Master of Cyber Security (Advanced Tradecraft)

Safeguard Your Future & Our Digital World

In cybersecurity, threats and vulnerabilities change daily, but the principles that underpin security intelligence expertise remain the same. Tradecraft in cybersecurity is a skill set that requires a deep understanding of the cybercrime landscape. Experienced professionals can spot patterns and draw conclusions from contrasting attacks across different sectors. They evaluate situations from the perspective of the attacker, evaluating risks, and applying models and solutions to address cyber intelligence challenges.  

The Master of Cyber Security – Advanced Tradecraft at UNSW Canberra is designed for postgraduate students and IT professionals who wish to gain an accelerated introduction to offensive and defensive cyber tradecraft operations including wireless security, reverse engineering, and big data analysis in a security context. You can choose elective offerings that allow you to focus on digital or network forensics or critical infrastructure cybersecurity.   

Build your capacity as a cybersecurity professional for a rewarding and highly sought-after career.   

World-class Teaching Facilities

The Master of Cyber Security – Advanced Tradecraft is offered primarily via Intensive Delivery Mode due to the nature of the courses and the use of the training facilities at UNSW Canberra Cyber. The Cyber Range includes a digital forensics lab and virtual learning environments where our students learn how to identify and manage cyber threats.  

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Students undertaking the Master of Cyber Security - Advanced Tradecraft are required to complete eight courses (48 Units of Credit). Students must complete seven core courses which provide the underpinning professional knowledge in Advanced Tradecraft and one of the general electives from the Master of Cyber Security program requirements. 

Not all courses will be available in a particular year. The courses in the program may be taken in any order but it is recommended that the core courses are completed first, followed by the elective courses. 

With the approval of the Program Coordinator, students may take up to two elective courses (12 UOC) from other coursework programs. 

*Please Note: Program rules are subject to change, students need to follow the program rules set out in the UNSW Handbook of the current year of their admission into the program.                                                                           

Core Semester 1 - 2023 Semester 2 - 2023
Cyber Offence: Threats and Opportunities Distance Mode

Distance Mode

Intensive Mode

Information Assurance and Security Distance Mode Not Offered
Wireless, Mobile and Internet of Things Security

Distance Mode

Distance Mode

Reverse Engineering Distance Mode Not Offered
Cyber Defence: Network Security Operations Distance Mode Distance Mode
Big Data and Decision Analytics for Security Not Offered Distance Mode
Introduction to Exploit Development Not Offered Distance Mode


Electives Semester 1 - 2023 Semester 2 - 2023
Critical Infrastructure and Control System Security Not Offered Not Offered
Digital Forensics Distance Mode Distance Mode
Network and Memory Forensics Distance Mode Not Offered


Please refer to the UNSW Handbook for the Entry Requirements. 

If you have successfully completed approved professional development courses, you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning towards future study. 

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