DurationFull-time 6 months, Part-time 1 year
AU$13,920 (2021 total)
Next intakeFebruary, July
Next intakeNot applicable
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, danger is no more than a mouse click away.
The Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security is suited to those interested in the role of a systems administrator and/or a risk analysis consultant. You will be introduced to computer security, encryption standards and cryptosystems, authentication mechanisms and risk and controls mechanisms.
This graduate certificate course is offered through a flexible combination of lectures, tutorials and computer laboratory classes. There are opportunities for team-based projects and participating in consulting activities.
Through lectures and tutorials, you will explore key concepts and be challenged to strengthen your knowledge and problem solving skills. You will work as a team to solve complex issues facing the cyber security industry through group discussions, presentations and seminars. You will learn using state-of-the-art cyber security software, providing you with hands-on the experience you need for roles that use data analysis.
RMIT University is committed to providing you with an education that strongly links formal learning with professional or vocational practice.
You will have the opportunity to gain invaluable professional experience through a consulting project, where you will use theoretical and analytical skills to solve real world problems. As a student of this course, you will undertake activities that help you learn, apply and demonstrate your learnings, often while interacting with industry, and work in real or simulated industry environments.
As a student of this course, you will undertake three core subjects:
- Case Studies in Cyber Security
- Introduction to Information Security
- Discrete Mathematics
And select one elective subject:
- Programming Fundamentals
- IT Infrastructue and Security.
Choose a program structure
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Program code: GC036
You must have:
- an Australian bachelor degree (AQF 7) or equivalent
- a minimum of five years (full-time equivalent) work experience in a related industry setting
If you wish to have industry or employment experience assessed as part of meeting the entry requirements you will need to provide a detailed CV/resume listing previous positions, dates of employment and position responsibilities; a statement from your employer confirming these details (or contact details of employer so RMIT can seek confirmation); and evidence of any relevant professional development undertaken.
International qualifications are assessed for comparability to Australian qualifications according to the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF).
For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit English language requirements and equivalency information.
Don't meet the English language test scores? Complete an Advanced Plus Certificate at RMIT English Worldwide.
Credit and exemptions will be assessed in accordance with the RMIT University Credit Policy. If you have completed your studies or have partially completed a similar program at another institution (with entry criteria similar to this program) may be accepted with some credits or exemptions being granted towards this program.
Credit pathways between RMIT University programs enable you upon graduating from an RMIT University qualification to apply for advanced standing in a higher-level qualification.
This program has full-fee places, with a limited number of Commonwealth supported places (CSP) available for 2021 (only).
Government financial assistance is available to eligible students regardless of the type of place you enrol in.
2021 indicative fees
- Full-fee places: AU$13,920.
- Commonwealth supported places (CSP) range from AU$3,950 to AU$14,500*.
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF): AU$313 maximum fee for 2021.
- Other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment.
Annual fee adjustment
Amount quoted is the 2021 total program tuition fee, and is based on a total annual load of 48 credit points. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load.
Fees are adjusted on an annual basis and these fees should only be used as a guide.
Defer your payment
If you are offered a full-fee place, you will need to pay the full tuition costs of your program. However, eligible students (such as Australian citizens or holders of an Australian permanent humanitarian visa) may apply to defer payment of some or all of their tuition fees via the Commonwealth Government’s FEE-HELP loan scheme.
If you are offered a Commonwealth Supported Place, you may be eligible to apply for a HELP loan, which can be used to defer payment of up to the full amount of your student contribution fees. You may also be eligible to apply to defer payment of your SSAF through the SA-HELP loan scheme.
Learn more about fees for postgraduate study.
Payments and refunds
For information on how to pay your fees or how to apply for a refund, please see Paying your fees and applying for refunds.
If you are offered a Commonwealth supported place, your tuition fees are subsidised by the Australian Government.
Your share of the fee (student contribution) is set on an annual basis by the government and is determined by the discipline areas (bands) of your individual enrolled courses, not the overall program.
How much can I expect to pay for my Commonwealth supported place?
The Australian Government has introduced changes to university funding and student contribution fees under its Job-ready Graduates Package.
The fees in the table below apply to students commencing their program in 2021. Fees for continuing students are available at fees for Commonwealth supported students.
Each course (subject) falls into a band. The band determines the student contribution amount for the course.
Amounts listed in the table below are based on a standard, full-time study load (96 credit points per year) with all courses in the same band. A proportionate fee applies for more or less than the full-time study load or for enrolment in courses (subjects) from a combination of bands.
You can learn how to calculate your exact tuition fees for units from different bands at Fees for Commonwealth supported students.
Maximum student contribution amount for Commonwealth supported places in 2021 for commencing students
Student contribution band by course (subject)
Maximum annual student contribution amount (per EFTSL) in 2021
Education, Postgraduate Clinical Psychology, English, Mathematics, Statistics, Nursing, Indigenous and Foreign Languages, Agriculture
|$3,950 per standard year
$493 per standard (12 credit point) course
Allied Health, Other Health, Built Environment, Computing, Visual and Performing Arts, Professional Pathway Psychology, Professional Pathway Social Work, Engineering, Surveying, Environmental Studies, Science, Pathology
$7,950 per standard year
Dentistry, Medicine, Veterinary Science
$11,300 per standard year
Law, Accounting, Administration, Economics, Commerce, Communications, Society and Culture
$14,500 per standard year
How does a HELP loan work?
If your FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP and/or SA-HELP loan application is successful, the Australian Government will pay RMIT, on your behalf, up to 100% of your fees. This amount will become part of your accumulated HELP debt.
You only start repaying your accumulated HELP debt to the Australian Government once you earn above the minimum income threshold for repayment, which is set each year by the Australian Government (this also applies if you are still studying).
The Australian Taxation Office (ATO) will calculate your compulsory repayment for the year and include this on your income tax notice.
This program is approved for income support.
You may be eligible for student income support payments from the Commonwealth Government if you are undertaking a graduate certificate, graduate diploma or an approved professionally oriented masters by coursework program. For more information see Income support for Masters students.
If you are enrolled in an eligible program you will also need to satisfy all other student payment eligibility requirements. You can contact Centrelink or Services Australia for further information about student income support entitlements, your eligibility and how to apply.
In addition to tuition fees, you will be charged an annual student services and amenities fee (SSAF), which is used to maintain and enhance services and amenities that improve your experience as an RMIT student. The SSAF is calculated based on your enrolment load and the maximum fee for 2021 is $313.
For more information about calculating your actual SSAF see Paying SSAF.
You may also be required to purchase other items related to your program, including field trips, textbooks and equipment. These additional fees and expenses vary from program to program.
In addition to tuition fees you also need to pay for:
- Student services and amenities fee (SSAF) in each calendar year.
- Overseas Student Health Cover (OSHC) - Student visa holders must have cover for the total duration of their visa.
- Some programs incur additional expenses.
You also need to account for your living expenses. Estimate the cost of living in Melbourne.
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