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Graduate Certificate
in Cyber Security Online


8 months part-time



Start date

10th January

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  1. Quickly and confidently respond to the urgent demand for cyber security professionals in Australia. Apply now.
  2. Gain experience using a wide range of cyber security tools and techniques drawn from today’s real-world business contexts, 100% online.
  3. Obtain a highly reputable cyber security graduate certificate to demonstrate your ability to boost organisational resilience against cyber criminals.
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Expert guidance, real experiences

Hone your cyber security skills through experiencing
authentic scenarios. 

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Industry-aligned curriculum

We work with industry and government representatives to ensure coursework is relevant and up-to-the-minute. 

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World-renowned university

Announce your reliability and enduring capabilities 
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Build on your IT expertise

Join a community of mid-career 
IT professionals who are also 
passionate about protecting Australia's
digital future from cyber attacks.

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Technology meets people

Cyber security is a management process and a technical challenge. Master both. 

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Workforce ready in 8 months.

Study online and complete  this cyber security program in only eight months - while you keep working. 

Master real-world cyber security tools

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Kali Linux

Experience using the most popular security Linux distribution that comes pre-loaded with many security assessment and computer forensics tools. 

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Virtual Hack Lab

Connect to our Virtual Hack Lab environment via an OpenVPN client installed by default on Kali Linux. 

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Online Penetration Testing Environments

Use various online platforms (like HackInBox) to test and advance your skills in penetration testing and cyber security. 

Learn cyber security skills from real case studies

Real case studies

Real case studies and applications are used in all four courses through expert guest speakers working in cyber security industry and government roles.

Flexible online learning

Studying online gives you the freedom to study on your terms.  

Six week teaching periods: Upskill faster by completing one subject every six weeks.  

What will my assignments be? All assessments and coursework are 100% online. Types of assessments include quizzes, case studies, scenarios and simulations. 

What skills will I gain?  

  • Technical cyber security capabilities in an area of specialisation  
  • effective and influential communication skills  
  • awareness, vigilance and adaptability to the constantly changing online environment 
  • understanding of cyber security management concepts, risk management and security architecture.  

Apply now and take advantage of the skyrocketing cyber security job market.  

"The best way to hone your cyber security skills is to safely experience what really happens in the field – under expert guidance." - Dr. Chitchanok Chuengsatiansup, Program Coordinator 

Career paths and opportunities

Cyber security career paths are diverse and rewarding - spanning both technical and business management. Our cyber security certification will help you launch or progress your career as a cyber generalist – and get qualified to work as a Data Security, Information Security, Business or Risk Analyst; Cyber Policy Maker; Cyber Security Administrator or Advisor; or System Security Engineer.  

Cyber security professionals developing government policy and guidelines


Cyber crime costs Australian businesses $29 billion per year. The Australian Federal and state governments continue to heavily invest in cyber security to protect Australia’s digital infrastructure and reduce national security risks. Apply now and help develop policy and guidelines tomorrow. 

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Healthcare is increasingly being targeted by cyber criminals. Strengthen and monitor the health sector’s systems by conducting checks and benchmark data - using your skills gained from this cyber security graduate certificate. 

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Australia’s financial services companies are the largest users of cyber security in the country. They account for almost one-third of the nationwide security demand. Follow this career path and become an analyst who spots network security vulnerabilities and improves the design and the delivery of services. 

  • Political institutions and policy-making - POLIS 7024OL

    This cyber security course covers policy making principles in Australia. Learn about the political context in which debates about cyber security and other international relations issues take place; which will guide your work as a cyber security practitioner. In this course, you will learn how institutions: 

    • define a problem  
    • set an agenda 
    • communicate to the primary political actors and stakeholders  
    • influence institutional decision-making 
    • implement and review policy. 
  • Business data and cyber security - COMMGMT 7023OL

    Protecting valuable business data requires constant cybersecurity awareness and vigilance. In this cyber security course you will discover common vulnerabilities, decision making factors and problem solving methods to confidently address and communicate cyber security threats. 

  • Cyber security fundamentals - COMP SCI 7308OL

    Experience the real-world cyber security challenges that organisations face and the best ways to address them – through examining both an attacker's and defender’s perspective. 

    Hear about common attack and defence strategies used against software, web applications, networks, operating systems, cryptographic systems as well as people’s behaviour. The course will also introduce cybersecurity management concepts, including:  

    • security operations  
    • risk management 
    • security engineering  
    • security architecture. 

    Hear about the vast array of exciting career paths available to you in the cyber security field. 

  • Information risks, threats and controls - COMMGMT 7025OL

    Cyber security risk management and assurance are critical to all aspects of all businesses – from finance, branding, legal, OH&S to operations - and this course focuses on critical infrastructure and enterprise-level threats.  

    Learn about the vulnerabilities the digital age has introduced from a broad organisational-wide perspective, and how these impacts can be mitigated with assessments, policies and implementation plans.  

Academic requirements

To be eligible for the Graduate Certificate, Graduate Diploma or Master of Cyber Security, you need to meet one of the following requirements: 

  1. Bachelor of Computer Science (or an equivalent Information Technology degree) and a GPA of 4.5  


  1. relevant work experience of at least 3 years in Computer Science or Cyber Security roles  


  1. diploma or above in networking and IT plus 2 years relevant work experience. 

Don’t have programming experience? 

To excel in the applied nature of our cyber security postgraduate programs, all our students require some experience with a programming language. If you don’t have this experience, we offer the course Foundations of Computer Science – Python A (COMP SCI 7210OL) in place of Political Institutions and Policy-Making (POLIS 7024OL). Our friendly admissions team will guide you through the enrolment process once your application has been accepted. 

This course will develop your coding and problem-solving skills with a focus on data and data science. You will learn algorithm design as well as fundamental programming concepts such as data, selection, iteration and functional decomposition, data abstraction and organisation. You will build fundamental software development skills including the use of the Python programming language and tools, debugging, testing and fundamentals of good programming practice, style and design. 

English language requirements  

In order to study with the University of Adelaide, you must be proficient in speaking, listening, reading and writing in English as this is the language of instruction. You must be able to demonstrate that you meet the Minimum English Language Requirements, however, you will not be required to provide evidence of English language proficiency if you are an Australian citizen or hold a passport from one of the following countries: Canada (English speaking provinces only), New Zealand, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom and the United States. If English is not your first language of instruction, further documentary evidence will be required so please check the detailed Minimum English Language Requirements document for information about acceptable English language tests.  

What is the total cost?

The total cost of the online Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security is $13,992 or $3,498 per course (2021 pricing).


Is there FEE-HELP available?

Yes, Australian citizens are eligible for a HELP loan. You must also be enrolled in a postgraduate program with the University of Adelaide by the enrolment deadline (census), and have not reached the HELP loan limit.  Once you have been offered a place in a University of Adelaide program, you will be able to apply for a HELP loan as a part of the enrolment process. Please see our FAQs section for further details.  

How to apply

Step 1 – Check your eligibility  

It’s important to have a solid grasp of basic programming and cyber security concepts before undertaking our Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security online. Please see the Entry Requirements tab for more detail on work experience and recognition of prior learning.

Our online admissions team are available on 1300 241 539 if you require any assistance with the entry requirements (Monday to Friday, 8:30AM – 5PM ACST/ADST). 


Step 2 - Create an account and apply 

  • Confirm the application close date of the next teaching period by checking the Important Dates page to avoid missing out.
  • Create an account via the University of Adelaide Application Portal
  • Complete application form and upload supporting documents which include:
    • valid photo ID (passport or driver's licence)
    • proof of citizenship / permanent residency
    • transcripts from your complete bachelor's degree, diploma or certificate (if applicable)
    • change of name documents if applicable (e.g marriage certificate)
    • English language requirements (if you are an international applicant).

You’ll be hearing from our admissions team in the coming weeks who will confirm the outcome of your application. 

Step 3 - Enrol 

If your application is successful, you will then need to enrol in preparation for the start of the teaching period. You’ll need to register for a student ID and activate your student email address. The EnrolMe System will then guide you through the process of enrolling into your first course.  

Apply now to reserve your spot in our next intake.

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