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Key details

Duration

2 year/s full-time
4 year/s part-time
2 year/s full-time

Intake

Semester 1, Semester 2
On campus - Semester 1, Semester 2
Online - No

Locations

CDU Sydney, Casuarina campus, Online
CDU Sydney, Casuarina campus

Credit points required

160

Course code

SITCS2
SATAC/UAC codes

Overview

The Master of Information Technology (Cyber Security) complements your current information systems, information technology and computer science degree.

The course focuses on cyber security in the modern world. You will apply your knowledge in practical activities giving you the opportunity to work alongside industry leaders.

Professional recognition

The Master of Information Technology (Cyber Security) is accredited by Australia Computer Society at the level of professional practice in ICT and therefore recognised internationally under the Seoul Accord.

Credit transfers and advanced standing

Pathways


Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

For information about credit transfer available to students with complete or incomplete study at this or other Institutions refer to Pathways for Higher Education to Higher Education

Credit transfer

For further information on credit transfer and how to apply visit ASK CDU

Fees

Commonwealth supported places

Commonwealth Supported places are available in this course to students who meet one of the following residency requirements:

(a) Australian Citizenship; or

(b) a New Zealand citizen or a permanent resident visa holder who will be resident within Australia for the duration of the unit.

2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.

2023: Information about fees and charges will be published no later than 1 December 2022.

Non-Commonwealth supported places

Full fee paying places are available in this course.
2022: Information about fees and charges can be found at Fees and Payments.
2023: Information about fees and charges will be published no later than 1 December 2022.

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Why study at CDU?

Study a postgraduate course at Charles Darwin University to upskill at work, fast-track your career, increase your job prospects or explore a new interest. We offer flexible study options so you don't have to put your life on hold while you learn.

  • #1 Australian uni for postgraduate employment outcomes (GUG 2022)
  • Top 100 university globally for quality education
  • Our graduates enjoy higher than average employment rates and starting salaries

What will I study?

The course consists of core units, thesis research and elective units.

Course structure

The core units of this program will allow you to explore advanced information technology concepts.

Research units will allow you to complete an individual research thesis in a chosen area under the guidance of an academic supervisor. The thesis can be carried out within a university, industry or government setting.

Elective units will allow you to study complimentary courses or explore other areas of interests.

The course stresses both the importance of theory and the application of theory in practice through projects and practical exercises.

You can study a Master of Information Technology (Cyber Security) online or on campus. Access to the internet is required for distance learning, with access to high speed broadband highly recommended.


  • 2023 HE unit offerings are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 November 2022.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.


A candidate must successfully complete units totalling 160 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements
Core Units
(11 units)
120cpCompulsory Core units totalling 120 credit points as detailed below.

HIT137 Software Now 
HIT172 Operating Systems and Applications 
HIT274 Network Engineering Applications 
HIT234 Database Concepts
PRT551 Project Management, Risk and Reliability
PRT581 Principles of Software Systems
PRT571 Asset Security and Risk Management
PRT572 Communications and Network Security Engineering
PRT573 Identity Access Management and Security Operations
PRT574 Security Assessment in Software Development
PRT558 Security Practice (20cp)

Research Units
(2 units)
40cpResearch units totalling 40 credit points as detailed below.

PRT820 Master Thesis (20cp) (repeatable) x 2
 

 160cpTotal Credit Points

Students who commenced in or after 2013
The grade of "PC" cannot be counted towards a Masters Degree by Coursework AQF Level 9 course award.
Students should refer to the current Grading Policy and Common Course Rules for further information.

Study plan


  • 2023 HE unit offerings are not yet available however will be published no later than 1 November 2022.
  • Always refer to the Course Catalogue for the latest information about your course prior to enrolment.

Students commencing in Semester 1

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 1 and enrolling in a standard load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.

Legend:CO = Core UnitR = ResearchE = Elective

 

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
HIT172 Operating Systems and Applications COHIT137 Software Now CO
HIT234 Database ConceptsCOHIT274 Network Engineering Applications CO
PRT581 Principles of Software SystemsCOPRT572 Communications and Network Security EngineeringCO
PRT551 Project Management, Risk and ReliabilityCOPRT573 Identity Access Management and Security OperationsCO
Year 2
PRT574 Security Assessment in Software DevelopmentCOPRT558 Security Practice (20cp)CO
PRT571 Asset Security and Risk ManagementCOPRT820 Master Thesis (20cp) (repeatable)R
PRT820 Master Thesis (20cp) (repeatable)R  

 

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Students commencing in Semester 2

The Recommended Study Plan provided below is suitable for a student commencing in semester 2 and enrolling in a standard load. Students entering this course with advanced standing, or wishing to reduce or vary their study plan due to work, personal, financial or other reasons should use the table as a guide to create an individual study plan.
 

Legend:CO = Core UnitR = ResearchE = Elective

 

Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
  HIT137 Software Now CO
  HIT274 Network Engineering Applications CO
  PRT572 Communications and Network Security EngineeringCO
  PRT573 Identity Access Management and Security OperationsCO
Year 2
HIT172 Operating Systems and Applications COPRT558 Security Practice (20cp)CO
HIT234 Database ConceptsCOPRT820 Master Thesis (20cp) (repeatable)R
PRT581 Principles of Software SystemsCO  
PRT551 Project Management, Risk and ReliabilityCO  
Year 3
PRT574 Security Assessment in Software DevelopmentCO  
PRT571 Asset Security and Risk ManagementCO  
PRT820 Master Thesis (20cp) (repeatable)R  

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Entry requirements

Admission criteria

Successful completion of a recognised bachelor degree or equivalent international qualification.

International entry pathway

International Pathway

Applicants who have completed the CDU International Masters Qualifying Program (ZMQP01 or ZMQP02) or the Accelerated International Masters Qualifying Program (ZAMQP1 or ZAMQP2) are eligible for entry.

Essential requirements

English language requirements

To gain entry into Charles Darwin University, all Higher Education applicants must satisfy the University's English Language Proficiency Requirements for their chosen course of study. International applicants will be required to supply evidence of this at the time of application.

The minimum English language requirement for this course is met by either undertaking previous education in an English-speaking country or undertaking one of the following English language tests and obtaining the minimum requirements listed below.

IELTS Academic ModuleA minimum overall score of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0.
Cambridge Advanced English (CAE)A minimum overall score of 176, with no skill below 169.
Common European Framework Certificate of English ProficiencyA minimum overall grade of C1, valid for three years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU.
Pearson Test of English (PTE) Academic moduleA minimum overall score of 58 with no score lower than 50.
TOEFL Internet-based Test (iBT)A minimum overall score of 79 with a minimum writing score of 21.

* All tests are valid for two years from the date of the test to the date of commencement at CDU, unless otherwise specified.
* Where applicable, international applicants must also satisfy the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) English language requirements for student visa applications.

Do you have a question regarding English requirements at CDU? Please email: international@cdu.edu.au.

 

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Course details

Accreditation

This course is accredited by the University in accordance with the Higher Education Standards.

Inherent Requirements

There are inherent requirements for this course. Students must read and understand the requirements for this course.

Australian qualification framework

This course is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework at Level 9.

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Yes
Award
Master of Information Technology (Cyber Security)
Faculty/College
College of Engineering, IT and Environment
Sector
HE
Area of study
IT and Network Engineering

Contact details

For further information about the course, enrolment procedures, closing dates and other administrative issues please contact Student Central on:

Email:student.central@cdu.edu.auPhone:(08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call)

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How to apply

There are many ways to apply to CDU. The method you use depends on your course type, where you live and whether you are a new or returning student to CDU.

Remember to apply early for your best chance at securing an offer to study with us.

SATAC

SATAC is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS.

UAC

UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.

International applications

Applications must be submitted online through our application portal, Studylink. You'll need a valid email address to create your online account. Once you have started your application, you will be able to save it and resume it later. There is no application fee when you apply online.

You may be able to lodge a direct application; however, there may be restrictions on your geographic location. If you cannot submit a direct application via the application portal, please apply through one of our registered agents.

Apply through StudyLink or through an Agent.

SATAC/UAC codes

Location
SATAC Code
UAC Code
CDU Sydney (CSP)
1CM135
823133
CDU Sydney (FF)
1CM635
873393
Casuarina campus (CSP)
1CM109
823100
Casuarina campus (FF)
1CM609
873100
Online (CSP)
1CM109
823100
Online (FF)
1CM609
873100
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

CRICOS codes

Location
CRICOS Code
CDU Sydney
109063B
Casuarina campus
0101691

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