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Key details


Not available full-time
1 year/s part-time


Semester 1


Casuarina campus, Online
Not available to international students.

Credit points required


Course code



The Undergraduate Certificate Introduction to Cybersecurity is a 1-year part-time course that offers you the opportunity to upskill, reskill and retrain.

Available 100% online or on campus, this course will equip you with core skills in technology and cybersecurity. It is also a direct pathway into higher education courses in these disciplines, should you wish to continue studying.

During this course you will learn about the principles that underpin the understanding of IT and cybersecurity. The course is designed to support your learning needs and develop your study skills.

On completing the Undergraduate Certificate Introduction to Cybersecurity, you will be eligible to use the credits you've gained towards further study of a:

  • Diploma of Network Engineering
  • Associate Degree of Information and Communication Technology
  • Associate Degree of Network Engineering
  • Bachelor of Computer Science
  • Bachelor of Information Technology
  • Bachelor of Software Engineering Honours

You may also use the Undergraduate Certificate as a pathway for entry into a variety of other higher education courses.

Advanced standing may be granted for some or all the subjects you successfully complete. If further study is your intention, be sure to check the requirements of your preferred undergraduate degree to determine how many credits you can transfer.


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.

CDU International Student in the library

Why study IT and network engineering at CDU?

From dealing with technology-related crimes to software engineering and data collection, an IT degree at CDU is tailored to industry demand. You'll graduate equipped with the technical and analytical skills to future-proof your career across multiple sectors.

  • #1 in Australia for learner engagement in computing and IT (GUG 2022)
  • #2 Australian uni for graduate employment outcomes (GUG 2022)
  • Use state-of-the-art technologies and methodologies

What will I study?

This 40-credit point course consist of three (3) core and one (1) specialist elective units. This course consists of a combination of introductory and first-year degree subjects, designed to help you develop core knowledge in science, engineering and technology, as well as the necessary skills for successful university studies.

Course structure

  • 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 40 credit points (cp) as detailed below. All units are valued at 10 credit points unless indicated.

Unit typeCredit PointsSpecific requirements
(3 units)
30cpCompulsory Core units totalling 30 credit points as detailed below.

HIT164 Computing Fundamentals
HIT274 Network Engineering Applications
HIT333 Cyber Security

Specialist Elective
(1 unit1)



Specialist Elective units totalling 10 credit points selected from the units listed below:

CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology
CUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability
HIT172 Operating Systems and Applications

 40cpTotal Credit Points


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 part time load.

Part-time Study Plan

Legend:CO = Core Unit 
Semester 1Semester 2
Year 1
HIT164 Computing FundamentalsCOHIT274 Network Engineering ApplicationsCO
CUC106 Design and Innovation: Communicating Technology orCUC107 Cultural Intelligence and Capability orHIT172 Operating Systems and ApplicationsSEHIT333 Cyber SecurityCO



Entry requirements

Admission criteria

Admission requirements are met by one of the following:

  • Successful completion of the Northern Territory Certificate of Education and Training (or equivalent).
  • Successful completion of a national qualification at Certificate III level or higher.
  • Successful completion of at least 0.5 year of full-time study (or equivalent) of a higher education degree/diploma.
  • Overseas secondary or tertiary qualifications considered equivalent to the above Australian qualifications.
  • Attainment of a STAT Multiple Choice score of 125 or higher.
  • Successful completion of a recognised tertiary preparation course.
  • Submission of an acceptable personal competencies statement and/or employment experience.

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.

CDU is a growing university and encourages people to grow as well. There are a lot of options and flexibility when it comes to study and the staff have always been helpful and supportive in making my dreams come true.


Dr Sami Azam

Course details


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

Additional information

Can offers be deferred?
Undergraduate Certificate (Cybersecurity)
College of Engineering, IT and Environment
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: 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 is the application channel for residents of NT, ACT, SA, WA, QLD, VIC or TAS.


UAC is the application channel for residents of NSW.


Direct applications are available to students who have completed a CDU or BIITE course at a Certificate III level or higher. Most CDU and BIITE enabling programs are also accepted through this process.

If you do not meet any of the criteria above please visit Pathways to study to view the options available to you.


UAC Code
Casuarina campus (CSP)
Online (CSP)
* CSP = Commonwealth supported place
FF = Full fee

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