Master of Cybersecurity

Master of Cybersecurity

Key Facts

Award granted AAHE course code
Master of Cybersecurity MCYB
Study level and type Credit points
Postgraduate coursework 96 credit points
Mode of delivery Duration
Blended: scheduled on-campus, face-to-face classes (three hours per week for each unit) with some online content and activities

Full time: 24 months (4 semesters)

Part time: 48 months (8 semesters)

CRICOS code Campus
TBA Melbourne
Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) Availability
Upon successful completion, the award conferred is recognised in the AQF at Level 9 Fee-paying domestic and international students
Course Accreditation
The Master of Cybersecurity will be seeking accreditation by the Australian Computer Society (ACS).

2023 Key Dates

Course Overview

Protecting information and IT infrastructure from complex and evolving cyber-threats is a critical challenge for modern organisations. The responsibility to prevent and respond to cyber-attacks falls to cybersecurity professionals, and global demand for highly trained cybersecurity professionals is at an all-time high and is expected to increase over time.

The Master of Cybersecurity is a two-year full-time coursework degree (96 credit points) aimed at students wanting to gain a professional qualification to develop expert knowledge and skills in the field.

The course is designed to meet the educational needs of students ultimately seeking to transition into or advance in a career as a cybersecurity professional. You will develop a strong capability in analysing, designing and evaluating cybersecurity technologies and management solutions for complex systems and organisations. This will culminate in a capstone unit incorporating work-related experience, giving you an opportunity to apply the knowledge and skills that you have developed throughout the course in a professional context.

The Master in Cybersecurity covers areas of critical importance to operational-level and management-level cybersecurity professionals. It has been designed with input from leading industry professionals and academics in the field of Cybersecurity. Graduates will acquire an education that meets industry standards and expectations and is on a par with some of the best national and international benchmarks in the field of Cybersecurity.

Course Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Apply advanced and specialised knowledge and skills to critically analyse, design, test, implement, evaluate and manage fit-for-purpose and creative solutions to defend information, processes, IT systems, platforms and networks from cyber threat actors in contemporary contexts for professional practice or scholarship
  • Develop and apply knowledge of research principles and methods to plan, execute and critically reflect on the process and outcomes of a substantial research-based project, capstone experience and/or piece of scholarship applicable to cyber security in real-world contexts
  • Analyse, evaluate and assess complex cybersecurity issues, risks and vulnerabilities as they relate to the evolving strategic and operational context of organisations, IT systems and communication networks
  • Design, develop and evaluate strategies, policies, procedures and practices to manage cybersecurity in organisations based on best practice standards and methods
  • Clearly present a coherent and independent exposition of the method applied, conclusions made, and professional decisions taken on complex theoretical and technical cybersecurity issues to specialist and non-specialist audiences
  • Demonstrate professional and ethical standards in the application of cybersecurity knowledge and skills while exercising responsibility and accountability for self-learning and professional practice whether working individually or in a team.

AAHE Graduate Attributes

The AAHE Graduate Attributes below are embedded in the curricula and support the students’ ability to acquire and apply the knowledge and skills that they need to succeed in their personal and professional lives.

Graduate attribute An AAHE graduate will:
Disciplinary knowledge and skills Be able to confidently apply their comprehensive, discipline-specific knowledge and skills in professional practice and real-world contexts.
Global citizenship and perspective Possess a deep understanding of the impact that their profession has on society and how it can be used for individual, community and global advancement and well-being. They will develop personal values and practices that are ethically grounded and that embrace diversity, fairness and social and environmental responsibility in local and global contexts.
Communication skills Be aware of and sensitive to specific situations and audiences when presenting and exchanging information, ideas and concepts. They will demonstrate highly developed speaking, listening and writing skills and will be able to influence others with well-articulated and soundly backed analyses and opinions in a respectful, inclusive and constructive manner.
Critical thinking and problem solving A critical thinker whose curiosity and creativity leads them to question ideas and assumptions, draw upon evidence and analyse complex scenarios as they formulate their own conclusions and innovative solutions to current and future challenges.
Information and Digital literacy Be able to identify, locate, analyse and use reliable information effectively and create and convey information in appropriate formats and through effective channels. They will be comfortable utilising a range of digital technologies that are needed to live, learn and work in contemporary society.
Self-management and development Be self-aware and self-directed with the capacity to set priorities, manage time and work independently. They will be confident in their knowledge and skills, but also reflective and continually striving for personal and professional improvement as life-long learners.
Teamwork and collaboration Have the capacity to engage productively with others and contribute as a member of a team to a common goal. This will be demonstrated by a high order of competency in navigating team dynamics, encouraging the exchange of ideas and viewpoints, facilitating conflict resolution, negotiation skills and taking a lead when required.

Approach to Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The Master of Cybersecurity will develop your knowledge and skills in the discipline, building towards an authentic work integrated learning (WIL) experience that allows you to apply what you have learnt to real world problems in a professional context and environment. It embeds a collaborative and technology-enabled active learning approach that encourages your participation in the learning process, peer to peer learning and ongoing reflection.

Following a thorough orientation, you will participate in small lecture and tutorial groups, where you are encouraged to collaborate, exchange ideas, learn from each other and reflect on your learning, both in the classroom and through the collaborative online learning environment.

The typical weekly process begins with you speculating about a problem or scenario that you have been given before the scheduled on-campus, face-to-face class, then actively engage with the class and reflect on the same problem or scenario. Classes themselves are interactive, with regular anonymous polls and multiple-choice questions to encourage active participation. Following the class, you will document your problem-solving process or reflection on the scenario in an online portfolio or journal. In this way, using the principles of adult learning, you immediately apply your work to problem-solving, and develop into reflective practitioners. The scenarios and problems, along with the class material, are available to you anytime and anywhere through the online learning management system (LMS). You are also encouraged to engage with your peers through multiple opportunities to collaborate and to interact in the classroom and online.

In addition to lectures and tutorials, you will regularly participate in authentic, experiential learning activities. These may be computer laboratory classes, practical exercises such as conducting penetration testing, risk assessment, team-based projects or real-world WIL experiences such as working for a client in an industry project or through a work placement.

AAHE’s active learning approach guides the design of units and their content and activities. The assessments build from this approach and are carefully mapped against the unit and course learning outcomes, establishing clear alignment and assuring that the learning outcomes are achieved.

WIL Requirements

This course has a work integrated learning unit that may involve working on an industry project for a real client or undertaking a placement that involves attending a workplace of an approved host organisation. In such cases, you may be required to undertake a police check, working with children check, immunisation check, or other checks as required.

Course Progression Rules

  1. All students must take Foundations of Cybersecurity in their first semester of study
  2. Five first year units including Foundations of Cybersecurity and Cyber Privacy, Policy, Ethics and Law must be passed before any second-year unit may be taken.
  3. The capstone unit can only be attempted in the last semester of student candidature and can only be commenced after completion of all first-year units and four second year units.
  4. No more than four units may be undertaken in a semester.

See figure below for full details.

Course progression and unit selections:

The Master of Cybersecurity is designed to secure your future professional career in cybersecurity. As a graduate of this course, you will have the requisite knowledge and skills to work in senior operational and management roles in both private and public sector organisations

The Maser of Cybersecurity opens up many opportunities for graduates seeking to enter or advance in the field of Cybersecurity in careers such as:

  • Chief Information Security Officers
  • Director of Cybersecurity
  • Cybersecurity Practice Lead
  • Security Auditors
  • Security Policy Developers
  • Security Risk Assessors
  • Security Training Specialists
  • IT Security Architects
  • IT Security Analysts
  • IT Security Technicians
  • Incident Responders
  • Forensic Investigators

The Master of Cybersecurity may consist of 96 credit points, 72 credit points or 48 credit points depending on your prior educational qualifications and relevant work experience.

2 years full time course (96 credit points):

  • Bachelor degree in related discipline


  • 6 years of documented relevant work experience

1.5 years full time course (72 credit points):

  • Bachelor degree in related discipline plus 2 years of documented relevant work experience


  • Bachelor degree in related discipline plus graduate certificate, or equivalent, in any discipline

1-year full time course (48 credit points):

  • Bachelor degree in related discipline plus 4 years of documented relevant work experience


  • Four-year bachelor honours degree in related discipline, or equivalent


  • Bachelor degree in related discipline plus graduate diploma, or equivalent, in any discipline

Other requirements:

  • Applicants must demonstrate evidence of programming proficiency
  • Applicants must meet the minimum English language requirements set out below.

English Proficiency

An applicant must provide evidence that they have met the following minimum English language proficiency requirements:

Test Minimum score for Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Masters degree
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Overall 6.5
No individual band below 6.0
TOEFL internet-based test 79 (Reading no less than 18; Writing no less than 20)
C1 Advanced / Cambridge English: Advanced (Certificate in Advanced English) 176, no band less than 169
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic) 58 (no communicative skill less than 50)


Only the most recent score from any language proficiency test will be considered and it must be less than two years old on the date the course commences.

Applicants will also be considered to meet the English language requirements if they have successfully completed at least two (2) years of full-time study in English at AQF Level 5 Diploma or above at an Australian registered vocational or higher education.

A provisional offer may be made to applicants who provide a Confirmation of Enrolment (COE) for an ELICOS program in English for Academic Purposes (EAP) for a duration of at least twelve (12) weeks for every 0.5 below 6.0 overall or subsection IELTS or equivalent result. Evidence of successful completion of the ELICOS program must be provided before the applicant will be permitted to enrol at GAT.

The English language proficiency requirement does not apply to applicants in the categories set out in the Migration (IMMI 18/015: English Language Tests and Evidence Exemptions for Subclass 500 (Student) Visa) Instrument 2018 (

Mature Age Applicants

  • Applicants who are 21 or older and have not completed Year 12 or equivalent will be considered for entry on a case-by-case basis and must either successfully complete a Special Tertiary Admissions Test administered by a tertiary admissions centre or submit a portfolio of their previous work.
  • Mature age applicants may also be invited to attend an interview with the Dean.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander applicants

Applications from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders who do not meet the entry requirements will be considered on the basis of a personal statement regarding their education and experience and their results in an aptitude test and an interview.

Credit for Prior Learning

Where appropriate, a student whose prior learning or experience exceeds the requirements for admission to GAT will be granted credit in accordance with the Credit for Learning Undertaken Elsewhere Policy and Procedure.