Master of Cyber Security and Forensics | UniSC | University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia

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Master of Cyber Security and Forensics

Technology is expanding into every aspect of people’s lives – which means cyber security is a growing priority for governments, businesses and individuals. Develop the skills and understanding needed to lead a dynamic global field.

In this program you will:

  • Understand the social environment technology operates within, be guided through digital investigator methods and frameworks, gain expertise in digital forensic examinations, and receive mentoring from experts and innovators in the field while conducting your own cyber research project
  • Learn to undertake cyber forensics on current and emerging technologies
  • Understand ethical and legal issues associated with cybersecurity and develop decision-making tools to assess, evaluate and analyse digital data
  • Advance your leadership and critical problem-solving skills





2 years 2 years 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 2022 fees ($AUD)

A$8,842 / A$20,937 CSP / Fee-paying
CSP / Fee-paying


  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2

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.

  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
  • Semester 1
  • Semester 2
Delivery mode
  • Blended Learning
  • Online
Total courses
Total units
2 years 2 years
UniSC program code
Program structure
Required courses (12) 168 units

SEC601 Introduction to Cybersecurity
SEC602 Ethics in Digital Investigation and Cyber Security
SEC603 Introduction to Device & Network Security
SEC604 Cryptography, Blockchain and Security
ICT703 Programming
PRM701 Project Management Principles
SEC701 Cyber Laws and the Rules of Evidence
SEC705 Digital Forensics 1
SEC706 Network Forensics
SEC707 Digital Forensics 2: Advanced concepts in Digital Forensics
SCI700 Research/Industry Dissertation 1(24 units)
SCI701 Research/Industry Dissertation 2(24 units)

PLUS select 1 course (12 units) from:

BUS512 Introduction to Research Concepts and Design
BUS514 Qualitative Research Methods
BUS515 Applied Quantitative Research Methods
HLT701 Qualitative Research: Approaches and Practice
PUB708 Quantitative Research Methods

PLUS select 1 course (12 units) from:

ICT701 Managing Data
ICT702 Data Visualisation


Study sequences

This study sequence reflects the current program structure. Continuing students must follow their commencing structure, which can be found in the previous student handbooks.

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.

Please note that offshore international students enrolling in this program can only study it fully online. Onshore international students on a Student Visa must study on campus.

Technology requirements

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

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you also need to meet the minimum English language requirements for your chosen program. If you do not meet the minimum requirements, you may like to enrol in one of our English Language Programs.

Program requirements
Program requirements
  • Successfully complete 192 units as outlined in the program structure.

Career opportunities

  • Digital forensic examiner
  • Information security officer
  • Network investigator
  • Network security administrator
  • Network security analyst

CSP estimate
Fee-paying estimate

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.

Domestic applicants apply for admission direct to USC.

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

Taught by industry experts
Flexible learning options
Become a leader in cyber security
Ash Harrison Graduate

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.”