MC159 - Master of Cyber Security

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Plan: MC159 - Master of Applied Science (Information Security and Assurance)
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: Master of Applied Science (Information Security and Assurance)
Award abbreviation: MAppSc(InfoSecu&Ass)
Total credit points: 192
Career: PGRD
Duration: 4 semesters full-time or 8 semesters part-time
Location: City Campus
Owning school: Science (171H)
Owning school URL:
ASCED code: 029901
CRICOS code: 055526D

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Purpose of the Program

Information security and assurance 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 detailed approach of the Masters program is aimed at information security managers by providing the principles underlying the components of information security systems. The program also applies to technical specialists who are interested in the implementation or critical evaluation of information security systems.

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 information security industry for students of the Masters program.

As a graduate of this program you will be able to: apply a range of mathematical, analytical, algorithmic and computational techniques;
model and critically evaluate a range of information security systems and processes (hardware or software based or hybrid) which operate on a diverse range of media (optical, wireless, wired); and use 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.

Graduates will be well placed to be able to perform these roles in either government or private organizations. Furthermore they will have developed the capacity to evolve with industry as existing information systems become more complex and more accessible to an increasing variety of users.

You will undertake a capstone experience in the Stage C course INTE1130 Industry Awareness Project, in which you will conduct a substantial industry-oriented project as a part of a team that must demonstrate elements of research and enquiry, including a literature review, analysis and discussion. In Stage D of the program you will also undertake the capstone experience course INTE1131 Industry Linkage Project, which allows you to implement the ideas that were researched in INTE1130, and engage with an industry partner.

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

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Articulation and pathways

Exemptions and Credit

If you have already developed areas of skill and knowledge included in this program (for example, through prior studies or work experience), you may be eligible for exemptions, credit transfer or Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). More information about Credit Transfer and RPL can be found on the RMIT University website:



If you successfully complete Stage A of MC159, you may opt to exit the program with the following graduate certificate:

  • GC036P18 Graduate Certificate of Cyber Security

If you successfully complete Stage A and B of MC159, you may opt to exit the program with the following graduate diploma:

  • GD162P18 Graduate Diploma of Cyber Security


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Entrance requirements

Program Entry Requirements

An Australian bachelor degree with a GPA greater than 2.0 out of 4.0 with award title including: Computer, IT, Software, Electrical, Electronics, Communications, Mathematics, Physics, or equivalent


An Australian bachelor degree, with a GPA between 1.5 and 2.0 out of 4.0 in a scientific/engineering/technical field with evidence of at least three years' work experience in the field of IT/Information Security, or equivalent

International qualifications are assessed according to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).

English Language Requirements

A minimum IELTS (Academic module) overall score of 6.5, with no band below 6.0; or equivalent. For equivalents to English entry requirements, see the English equivalents web page.


Some applicants may be eligible for credit, this will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

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External accreditation and industry links

In Australia there are no professional bodies that recognise or accredit programs in information security and assurance. 

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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Computers for study are available at every Library site, where you can access the Internet, myRMIT ( or Library e-resources. If you have a laptop you can access the RMIT University wireless network in the Library.

Library staff can show you how to find information for your assignments or you can work through web-based tutorials or use our online Ask a Librarian service.

The Library is continually expanding our electronic collections to make it easier for you to get the information you need when you need it. All RMIT University students have unlimited access to quality electronic resources such as, e-books, e-journals and newspapers.

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