Master of Cyber Security Operations

Become a Leader in Cyber Security

While cyber criminals develop new ways to find and exploit vulnerabilities in computer systems, organisations worldwide are increasingly relying on the expertise of cybersecurity managers. Keeping networks running smoothly and protecting sensitive data takes constant monitoring and proper cybersecurity management. Cybersecurity managers are responsible for knowing where a network’s vulnerabilities lie. They stay on top of the methods cyber criminals use to infiltrate information systems and they use their expertise and knowledge to avert these efforts.  

The Master of Cyber Security Operations at UNSW Canberra is designed for postgraduate students and professional managers who wish to gain a more detailed understanding of the managerial and technical skills and expertise required to protect information systems and computer networks from cyber attack. As a Cyber Security Operations graduate, you’ll be able to monitor systems for security gaps, design effective solutions, and provide detailed reports to executive management on all aspects of cyber security operations.  

World-Class Teaching Facilities 

The Master of Cyber Security Operations 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.  

What Our Students Say

“This degree is suitable for people like me who are explaining and dealing with cyber issues to all types of people, from technical developers and service management people, to the public and businesspeople. I needed to understand cyber at all these levels.”  

Anne Coull, Master of Cyber Security Operations student

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You can find more information on this degree including entry requirements on the UNSW Handbook.

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Students undertaking Master of Cyber Security Operations are required to complete 48 Units of Credit (UOC) by completing eight 6-UOC courses from the list in the Handbook entry for the program (see the list in Course Availability below). 

In the Master of Cyber Security Operations program, students must complete four core courses and four elective courses. Not all elective 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 four core courses are completed first, followed by the four elective courses. 

With the approval of the Program Coordinator, students with a high distinction average in four courses may complete a 12-UOC research project in lieu of two elective courses. The project is recommended for those with a strong interest in pursuing original research in a specific area or for those intending to undertake a higher-level research qualification. 

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

*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 Crime and Cyber Security  Distance Mode

Not Offered

Cyber Resilience: Governance Management and Acquisition Distance Mode Not Offered
Information Assurance Principles Not Offered Distance Mode
Cyber Security Risk Management Not offered Distance Mode


Elective Courses  Semester 1 - 2023 Semester 2 - 2023
List One 

Note: Some courses are offered in intensive delivery mode only. (ie 5 full days in the Cyber Range lab on campus at UNSW Canberra, followed by online study throughout the semester) and assumed technical knowledge is required. Please refer to the Course Outline for details.

Intrusion Analysis and Response  Not Offered Not Offered
ZEIT8020 Cyber Offence: Threats and Opportunities

Distance Mode

Distance Mode

Intensive Mode

ZEIT8024 Software Security Lifecycle Distance Mode Distance Mode
ZEIT8025 Reverse Engineering Distance Mode Not Offered
ZEIT8026 Cyber Defence: Network Security Operations Distance Mode Distance Mode
ZEIT8027  Critical Infrastructure and Control System Security Not Offered Not Offered
ZEIT8028 Digital Forensics Distance Mode Distance Mode
ZEIT8029 Network and Memory Forensics

Distance Mode

Not Offered 
ZEIT8030 Big Data and Decision Analytics for Security Not Offered Distance Mode
ZEIT8035 Cyber Terrorism Not Offered Distance Mode
ZEIT8043 Cyber and the Law Not Offered Not Offered
ZPEM8208 Human Factors and Technology Distance Mode Not Offered
ZPEM8310 Understanding Social-Technical Systems: Ideas, Spaces and Cultures Not Offered Distance Mode
List Two   * Students should complete no more than two electives or (12 UoC) from the list below:  
Cyber Operations Not Offered Not Offered
ZEIT8115 Information Operations  Not Offered Distance Mode
Internetworking Not Offered Distance Mode
Project Management Body of Knowledge  Distance Mode Distance Mode
Cyber-Security and World Politics  Distance Mode Not Offered

PLuS Alliance Online Course Exchange
UNSW Sydney is part of the PLuS (Phoenix-London-Sydney) Alliance with Arizona State University and King’s College London. The PLuS Alliance provides unique international study opportunities for students in all three universities. Select Master courses from each university are available through the PLuS Alliance Online Course Exchange.

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The following ASU course is available as an elective in the Master of Cyber Security Operations program.

PLuS Alliance Elective Course available through Arizona State University Course Dates for 2023
US Cyber Policy and Information Security

13 March - 28 April

(Census date - 26 March - Drop YCAN8000 without financial or academic penalty)

For further information and enrolment to this course - please contact SAS at


Maximum Class Size 

Please note that the enrolment capacity of this course is 15 places. Once this capacity has been reached, SAS will hold a ‘waiting list’ of 5 students and no further enrolments can be considered. 

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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