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

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

Cyberspace is transforming the way we live. As new technologies emerge and cyber attacks become more sophisticated, keeping up with the evolving nature of security risks can be challenging. The future of cyber security relies on people who can think deeply, find innovative solutions, and work to keep individuals, organisations, and our nation secure.    

The Bachelor of Computing & Cyber Security at UNSW Canberra is designed to build the attributes and skills for market-ready graduates seeking a career in software an cyber security engineering, industry, innovation, management, operations and research. We introduce you to the latest social and political issues in this dynamic sector with computer science and mathematics fundamentals, whilst building skills and understanding of information systems, networks and computer programming within cyber security.  

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Degree type



3 years full-time

Commencing terms

Semester 1

Program code


Delivery mode

On campus

Study at UNSW Canberra 

This degree will develop your creativity, problem-solving ability, critical thinking and communication skills which are important in any career within or outside of the defence force. These skills will prepare you to deal with technical issues in a computing environment, and help you develop intellectual and practical problem-solving skills through studies across a range of computing specialisations.  

In this program, you’ll apply your skills and knowledge across gaming, hardware, systems, networking and the Internet, and learn how to secure these environments.  

Topics you can explore in-depth include: 

  • Application development 
  • Cyber-physical systems 
  • Digital forensics 
  • Algorithms and data representation  
  • Network design and operation.

In your final year, you will complete a capstone team project with real-world application within the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and civilian domains to demonstrate your abilities in computing and cybersecurity.  

The Bachelor of Computing & Cyber Security is a three-year program at pass level. Students who complete the pass degree at an appropriate level may be admitted to an additional one-year Honours program – Computing & Cyber Security (Honours). 

World-class educators & cutting-edge facilities

When you study with us, you’ll benefit from the best university teacher-to-student ratio in Australia. Learning from leading academics and industry experts, your qualifications and computing skills will be highly sought after by industry and governments around the world. We’re home to several cutting-edge cyber training facilities dedicated to finding solutions to the world’s most complex problems within cyberspace. As a cybersecurity and computing student, you will have access to our unique state-of-the-art infrastructure for software design, networking, simulation and testing. 

What our students say

“The best thing about studying at UNSW Canberra is access to tools and software used in industry. We have a cyber lab on campus – it is open to all students and regularly used for tutorials and labs.” 

Jade Boreta, Computing and Cyber Security Student. 

Your career in computing & cyber security

The Bachelor of Computing and Cyber Security program prepares students to deal with technical issues in a computing, cyber security and cyber war environments.

As a graduate with a degree in Computing and Cyber Security, you will possess an excellent combination of technical knowledge and practical expertise. Leveraging your skills and knowledge across computing and cybersecurity you will be ready to pursue a range of career opportunities in the Australian Defence Force including:  


  • Helicopter Pilot 
  • Intelligence Officer 
  • Maritime Aviation Warfare Officer 
  • Maritime Logistics Officer 
  • Maritime Warfare Officer 
  • Maritime Warfare Officer Submariner 

Army (General Service Officer) 

  • Aviation Corps 
  • Electrical and Mechanical Engineering 
  • Intelligence Corps 
  • Ordnance Corps 
  • Signals Corps 

Air Force 

  • Mission Aircrew 
  • Air Traffic Controller 
  • Pilot 

Chief of the Defence Force Program

The Chief of the Defence Force (CDF) programs offer the opportunity for students entering UNSW Canberra with a high Entrance Rank, and who maintain a high level of performance in their studies, to undertake research in a range of disciplines that will develop their critical thinking and independent research skills beyond that available in the standard bachelor degree programs.

The range of CDF programs is characterised by the inclusion of specialist courses in critical analysis and/or research methods appropriate to the area of study. All programs also include discipline-specific research projects. The research projects will be supervised by academic staff from the relevant discipline. With the approval of the Head of School, multi- or cross-disciplinary projects may be undertaken. Students in the research courses may work independently or as part of a team, depending on the nature of the project undertaken, though all students will submit an individual assessment. The final assessment will be based on a written paper or report and oral presentations. 

Throughout the program, students will be engaged in cohort activities so as to develop and maintain their interest and continuing involvement in the program via invited lectures, seminars, general reading and social events.

Key contacts

Student Enquiries

T: (02) 5114 5000 

Available to
ADFA Trainee Officers
ADF Current Serving Members

Assumed knowledge

Additional selection criteria
Defence Force Recruiting process