Australia's best cyber courses
Interested in an online university course in cyber security? Good – because Australia's top degrees, certificates and diplomas are shown here.
- You can do a short course for non IT professionals.
- A 3-year bachelor degree is a way to start a cyber security career.
- At a postgraduate level, the options are a graduate certificate (3-4 units), graduate diploma (8 units) and a masters degree or MBA (12 units).
A 100% online course is an opportunity to break into this exciting field. You can build job-ready skills while earning a university qualification.
Short online courses are available for non IT professionals who want to know more about cyber security.
- The courses are open to anyone. You can enroll even if you have no qualifications or background in the subject.
- Short university courses may be assessed and can advance your career, though they don't count towards a degree.
Short, open courses are suitable for anyone interested in improving their understanding of cyber security threats and measures.
RMIT Cyber Security Risk and Strategy
RMIT University offers a 100% online 6-week course where you learn about cyber security risks and mitigation strategies. No technical or IT knowledge is required to participate. The course is organised into six weekly modules, covering the basics of cyber security, managing risks, preventing attacks, protecting a business, incident management and how to build on the knowledge you gain. The program is equivalent to a unit of university study. By finishing, you earn an RMIT certificate and verifiable university credential.
A Bachelor of Information Technology degree is the traditional way to start a career in cyber security, especially if you haven't studied at university before.
- 3-year bachelor degrees in information technology are available through 100% online study.
- Consider a major in network engineering to give yourself strong foundation knowledge. Most cyber security experts today have a network engineering background.
Here are the best undergraduate degrees in Australia to prepare you for a cyber security career.
CSU Bachelor of Information Technology
Charles Sturt University offers a popular Bachelor of Information Technology degree. Of the four specialisations, future cyber security specialists may be most interested in network engineering. "IT Security" is a core unit for all students. Whatever major you choose, the degree and training provide a foundation for any potential career in information technology.
Deakin Bachelor of Cyber Security
Deakin University's Bachelor of Cyber Security allows for a high level of specialisation. The course draws from the Bachelor of Information Technology program and features topics such as cyber security analytics, cryptography, and computer crime and digital forensics. You can study in the cloud (online) mode. All students must complete compulsory non-credit units on academic integrity, safety induction and introduction to work placements.
A graduate certificate is the shortest university course you can do that provides a formal qualification.
- A 3 or 4 unit course is substantial but also allows you to finish in much less than a year of part-time study.
- You earn a recognised cybersecurity qualification, which can add significant value to your resume.
Graduate certificates are available in both management (non technical) and professional categories.
ECU Graduate Certificate of Cyber Security
Edith Cowan University offers a 3-unit Graduate Certificate of Cyber Security that you can finish in just 6 months of part-time study. The online course leads on to a masters degree with both technical and non-technical specialisations. Essential cyber subjects that make up this course are Cyber Security, Networking Technologies, and Network Security. Students benefit from joining one of Australia's largest cyber education programs, with strong industry links and cutting-edge expertise. The course is open to university graduates (any degree) and to professionals with relevant experience.
University of Adelaide Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security
The University of Adelaide offers a well-rounded program to boost your cyber security skills and qualifications. The Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security blends technical learning with the kind of business training you need to advance your IT career. Students gain technical competencies, learn how to apply skills in a business setting, and examine how cyber security is shaping business development. Assessment is based on quizzes, projects and other applied tasks. The course allows you to continue working full-time and still graduate within 8 months.
ECU Master of Cyber Security
You can become a highly qualified cyber security expert with Edith Cowan University's Master of Cyber Security. The 100% online, 12-unit program offers both "analyst" and "governance" study streams and is well connected to industry. Students typically study part-time while working full-time, completing a unit every 2 months. Subjects include ethical hacking and defence, digital forensics, information warfare, data analysis and visualisation, and cyber security ethics. The program is open to university graduates (any discipline) and, via a graduate certificate pathway, experienced professionals yet to earn a degree.
UNE MBA (Data and Cyber Management)
One of the most industry-relevant MBA degrees is available from Australia's leading online university, the University of New England. UNE's online MBA with a specialisation in Data and Cyber Management prepares managers for executive roles that may include data and security leadership. The 12-unit program covers topics such as global cyber security, big data, the cyber mindset, digital operations and project management, and leadership in practice. Students complete a relevant industry project organised by UNE's education partner, Ducere Global Business School.