Skip to Content

Master of Cyber Security


Faculty of Arts
Master of Cyber Security (MCyberSec)
Admission Requirement:
Cyber Governance and Management specialisation:
• Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent in a relevant field
• GPA of 4.50 (out of 7.00)
Cyber Security Analysis specialisation:
• Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification (or recognised equivalent) in the social sciences, or humanities, or related field; or Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification (or recognised equivalent) in any field with relevant work experience
• GPA of 4.0 (out of 7.00)
Internetworking specialisation:
• Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification or recognised equivalent in computing or engineering
• GPA of 4.75 (out of 7.00)
• Three years relevant work experience
English Language Proficiency:
IELTS of 6.5 overall with minimum 6.0 in each band, or equivalent
Study Mode:
Full-time, Part-time
Attendance Mode:
Internal, External
Candidature Length:
Full-time: 1.5 years
Part-time: 3 years
North Ryde — Session 1 (February)
North Ryde — Session 2 (July)
External — Session 1 (February)
External — Session 2 (July)
Volume of Learning:
Equivalent to 1.5 years
General requirements:
Minimum number of credit points at 800 level or above 48
Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below

In order to graduate students must ensure that they have satisfied all of the general requirements of the award.

Specific minimum requirements:

Credit points

800 level

Critical Thought and Research Design (4)
8cp from
Emerging Issues in Financial Crime (4)
Fraud Examination, Investigative Techniques (4)
Security Technologies and Forensic Analysis (4)
Cyber Crime (4)
Applied Cyber Security (4)
Human Factors and New Technology (4)
Industrial and Organisational Psychology (4)
8cp from
Information Systems in Business (4)
Fraud Examination, Investigative Techniques (4)
Blockchain for Competitive Advantage (4)
Business Internship (4)
Professional Development in Business and Economics (4)
Web Data Technologies (4)
Enterprise Application Integration (4)
Information Systems Project and Risk Management (4)
Enterprise Management (4)
Strategic Project Management (4)
Security Management (4)
Data Mining and Business Intelligence (4)
Machine Learning (4)
Big Data Technologies (4)
Industry Based Internship 2 (8)
Terrorism (4)
History of Intelligence (4)
Internship (4)
International Policing and Counter Terrorism (4)
Intelligence: Theory and Practice (4)
Intelligence Analysis Platforms (4)
Supervised Project in Security Studies (4)
Geopolitics and Geostrategy (4)
Transnational Security (4)
The Crimes of the Powerful (4)
Special Topic in Security Studies (4)
Recognition for Prior Learning on admission (8cp)*
4cp from
Contemporary Business Issues (4)
Information Technology Project (4)
Simulation in Cyber Security (4)
1 specialisation
*Students are assessed on admission for Recognition for Prior Learning (RPL). If eligible RPL will be granted as a block of 8cp.
Please note that the Master of Cyber Security is only available for study in External mode for domestic students choosing the Cyber Security Analysis specialisation.
AQF Level Level 9 Masters by Coursework Degree
CRICOS Code 095114D
Overview and Aims of the Program The program establishes an interdisciplinary program in cyber security in an inherently interdisciplinary field. It seeks to provide students with in-depth theoretical knowledge and practical skills to address cyber security challenges from a multidisciplinary perspective. At the end of the program students will be able to approach complex cyber security challenges from various angles. They will also be equipped with specialist knowledge in one of the three areas. This analytically innovative and rigorous program will enhance the employability of students in the fast evolving job market for cyber security, which spans across the government and private sector. It contributes directly to addressing the cyber security skills gap in Australia and overseas.

It is primarily targeted at local students, including those with work experience who seek to upskill their academic qualifications in this field. This market driven degree also benefits the students through close collaboration with Optus and other major companies in the context of the Cyber Security Hub which will provide a unique learning & teaching experience.
Graduate Capabilities

The Graduate Capabilities Framework articulates the fundamentals that underpin all of Macquarie’s academic programs. It expresses these as follows:

Cognitive capabilities
(K) discipline specific knowledge and skills
(T) critical, analytical and integrative thinking
(P) problem solving and research capability
(I) creative and innovative

Interpersonal or social capabilities
(C) effective communication
(E) engaged and ethical local and global citizens
(A) socially and environmentally active and responsible

Personal capabilities
(J) capable of professional and personal judgement and initiative
(L) commitment to continuous learning

Program Learning Outcomes By the end of this program it is anticipated you should be able to:
1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Cyber Security or Internetworking or Cyber Governance concepts
2. Effectively interpret and appraise recent developments in Cyber Security or Internetworking or Cyber Governance
3. Execute individual research and exercise specialized judgement in solving Cyber Security or Internetworking or Cyber Governance problems
4. Demonstrate writing and oral communication skills relevant to an appropriate professional environment.
5. Demonstrate awareness of emerging social, ethical and regulatory issues relevant to Cyber Security or Internetworking or Cyber Governance.
Recognition of Prior Learning

Macquarie University may recognise prior formal, informal and non-formal learning for the purpose of granting credit towards, or admission into, a program. The recognition of these forms of learning is enabled by the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Policy (see and its associated Procedures and Guidelines. The RPL pages contain information on how to apply, links to registers, and the approval processes for recognising prior learning for entry or credit. 

Domestic Students
For undergraduate RPL information visit
For domestic postgraduate RPL information visit

International Students
For RPL information visit

Support for Learning

Macquarie University aspires to be an inclusive and supportive community of learners where all students are given the opportunity to meet their academic and personal goals. The University offers a comprehensive range of free and accessible student support services which include academic advice, counselling and psychological services, advocacy services and welfare advice, careers and employment, disability services and academic skills workshops amongst others. There is also a bulk billing medical service located on campus.

Further information can be found at

Campus Wellbeing contact details:
Phone: +61 2 9850 7497

Program Standards and Quality

The program is subject to an ongoing comprehensive process of quality review in accordance with a pre-determined schedule that complies with the Higher Education Standards Framework. The review is overseen by Macquarie University's peak academic governance body, the Academic Senate and takes into account feedback received from students, staff and external stakeholders.

Graduate Destinations and Employability Graduates will be equipped to work in a range of government, non-government and private employment, including:
• Department of Defence
• Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade
• Law Enforcement and Police
• Australian Border Force
• International/Regional organisations
• Think tanks and policy advising
• Media
• Cyber security-related business and industry, or Cyber security department of national and transnational corporations/organisations
• International Non-Government Organisations
• Banks and other financial institutions
• Telecommunication companies
• Network Architect
• Solutions Architect
• Security Specialist
• Network consultant
• Network security consultant
Assessment Regulations

This program is subject to Macquarie University regulations, including but not limited to those specified in the Assessment Policy, Academic Honesty Policy, the Final Examination Policy and relevant University Rules. For all approved University policies, procedures, guidelines and schedules visit

Accreditation This is an Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) accredited qualification.

Inherent requirements are the essential components of a course or program necessary for a student to successfully achieve the core learning outcomes of a course or program. Students must meet the inherent requirements to complete their Macquarie University course or program.

Inherent requirements for Macquarie University programs fall under the following categories:

Physical: The physical inherent requirement is to have the physical capabilities to safely and effectively perform the activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

Cognition: The inherent requirement for cognition is possessing the intellectual, conceptual, integrative and quantitative capabilities to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

Communication: The inherent requirement for communication is the capacity to communicate information, thoughts and ideas through a variety of mediums and with a range of audiences.

Behavioural: The behavioural inherent requirement is the capacity to sustain appropriate behaviour over the duration of units of study to engage in activities necessary to undertake the learning activities and achieve the learning outcomes of an award.

For more information see

2018 Unit Information

When offered:
S1 Day
Permission of Executive Dean of Faculty
HSC Chinese, CHN113, CHN148