Why Study with ECU Accelerated Online?

  • 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 in Australia recognised by the 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 Master of Cyber Security in as little as two years whilst continuing to work full-time, meaning you can take advantage of the growing employment opportunities sooner.

What you will study

The course has 12 units of study made up as follows:

  • Seven core units
  • Three specialisation units
  • One capstone project (equivalent to three units) focused on your area of interest.

You can hone your expertise in your area of interest with one of two specialisations:

Master of Cyber Security (Technical Analysis) - further advancing your technical cyber security skills.

Master of Cyber Security (Governance) - broadening your knowledge of cyber policy, governance, ethics and law.

You also have the option of studying the Graduate Certificate or Graduate Diploma of Cyber Security.

Core units
  • Cyber Security
  • Networking Technologies
  • Scripting Languages
  • Ethical Hacking and Defence
  • Digital Forensics
  • Network Security
  • Capstone Cyber Project (worth three units)
Master of Cyber Security (Technical Analysis) specialisation units
  • Project Management
  • Cyber Security Incident Detection and Response
  • Data Analysis and Visualisation
Master of Cyber Security (Governance) specialisation units
  • Project Management
  • Cyber Security Ethics and Principles
  • Cyberspace Law, Policy and Governance

Entry criteria

Course admission requirements

To gain entry to the Master 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

Special entry

Special entry may be considered for students with a cognate first degree (or with appropriate experience) who can apply for a reduced course duration:

1.5 years full time (3 years part time) – 180 credit points

Admission is based on:

  • Bachelor degree in a related discipline*, or
  • Bachelor degree in any discipline, plus five years relevant work experience^, or
  • Graduate Certificate of Cyber Security (or equivalent), or
  • Evidence of academic capability judged to be equivalent.

*Related discipline refers to any cyber security/ICT-related discipline
^Relevant work experience constitutes Senior/Managerial positions to be approved by the Course Coordinator.

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.

Studying online with ECU

We have been rated five stars for students' overall education experience by the 2021 Good Universities Guide. At ECU, you will receive the support you need to succeed when fitting study into your already busy life.

Not only are our teaching staff supportive and attentive - you will also have a dedicated Student Success Advisor to support you every step of the way at ECU.