Master of Cyber Security

Program code

MC159

Mode of study

Full-time

Part-time

Intake

October 2022

Application Deadline

07 October

Locations

RMIT Saigon South

Overview

In an increasingly digital, inter-connected world, information security is more important than ever, both for individuals and organizations of every type and size.  

The Master of Cyber Security is intended for information security managers, as well as technical specialists interested in the implementation of information security systems. First created at RMIT Melbourne, it is now the longest-running program of its type in Australia, having been offered since 2001, and it has evolved with the changing demands of industry over the years. 

Information security is a vast space, and the program covers a broad range of subject matters, including Internet and local area network (LAN) security, cryptography in many forms, and how cryptography is likely to evolve to deal with future threats (e.g., elliptic curve cryptography). Areas such as technical, information and risk management are crucial, as well as a continuing awareness of new and evolving threats. 

Program graduates will be able to apply a full range of mathematical, analytical, algorithmic and computational techniques; model and critically evaluate information security systems and processes; and use a variety of protocols in business and personal communications.  

This broad range of focal points makes the program unique in the Asia-Pacific region. As other degrees are largely technical in nature, RMIT instead covers the mathematical, technical and business aspects of cyber security. Importantly, the program recognizes that cyber security and information security risks are ‘people-oriented,’ in addition to being tech-oriented. 

Work Integrated Learning (WIL) is included in the program as well, with four courses focused on WIL, allowing students to connect with industry and gain real-world experience. 

There are also internship opportunities within the information security industry for students in the program, ensuring that you will obtain the people skills needed for this sector, in addition to the requisite technical skills. 

Program structure

Semester 1

Semester 2

Semester 3

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).  

Students with relevant studies in computer science, information technology, software engineering, data science, analytics or statistics will be eligible for advanced standing as follows: 

Qualification level
Advanced standing
Bachelor’s degree or Graduate Certificate (Australian Qualification Framework Level 7 or equivalent) Up to 48 credit points (equivalent to four standard 12-credit courses) depending on the courses previously studied

The advanced standing will be determined on a case-by-case basis.

Learning, teaching and assessment

The Master of Cyber Security is delivered through a flexible combination of lectures, tutorials and computer lab classes, while there are also opportunities for participating in team-based projects and consulting activities. 

Learning activities include lecture notes and pre-recorded lecture videos made available through the Learning Management System, as well as weekly lectorials and Q&A sessions with our expert lecturers, local and international, held either face-to-face or digitally. 

Tutorials will provide extra assistance and improve problem-solving skills, while group participation through discussions and seminar presentations will encourage teamwork.

Consulting projects give students the opportunity to practice and apply theory and analysis to real-world problems, while course assessments will take place through written assignments, project works and written tests. 

State-of-the-art information security software is used throughout the program, ensuring that students have the hands-on experience they need for data analysis.

 

Graduates of MC159 Master of Cyber Security will develop the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):

PLO1 International Orientation and Strategic Thinking

1.1 Demonstrate a strategic and practical overview of complex issues in cyber security.

PLO2 Critical Analysis and Problem Solving

2.1 Evaluate cyber security risks across diverse service settings including the Internet and WWW-based commerce systems, high bandwidth digital communications and funds transfer services,

2.2 Undertake professional careers or postgraduate research in cyber security or other IT-related fields, acquiring the required information needed to identify real-world solutions to real-world cyber security issues.

PLO3 Communication

3.1 Communicate effectively both technical and non-technical material in a range of forms (written, electronic, graphic, oral) and to tailor the style and means of communication to different audiences.

PLO4 Ethical Values

4.1 Demonstrate an advanced ability to appreciate the ethical considerations that inform judgments and decision-making in academic and professional settings.

PLO5 Self-Management, Teamwork and Leadership

5.1 Work autonomously and effectively within, and potentially as a leader of, an interdisciplinary team.

Career prospects

Upon graduation, students will be equipped to perform in a variety of roles in either the public or private sectors and have the capacity to evolve with the industry as information systems become ever more complex and accessible. 

Some of the cyber security careers available to graduates include:

  • Cyber Security risk and compliance analysts
  • IT risk analysts
  • Security managers
  • Cyber forensic analysts
  • Security auditors
  • Network security engineers

Fees

Payments are made each semester, on a course-by-course basis.

 Standard tuition fee (16 courses)

VND                   
USD (indicative)

820,531,000

36,163
  1. RMIT Vietnam has 3 semesters per year, in each semester you enrol into a maximum of 4 courses. The duration of programs is flexible and can be adapted on an individual basis upon enrolment.
  2. Program fees are priced and invoiced in Vietnam Dong (VND) by semester.
  3. Payment in other currencies will be converted to VND at the exchange rate on that day. Bank transfer is the preferred method of payment.
  4. The fees in USD are ONLY applicable to those international students who arrange for payment from overseas, as per Circular No. 32/2013/TT-NHNN.

Family discount

Siblings, spouses or parents of a current or past student of RMIT Vietnam are eligible for a 5% discount on tuition fees.

Alumni discount

Graduates of RMIT undergraduate or postgraduate programs, or of any Australian universities, are eligible for a 10% discount.

Entry requirements

Academic requirements

Applicants must have successfully completed:

  • A bachelor degree* with a GPA of at least 2.0 out of 4.0 with award title including: Computer, IT, Software, Electrical, Electronics, Communications, Mathematics, Physics, or equivalent; or
  • A bachelor degree* with a GPA of at least 1.5 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.

* The bachelor degree must be deemed equivalent to an Australian bachelor degree.

** These applicants will be required to submit a Curriculum Vitea.

English requirements

Successfully completed RMIT English Advanced or one of the following requirements:

  • IELTS (Academic) 6.5 (no band below 6.0);
  • TOEFL Paper-Based test 580 (Test of Written English 4.5);
  • TOEFL Internet-Based Test 79 (minimum 13 in reading, 12 in listening, 18 in speaking and 21 in writing);
  • Pearson Test of English (Academic) 58 (no communication band below 50)
  • C1 Advanced (formerly known as Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE)) or C2 Proficiency (formerly known as Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE)) 176 (no less than 169 in any component)
  • RMIT Bachelor degree or a postgraduate qualification within the past five years
  • A bachelor degree or a postgraduate qualification within the past five years in an English-speaking country listed here.

For other recognised English entry requirements, please view English equivalency requirements.

Note: Previous study and proficiency tests are recognized for two years from the completion date or test date to the program commencement date unless stated otherwise.

Where you have achieved more than one form of English language proficiency only the most recent achievement will be considered in the admission decision.

Please contact the RMIT Vietnam Student Recruitment team for more information.

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