Warning! This is a restricted degree. Subject enrolment is only available to students admitted into this degree. Applications are due the Friday two weeks prior to the close of enrolment date for the study session you are applying for.

Degree structure

Degree details

By the end of this program students should be able to:

  1. Demonstrate understanding of concepts and theories in the field of cyber security.
  2. Apply disciplinary knowledge to critically analyse and explain real world cyber security issues.
  3. Transfer, integrate and use disciplinary techniques and methods for problem solving purpose and to develop solutions to real world cyber security issues .
  4. Apply disciplinary knowledge to analyse and evaluate cyber security policies.
  5. Apply disciplinary knowledge to develop and formulate innovative cyber security policies.
  6. Demonstrate ethically and socially informed judgments on the development and implementation of cyber security policies.
  7. Communicate disciplinary knowledge to professional and academic audiences.
  8. Demonstrate critical thinking abilities and apply them in a cyber security context.

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

Higher education

  • Australian level 7 bachelor's qualification (or recognised equivalent) in any field with relevant work experience
  • GPA of not less than 4.0 out of 7.0 or overseas equivalent

English Proficiency Requirements

 IELTS of 6.5 overall, with minimum 6.0 in each band, or  equivalent

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 and its associated Procedures and Guidelines.

This program aims to provide students with in-depth knowledge about the theory and practice of cyber security; the evolution of Australia’s cyber security community; and the emerging domestic, regional and international challenges for cyber security. It will also equip students with a practical skill set to analyse cyber security challenges, based on real world examples. The core subject focus on synthesising the latest developments in cyber security theory and practices. Electives allow students to focus on other aspects of security, including counter terrorism, security and strategic studies, intelligence and criminology.

Recommended Study Pattern

General requirements:
Minimum number of subjects - 12
Completion of other specific minimum requirements as set out below
Required six of the following:
PICX812 Critical Thought & Research Design
PICX808 Cyber Terrorism and Information Warfare
PICX840 Cyber Crime
PICX848 Applied Cyber Security
PICX849 Cyber Policing and Intelligence in Australia
PICX954 Simulation in Cyber Security

Required six of the following:
PICX813 History of Intelligence
PICX845 Intelligence: Theory and Practice
PICX861 Transnational Security
PICX860 Geopolitics and Geostrategy
PICX802 Terrorism
PICX843 International Policing and Counter Terrorism
PICX862 The Crimes of the Powerful
PICX888 Advanced Criminology Theory


Award Requirements

To qualify for the award of Master of Cyber Security students must complete twelve units. Students must complete the compulsory units as indicated in the course structure and a further six units from the list of electives.
On completion of admission you are bound by the University Terms and Conditions and must comply with present and future By-laws, Rules, Codes, and Policies, Procedures and Schedules of Macquarie University Students who did not commence their program in the current year are required to follow the program structure provided to them at the time of admission.

This degree is restricted. Students are required to apply and be approved by Macquarie University .

Applications are due the Friday two weeks prior to the close of enrolment date for the study session you are applying for.

Please note that students who have an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion under Macquarie University's Academic Progression Policy will not be permitted to register in Macquarie University degrees offered through OUA. Students with an Academic Standing of Suspension or Exclusion who have enrolled in units through OUA will be withdrawn.