University of Technology Sydney

C04431v1 Master of Cybersecurity (Extension)

Award(s): Master of Cybersecurity (MCybersecurity)
CRICOS code: 107869B
Commonwealth supported place?: No
Load credit points: 96
Course EFTSL: 2
Location: City campus

Overview
Course aims
Career options
Course intended learning outcomes
Admission requirements
Recognition of prior learning
Course duration and attendance
Course structure
Course completion requirements
Course program
Articulation with UTS courses
Other information

Overview

The Master of Cybersecurity (Extension) is designed to meet the need for well-rounded industry professionals to help organisations and society manage the increasing challenges of creating and maintaining secure online systems. The course is aimed at computing science, information technology or computer engineering graduates, with or without cybersecurity experience, who wish to learn or extend their knowledge of cybersecurity and supporting technologies.

The postgraduate cybersecurity program provides IT and computing professionals with the opportunity to upskill and meet the demands of this rapidly changing field. Students in the program engage in practical, hands-on learning using technologies to create and manage secure networks, systems and devices. The program covers a broad range of current and emerging areas of cybersecurity, including network security, cloud security, mobile platform security, and IoT security.

In the Master of Cybersecurity (Extension), students can also develop knowledge in broader IT areas that underpin and support cybersecurity. Students can choose to specialise in networking or can broaden their skills in topics such as cloud infrastructure, systems administration, technology management and data analytics. In the networking specialisation, the program supports students who are interested in pursuing Cisco industry certifications in networking.

There is strong industry demand for cybersecurity professionals with advanced technical capabilities and an understanding of the risks and opportunities in this growing field. This course provides ideal preparation for graduates seeking careers in cybersecurity.

Course aims

This course aims to prepare graduates with a thorough and practical grounding in a range of contemporary cybersecurity topics, as well as providing underpinning knowledge of computer networks, systems programming and risk management. The course also provides preparation for engaging in industry projects or conducting academic research. The extended study program in this course aims to provide greater breadth of expertise in areas that strengthen a cybersecurity graduate’s capabilities.

The course is designed for IT and computing professionals interested in moving into a cybersecurity career as much as for those already working in cybersecurity or related jobs to expand their expertise and advance their career.

Career options

Career options include security analyst, security engineer, ICT security specialist, computer network and systems engineer, network administrator.

Course intended learning outcomes

A.1 Master of Cybersecurity (Extension) graduates will have specialised knowledge of ethical Indigenous research approaches to inform their professional application in designing and implementing cybersecurity and related technology practices in industry and/or research, when working for and with Indigenous peoples and communities.
B.1 Master of Cybersecurity (Extension) graduates engage and influence a broad range of organisational stakeholders on issues of cybersecurity, networking and related technologies, and are able to analyse and identify social, environmental, economic and ethical impacts of technology practices involving cybersecurity.
C.1 Master of Cybersecurity (Extension) graduates apply design and decision making methodologies to propose cybersecurity solutions and implementation strategies that incorporate diverse technological practices, and evaluate constraints, risks, conflicts and uncertainties in solution design in context.
D.1 Master of Cybersecurity (Extension) graduates demonstrate and apply specialist cybersecurity knowledge, broader knowledge of related information technology areas, and research skills to design, create and maintain secure IT systems.
E.1 Master of Cybersecurity (Extension) graduates communicate expertly in a variety of ways to specialist and non-specialist audiences and collaborate across functional, hierarchical and professional boundaries, within and across organisations, in local and global contexts.
F.1 Master of Cybersecurity (Extension) graduates are able to work and thrive in the world of constant technological change by being self-reflective, curious, action-oriented and thoughtful life-long learners, who seek feedback, pursue opportunities to broaden their knowledge and make a positive difference in organisations and broader society.

Admission requirements

Applicants must have completed a UTS recognised bachelor's degree, or an equivalent or higher qualification, or submitted other evidence of general and professional qualifications that demonstrates potential to pursue graduate studies.

It is a requirement that the bachelor's degree be in information technology or a related discipline, with no more than 25 per cent of subjects failed.

The English proficiency requirement for international students or local applicants with international qualifications is: Academic IELTS: 6.5 overall with a writing score of 6.0; or TOEFL: paper based: 550-583 overall with TWE of 4.5, internet based: 79-93 overall with a writing score of 21; or AE5: Pass; or PTE: 58-64 with a writing score of 50; or C1A/C2P: 176-184 with a writing score of 169.

Eligibility for admission does not guarantee offer of a place.

International students

Visa requirement: To obtain a student visa to study in Australia, international students must enrol full time and on campus. Australian student visa regulations also require international students studying on student visas to complete the course within the standard full-time duration. Students can extend their courses only in exceptional circumstances.

Recognition of prior learning

Recognition of prior learning for this course is generally not applicable for students who have undertaken other postgraduate study, except as outlined below.

Students who articulate from the Graduate Certificate in Information Technology (C11142) or Graduate Certificate in Engineering (C11236) are eligible for up to 24 credit points of recognition of prior learning, depending on which options were chosen in the Graduate Certificate. Students are advised to study a cybersecurity stream within either of these Graduate Certificates if their intention is to seek recognition of prior learning in this course.

The substitution of subjects with an alternative/advanced postgraduate subject in a similar field of study may be granted on a case-by-case basis. Subject substitution and recognition of prior learning are subject to faculty approval.

Recognition of prior learning (including subject exemption and subject substitution) for the networking subject 32524 LANs and Routing may be considered for holders of a CCNA or CCNP certification with recent relevant work experience. Applicants are normally required to pass a challenge test to demonstrate equivalent learning. The same applies to those who have completed the CCNA curriculum in TAFE Certificate IV and/or Diploma. The challenge test normally takes place in the week prior to the commencement of classes. Applicants must obtain faculty approval prior to attending the challenge test.

Course duration and attendance

The course duration is two years of full-time or four years of part-time study.

Course structure

The course totals 96 credit points of study, comprising a 24-credit-point stream of core subjects, 36 credit points of cybersecurity options, a 12-credit-point project stream with a research preparation subject followed by a capstone subject (either research or industry-based) and 24 credit points of additional options for the Master of Cybersecurity (Extension).

Where applicable, project topics should be relevant to students' professional career goals and should be an area of current research interest in their area of study.

Course completion requirements

STM91576 Core (Cybersecurity) 24cp
CBK92126 Core options (Cybersecurity) 36cp
STM91717 Project Stream 12cp
CBK92016 Options (Cybersecurity Extension) 24cp
Total 96cp

Course program

The programs below show a suggested sequence of subjects for a full-time student commencing the course in either Autumn session or Spring session. The program is intended as a guide only and does not take into account such factors as recognition of prior learning, changes in attendance mode and subject availability, or satisfactory academic progress. Students should consult the Timetable Planner to confirm the availability of subjects in the current academic year.

Autumn commencing, full time
Year 1
Autumn session
32144 Technology Research Preparation   6cp
32524 LANS and Routing   6cp
32547 UNIX Systems Programming   6cp
32548 Cybersecurity   6cp
Spring session
49006 Risk Management in Engineering   6cp
42035 Cloud Security   6cp
42036 Cyber Security for Mobile Platforms   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92016 Options (Cybersecurity Extension) 24cp  
Year 2
Autumn session
32310 Network Security Appliances   6cp
42000 Cryptography   6cp
42037 IoT Security   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92016 Options (Cybersecurity Extension) 24cp  
Spring session
32309 Digital Forensics   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
32933 Research Project 6cp  
32040 Industry Project 6cp  
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK92016 Options (Cybersecurity Extension) 24cp  
Spring commencing, full time
Year 1
Spring session
32144 Technology Research Preparation   6cp
32524 LANS and Routing   6cp
32547 UNIX Systems Programming   6cp
32548 Cybersecurity   6cp
Year 2
Autumn session
49006 Risk Management in Engineering   6cp
42000 Cryptography   6cp
42037 IoT Security   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92016 Options (Cybersecurity Extension) 24cp  
Spring session
32309 Digital Forensics   6cp
42035 Cloud Security   6cp
42036 Cyber Security for Mobile Platforms   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
CBK92016 Options (Cybersecurity Extension) 24cp  
Year 3
Autumn session
32310 Network Security Appliances   6cp
Select 6 credit points from the following:   6cp
32933 Research Project 6cp  
32040 Industry Project 6cp  
Select 12 credit points from the following:   12cp
CBK92016 Options (Cybersecurity Extension) 24cp  

Articulation with UTS courses

This course is part of an articulated program comprising the Graduate Certificate in Information Technology (C11142), the Graduate Diploma in Information Technology (C06113), the Master of Cybersecurity (C04430) and the Master of Cybersecurity (Extension).

Students may also articulate from the Graduate Certificate in Engineering (C11236) to the Master of Cybersecurity (C04430) and the Master of Cybersecurity (Extension).

Students enrolling in a Graduate Certificate with the intention of articulating to this course are advised to study a cybersecurity stream within the Graduate Certificate in Information Technology (C11142) or Graduate Certificate in Engineering (C11236).

Other information

Further information is available from:

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