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  • Duration:

    1.5 – 2 years full-time or part-time equivalent

  • Units:

    13 – 21

  • Start date:

    Jan, Apr, Jul, Oct,

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The Master of Information Technology (Cyber Security and Networks) is accredited by the ACS, the professional association for Australia’s technology sector.

The world we live in is more interconnected than ever before. Data storage networks manage vast quantities of information, and electronic systems mesh together in overlapping networks on an unprecedented global scale. While the digital revolution is a landmark of human progress, it opens up vulnerabilities for malicious cyber criminals to exploit.

The Master of Information Technology (Cyber Security and Networks) is a multi-faceted qualification with a flexible course structure, allowing you to major in Cyber Security and Networks. If you come from an IT background, you will receive advanced standing in recognition of your experience, and have the opportunity to attain a Cyber Security and Networks masters qualification in as little as 18 months (full time study).

The course is also ideal for those coming from a background other than IT. The extended 2 year full time program – perfect for a career shift – will help you build a solid foundation in real world IT-practice, which you will then leverage as you take a deep dive into the field of Cyber Security and Networks.

You will learn the fundamentals of Information Technology best practice, and extend these skills into the field of cyber security, exploring a range of topics from the modern cryptographic techniques that underlie data protection, to the secure programming skills that reinforce secure design, and play an essential part in building layered network architecture.

Upon graduation you will be qualified to work for a range of IT service providers, consultancies and vendors. Cyber security expertise, in particular, is an in-demand skill that is undergoing significant investment nationally – in line with global trends – as awareness of cyber security risks grows.

The skills you acquire are highly translatable, relevant for professional work in government departments, and a range of private sector industries that include finance and banking, health care, education, advanced manufacturing, engineering, mining and agriculture, and more.

What we focus on at QUT Online is we look at the other skills the industry is looking for, things like communication, creative mindset, problem solving, these are really core to how we teach what we teach and will set you apart when it comes to going for your first interview after graduation.” ~ Information Technology – Lauren Fell

Subsidised Commonwealth Supported Places are available for this course.

Build your digital portfolio

Your Master of Information Technology (Cyber Security and Networks) will introduce you to a variety of new and crucial digital tools used within the IT industry. Your coursework is specifically tailored to enhance your digital literacy skills with these tools so that you can build an impressive portfolio by the time you graduate.

Visual Studio

Visual Studio is an integrated development environment (IDE) from Microsoft used to create powerful and scalable applications, programs and websites. It allows you to use almost any programming language to edit code, create designs and debug applications on your preferred platforms and devices. Join the millions of developers worldwide using Visual Studio’s flexible and collaborative features.


Tableau is the market-leading analytics platform that transforms the way we use data to solve real-world issues. The platform is the top choice for modern business intelligence and helps organisations visualise data and share insights that make real, impactful change. It’s used by influential companies such as Lenovo and Lufthansa Airlines.

Raspberry Pi

Raspberry Pi is a series of single-board computers (SBCs) used by people all over the world to learn programming skills, build hardware and create automations. Created by the Raspberry Pi Foundation, the computers are designed to enable anyone to discover their potential through technology by providing low-cost, high-performance hardware. Gain the knowledge, skills and confidence to use and understand the complexities of computer technology.

Microsoft Azure

Microsoft Azure is a public cloud platform that is used for virtual computing, analytics, storage, networking and much more. Azure is comprised of more than 200 products and cloud services, and is fast becoming a central platform for industries to innovate their technological capabilities, including healthcare, financial services and banking, manufacturing, gaming, retail and government.


Lucidchart is an intelligent diagramming application that allows teams to work together on shared projects. The application allows you to draw plans and create flowcharts and diagrams, and also offers businesses a secure way to store, plan, collaborate and visualise data all in one place. It’s popular among companies such as Google, Amazon and Atlassian. allows you to easily create, edit and style diagrams using an intuitive interface. The open-source, cross-platform software enables collaboration on diagrams and whiteboards, and offers unique features like real-time Confluence-native collaborative editing.


Signavio offers intuitive, cloud-based, professional process modelling and allows businesses to document, model, design and simulate workplace processes. The platform helps you to speed up process modelling and determine how certain changes will impact process outcomes.


Hypertext Markup Language (HTML) is a central technology used to build websites. HTML allows you to organise the structure of a page forms an essential foundation of your web development skills. It is used across websites world-wide.


Like HTML, Cascading Style Sheets (CSS) is another primary technology used to build websites. CSS helps you create the layout of a web page. CSS forms an essential foundation of your web development skills and is used across websites world-wide.


Python is a versatile computer programming language that is commonly used for machine learning, building websites and software, automating tasks, and conducting data analysis. Python is one of the most well-known programming languages for software developers and data scientists around the world. Most modern tech companies rely on Python every day, including Instagram, Google, Spotify and Netflix.


Unified Modelling Language (UML) is a developmental modelling language used by software developers to visualise and design new systems. UML is used in various fields and is useful to help a team visualise projects from start to finish.

Oracle Database

The Oracle Database is the first converged, multi-modal database management system designed for enterprise grid computing. It’s used to store and retrieve data and is key to running online transaction processing and solving common issues for information management.

Oracle VirtualBox

Oracle VM VirtualBox is a powerful cross-platform virtualisation software tool. It’s intuitive and allows you to set up your computer to run multiple operating systems, including Microsoft Windows, Mac OS X, Linux and Oracle Solaris. As one of the oldest companies to provide database management solutions, Oracle focuses on keeping up to date with the latest technological trends.

Jupyter Notebook

Jupyter Notebook is a web-based interactive development environment for notebooks, code and data. It has a flexible interface that allows you to configure and arrange workflows in data science, scientific computing, computational journalism and machine learning. Jupyter Notebooks is used by large companies such as Trivago, Delivery Hero and Yelp.


Anaconda is a distribution of the Python and R programming languages for data science and machine learning that simplifies package management and deployment. With thousands of open-source packages and libraries, it is very popular among modern programmers.


SQLite (Structured Query Language) is the most used database engine in the world. SQL codes are built into most mobile phones, computers and applications and are used by several large-scale companies around the world, including Adobe, Airbus, Apple, Facebook and Google.

Entry Requirements

You can gain entry into the Master of Information Technology (Cyber Security and Networks) through the following two pathways:

You can gain entry into the 2 year program with:
  • A recognised bachelor degree (or higher) in any discipline with a minimum grade point average of 4.0 (on QUT’s 7 point scale).

You can gain entry into the 1.5 year program (48 credit points of advanced standing for the foundation IT units)
  • A recognised bachelor degree (or higher) in IT with a minimum grade point average of 4.0 (on QUT’s 7 point scale), or

  • A recognised bachelor degree (or higher) in any other discipline with a minimum grade point average of 4.0 (on QUT’s 7 point scale) plus 3 years of full time professional work experience in IT.

Fees: Commonwealth Supported Places (CSP) are available for this course
  • 2024 CSP fees (2 year program): $18,000

  • 2024 full fees (2 year program): $56,600

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Course Consultants can provide more information about your specific qualifications or experience, or submit an enquiry by visiting the contact us page today.

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Course Units

Students need to study a total of 21 units:
10 - Core micro units (Graduate Diploma in Information Technology (Cyber Security and Networks) units)
10 - Core standard units (Including 3 Graduate Diploma in Information Technology (Cyber Security and Networks) units)
1 - Elective standard unit


6 credit points per unit


12 credit points per unit


Complete one of the following electives | 12 credit points per unit

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Career opportunities

ICT Programmer

Implement integrated software and application solutions that solve organisational ICT-related problems.

Cyber Security Lead

Ensure that architectural vulnerability and cyber-threat analysis are a consideration when implementing new technologies and ICT practices in the workplace.

ICT Security Specialist

Specialise in cyber security – assessing organisational vulnerabilities in order to establish thorough cyber security practices that safeguard sensitive data.

Network Analyst

Provide technical support for and monitor organisational computer networks, and oversee general refinement and network improvements.

Learning at QUT Online

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