Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security

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Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security


Program summary

Professor David Lacey
Program coordinator

Professor David Lacey

Enter the world of cyber security.

Take your first step into a growing global field with a foundational qualification in cyber security and cyber crime. Working with case studies, real data and insider expert knowledge, you’ll be exposed to emerging cyber security threats and issues, and learn cutting-edge methodologies as you develop the skills for cyber security investigations.

You'll learn from industry experts with decades of practical experience in international cyber security, including the FBI, US Department of Defense, the Australian Signals Directorate and Australian Crime Commission.

Whether you work in ICT and want to build specialist knowledge, or are new to the field, this qualification provides your introduction to the fast-growing cyber security profession.

Continue towards master’s level with the Master of Cyber Investigation and Forensics.

In this program you will:

  • Develop cyber tradecraft skills and competencies, including an introduction to cryptocurrencies, encryption, device and network security, vulnerability testing as well as cyber investigation strategies to locate the offender.
  • Learn from industry experts who have worked at the FBI, US Department of Defense, the Australian Signals Directorate and Australian Crime Commission.
  • Apply and use a range of basic software and hardware in cyber investigations.
  • Identify points of attack on devices and networks and secure them.
  • Sharpen your critical thinking, investigative and ethical skills.
Admission requirements

To be considered for admission candidates would normally be required to possess an undergraduate degree (AQF Level 7) qualification from a recognised higher education institution or equivalent*.

*Applicants who do not possess an undergraduate degree but have 5 years relevant work experience or other relevant experience may be admitted to the program.


Entry-level cyber security analyst, junior security and operations analyst, cyber security consultant

Be at the forefront of cyber security

As part of USC’s Institute for Cyber Investigations and Forensics, you'll learn from industry experts and be at the cutting-edge of cyber research, advocacy and commercialisation.

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Technology requirements

Find out about the minimum hardware and software required for this program.

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What will I study

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Program requirements
  • Successfully complete 48 units as outlined in the program structure.

How to apply

Am I eligible to apply?
Domestic students
  1. Download and complete the Application for postgraduate coursework form.
  2. Lodge the completed application form with supporting documentation to Student Central by the due date.
International students

Apply direct to USC International

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