This course is offered by flexible delivery and will develop the networking and security theory and skills you need to secure corporate networks against threats. Every business has a network presence, which exposes it to both deliberate and inadvertent attacks. You will be equipped to address these critical business needs in network security.

You will gain hands-on experience taught by industry certified professionals using state of the art equipment. The degree includes courseware by (ISC)2 and the Cisco Academy and can additionally lead to industry qualifications.

This course is designed for students who hold a Bachelor degree in any discipline. The first year includes topics in general security using the (ISC)2 SSCP Common Body of Knowledge, and in fundamental networking using the Cisco Academy CCNA program. System and application security and hardening are also covered.

You will gain the knowledge and skills required for professional certification in advanced professional practice (note that separate processes and, in some cases, tests and professional experience requirements apply). This includes Cisco certification as a Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) and CCNA Security. Graduates with suitable work experience may also seek (ISC)2 certification as Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP).

Course Code GDNS1
Study Areas Networking
Study Level Graduate Diploma
Study Type Local
Study Mode

FT: 1 year (or PT equivalent)

Course Type Graduate Diploma
Campuses Box Hill, City

Tuition Fee Type Estimated Annual Fee
Full Fee $15,096.00
Service Fees Estimated Annual Fees
Service & Amenities* $155.00
Core Skills Support** $75.00
Annual Material Fees No materials fee applies
Retain Course Items*** No fee applies

* Does not apply to VETiS or Short course students.

** Does not apply to VETiS, International students, Short Courses, Graduate Degrees , or re-enrolling students who re-enrol in the same course.

***Retained Course Items are purchased by the student once prior to commencing. The course items bought by the student become the property of the student. Such items retain a generic application for other purposes outside the student's course of study (e.g. textbooks).

Annual student tuition & material fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Fees listed are for 2019 and may increase annually over the duration of delivery. Advertised start dates and delivery locations are subject to viable student numbers. For more information please contact our Course Advisors on 1300 BOX HILL.

February and July

Full time: 1 year or part time equivalent

Box Hill, City

You must have successfully completed an undergraduate degree in any discipline.


To assist prospective students to determine whether a course is suitable and appropriate for the individual needs the Institute and CAE will assess all students’ language, literacy and numeracy and digital literacy by asking you to undertake a self-assessment review prior to the enrolment.

A course advisor will discuss the outcomes of the review and make recommendations about whether the course is suitable for you, and identify additional support where required.

You may be eligible to progress into the second year of the Master of Network Security degree.

Direct entry

Recognition of Prior Learning is available.

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.

  • Lifelong Learning
  • Global Citizenship
  • Information Literacy
  • Application & Inquiry
  • Ethical, Social & Professional Understanding
  • Communication
  • Personal & Intellectual Autonomy

Graduates will find employment in key senior roles such as:

  • ICT security manager
  • ICT audit manager
  • network security engineer
  • network engineer
  • security analyst
  • security consultant
  • security engineer
  • security assurance manager
  • security specialist
  • security and risk analyst.

You will complete 8 core subjects.

Last updated: December 13, 2018 09:05am