About the course

About the course

This course is a transition postgraduate certificate course, open to graduates from any discipline. The course teaches graduates to much sought after cyber security skills, with potential careers as cyber security specialists, security analysts and network engineers.

To address significant shortage of cyber security skills and expertise worldwide, this graduate certificate course is designed to equip you with the knowledge of and skills to implement important cyber security standards, current technologies, systems and networks, and concepts of design of secure systems and their applications to real world problems in different industry settings. 

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Intake Dates & Course Length

Australian Residents: February and July 

Offshore Residents: February and July (July 2020 intake is now closed)

Full time: 6 months (or part time equivalent for Australian Residents only)

Mode of delivery is online. Online engagement hours are typically 16 hours per week. An additional 32 hours per week of personal study time is typical.

This course is delivered online.  Online learning can involve a range of programs and resources including StudentWeb, Microsoft Teams, Cisco Webex, Skype, specific industry platforms, pre-recorded sessions, assigned reading, tutorials, discussion boards, and online activities. Online delivery means that you can enrol in this course when you wish, and complete at your own pace.

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Career & Learning Outcomes

There are several exciting career opportunities available and some of these future career opportunities may include: 

  • cyber security specialist
  • computer network and systems engineer
  • systems administrator
  • cloud and virtualisation engineer


This course will develop graduates to acquire much sought after cyber security skills for a wide range of business and enterprise settings. Graduates will be able to analyse, design, implement, and manage IT security programs for enterprises, and develop strategy, planning, governance, policy, and risk management architectures. Graduates will also gain in-depth knowledge of network security, including firewalls; virtual private networks; and intrusion prevention systems. Graduates will also obtain knowledge and skills across key areas of IT security, including system management; service management; software application security; virtualisation; and cryptography.

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Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for this course includes a Bachelors degree in any discipline at the AQF level 7 or equivalent

Offshore Residents 

  • Australian undergraduate degree or International equivalent
  • IELTS 6.5 or International equivalent recognised by the Institute


Australian Residents:

VTAC application and direct entry available

Applicants completing secondary education (Year 12) or equivalent must: 

All other applicants must:

    • book an interview (via Apply Now above)

Offshore Residents:

Please apply through:

    1. an authorised representative in your country
    2. a Box Hill Institute booth at an education exhibition
    3. or direct to Box Hill Institute

See how to apply or contact the international office for more information.

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Pathways & Accreditation

Completion of this certificate may qualify you for entry to the Graduate Diploma in Cyber Security at Box Hill Institute, with each subject credited to the degree.

This course is accredited by the Tertiary Education Quality and Standards Agency (TEQSA) and the qualification is aligned with the Australian Qualification Framework (AQF) level 8 and Box Hill Institute Graduate Attributes.

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Fees & Finance Options

Government Subsidised Place

This training is provided to eligible individuals with funds made available by the Commonwealth and Victorian Governments

Offshore Residents

Applicants located outside of Australia Will be charged A$9,055.00

Australian Residents

In 2020, Commonwealth Supported Place (CSP) eligible domestic students will pay a tuition fee of $0 for a limited number of places. To apply for one of these places, please submit a course enquiry. Students must complete the course by December 2020 to be eligible for the discounted fee. Students who study beyond this date will be required to pay full fees.

To get a CSP you must be one of the following:

  • an Australian citizen, who will live and study in Australia for some of the course
  • a New Zealand citizen, who will live and study in Australia for the whole course
  • permanent visa holder, who will live and study in Australia for the whole course

More information about the eligibility requirements for CSPs can be found at the Study Assist website.

Government Subsidised StandardFull Fee
Tuition Fee$0$7,848
Service Fee$160$160
Core Skills Support Fee$80$80
Material Fee$0$0
Retain Course Items$0$0
Total Course Estimate$240$8,088
Payable Estimate (at commencement)$240$8,088

Retain Course Items are purchased once by the student prior to commencing. Those items then become the property of the student. Fees listed are at 2020 rates and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. The student tuition fees listed are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

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Course Structure

You must complete all 4 subjects to qualify for this graduate certificate.  

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