The Master of Cyber Security is a coursework degree designed for students who want a more detailed understanding of the technical skills and expertise needed for the technical implementation and leadership of the cyber security function. The degree provides principles gathered from information systems, systems engineering, computer science, network security and defence to enhance a career as a cyber security specialist. Most of the core courses are offered via incentive delivery mode, where students have access to the specially equipped Cyber Range laboratory, which is unique and the largest in Australia in terms of the number of students who can simultaneously participate in lab pracs. Students can choose to complete the generalist Master of Cyber Security program or one of the following specialisations: Advanced Tradecraft or Digital Forensics.

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Why choose this degree?

This degree is designed to meet the demand for technical experts who can implement and lead the technical cyber security function. It equips graduates with multidisciplinary aspects of cyber security that they can apply to workforces and in everyday situations. While completing core courses, students will have access to the unique Cyber Range laboratory.

Who should choose this degree?

This degree is designed for postgraduate scholars and professional managers interested in gaining technical skills and expertise through practical implementation and leadership of the cyber security offence and defence. Graduates will be able to implement and lead the technical cyber security function in defence, government, law enforcement and industry organisations.

Degree Structure

Degree Handbook

Career Opportunities

  • Cyber security specialist, analyst or architect
  • Network security specialist
  • Digital Forensic investigator (Forensics stream only)
  • Intrusion detection specialist (Advance tradecraft only)
  • Cyber security incident responder (Advance tradecraft only)
  • Penetration Tester (Advance tradecraft only)

How to apply

Applications must be submitted through our Apply Online portal. We encourage you to submit your completed application as early as possible to ensure it will be processed in time for your preferred term. Some high-demand programs and Faculties with limited places may have an earlier application deadline or commencement date. Find out more.



2020 Indicative First Year Fee


2020 Indicative Fee to Complete Degree


*Fees are subject to annual review by the University and may increase annually, with the new fees effective from the start of each calendar year. The indicative fees listed here are based on an estimated average and are for tuition only other fees and charges are not included. The amount you pay will vary depending on the calendar year to enrol, the courses you select and whether your study load is more or less than 1 Equivalent Full Time Student Load (8 courses per year).

Indicative fees are a guide for comparison only based on current conditions and available data. You should not rely on indicative fees. More information on fees can be found at the UNSW fees website.

Indicative fees to complete the program have been calculated based on a percentage increase for every year of the program. Fee increases are assessed annually and may exceed the indicative figures listed below.

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