Become a specialist in cyber investigations and digital forensics.
Technology is expanding into every aspect of people’s lives – which means cyber security is a growing priority for governments, businesses and individuals. Taught by industry experts, this specialist master’s degree develops the skills and understanding you need to work at the forefront of a dynamic global field.
You’ll gain an understanding of the social environment technology operates within, be guided through digital investigator methods and frameworks, gain expertise in digital forensic examinations, and receive mentoring from key experts and innovators in the field while you conduct your own cyber research project.
Engage with state-of-the-art digital crime scenes and benefit from unrivalled knowledge of current and emerging cyber threats through IDCARE’s National Identity Lab.
Taught online, this program is for current computer science or ICT professionals who want to become leaders in cyber security. If you don’t hold an undergraduate degree in computer science (or a related discipline), the Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security can provide a pathway to the master’s degree.
In this program you will:
- Learn how to manage complex cybercrime investigations and undertake cyber forensics on current and emerging technologies.
- Understand the ethical and legal issues associated with cybercrime investigations and develop decision-making tools to assess, evaluate and analyse digital data.
- Gain insights from key industry experts and be engaged in our virtual industry placement program.
- Advance your leadership and critical problem-solving skills.
To be considered for admission candidates would normally be required to possess an undergraduate degree from a recognised higher education institution with a technology-related course work component or equivalent.
Digital forensic examiner, information security officer, network security analyst, network security administrator, network investigator, cybercrime investigator, digital crime scene examiner.
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Required courses (9) 144 units
SEC701 Cyber Laws and the Rules of Evidence
SEC702 Cyber Intelligence
SEC703 Complex Cyber Investigations Management
SEC704 Digital Crime Scene Management
SEC705 Device Forensics*
SEC706 Network Forensics*
SEC707 Mobile Forensics*
SEC708 Psychology of Cybercrime*
SEC709 Cyber Industry Placement/Research Project*
Total units: 144
Recommended study sequence
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- Download and complete the Application for postgraduate coursework form and submit directly to USC.
- Lodge the completed application form with supporting documentation to Student Central by the due date.
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