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 research thesis is recommended for those with a strong interest in pursuing original research in a particular area or intending to undertake a higher-level research qualification. Students who obtain at least a Distinction average in four courses may take a 12 UOC research thesis, ZHSS8401 Research Thesis A 6UOC and ZHSS8402 Research Thesis B 6UOC. You must enrol in both units to fulfil the requirements. You may enrol in the two units concurrently to do the thesis in a single semester, or consecutively to complete it over two semesters. Enrolment is subject to approval by the Postgraduate Coordinator.

 

Core Courses Semester 1 - 2022 Semester 2 - 2022
Cyber Security and World Politics Distance Mode Not Offered
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 - 2022 Semester 2 - 2022
Strategic Communications  Not Offered Not Offered
Global Security Distance Mode Not Offered
Global Governance in an Age of Globalisation Not Offered Not Offered
Asia Pacific Security Distance Mode Not Offered
Australian Defence Policy Not Offered Distance Mode
China's Security Policy and Military Modernisation Not Offered Not Offered
Contemporary Strategy Not Offered Not Offered
Special Operations: Theory and Strategic Utility Distance Mode Not Offered
Power and Australian Government Policy Not Offered Distance Mode
Ethics in Special, Complex and Irregular Military Operations Not Offered Distance Mode
International Law in Global Politics Not Offered Not Offered
Military Game Changers in 21st Century Warfare Not Offered Not Offered
Space Conflict and Competition Not Offered Distance Mode

 

Technology and Security Electives Semester 1 - 2022 Semester 2 - 2022
Cyber Crime and Cyber Security Distance Mode Not Offered
Cyber Defence: Governance, Management and Acquisition Distance Mode Not Offered
Cyber Offence:Threats and Opportunities Distance Mode

Distance Mode

Intensive Mode

Cyber Defence: Network Security Operations Distance Mode Not Offered
Information Assurance Principles Not Offered Distance Mode
Information Operations Not Offered Distance Mode
Project Mgmt Body of Knowledge Distance Mode Distance Mode

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

RESEARCH THESIS Semester 1 - 2022 Semester 2 - 2022
ZHSS8401 Research Thesis A Distance Mode Distance Mode
ZHSS8402 Research Thesis B Distance Mode Distance Mode

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 2022
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.