Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security and Investigations - University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security and Investigations

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The online Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security and Investigations introduces the growing field of cybersecurity and cybercrime. 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.

Study location
  • Online
USC program code
Semester 1
6 months full time or equivalent part time
Study mode
Other requirements
Standard English language requirements apply.
Total courses
Total units
Not available to international students on a Student visa.

This program is ideal for those wanting to position themselves for a range of career options and advancement, or to take on roles related to cybercrime in their current employment. The graduate certificate consists of four courses and can be used as a pathway into the Master of Cyber Investigations and Forensics.

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.

Fees for short courses

As part of the Federal Government's Job-ready Graduates package, USC is offering a limited number of Commonwealth supported places in the Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security and Investigations in 2021. To be eligible for a Commonwealth supported place you must be a domestic student, and meet the citizenship and residency requirements. For more information visit Commonwealth supported places. Eligible students are able to defer payment through HECS‑HELP.

Commonwealth supported places for this short course initiative are only available for 2021. Any remaining short course units that are commenced in 2022 would not be Commonwealth supported, and would be charged at the cost of a full fee paying place, payable upfront.*

How to apply

To apply for the Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security and Investigations, submit the completed online application form via Apply USC. Commonwealth supported places will be allocated to eligible students who meet the entry requirements in order of application date, so apply as soon as possible.

*Note: The information provided above is correct as at 23 December 2020 and may be subject to change without notice.

Program structure

Required course (4) 48 units

Select 4 courses (48 units) from:

SEC601 Introduction to Cybersecurity
SEC602 Ethics in Digital Investigation and Cyber Security
SEC603 Introduction to Device & Network Security
SEC604 Cryptography, Blockchain and Security
SEC701 Cyber Laws and the Rules of Evidence
SEC702 Cyber Intelligence
SEC703 Complex Cyber Investigations Management
SEC704 Digital Crime Scene Management

Total units: 48
Program notes
  • Students can complete the program part-time, selecting course offerings from Semester 1 and Semester 2.
  • Completing this program within the specified (full-time) duration is based on studying 48-unit points per semester (normally 4 courses) and following the recommended study sequence.
  • The unit value of all courses is 12 units unless otherwise specified.
  • It is each student’s responsibility to enrol correctly according to your course requisites, program rules and requirements and be aware of the academic calendar dates.
  • Courses within this program are assessed using a variety of assessment methods which may include essays, seminar presentations, reports, in-class tests and examinations.
  • Refer to the Managing your progression page for help in understanding your program structure, reviewing your progress and planning remaining courses.

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