Area of focus
  • Cyber career ready

    Stand out as a cyber security expert, with advanced technical skills and comprehensive knowledge of best practice approaches to cyber security designed to fit current and future industry needs. 
  • Pioneers

    We have been the pioneers in this field of teaching, with over 15 years’ experience offering cyber courses, from undergraduate to postgraduate and postdoctoral. We’re also a lead partner of the Cyber Security Cooperative Research Centre (CRC), along with the WA State Government and 23 other industry, research and government partners.
  • Centre of excellence

    ECU has one of the best cyber security research and education teams in Australia, and is one of only two universities recognised by the Australian Federal Government as an Academic Centre of Cyber Security Excellence.
  • Industry connected

    Our academics have strong industry connections and regularly consult with private and public institutions including Bankwest, Commonwealth Bank, WA Police and DFAT. Two of the team are also members of Interpol’s Cyber Crime Experts Group.
  • Accelerated 100% online

    Graduate sooner to take advantage of this in-demand cyber security field. Delivered 100% online, you could complete the Graduate Certificate of Cyber Security in as little as six months while continuing to work full-time, meaning you can take advantage of the growing employment opportunities sooner.

What you will study

As a student of Cyber Security, you will develop advanced technical and hands-on skills that are immediately applicable to industry needs upon graduation.

Informed by global best practice and cutting-edge research, the course will provide you with the tools and techniques to predict, identify and mitigate cyber risk, and the knowledge and strategies to defend and respond to threats and attacks, protecting organisations, people, their data and rights.

Graduate Certificate of Cyber Security units
  • Cyber Security
  • Networking Technologies
  • Scripting Languages

Entry criteria

Course admission requirements

To gain entry to the Graduate Certificate of Cyber Security, applicants must:

  • Have a Bachelor degree in any discipline, or;
  • Demonstrate a minimum of five years’ relevant professional experience
  • All applicants must satisfy English competency standards

Program pathways

Usually, if you successfully complete a Graduate Certificate you can progress to the Graduate Diploma, and from there to the Masters by coursework degree. Many courses progress from Graduate Certificate to Masters level in natural stages.

Student support

Not only will you be supported by our academic staff with feedback and answers to your academic questions, but you will also receive dedicated one-on-one support for all non-academic queries from your Student Success Advisor. They are available via phone or email to provide motivation and guidance, supporting you while you achieve your study goals.



Assessments vary from unit to unit. Please check with your Course Coordinator or Student Success Advisor about each unit's assessment requirements. Assessments may include case studies, reviews, reports, portfolios, applied projects and presentations. We do not hold exams for 100% online programs.