security Operations

    Not Offered

    Distance Mode



    Code Course Semester 1 - 2024 Semester 2 - 2024
    ZEIT8024 Software Security Lifecycle Distance Mode Not Offered
    ZEIT8025 Reverse Engineering

    Distance Mode

    Not Offered
    ZEIT8027 Critical Infrastructure and Control System Security Not Offered 
    Intensive Mode
    ZEIT8028 Digital Forensics  Not Offered Distance Mode
    ZEIT8029 Mobile Network and Memory Forensics

    Distance Mode

    Not Offered

    ZEIT8030 Big Data and Decision Analytics for Security Not Offered Distance Mode
    ZEIT8042 Introduction to Exploit Development

    Not Offered

    Intensive Mode

    ZEIT8601 Applied Machine Learning Not Offered Distance Mode

    Research Project

    Code Course Semester 1 - 2024 Semester 2 - 2024
    ZEIT8260 Project Report – Cyber Security (Part Time) Distance Mode Distance Mode
    ZEIT8261 Project Report – Cyber Security (Full Time) Distance Mode Distance Mode
  • For information regarding entry requirements, please refer to the UNSW Handbook

  • If you have successfully completed approved professional development courses, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning towards future study. 

    Find out more

Key contacts

Program Coordinator
Dr Tim Lynar

Student Enquiries
T: +61 2 5114 5000