Master of Cyber Security, Strategy & Diplomacy

Enhancing International Cyber Security

Cyberspace has become a major focus in international relations. With high levels of cross border connectivity, many global powers have incorporated cyber issues into their foreign policies. As cyber threats escalated, governments and organisations need to work together to develop cyber strategies and appoint delegates to oversee these strategic objectives.   

The Master of Cyber Security, Strategy, and Diplomacy at UNSW Canberra is a postgraduate course offered by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. This course provides students with the opportunity to explore how cybersecurity, strategy and diplomacy intersect. Learn how to develop and apply effective cybersecurity strategies to real-world problems, and understand the policy, operational, and ethical challenges that result from increasing advances in technology.  

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You can find more information on this degree on the UNSW Handbook.

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To qualify for the award of the degree of Master of Cyber Security, Strategy and Diplomacy, students are required to complete courses totalling 48 Units of Credit (UOC) from those listed below. 24 of these UOC must come from four core courses, 12 UOC from the elective courses in the Strategy and Politics list below, and 12 UOC from elective courses in the Technology and Security list below. 

The option of undertaking a research project worth 12 UOC (ZHSS8400) or 6 UOC (ZHSS8401) is available to master’s students who obtain a credit average or above in four core courses and is subject to approval by the Postgraduate Coordinator. The project is recommended for those with a strong interest in pursuing original research in a specific area or those intending to undertake a higher research qualification. 

 

Core Courses Semester 1 - 2021 Semester 2 - 2021
Cyber Security and World Politics Not Offered Distance Mode
Australian Cyber Diplomacy Not Offered Not Offered
Australia and Cyber War Not Offered Distance Mode
Cyber Policy in China Distance Mode Not Offered
Cyberspace, National Security and Law Distance Mode Not Offered

Students should complete no more than two electives or 12 UOC from each of the following two lists:

Strategy and Politics Electives Semester 1 - 2021 Semester 2 - 2021
Strategic Communications  Not Offered Not Offered
Development of the Art of War Not Offered Distance Mode
Research Project: IPS SS Distance Mode Distance Mode
Research Project: IPS FY Distance Mode Distance Mode
Global Security Not Offered Not Offered
Global Governance in an Age of Globalisation Not Offered Not Offered
Asia Pacific Security Not Offered Not Offered
Australian Defence Policy Not Offered Distance Mode
China's Security Policy and Military Modernisation Not Offered Not Offered
Contemporary Strategy Not Offered Distance Mode
The Justice of War Not Offered Not Offered
Reforming Repressive Regimes Not Offered Not Offered
Conflict Transformation Distance Mode Not Offered
Culture and Conflict Not Offered Not Offered
Cyber Security in Asia Not Offered Not Offered
Special Operations: Theory and Strategic Utility Not Offered Not Offered
Power and Australian Government Policy Distance Mode Not Offered
GRIM Threats Distance Mode Not Offered
Ethics in Special, Complex and Irregular Military Operations Distance Mode Not Offered
International Law in Global Politics Not Offered Distance Mode
Military Game Changers in 21st Century Warfare Not Offered Distance Mode
Space Conflict and Competition Distance Mode Not Offered

*The option of undertaking a research project worth 12 UOC (ZHSS8400) or 6 UOC (ZHSS8401) is available to Master's students who obtain a Distinction (DN) average or better in four core courses and is subject to approval by the Postgraduate Coordinator. The project is recommended for those with a strong interest in pursuing original research in a particular area or intending to undertake a higher research qualification.

Technology and Security Electives Semester 1 - 2021 Semester 2 - 2021
Cyber Operations Not Offered Not Offered
Cyber Crime and Cyber Security Distance Mod Not Offered
Cyber Defence: Governance, Management and Acquisition Distance Mode Not Offered
Intrusion Analysis and Response Not Offered Not Offered
Cyber Offence:Threats and Opportunities Distance Mode Distance Mode
Software Security Lifecycle Distance Mode Distance Mode
Reverse Engineering Distance mode Not Offered
Cyber Defence: Network Security Operations Distance Mode Not Offered
Critical Infrastructure and Control System Security Not Offered Intensive Mode
Digital Forensics Distance Mode Distance Mode
Network and Memory Forensics Distance Mode Not Offered
Information Assurance Principles Not Offered Distance Mode
Humans and Security Not Offered Not Offered
Information Operations Not Offered Distance Mode
Software Project Management Distance Mode Not Offered
Systems Engineering Practice Distance Mode Not Offered
Requirements Practice Distance Mode Distance Mode
Project Administration Not Offered Distance Mode
Project Mgmt Body of Knowledge Distance Mode Distance Mode
Capability Option Analysis Not Offered Distance Mode

**IDM dates may be subject to change. Enrolled students will be advised if changes occur.

 

PLuS Alliance Online Course Exchange
UNSW Sydney is part of the PLuS (Phoenix-London-Sydney) Alliance with Arizona State University and King’s College London. The PLuS Alliance provides unique international study opportunities for students in all three universities. Select Master courses from each university are available through the PLuS Alliance Online Course Exchange.

For further information about PLuS Alliance - please visit https://www.unsw.edu.au/about-us/business-research-partners/plus-alliance
For further information about PLuS Alliance Online Course Exchange, how to access PLuS courses, support and contact - please visit https://www.plusalliance.org/orientation

The following ASU course is available as an elective in the Master of Cyber Security, Strategy and Diplomacy program.

PLuS Alliance Elective Course available through Arizona State University Proposed Dates for 2021
YCAN8000
US Cyber Policy and Information Security TBA

For further information and enrolment to this course - please contact SAS at sas@adfa.edu.au.

 

Minimum Class Size requirement

Please note that this course will require a minimum enrolment of 15 students for it to proceed.

Ethics in Special, Complex and Irregular Military Operations

Please refer to the UNSW Handbook for the Entry Requirements.