GD162 - Graduate Diploma of Cyber Security

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Plan: GD162P18 - Graduate Diploma of Cyber Security
Campus: City Campus


Program details
Purpose of the Program
Articulation and pathways
Entrance requirements
External accreditation and industry links
Student expenses and charges in addition to fees
Library, IT and specialist resources

Program details

Award title: Graduate Diploma of Cyber Security
Award abbreviation: GradDipCyberSecu
Total credit points: 96
Career: PGRD
Duration: Two Semesters full time, 4 Semesters part time
Location: Onshore, City Campus
Owning school: Science (171H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 029901
CRICOS code: 096094F

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Purpose of the Program

Cyber security forms a vital part of organisational responsibilities. In today's networked world it is more relevant than ever. From the latest internet worm, to identity theft, the danger is no more than a mouse click away. The graduate diploma is suited to those interested in the role of a systems administrator and/or a risk analysis consultant. You will learn about wireless LAN security, the Advanced Encryption Standard, RSA, elliptic curve cryptography, smartcards, biometrics and information systems risk management. There are opportunities for internships in the cyber security industry for the students of the master degree, MC159P18 Master of Cyber Security.

As a graduate of this program you will be able to apply a range of mathematical, analytical, algorithmic and computational techniques to model and critically evaluate a range of cyber security systems and processes (hardware or software based or hybrid) which operate on a diverse range of media (optical, wireless, wired), using a variety of protocols (EFTPOS, INTERNET, CCITT) in business or personal communications, keeping in mind the importance of ethical values in this service oriented field. You will be well placed to be able to perform these roles in either government or private organizations. Furthermore you will develop a capability to evolve with industry as existing information systems become more complex and more accessible to an increasing variety of users.

This program is delivered on campus; some courses may be available online.

Please note that GD162P18 Graduate Diploma of Cyber Security is an EXIT ONLY award from the MC159P18 Master of Cyber Security.

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Articulation and pathways

If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you can apply for credit once you have enrolled in this program. There is information on the RMIT University website about how to apply for credit:

Articulation agreements between RMIT University programs enable you upon graduating from an RMIT University qualification to apply for credit in a higher level qualification.

If you successfully complete Stage A of MC159P18, you may opt to exit the program with the following graduate certificate: GC036P18 Graduate Certificate of Cyber Security.

After graduating from GD162P18, you may return to MC159P18 if you choose to complete the Master of Cyber Security. You will be required to complete the remaining stages not previously completed in the Graduate Diploma of Cyber Security.

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Entrance requirements

Entry to this program is via MC159P18 Master of Cyber Security.

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External accreditation and industry links

In Australia there are no professional bodies that recognise or accredit programs in cyber security. 

The School of Science has a range of longstanding links with industry through their Program Advisory Committees (PACs) and through research projects, consulting, and industry-sponsored design projects. Membership of these committees includes industry executives and past graduates from the school. Their involvement ensures that our programs remain relevant to your needs as a graduate and to the needs of graduate employers, by providing feedback on the currency of the programs and the changing needs of industry.

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Student expenses and charges in addition to fees

Once you are enrolled as a student in this program you will need to allow for expenses other than university tuition fees.  Additional expenses may relate to the purchase of lecture notes, textbooks, stationery, consumables such as printer paper, fees levied by commercial internet service providers for internet access outside of the university campus, and other relevant costs.

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Library, IT and specialist resources

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