Seeking a career in software and cyber security engineering? Be introduced 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 cybersecurity.  

 

Faculty
UNSW Canberra at ADFA
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended)
Award
Bachelor of Computing and Cyber Security
Commencing Terms
Semester 1
Duration (Full Time)
3 Year(s)

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 cybersecurity relies on people who can think deeply, find innovative solutions, and work to keep individuals, organisations, and our nation secure.    

The Bachelor of Computing and Cyber Security at UNSW Canberra at ADFA is designed to build the attributes and skills for market-ready graduates seeking a career in software and 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 cybersecurity.  

Why study this degree at UNSW Canberra?

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. 

 

Program Code
4427
Campus
Canberra
UAC Code
450030
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
144
Indicative Enrolments
83

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2021 Lowest Selection Rank
75.00 + Defence Selection
2021 A levels
12 + Defence Selection
2021 IB Diploma
26 + Defence Selection
2021 Lowest ATAR
75.1
    1. The 2020 Lowest Selection Rank (LSR) is the adjusted rank (ATAR plus adjustment factors) you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2020.
    2. Find more information on Guaranteed Entry here.
    3. The 2020 A levels score is based on four Advanced Level (A2) subject. Entry scores are calculated from the best three or four A2 subjects (excluding repeated subjects) using the following values: A*=6, A=5, B=4, C=3, D=2, E=1. At most one Applied A Level subject may be included in the best four subjects used to calculate the aggregate.
    4. The 2020 IB Diploma is an indication of the IB you would have needed to gain entry to this degree in 2020. It is to be used as a guide only.
    5. The 2020 Lowest ATAR is the lowest ATAR (before adjustment factors were applied) to which an offer was made. Where <5 is listed, this indicates that less than 5 ATAR-based offers were made and so the score has not been published. N/A indicates no offers were made on the basis of ATAR.

Additional Selection Criteria

Undergraduate entry to the Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) is open to Australian residents who are members of the Australian Defence Force and selected members of overseas Armed Forces. Trainee Officers are selected by one of the three services (Navy, Army or Airforce) in the Australian Defence Force and must also meet academic entry requirements for UNSW Canberra at ADFA. Applying for ADFA is a dual application process. As selection for the Australian Defence Force is a competitive process, which can take up to 12 months, it is preferable that you apply to Defence Force Recruiting in Year 11. Visit this site for more information on both application processes.

Assumed Knowledge

Mathematics

English Language Requirements​

 

You may be asked to provide evidence of your English proficiency to study at UNSW depending on your educational background and citizenship. English language skills are vitally important for coping with lectures, tutorials, assignments and examinations - this is why UNSW requires a minimum English language competency for enrolment.

If you’re completing an Australian Year 12 qualification (e.g. NSW HSC or equivalent), you do not need to provide anything extra to prove your proficiency. Your qualification will be used as evidence of your English proficiency.

If you do need to provide evidence of your English proficiency, this will be indicated in your application. You can prove this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

UNSW Global offers courses and programs designed to help you reach the English language level required for entry into your chosen degree. Different options are available depending on your current English language level. Learn more.

Program structure

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 and 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 and Cyber Security (Honours). 

Full Structure

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:  

Navy 

  • 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 

Applications for undergraduate study from domestic students (Australian citizens, Australian permanent residents, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand citizens) are processed by the Universities Admissions Centre (UAC).

Visit the Apply section of the UAC website and you can nominate up to five degrees in order of preference, with the first being your most desired degree and university.

On-time applications for admission usually close at the end of September each year for Term 1 admission. Late applications can be submitted, but a late fee will apply. For study starting in Term 1, the majority of offers are made in December and January. Visit the UAC website for key dates for admission outside of Term 1.

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2021 Indicative First Year Fee
$7,950*

The Australian Defence Force covers tuition fees for defence students.