Master of Cyber Security

Studying for the Master of Cyber Security allows you to develop the skills you'll need to become a specialist in this area. There's an increasing international demand for trained cyber security professionals, and graduates of this programme help meet the New Zealand Government's Cyber Security Strategy. This masters degree is the first of its kind to be offered in New Zealand.

Sjoerd de Feijter

Computer Science
Sjoerd de Feijter began an internship with Gallagher, after being awarded the Sir William Gallagher Cyber Security Scholarship.

As you work towards your Master of Cyber Security (MCS), you'll develop a thorough understanding of the technical, legal, policy and management aspects of cyber security. You'll learn about cloud computing technologies and computer infrastructure, as well as the law relating to cyber security.

You'll gain skills relating to detecting security breaches, preventative security and offensive security. This includes computer system penetration testing. You'll learn how to think innovatively and develop the ability to apply your knowledge so you can work at an advanced level as a professional in cyber security.

When you study cyber security at Waikato, you'll have the opportunity to work with, and learn from award-winning cyber security experts such as Dr Ryan Ko.  Our academics also have strong international connections with industry and government, such as the National Cyber Policy Office and INTERPOL.

Computing facilities at Waikato

The computing facilities at the University of Waikato are among the best in New Zealand. You'll have 24 hour access to computer labs running the latest industry standard software.

The University of Waikato is also home to New Zealand’s first cyber security lab, where the Cybersecurity Researchers of Waikato (CROW) operate from – the creators of the annual New Zealand Cyber Security Challenge.

Build a successful career

Demand for trained professionals in cyber security is increasing globally at 3.5 times the rate of the overall job market. Once you've completed your training in this area, you'll be qualified to do a number of different types of roles in an industry with a 'near zero' unemployment rate.

Our graduates are in high demand and most of our alumni work in the top public and private organisations in New Zealand and internationally – like Sjoerd de Feijter, who is now a Junior Software Engineer for multinational corporation Gallagher.

 Career opportunities

  • Chief Information Security Officer
  • Entrepreneurs of new security products and service
  • Penetration Testers/ Security Assessment Consultants
  • IT Security Consultant

Key information

Study Locations Hamilton
Faculty Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
Years 1.5
Points 180
Start Dates Semester A (February) and Semester B (July)
Domestic Fees $7,181-$7,926 per year
See if you're eligible for fees-free study in your first year
International Fees $31,085 per year
Tuition fees shown above are indicative only and may change. There are additional fees and charges related to enrolment please see the Table of Fees and Charges for more information. You will be sent an enrolment agreement which will confirm your fees.

healthAlliance Cyber Security Scholarship

For domestic students intending to enrol full-time in a Master of Cyber Security, including either COMP592 (60 points), COMP593 (90 points) or COMP594 (120 points), in A Semester 2018 at the University of Waikato.

Closing Date: 2018-02-12 23:59:00

Sir William Gallagher Cyber Security Scholarship

For domestic students who have been accepted into, and will be enrolling full-time in, a Master of Cyber Security (MCS). The recipient of this Scholarship must enrol in either COMP592, COMP593 or COMP594 and undertake an industry-based research project with Gallagher. The Scholarship has a value of $25,000 for a 180-point MCS or $20,000 for a 120-point MCS.

Closing Date: 2017-07-17 23:59:00

For admission into the MCS, students will need to have completed a relevant bachelor's degree or postgraduate diploma, normally in Computer Science or Computer Engineering. You will need an average of at least B in your 300 level or higher Computer Science papers.

International students will need to have an IELTS score of 6.5 with at least 6.0 in the writing band. International students can email for more information or help with the application process.


Faculty of Computing & Mathematical Sciences:

Phone: +64 7 838 4322 / 0800 924 528

Degree Structure

For students with an undergraduate degree, this degree requires a total of 180 points consisting of 75 points of compulsory 500 level taught papers, a 60 point dissertation, and another 45 points of appropriate 500 level taught papers. Students with an honours degree or a postgraduate diploma are required to do the compulsory taught papers and the 60 point dissertation.

* Students are to choose at least one from the following three Infrastructure papers (15 points):

(a) COMP501 Topics in Operating Systems

(b) COMP513 Topics in Computer Networks

(c) COMP514 Carrier and ISP Networks

**45 points of appropriate 500 level computer science papers.

***Capable students may opt for COMP593 Computer Science Thesis (90 points) as an alternative to COMP592, subject to the Dean's approval. This will result in 15 points remaining for a relevant 500 level paper, on top of the compulsory 15 point Infrastructure paper