Bachelor of Cybersecurity/Bachelor of Psychological Science

La Trobe University

Course details

CRICOS course code: 096858M

Level of study: Undergraduate

Summary

As the Internet of Things continues to grow exponentially, cybercrime is growing with it. In Australia, an average of one cybercrime report is made every ten minutes.* To keep our communities safe, it’s critical to understand cybercriminals’ psychology, craft effective defences and stay one step ahead.

In La Trobe's Bachelor of Cybersecurity/Bachelor of Psychological Science, you'll build a career at the nexus of two rapidly evolving sciences and learn how to combat the constantly evolving threat of cybercrime.

In this distinctive combination of study areas, you can pursue a career as a professional psychologist (after further postgraduate study) or build a career within the growing field of cybersecurity.

Learn from experts in world-class facilities, including our Cyber Security Research Hub – one of the largest cybersecurity research hubs in Victoria.

You'll learn:

Cybersecurity fundamentals

Learn the basic principles and best practices of cybersecurity.

Psychological science

Explore the clinical foundations of psychological science, including psychological conditions and treatments for mental illness.

Programming and cyber algorithms

Become an expert in Python and learn how algorithms are used to solve cybersecurity challenges.

Psychological research methods

Explore the research methods used in contemporary psychological investigations.

Human factors in cybersecurity

Understand human behaviour and explore the psychology of hackers, victims and defenders.

Ethical hacking and defence

Learn how to assess security risks and defend against network-based threats.

The qualification awarded on graduation is recognised in the Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) as Level 7 - Bachelor Degree.

Career outcomes

After graduation, you could work across a range of industries, including technology, healthcare, communications, education, government, defence, energy and resources. You could apply to a range of roles in human resources, risk management, forensics, cyber intelligence and security policy.

Possible roles include:

Ethical hacker

Get inside the mind of a hacker. Expose weaknesses in systems and infrastructure, and suggest ways to strengthen them.

Psychologist

Graduates from this double degree will have the prerequisites to apply for Honours in psychology, with the potential to pursue postgraduate study and registration as a psychologist.

Security architect

Create computer and network security systems to protect against cybercriminals.

Cybersecurity policy adviser

Understand businesses' cybersecurity needs and implement tailored cybersecurity policies.

Management consultant

Help inform management decision-making and support positive corporate culture.

Professional recognition

The Bachelor of Psychological Science is accredited by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC). Professional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia will require an APAC-accredited fourth year and additional or ongoing requirements beyond the completion of the degree as well as an application to the professional body. The Bachelor of Cybersecurity is provisionally accredited by the Australian Computer Society (ACS). Contact the relevant professional body for details

Graduates of the Bachelor of Psychological Science may apply for membership with the Australian Psychological Society (APS). Membership may be subject to additional or ongoing requirements beyond completion of the degree. Please contact the relevant professional body for details.

Accreditation, registration and/or membership details for this course may be found on the La Trobe University website.

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Tuition Fees (AUD $) Start date Duration Campus
39,600 Per Year 27 Feb 2023 4 years
Full time
La Trobe University
Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus
Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive
Melbourne Victoria 3086
Australia

Entry criteria

Equivalent to an Australian Year 12 Senior Secondary Certificate.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with no individual band score less than 6.0

TOEFL Internet based (iBT): overall score of 79 with 13 in Reading, 12 in Listening, 18 in Speaking and 21 in Writing.

Pearson Test of English (Academic) (PTE): overall score of 58 with no communicative skill score less than 50.

C1 Advanced: 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

C2 Proficiency: 176 with no less than 169 in any component.

Address

La Trobe University
Melbourne (Bundoora) Campus
Plenty Road and Kingsbury Drive
Melbourne Victoria 3086
Australia
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