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Bachelor of Cyber Security

Educating leaders in Defence, government & industry
This degree is for domestic students only
Help drive change in the ever-evolving cyber security landscape. The Bachelor of Cyber Security features a strong focus on intelligent cyber security and emerging industry applications. When you graduate, you’ll establish yourself as an expert in the field with the skills to take your career just about anywhere.
Commencing Terms
Term 1
Duration
3 years F/T
Delivery Mode
Face-to-face (includes blended)
Campus
Canberra
Codes
UAC code 452001
Program code 4490
CRICOS code -
Entry Requirements
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Fees
2024 Indicative first year full fee
$8,500*
2024 Indicative full fee to complete degree
$26,000*
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Overview

Canberra’s Bachelor of Cyber Security is a future-focused, three-year degree informed by critical government and industry skills gaps. Graduate ready to make an impact in a constantly evolving cyber security landscape, with the skills and competencies that will make you in demand across industry, government and Defence.

You'll study a range of targeted courses developed to respond to the needs of government and industry within a sector defined by rapid change. You’ll study in a Hybrid Flexible (HyFlex) delivery mode, which combines compressed delivery, on-campus and online study, allowing you to work and study simultaneously.

Throughout the course, you’ll develop theoretical and practical knowledge as you cover topics including risk management, Artificial Intelligence for cyber security, critical infrastructure protection, cyber crime investigation and cyber management. You’ll refine your analytical thinking skills while developing an ethical and legal understanding of the cyber security landscape.

Key features

The Bachelor of Cyber Security has a strong focus on intelligent cyber security and emerging industry applications:

Industry-led design

You'll learn to apply theoretical knowledge to practical, real-world cyber security challenges and solutions, developing skills and competencies that are highly valued by industry, government and defence. This industry-aligned degree covers fundamental cyber security topics, along with baseline knowledge in computer science, information systems and project management – all of which contribute to a well-rounded education in cyber security.

Cutting-edge cyber security technologies

You’ll learn cutting-edge cyber security technologies and tools that are currently employed in the cyber security industry. Gain hands-on experience with industry-standard hardware, software, and analytical techniques and tools, such as cyber threat detection, incident response, and penetration testing, vulnerability assessment, encryption, digital forensics, and cyber crime investigation.

Develop solutions now, and into the future

The increasing importance of effective cyber security is transforming the way we live. As modern technologies emerge and cyber threats become more sophisticated, keeping up with the evolving nature of security risks can be challenging. You’ll develop enduring, in-demand skills across critical thinking and innovation to keep individuals, organisations and our nation secure.

Why study this degree at ?

Join Australia’s most employable graduates*

’s career-focused approach to learning prepares students to hit the ground running after graduation. As a result, we’ve been recognised for producing the Most Employable Graduates by the AFR four years in a row.

*Most employable graduates (AFR Top 100 Future Leaders Awards 2020,2021,2022,2023)

Learn from academic and industry experts

Study a specialised undergraduate degree with a core cyber focus, delivered by highly skilled academics and industry specialists who know the path to a successful career. This program has been co-designed with industry to help shape the future needs of the cyber workforce. During the course, you’ll gain access to industry mentorships and placements to help build your network and establish yourself in the cyber security sector.

Study your own way with a flexible degree

Take advantage of a purpose-built timetable with the opportunity to earn while you learn. You can tailor your courses to your schedule and take advantage of work experience and professional placements. Being based at Canberra puts you right in the heart of Australia’s cyber security sector, so you’ll find no shortage of career prospects to pursue.

Program Code
4490
Campus
Canberra
UAC Code
452001
Total Units of Credit (UOC)
144

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Entry requirements

2023 Lowest ATAR
80.0

Adjustment Factors


We offer a range of adjustment factor schemes that reward students for academic performance and extra-curricular achievements. These schemes also take into account a range of personal and educational disadvantages that may have affected your studies.


This scheme rewards students who perform well in Year 12 subjects that are relevant to their preferred degree. You may be awarded up to five points.


This program recognises achievements in the areas of sport, academia, leadership and music at an elite level. You may be eligible for up to five points.


Factors such as illness, financial hardship, language difficulties or attending a particular school can mean you don't always get the best possible marks in Years 11 and 12. If one of these situations applies to you, submit an application for the Educational Access Scheme (EAS) via UAC. Eligible students can receive between 1 and 10 points towards their chosen degree.

Admission pathways


Your ATAR is not the only measure of your potential to succeed, which is why we offer a range of pathways into university. Explore your options below andwith our future student advisors to discuss your path to .


This scheme is open to students in Years 11 and 12 who attend Gateway schools. It significantly adjusts the ATAR requirements for your preferred degree and provides you with an early conditional offer to .


We offer entry programs for Indigenous Australians, including the Indigenous Preparatory Programs and the Indigenous Admission Scheme (IAS). The entry pathway program you apply for will depend on the degree you want to study.

English language requirements

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

If you need to improve your English skills before you start your degree, are for you. The programs are suitable for various English levels and help you prepare for university studies and life in Australia.

International direct entry

We do not accept secondary qualifications from this country. We may accept tertiary study results, please for more information.

Please for direct entry requirements.

Admission pathways


If you do not meet the requirements for direct entry into your chosen degree, you may be eligible for a pathway program with . College provides alternative entry options using university-approved content so that you can start your journey with confidence. 

English language requirements


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

If English is not your first language, you’ll need to provide proof of your English proficiency before you can be given an offer to study at . You can do this by providing evidence that you meet one or more of the following criteria:

If you need to improve your English skills before you start your degree, are for you. The programs are suitable for various English levels and help you prepare for university studies and life in Australia.

Check the specific English language requirements for this program

Program structure

The Bachelor of Cyber Security is a three-year full-time degree, consisting of 24 courses, 8 courses per year. The course structure includes 20 disciplinary core courses (16 core courses and 4 minor courses), and 4 general elective courses.

You will focus on developing key skill sets required for cyber security graduates, including:

  • Theoretical and practical knowledge
  • Risk management
  • Artificial Intelligence for cyber security
  • Critical infrastructure protection
  • Cybercrime investigation
  • Cyber management
  • Analytical thinking
  • Ethical and legal understanding.

As part of the program, you will complete one minor. Choose from the following areas to enhance your cyber security knowledge:

  • Cyber Security Industry Application

  • Intelligent Cyber Security

You will also expand your learning through four university general elective courses and two Elective Courses:

  • Advanced Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing

  • Cyber Risk Management

Work Integrated Learning

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is an essential component of this degree, included in the minor and core courses of Year 3, Term 3.

This program enables you to apply theoretical knowledge to practical, real-world cyber security challenges and solutions. This experience allows you to develop skills and competencies that are highly valued by industry, government and Defence. Work-related learning activities embedded in the program’s courses expose you to the challenges and processes of working on real-world cyber security projects to prepare you for work after graduation. 

    • Intelligent Cyber Security
    • Cyber Security Industry Application
    • Cyber security
    • Information technology
    • Programming
    • Computer architecture
    • Operating systems
    • Cyber crime
    • Cyber ethics
    • Data structures
    • Algorithmic knowledge
    • Web application and security
    • Ethical hacking
    • Penetration testing
    • Cyber offence
    • Computational mathematics
    • Cryptography
    • Human-centric cyber security
    • Digital forensic
    • Incident response
    • Internet of things
    • Network security
    • Cloud computing
    • Critical infrastructure protection

Full program structure

In the first year, you will take 5 core courses, 1 minor course and 1 elective course to study the fundamentals of cyber security. You will learn the fundamentals of cyber security:

  • Explore several emerging technologies, including hardware, software, databases, networking, web development and their security. 
  • Hands-on exercises and practical examples. You will learn the fundamentals of a high-level programming language, enabling you to express ideas effectively and efficiently in code.
  • Develop an understanding of the underlying operating systems through a security-specific lens 
  • How to respond to cyber security incidents
  • The different ways to secure software and how to prevent vulnerabilities from being exploited
  • How to hack into computer systems in a legal and ethical way, to identify and exploit security vulnerabilities

By the end of your first year, you will have a strong foundation that will enable you to identify and mitigate cyber security threats and be prepared to pursue a career in cyber security.

In the second year, you will take 5 core courses, 2 minor courses and 1 elective course to study the methods of cyber threats and modern cyber security countermeasures.

In the third year, you will take 5 core courses, 1 minor course, and two electives to study advanced cyber security methodologies.

Future careers

With a strong foundation in the fundamentals of cyber security, you will be well-positioned to pursue a rewarding career in this evolving field.

Here are some of the benefits of getting a cyber security undergraduate degree:

  • High demand:The demand for cyber security professionals is at an all-time high and expected to continue to grow in the coming years.

  • Job security:The high demand of the industry provides further job security for cyber security professionals.

  • Salary:Cyber security professionals typically earn a high salary, especially those with experience.

  • Challenging and rewarding work:You will be working on the cutting edge of technology, and you will be making a real difference in the world by helping to protect people and organisations from cyber attacks.

Potential careers

  • Cyber security analyst
  • Penetration tester
  • Security consultant
  • Software engineer
  • Chief information security officer
  • Chief privacy officer
  • Ethical hacker
  • Risk analyst
  • Security architect
  • Security consultant
  • Security operations centre manager
  • Source code auditor
  • Vulnerability assessor
  • Cyber developer

How to apply

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 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 for key dates for admission outside of Term 1.

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For most international students, applications are submitted viaour  service. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term.

Some high-demand programs with limited places, may have an earlier application deadline or may have an earlier commencementdate. Formore information visitour .

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Fees & Scholarships

2023 Indicative First Year Fee
$8,500*
2023 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree
$26,000*

*Fees are subject to annual review (or when required) by the University and may vary accordingly.

Indicative fees are a guide only and have been calculated based on the typical enrolment patterns of students undertaking the program. The indicative fees listed here is an estimate for tuition only and excludes non-tuition fees and charges. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year of enrolment, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (48 units of credit (UOC) per year).

You should not rely on indicative fees as fee increases are assessed when required and may exceed the indicative figures listed here. Actual fees are calculated on enrolment. More information on fees can be found at the .

*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed here.

Indicative fees to complete the program include tuition plus an estimate of study-related costs of approximately $1,000 per year. To find out more about other costs, visit.

Scholarships


At , we award over $83 million in scholarships each year. We pride ourselves on rewarding excellence and making university accessible to students from all walks of life. Whether you’re a domestic or international student, our range of scholarships, prizes and awards can support your journey.


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