Work at the intersection of information technology and investigations armed with the Master of Cyber Studies and Investigation from Charles Sturt University. This course is ideal if you have a background in law enforcement, but limited information technology skills, or a background in information technology but limited forensic investigations knowledge.
Designed to respond to contemporary industry demands for integrated technology and investigations, this innovative course offers you specialised theoretical knowledge and practical foundations in cyber investigations.
This course has Commonwealth supported places (CSP) – meaning the Australian Government pays part of your fees.
This course is part of an articulated program of study. Articulated programs allow you to build on your study to achieve the right level of qualification for you.
The Master of Cyber Studies and Investigation will enhance your understanding of technology as an investigative tool and as a potential vulnerability in criminal and other complex investigations.
Bring your learning to life in real-time:Taught online, this course allows you to learn while working and meeting your other responsibilities. With innovative video learning and flexible scheduling, you can study when and where suits you, benefitting from an interactive digital environment and regular communication with your lecturers.
Flexible study options:The course comprises a mix of specialised subjects specific to cyber and investigations disciplines. You can tailor your study to suit your professional interests and aspirations.
Learn from Australian industry leaders:Charles Sturt University’s Australian Graduate School of Policing and Security (AGSPS) is a leading provider of postgraduate research and education for professionals in law enforcement, emergency management and security. Staff are leaders in their fields and have significant experience and academic expertise.
Choose your pathway:The course allows entry based on an undergraduate degree or relevant industry experience and includes a 12-subject master and a 4-subject graduate certificate. The graduate certificate is both an entry and exit point into the master’s program.
Cyber and technology issues are now integral to the law enforcement arena, as well as in investigative roles within a range of regulatory and commercial areas. These include banks, telecommunications, insurance and human services. You could choose to use your advanced skills to master the identification and mitigation of cyber and technology threats and vulnerabilities, prevention, detection and prosecution strategies for corporations. This course also opens up the possibility to work from anywhere in the world. Use your skills across the emerging trends and practices of transnational crime investigations in addition to the policing of these types of global crimes. Drive sophisticated investigations into criminal activity such as drug trafficking, human trafficking, illegal arms trade and financial crime. You could also examine emerging forms of criminality such as environmental crime, trafficking of cultural property, piracy and organ trafficking.
For each 8 point subject, you are enrolled in, you should expect to spend 10 to 12 hours per week working on assignments and assigned readings, tutorial assistance, individual or group research/study, forum activity, workplace learning, and attending lectures, residential schools, or examinations.
If you are studying four subjects per session, this is equivalent to a full-time job. The workload for some subjects may vary as a result of approved course design.
As a Charles Sturt University student, throughout your course, you have a responsibility to continue to develop skills in English language, literacy and numeracy as appropriate to your discipline. This ongoing development will enable you to effectively participate in your course and graduate prepared to enter the workforce.
To graduate students must satisfactorily complete 96 points.
Gain an internationally recognised qualification with Charles Sturt University at one of our vibrant regional campuses, or study online from the comfort of your own home - anywhere in the world!
Please note: if you choose to study online with Charles Sturt University, the course study mode will not meet necessary requirements for granting Australian student visas.
For admission to the Master of Cyber Studies and Investigations applicants are required to have an undergraduate degree from a recognised Australian tertiary institution or overseas equivalent.
Applicants without a tertiary qualification may be admitted to the Graduate Certificate in Cyber Studies and Investigations on the basis of professional achievement, and or, professional experience. Upon the successful completion of the Graduate Certificate in Cyber Studies and Investigations, students will be eligible for admission to the Master of Cyber Studies and Investigations and receive credit for applicable subjects.
English language requirements
You can normally meet the English Language Proficiency (ELP) requirements for entry to most Charles Sturt University courses by doing one of the following:
Providing evidence of having completed a sufficient standard of study in English.
Obtaining Academic IELTS within the last 2 years, with a minimum overall score of 6 and no individual score below 5.5.
Obtaining a qualification deemed to be equivalent to Academic IELTS (and its minimum scores) by Charles Sturt.
When it comes to postgraduate study, we understand that having the right kind of support is key to your success. You’ll enjoy flexible learning that allows you to fit study into your life, at a time that suits you. Our team are only a phone call or email away and you can even use our online chat for any questions you may have. We can also help you connect with scholarships, grants, loans, and assistance that can make further study affordable. At Charles Sturt University, we’re with you every step of the way.
Charles Sturt University is Australia’s leading regional university. Charles Sturt campuses are small, friendly communities, based in vibrant regional Australian locations.
Charles Sturt University is #1 for graduate employment, More Charles Sturt grads get jobs faster than grads from any other university in Australia. (Good Universities Guide 2020/21).
Charles Sturt’s approach to teaching and learning combined with hands-on experience ensures graduates have the best opportunities to kickstart careers in their chosen profession.