La Trobe University

Master of Cybersecurity (Law)


Start dates
March and July (City), Six intakes per year (Online) 2018
2 years full-time or part-time equivalent. Applicants with relevant experience and/or a cognate degree may be granted advanced standing, allowing them to accelerate their studies.
Fees and costs
$28,400 based on 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year. You may be eligible for FEE-HELP, an Australian Government no-interest loan for university fees.

Designed in collaboration with our industry partners, our Master of Cybersecurity (Law) is geared to keep pace with the information security demands of business, government, defence, law enforcement and law firms.

Organisations are not only faced with increased security risks, but the need for cybersecurity legal specialists and an understanding of privacy and regulations is becoming increasingly important.

The governance of the digital space calls for professionals with knowledge of legal and ethical contexts and technical expertise. You'll get a grounding in practical skills from our world-class law and regulatory experts and learn to apply them in policy formation, policing and international relations.

You'll do a set of foundation subjects to develop industry-relevant multidisciplinary skills before specialising in law. These subjects will cover fundamentals of cybersecurity, core knowledge about communication networks, crisis communication, the mindset and motives of hackers, auditing and risk mitigation, as well as legal and ethical frameworks.

Within the law specialisation, you will learn the importance of surveillance and privacy in the digital age as well as the threat of cyber terrorism and international warfare. This course also offers flexibility with a number of elective subjects available, allowing you to tailor the degree to your interests.

This degree provides a pathway for existing business and legal professionals seeking to commence or further progress their careers in the cybersecurity domain.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 9.

Entry requirements


The minimum entry requirement is successful completion of an Australian Bachelor degree (or its equivalent).

Prior learning developed through relevant work experience or professional accreditation, where it is deemed to be at least equivalent to that obtained through a Bachelor degree, may be considered. In making an offer to an applicant, the University will give consideration to a range of factors to determine whether an applicant has demonstrated the capacity to work at a Masters level, including academic record, English proficiency, and/or employment experience.

NB: Meeting minimum entry requirements does not guarantee an offer of a place. Entry into all La Trobe courses is based on competitive selection and there may be limited places available.

Career outcomes

Cybersecurity experts are increasingly in demand globally and across a wide variety of industries, including government, law firms, defence, banking and finance, telecommunications, health care and retail. This course is well suited to those working in a legal profession who are looking to specialise within cybersecurity or technology. Graduates will be well positioned for the following careers: - Security architect - Cyber intelligence - Compliance assurance manager - Cybersecurity consultant - Security analyst - Security policy advisor - Researcher - Risk management specialist

Fees and costs

Course fees

$28,400 based on 120 credit points.
Note: 120 credit points represents full-time study for one year. You may be eligible for FEE-HELP, an Australian Government no-interest loan for university fees.


Do you have an excellent academic record? If you're a full-fee paying student, you may be eligible for a La Trobe College Excellence Scholarship and receive up to a 25% reduction on your course fees.

You may be eligible for the Optus sponsored scholarships valued at $10,000 over 2 years to assist students studying the Master of Cybersecurity in 2018. Apply now through the La Trobe Scholarships page . Applications close on 9 January, 2018.

Scholarships are available for both current and future students. Find out what La Trobe scholarship opportunities might be available to you.

How to apply

Apply now to start on-campus studies in Semester 2, 2018 or to study online.

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Additional information

Some of the cybersecurity law subjects available within this degree are currently only available during the Summer Semester.

See Student Handbook for more details

The Handbook contains detailed course information designed for enrolled students, including course structures, electives and options. The delivery of this course can vary between campuses. For detailed information please select the relevant campus: