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As computers become increasingly interconnected and support more services than ever, securing these systems becomes more challenging and more crucial.

By studying cyber security, you'll learn the fundamental processes and practices to protect computing systems from attack, damage or unauthorised access.

You'll study secure programming techniques and ethical hacking to safeguard individuals, businesses and governments against cybercrime, and you'll graduate with highly valued and employable skills.

Career paths can lead to roles such as cyber security analyst, cyber systems engineer or information security officer.

Join a growing industry

  • Cyber security specialist was the #2 emerging job of 2020 (LinkedIn 2020 Emerging Jobs Report).
  • By 2026, Australia will need 18,000 more cyber security workers.
  • Australia’s external spending on cyber security products and services grew by eight per cent in 2018 to $3.9 billion (Australian Cyber Security Growth Network).


1 in Queensland for computer science and information systems

QS World University Rankings 2024

Watch How do you stop a cyber bank heist? on YouTube.

Career possibilities

Our programs prepare you for your first job and beyond. Here are some of the careers you could be on your way to:

  • Cyber security analyst
  • Cyber systems engineer
  • Security architect
  • Information security officer
  • Cryptographer
  • Information security analyst

Graduate salary

Computing and information systems (undergraduate)


How you'll learn

Your learning experiences are designed to best suit the learning outcomes of the courses you choose.

  • Lectures
  • Tutorials
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

What you'll study

At UQ, subjects are called 'courses'. Here's a sample of the courses you could study:

  • Operating Systems Architecture
  • Information Security
  • Vulnerability Assessment and Penetration Testing
  • Advanced Topics in Security

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