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Master of Information Technology (Cyber Security)

Masters of Information Technology (Cyber Security)


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The ICMS Master of Information Technology (Cyber Security) is an innovative postgraduate degree which meets an explosion of opportunity due to the rise of cyber threats, generative artificial intelligence (AI) and shifts in human behaviour.

This is an exciting time to be in Information Technology (IT). With this contemporary and industry-aligned postgraduate MIT degree, specialising in Cyber Security, students will become holistically equipped cyber security professionals, ready to play their part in the war against adversarial AI and cyber crime. 

The degree blends the practical and theoretical aspects of cyber security across a range of key areas such as network security, cyber security management, security operations and identity management, Internet of Things (IoT) and cloud security, cyberlaw, ethics and governance.

Additionally, students will have an opportunity to explore more advanced cyber security topics and the latest industry trends such as the use of artificial intelligence and blockchain technology for threat management and mitigation.

Students will also have an opportunity to complete a Cyber Security IT Consulting Project as well as gain real-world work experience through their Professional Placement.

The ICMS Master of Information Technology (Cyber Security) offers:

  • 4 x Core subjects
  • 6 x Specialisation subjects
  • 2 x WIL Professional Placement subjects (Internship)
  • 2 x Elective subjects

14 Subjects in total (64 credit points)


If you are looking for an introduction to the MIT (Cyber Security), you could choose to begin your studies with a pathway option:

With a strong emphasis on industry relevance, the ICMS MIT (Cyber Security) degree goes beyond theoretical knowledge, placing students in real-world IT job settings as an integral part of their qualifications.

As an ICMS MIT (Cyber Security) student you will have the opportunity to complete a Professional Placement (internship) in an Australian or international business within your two (2) Work Integrated Learning (WIL) subjects, included within the degree.

Professional placements are arranged for you by the dedicated ICMS WIL team who will work with you to secure an individually tailored internship role aimed at building your Australian business networks and connections, as well as providing real life work experience that supports your future career aspirations.

Cyber security professionals can use their skills to protect against growing cyber-attacks and to identify threats and abnormal behaviour

The demand for professionals with these valuable skills is reflected in the various skilled migration occupations and pathways that are currently available in Australia.

The MIT (Cyber Security) could open up a range of career opportunities for graduates within the systems, networks and database sectors that are currently identified as ‘strategic skills’ by the Australian Government.

The course is designed for you if you have a passion for information technologies – regardless of your IT background. By providing you with a scholarly and practical learning environment we will enable you to develop and augment your current skills in the field.

As an MIT (Cyber Security) student you will have an opportunity to build up your technical and non-technical skill sets to contribute to the workforce in many diverse industry environments. 

Not only will the MIT (Cyber Security) degree enhance your industry recognition but you will be able to take advantage of the high wages that those with these skills can demand.

As well as the MIT (Cyber Security), ICMS also offers a more general master’s degree with optional specialised electives subjects.

Alternatively, you could choose to specialise in the:

This specialisation MIT degree meets demand for new skills such as data visualisation, data analytics programming, big data architecture and management, and artificial intelligence (AI).

Upon successful completion of the ICMS Master of Information Technology (Cyber Security) you will able to:

  • Demonstrate mastery of the IT discipline within the cybersecurity domain, employing relevant industry standards and best practices in an organisational risk context.
  • Design, develop, and implement contemporary and creative cyber security solutions to complex real-world problems, exhibiting critical judgement, advanced knowledge and specialised skills that underpin the key aspects and dynamics of the cybersecurity sector.
  • Research, contextually apply, and exchange information with specialist and non-specialist audiences using emerging digital technologies and conforming to the principles of information and cyberethics and relevant regulatory provisions.
  • Effectively collaborate with others from diverse backgrounds and with varying levels of IT proficiency, using fit-for-purpose communication methods.
  • Embrace innovation and change in an array of cyber security contexts, exercising authentic and inclusive leadership, agility, emotional and social capabilities.
  • Build collegiality in professional practice with diverse communities, applying universal ethical principles and intrinsic cybersecurity codes of conduct in a culturally adept and socially responsible fashion.
  • Work autonomously and responsibly in the dynamic cybersecurity environment by implementing self-management strategies, enacting intellectual independence, and evaluating own performance for continuing professional development as a cybersecurity practitioner.

MIT (Cyber Security) Career Options

Upon completion of the Master of Information Technology (Cyber Security) qualification, students will have an opportunity to pursue a wide range of career options. 

Planning your future? This qualification could provide various migration pathways to international students. (Refer to the Australian Government’s Department of Home Affairs website for specific information pertaining to your individual circumstances.)

  • Cyber Security Advice and Assessment Specialist
  • Cyber Security Operations Coordinator
  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Risk Adviser
  • Network Security Consultant
  • Cyber Security Consultant
  • Security System Manager
  • Cyber Security Adviser
  • Cyber Security and Vulnerability Assessor

Quick facts

  • CRICOS Course Code: 115065E
  • Accreditation Status: Active
  • AQF Level: 9
  • Campuses: City Campus, Sydney
  • Full-time Duration: 2 years (or part time equivalent)
  • Work Integrated Learning: 2 x Subjects Included
  • Accelerated Duration: 1.5 years
  • Study Mode: On-Campus | Online*
  • Start: Main Intakes: February, May, August | Mid-Term Intakes: March, June, October & December
  • Enrol Now: Start 1 July 2024
  • Annual Indicative Student Enrolments: N/A

* In accordance with the Australian Government ESOS National Code international students on a student visa can only undertake 33% of their total enrolment load online and must be enrolled in at least one (1) on-campus subject in each compulsory study period. Learn more

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The course information on this website is indicative of a typical study pattern only and is subject to change. Students enrolling into a mid-trimester intake will begin their course with two (2) subjects only and resume their preferred study pattern in the following study period.

Enrolled students will be made aware of changes to their course structure or subjects. Not all subjects are offered every trimester. The Academic Consulting Office can assist you with subject selection and structuring your course.

A typical full-time study load is no more than 12 credit points and no less than 8 credit points per study period (32 credit points per year) for postgraduate courses.

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Dr Patrick Shearman

B.Comm (Hons), MSc, MInfTech, PhD

Dr Patrick Shearman is on the Senior Academic Team. As Program Manager (Information Technology), Dr Shearman is responsible for overseeing the development of undergraduate and postgraduate information technology degrees.

Dr Shearman holds a PhD from the UTS Business School, a Master of Information Technology (MinFtech) from Sydney University, a Master of Science (MSc) in systems analysis from City, University of London and a Bachelor of Commerce (Hons) from Galway University, Ireland. Patrick has also completed the Higher Education Teaching Certificate from Harvard’s Derek Bok Centre for Teaching and Learning and the MIT Sloan Certificate in Artificial Intelligence strategy.