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 - 2023 Semester 2 - 2023
Cyber Security and World Politics Distance Mode Not Offered
Australian Cyber Diplomacy Not Offered Distance Mode
Australia and Cyber War Not Offered Distance Mode
Cyber Policy in China Distance Mode Not Offered
Power and Australian Government Policy  Not Offered 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 - 2023 Semester 2 - 2023
Strategic Communications  Distance Mode Not Offered
Global Security Distance Mode Not Offered
Asia Pacific Security Not Offered Not Offered
Australian Defence Policy Not Offered Distance Mode
China's Security Policy and Military Modernisation Distance Mode Not Offered
Contemporary Strategy Not Offered Distance Mode
Special Operations: Theory and Strategic Utility Distance Mode Not Offered
Ethics in Special, Complex and Irregular Military Operations Not Offered Not Offered
International Law in Global Politics Distance Mode 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 - 2023 Semester 2 - 2023
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 Distance Mode
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 - 2023 Semester 2 - 2023
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.

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

PLuS Alliance Elective Course available through Arizona State University Course Dates for 2023
US Cyber Policy and Information Security

13 March - 28 April

(Census date - 26 March - Drop YCAN8000 without financial or academic penalty)

For further information and enrolment to this course - please contact SAS at


Maximum Class Size

Please note that the enrolment capacity of this course is 15 places. Once this capacity has been reached, SAS will hold a ‘waiting list’ of 5 students and no further enrolments can be considered. 

Please refer to the UNSW Handbook for the Entry Requirements.