Master of Cyber Security (Digital Forensics)

Become a Specialist in Cyber Investigations & Digital Forensics 

As network breaches and digital crimes become more prevalent, the need for experienced cyber forensics investigators is rapidly growing. Applying investigatory techniques to digital crimes and attacks, digital forensics specialists collect, examine, analyse and document evidence from digital media for use in a court of law.    

The Master of Cyber Security – Digital Forensics at UNSW Canberra will provide students with the knowledge, understanding, and skills to enable the recovery of admissible evidence from digital media. Students will understand the ethical and legal issues associated with cybercrime investigations and develop decision-making tools to assess, evaluate and analyse digital data. 

The course will also develop knowledge and understanding of advanced forensic computing techniques and equip you with the skills to apply these successfully. Students will be expected to demonstrate both their theoretical and technical understanding through the completion of practical exercises in a contemporary simulated operational environment. 

World-class Teaching Facilities

The Master of Cyber Security – Digital Forensics 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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You can find more information on this degree on the UNSW Handbook.

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Students undertaking the Master of Cyber Security – Digital Forensics are required to complete 8 courses (48 Units of Credit). Students must complete 6 compulsory courses which provide the underpinning professional knowledge in Digital Forensics and two 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
Digital Forensics Distance Mode Distance Mode
Network and Memory Forensics Distance Mode Not Offered


Electives Semester 1 - 2023 Semester 2 - 2023
Software Security Lifecycle  Distance Mode Distance Mode
Cyber Defence: Network Security Operations Distance Mode Distance Mode
Critical Infrastructure and Control System Security  Not Offered Not Offered
Big Data and Decision Analytics for Security Not Offered Distance Mode
Introduction to Exploit Development Not Offered Distance Mode

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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