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Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security

Develop the strategic and technical skills to solve complex cyber security issues and pursue a successful career in the industry.


Please use plan code: GC036O in the application system for this course

Applications close

19 Sep 2022

Future intakes
Oct 2022
Number of courses
12 months (9 months accelerated)

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Program Overview

Why study

According to the Australian Cyber Security Centre (ACSC), it’s estimated that cyber security incidents cost Australian businesses $29 billion each year. Cyber security is the practice of protecting systems, networks, and programs from digital or cyber attacks. These attacks generally focus on accessing, changing, or destroying sensitive individual or business information, in order to extort money or interrupt business procedures for personal gain.

With the enhanced sophistication of cyber crimes and an increasing number of incidents each year, now is the best time to develop your capabilities and commence a highly sought-after, value-adding career within cyber security.

What you'll learn

  • Demonstrate a strategic overview of complex issues in cyber security
  • Develop communication skills to engage effectively with technical and non-technical audiences
  • Demonstrate an ability to appreciate the ethical considerations that inform judgments and decision making
  • Work autonomously and effectively within a team


Program outcomes

Our Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security will provide you with a technical understanding of cyber security fundamentals and programming, preparing you for a practical role within the industry. With a strong career focus, you’ll also be exposed to thought leadership from a range of cyber security professionals and complete mock job applications.

Graduates of this program are also able to articulate into RMIT's on-campus Master of Cyber Security, and are also eligible to apply for work experience placements with the Australian Defence Force Cyber Gap Program. In order to apply, you must be studying a an eligible 12-month program. Further details can be found here.

Please use plan code: GC036O’ in the application system for this course.

Our Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security


Structures of Cyberspace

Cyberspace refers to the hardware, software, algorithms, and protocols of digital communication. The ability to employ abstract thinking towards any problem within cyberspace is foundational to any cyber security professional. In this course, you’ll learn the mathematical tools and language needed to describe and interpret structures of cyberspace.

Programming Fundamentals

Programming skills represent a generic problem-solving ability and are considered essential for anyone involved in the development and maintenance of software systems. Programming skills are also vital for analysing software vulnerabilities, identifying malicious software, and other tasks required for cyber security analysts. This course will introduce you to foundational knowledge of computer systems, software interactions, conceptual building blocks for programming, and basic computer programming.

Introduction to Information Security

This course provides you with an overview of data and computer security and concentrates on technical and continuity management issues. The basic information security objectives such as data integrity, identification, message authentication, authorisation, validation and access control are examined. Cryptographic techniques and the basic philosophy of key management is also introduced. The ideas behind hacking, cracking, and social engineering will be discussed in the context of ethics and their place in information security. 

As part of this course, you’ll also cover R-programming and mathematical concepts which are relevant for the technical segment of cyber security. R is a free programming language. You can explore some of the free online resources on R before beginning this course.

Case Studies in Cyber Security

In this course, you’ll be able to apply the knowledge and skills obtained to study further concepts in information security, communicate and interpret ideas related to information security, and work in small groups. 

Learn with industry experts

Dr Joanne Hall
Dr Joanne Hall Program Manager, RMIT

Dr Joanne Hall’s academic background is in mathematics and cryptography. Since Joining RMIT in 2017 she has focused on cybersecurity. She enjoys bringing industry guests into the classroom and sending students out into industry for internships.

Joyce Seitzinger
Joyce SeitzingerLearning Design Director, RMIT Online

With over 19 years' experience in learning design both domestically and internationally, Joyce has a passion for building dynamic, engaging and world-class learning experiences.

Student success team
Student success teamRMIT Online

Our student success team are here to help you with 1:1 coaching, tips on how to successfully study online, and any questions or concerns you may have

Why choose RMIT Online

Get a world-class education and transform your career.

Real world skills

Develop skills that have been validated by industry, while getting credentialed by a world-leading university.

Industry connected

You'll gain knowledge and practical skills from renowned industry partners who are at the forefront of their field.

Flexible delivery

Advance your career while you study. RMIT Online courses let you balance work, study and life commitments.

Supported community

Be guided by a network of industry experts and peers, and supported by our dedicated success team.

Entry requirements

An Australian bachelor’s degree or equivalent in any discipline. You may also be considered for the graduate certificate if you have a minimum 5 year’s full-time work experience in a related industry setting. Applicants will need to submit a CV. Please use plan code: GC036O’ in the application system for this course.

For the Introduction to Information Security course, we recommend you have some experience in R-programming. 

English Language 

International students are required to provide current evidence of English language proficiency for admission to RMIT University. You can provide your results from one of these three options: 

  1. An accepted English language proficiency test, or 

  1. An accepted English language provider, or 

  1. A recognised Australian or international qualification. 

For detailed information on English language requirements and other proficiency tests recognised by RMIT, visit the English language requirements and equivalency information. 

Australian Student Visas 

RMIT’s Online Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security does not meet Australian student visa requirements. For an Australian student visa, you must have an on-campus place in a program of study. For more details on RMIT’s on-campus programs visit For our on-campus Master of Cyber Security, you can find more information here


3120per course^

Program total: 12480 (all 4 courses)*^FEE-HELP and other support may be available
* Plus a capped Student Services and Amenities Fee (SSAF) based on your credit point enrolment load.
^ Fees typically increase each year and may change without notice. Total fees are estimates and should only be used as a guide.

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