Cybersecurity major

Almost every ICT career path encompasses some aspect of cybersecurity. The major in cybersecurity will prepare you for a range of specialist cybersecurity roles using technology, people, information, and processes to enable assured operations in the context of adversaries. With industry integrated learning, you'll gain the practical skills and knowledge to lead the creation, implementation and management of secure computer systems across a range of exciting career paths, protecting people and their data from cyber-attacks.

Outcomes

Students are able to (1) use mathematical, technical and business tools to secure information systems; (2) design prevention and mitigation strategies to address cyber security challenges; (3) design secure computer systems; (4) work effectively as a team member and as a team leader in cybersecurity projects; and (5) communicate cybersecurity concepts and techniques and results clearly in oral and written formats.

Broadening guidelines

All students studying towards a Bachelor's Degree at UWA are required to Broaden their studies by completing a minimum of four units (24 points) of study outside their degree specific major. Broadening is your opportunity to explore other areas of interest, investigate new disciplines and knowledge paradigms and to shape your degree to suit your own aspirations and interests. Many of you will be able to undertake more than this minimum amount of broadening study and we encourage you to do so if this suits your aspirations. Over the next few months you will find here some broadening suggestions related to your degree-specific major. While we know that many students value guidance of this sort, these are only suggestions and students should not lose sight of the opportunity to explore that is afforded by your Broadening Choices. Advice can also be sought from your Allocated Student Advising Office.

Prerequisites

Mathematics Methods ATAR or Mathematics Applications ATAR with a mathematics unit taken in the first year.
Students without ATAR Mathematics will take two first-year mathematics units.

Cybersecurity can be taken as a degree-specific major in the following degree courses:

BP004 Bachelor of Science
BH005 Bachelor of Philosophy (Honours)

Overview of unit sequence

Cybersecurity is a degree-specific single major comprising:

  • three Level 1 units
  • two Level 2 units
  • five Level 3 units
Key to availability of units:
S1 = Semester 1; S2 = Semester 2; N/A = not available in 2021

Note: Units that are indicated as N/A may be available in 2022 or 2023.

Level 1

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (18 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 CITS1001 Software Engineering with Java
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Applications ATAR
or
MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
or
equivalent
or
higher
Incompatibility:
CITS1200 Java Programming, CITS1220 Software Engineering
S2 CITS1003 Introduction to Cybersecurity
Incompatibility:
CITS3004 Cybersecurity (ID 6150)
S1 PHIL1001 Ethics for the Digital Age: An Introduction to Moral Philosophy
Incompatibility:
PHIL1107 Ethics, Free Will and Meaning
Bridging units
Take units if applicable:
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1, S2 MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Applications ATAR
or
MATH1720 Mathematics Fundamentals
or
Mathematics Methods ATAR (with a scaled score of less than 50)
or
equivalent .
Incompatibility:
WACE Mathematics: Specialist 3A/3B; MATH1038 Calculus and its Applications; MATH1045 Intermediate Calculus; Mathematics Specialist ATAR; MATH1001 Mathematical Methods 1; MATH1002 Mathematical Methods 2; MATH1011 Multivariable Calculus; MATH1012 Mathematical Theory and Methods;
or
STAT1520 Economics and Business Statistics.

Level 2

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (12 points):

Students taking the Cybersecurity major in conjunction with the Engineering Science substitute CITS2401 Computer Analysis with CITS2002 System Programming.

Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S2 CITS2002 Systems Programming
Prerequisites:
Mathematics Methods ATAR
or
MATH1721 Mathematics Foundations: Methods
Incompatibility:
CITS1210 C Programming, CITS2230 Operating Systems, CITS1002 Programming and Systems
S1 CITS2003 Open Source Tools and Scripting
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the MJD-ICYDM International Cybersecurity major
or
the MJD-CYBER Cybersecurity major.

Level 3

Degree-specific major units
Take all units (30 points):
Availability Unit code Unit name unit requirements
S1 CITS3002 Computer Networks
Prerequisites:
CITS1002 Programming and Systems
or
CITS2002 Programming and Systems
Incompatibility:
CITS3230 Computer Networks, CITS3231 Security and Privacy
N/A CITS3006 Penetration Testing
Prerequisites:
12 points of programming-based units
N/A CITS3007 Secure Coding
Prerequisites:
12 points of programming-based units
S2 CITS3200 Professional Computing
Prerequisites:
enrolment in one of the following majors: MJD-ARIDM Artificial Intelligence; MJD-CMPSC Computer Science; MJD-CDSDM Computing and Data Science; MJD-CYBER Cybersecurity; MJD-DATSC Data Science; MJD-ENGSC Engineering Science (Software Engineering); MJD-ICYDM International Cybersecurity and completion of at least 84 points, including (CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python (ID 411)
or
CITS1001 Software Engineering with Java (ID 296)) and (CITS2002 Systems Programming (ID 4722)
or
CITS2200 Data Structures and Algorithms (ID 300)
or
CITS2402 Introduction to Data Science (ID 7427))
S1 CITS3403 Agile Web Development
Prerequisites:
CITS1001 Software Engineering with Java (ID 296)
or
CITS1401 Computational Thinking with Python (ID 411)
or
CITS2002 Systems Programming (ID 4722)
or
equivalent
Incompatibility:
CITS4230 Internet Technologies

Choosing your degree-specific major

Specialised degrees – Bachelor of Advanced Computer Science (Honours), Bachelor of Automation and Robotics, Bachelor of Environmental Design, Bachelor of Music

You must satisfy the requirements of the degree-specific major in your degree before you complete your course.

Bachelor of Philosophy, Politics and Economics

This comprehensive degree does not require you to choose a degree-specific major.

General degrees

You must satisfy the requirements of a degree-specific major before you complete your course. The flexible structure of an undergraduate course allows you to try out a number of different subjects to see what interests you before nominating your degree-specific major. You have the choice to either nominate your degree-specific major when you first enrol in the course or delay nominating it until your second year.

To plan the first year of your study without nominating a degree-specific major, you are advised to choose units that will pave the way to two or more degree-specific majors that are of interest to you. For examples of the choice of units available in first year, search the first-year study plans .

To fully understand the structure of an undergraduate course, read the course structure information and the Undergraduate Degree Course Rules.

There are more choices open to you. For more examples, search the study plans .

Choosing a second major

You also have the option to choose a second major from those available in the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Biomedical Science, Bachelor of Commerce, Bachelor of Design Only available to re-enrolling students. and Bachelor of Science courses, giving you the opportunity to pursue your interests no matter how different they are.

For more examples of combinations of majors, search the study plans .