Course Description

The Bachelor of Computing and Cyber Security (Chief of the Defence Force) is a three-year program at pass level. If eligible, students who have completed the pass degree, may be admitted to an additional one-year Honours program (Program 4517).

This program is built on solid computer science and mathematics fundamentals with a focus on both theoretical foundations and practical approaches to computation and its applications within security. In this program, students first apply these techniques to gaming and then later learn more about hardware, systems, networking and the Internet, and learn to secure such environments.

The design methods, tools and programming ability gained can be applied to many kinds of computer applications. Students will undertake research projects throughout their program. In final-year capstone individual projects students will be able to select from a wide range of ADF and civilian application domains in which to develop these abilities in computing and cyber security.

Students will use state of the art equipment in all their security and forensics courses in a Cyber Range.

Pass-level students in Computing and Cyber Security (CDF) should complete their programs within three years. Eligible and approved Honours students who are civilian, RAN midshipmen or RAAF officer cadets can continue with their programs at the end of the third year. Army officer cadets, however, at the end of their third year transfer to the Royal Military College, Duntroon. After completing a year of military training they are commissioned as lieutenants and those who are continuing with Honours return to the Academy to complete their program.

The Bachelor of Computing and Cyber Security (CDF) program develops students’ lifetime skills including creativity, problem-solving ability, critical thinking and communication skills that will be useful not only in a Cyber Security or Cyber war environment but in all professions. It prepares students to deal with technical issues in a computing environment.


3 years full time,

Graduate Rating

Graduates of Computing & Information Systems undergraduate courses at University of New South Wales (UNSW) rated their degrees as follows:

Teaching quality: 49.2% (national average 58.7%)
Improved skills: 78.1% (national average 77.3%)
Overall satisfaction: 80.6% (national average 75.3%)

The ratings above refer to the proportion of surveyed graduates who agreed with the statement about their undergraduate degree from University of New South Wales (UNSW). You can find out more about these results here.

Employment Outcomes

Graduates of Computing & Information Systems undergraduate courses at University of New South Wales (UNSW) had the following employment outcomes:

Employed full time: 83.7% (national average 71.2%)
Studying full time: 7.8% (national average 11.7%)
Median full time salary: $62,700 (national average $58,700)

You can find out more about employment outcome results here.

Course codes

University of New South Wales (UNSW) Code: 4470

Entry Requirements

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