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

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

As network breaches and digital crimes become more prevalent, the need for experienced cyber forensics investigators is rapidly growing. Applying investigatory techniques to digital crimes and attacks, digital forensics specialists collect, examine, analyse and document evidence from digital media for use in a court of law.       

Degree type

Postgraduate coursework


1 year full-time

Commencing terms

Semester 1, Semester 2

Program code


Delivery mode

Online (some face-to-face requirements)


The Master of Cyber Security (Digital Forensics) at UNSW Canberra provides students with the knowledge, understanding and skills to enable the recovery of admissible evidence from digital media. Students will understand the ethical and legal issues associated with cybercrime investigations and develop decision-making tools to assess, evaluate and analyse digital data. 

The course also develops students' knowledge and understanding of advanced forensic computing techniques and equips you with the skills to apply these successfully. Students will be expected to demonstrate their theoretical and technical understanding through the completion of practical exercises in a contemporary simulated operational environment.      


World-class teaching facilities

The Master of Cyber Security (Digital Forensics) 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, including entry requirements, see the UNSW Handbook.

  • Students undertaking the Master of Cyber Security (Digital Forensics) need to complete 8 courses (48 Units of Credit). Students must complete 6 core courses, which provide the underpinning professional knowledge in Digital Forensics, and two electives from the Master of Cyber Security program. 

    Not all courses will be available in a particular year. The courses in the program may be taken in any order, but it's recommended that core courses are completed first, followed by the elective courses. 

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

  • 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)

    ZEIT8025 Reverse Engineering Distance Mode Not Offered
    ZEIT8028 Digital Forensics Not Offered Distance Mode
    ZEIT8029 Mobile Network and Memory Forensics Distance Mode Not Offered



    Code Course Semester 1 - 2024 Semester 2 - 2024
    ZEIT8024 Software Security Lifecycle  Distance Mode Not Offered
    ZEIT8026 Cyber Defence: Network Security Operations Not Offered Distance Mode
    ZEIT8027 Critical Infrastructure and Control System Security Not Offered Intensive Mode
    ZEIT8030 Big Data and Decision Analytics for Security Not Offered Distance Mode
    ZEIT8042 Introduction to Exploit Development Not Offered Intensive 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