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The Master of Cyber Security, Strategy and Diplomacy is a postgraduate award offered by the School of Humanities and Social Sciences. It is designed for postgraduate scholars and professional managers with appropriate undergraduate qualifications and/or professional experience in the Social Sciences, Humanities or Information Sciences.

The Master of Cyber Security, Strategy and Diplomacy provides advanced interdisciplinary study into the political, military, diplomatic and higher level management aspects of issues where cyber security, strategy and diplomacy interact. It is intended for students in the diplomatic, defence, justice, public safety, regulatory, management and information sciences. Governments, enterprises, communities and civil society around the world are grappling with strategy and regulation for the new domain of cyberspace, at the same time as their security and other interests are being transformed by the rapid pace of information technology exploitation - both for beneficial and for malicious purposes. It is widely accepted that the threats in cyber space are escalating while responses to mitigate them are not able to keep up. This program will provide students with the ability to understand the main policy, operational, ethical and informational challenges for security thrown up by the integration or penetration of advanced information technologies into all spheres of human activity.



Study Level


Typical duration

1 Years

Delivery Mode


Intake Period

Semester 1, Semester 2

Academic Calendar

UNSW Canberra Calendar

Minimum Units of Credit


Award type

Masters (Coursework)


Master of Cyber Security, Strategy and Diplomacy - MCSSD

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Program Structure

Students must complete 48 UOC as a standalone program.

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Strategy and Politics Prescribed Electives

Strategy and Politics Prescribed Electives description.

Students can take up to a maximum of 12 UOC of the following courses.

Note: Students who obtain at least a Credit average in the four core courses may take a 6 UOC or a 12 UOC research project. Enrolment is subject to approval by the Postgraduate Coordinator.

Entry Requirements
Recognition of Prior Learning

Recognition of Achievement

Award with Excellence

Additional Information

PLuS Alliance

This program is part of the PLuS Alliance, a new international university partnership between UNSW, Arizona State University (ASU) and King's College London (KCL).

Students enrolled in this program will be able to complete the elective identified above, online from Arizona State University. Further information will be added to the School of Engineering and Information Technology website.

Exit Arrangements

Students who do not complete the full Master program requirements may exit the program with a Graduate Certificate in Cyber Security, Strategy and Diplomacy (7331) qualification (24 UOC). Of the four courses, students must have completed a minimum of two core courses and two other courses (core or elective) from the 8631 program.

For any advanced standing granted on entry into the Masters program, a maximum of 12 UOC advanced standing can be applied to the Graduate Certificate. It is still a requirement that the student complete at least one core course at UNSW.

Faculty regulations for postgraduate study via coursework

These regulations apply to all postgraduate degrees and are to be used in conjunction with Academic Rules and Program Information. All rules in this Handbook apply to each student who enters a UNSW Canberra at ADFA postgraduate program in 2019. The rules remain applicable until the student exits their program, either by discontinuation or graduation. Students who entered a program in another year should consult the rules and regulations for that year.

Program Fees

At UNSW fees are generally charged at course level and therefore dependent upon individual enrolment and other factors such as student's residency status. For generic information on fees and additional expenses of UNSW programs, click on one of the following:

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