Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security | UniSC | University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security

Enter the world of cyber security. Working with case studies, real data and insider knowledge, you’ll be exposed to emerging cyber security threats and issues, and learn cutting-edge methodologies as you develop investigative skills.

In this program you will:

  • Develop cyber tradecraft skills and competencies, including an introduction to cryptocurrencies, encryption, device and network security, vulnerability testing, and strategies to locate offenders
  • Learn from 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



6 months 6 months Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.
Full-time or equivalent part-time Only a full-time option is available to international students on a Student visa. Online programs are not available to Student visa holders.

Indicative fees

Indicative 2023 fees (A$)

A$4,148 / A$10,676 - 2023 Fees CSP / Fee-paying
CSP / Fee-paying
A$13,900 / A$13,900 Annual fee / Estimated total fee
Annual fee / Estimated total fee


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Offshore International students enrolling in this program can only study it fully online. This program is not available to International students studying in Australia on a student visa.

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Delivery mode
  • Online
  • Blended Learning
Total courses
Total units
6 months 6 months
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Program structure
Required courses (4) 48 units

SEC601 Introduction to Cybersecurity
SEC602 Ethics in Digital Investigation and Cyber Security
SEC603 Introduction to Device & Network Security
SEC604 Cryptography, Blockchain and Security

Note: Program structures are subject to change.

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.

Please note that offshore international students enrolling in this program can only study it fully online. This program is not available to onshore international students on a Student Visa.

Technology requirements

Students must also meet the computing requirements for cyber security programs.

Additional entry information

Standard English language requirements apply.

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

Prospective students must consider the Inherent Academic Requirements before applying to study this program.

Refer to Cyber Programs - Inherent Academic Requirements

UniSC strongly supports the rights of all people to pursue studies. The University embraces diversity and endeavours to accommodate all students.

What are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs)?

The IARs of a program are those fundamental skills, capabilities and knowledge that students must be able to demonstrate in order to achieve the essential learning outcomes of the program, while maintaining the academic integrity of that program.

Students with a disability or chronic health condition may be able to have reasonable adjustments made to enable them to meet these requirements.

UniSC is committed to making reasonable adjustments to teaching and learning, assessment, placement and other activities to enable students to participate in their program.

Reasonable adjustments must not fundamentally change the nature of the IAR.

Consideration is given to a student's cultural and religious background/beliefs, which may impact on participation in their program or course. For further information contact Student Support.

Why are Inherent Academic Requirements (IARs) important?

IARs ensure the academic integrity of a program is maintained and preserves the University's learning, assessment and accreditation processes. They must be met by all students.

How does this affect you?

To successfully complete a program at UniSC, you need to be able to meet all the Inherent Academic Requirements.

If you are applying for a program, you should read the IAR statement carefully to ensure you are able to meet them.

If you have a disability or chronic health condition, contact a UniSC Disability Advisor to talk about the adjustments that may be put in place so you can meet the requirements.

Career opportunities

  • Cyber security consultant
  • Entry-level cyber security analyst
  • Junior security
  • Operations analyst

CSP estimate
Fee-paying estimate
A$10,676 - 2023 Fees
Annual tuition fee (A$, 2023)
Estimated total tuition fee (A$, 2023)

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth supported places are substantially subsidised by the Australian Government so that students only pay 'student contribution" amounts. The student contribution amount will vary depending on the course you are studying and how much funding the Government provides.

If you accept a Commonwealth supported place you are a Commonwealth supported student. As a Commonwealth supported student you must make a contribution towards the cost of your education (unless you are enrolled in Enabling or Tertiary Preparation Pathway courses) with the majority of the cost met by the Commonwealth Government.

Commonwealth supported places are only available to domestic students. As a domestic student you are entitled to a Commonwealth supported place in an eligible program if you:

  • meet the citizenship and residency requirements
  • complete an electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form (eCAF)
  • meet the University's entry requirements for your chosen program.

Postgraduate coursework places

All postgraduate coursework programs are subject to tuition fees unless the postgraduate program is offered under Commonwealth support arrangements.

Eligible students (Australian citizens, permanent humanitarian visa holders and New Zealand Citizens who hold a Special Category Visa and meet the eligibility requirements) may seek assistance to defer payment via a FEE-HELP loan.

Domestic applicants apply for admission direct to UniSC.

Find out about how to apply and key application closing dates.

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Student story

“Accessing and analysing relevant data can be complex and time consuming, but the skills taught at USC have enabled me to rapidly sort complex data and access both encrypted and deleted data.”