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Master of Professional Studies in Digital Security (MProfStuds)

Quick facts
Points per degree 120 points
Full-time study 1 year
Part-time study 2-4 years (recommended if working concurrently)
Degree structure 6 taught courses plus dissertation
Taught by Faculty of Science and Business School
Taught at City Campus
Application closing date For Semester One 2018 start: 8 December 2017
For Semester Two 2018 start: 4 July 2018
Start date Semester One: 26 February 2018
Semester Two: 16 July 2018

Programme highlights

  • Provides insight into how to design, plan and manage a secure IT infrastructure.
  • Brings together a range of expertise to provide a unique combination of courses, covering topics like the Identification of vulnerabilities within a network, Physical security and surveillance, and governance and risk analysis.
  • Projects are supervised by research staff and can be related to real world problems in industry.

Programme overview


The demand for digital security specialists is soaring in New Zealand. Worldwide, the demand for security specialists far outstrips the supply. This gap is likely to persist for a decade or more, because IT systems are increasingly exposed to major risks of disruption and compromise, because it takes years for anyone to gain the technical and business knowledge required to mitigate digital security risks, and because there are not many well-qualified educational providers in this field.

The Digital Security programme brings together the University’s strengths in Computer Science, Information Systems and Operations Management, and Software Engineering. Graduates of the programme will learn the fundamentals of secure IT design, planning, and management. This credential will be very attractive to commercial and governmental employers. The newly-hired graduate will use their foundational knowledge to rapidly gain the practical skills and expertise of a competent digital security professional.

The specialisation covers the following topics:

  • Identification of vulnerabilities within a network
  • Physical security and surveillance
  • Network infrastructure and protocols
  • Governance, policies, standards, information assurance, and risk analysis
  • Authentication and access control

Programme structure

The Master of Professional Studies in Digital security is a taught masters programme which can be taken full-time or can take up to four years part-time. Courses are offered at the City campus during the standard University of Auckland semester period. Courses can be selected from:

Note that eight courses is a normal full-time course load.

Entry requirements

Students will require:


  • the requirements for a four-year Bachelors degree


  • the requirements for a Bachelors (Honours) degree


  • the requirements for a Bachelors degree


  • either a professional qualification equivalent to one year’s advanced study or at least three years of professional experience deemed relevant to this programme by Senate or its representative


  • any prerequisites for the courses in the subject area in which they wish to enrol.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the programme will have a unique combination of skills in digital safety design, planning and management. Cyber security specialists are increasingly in demand world-wide, and career opportunities are found in any company that relies heavily on its information systems, including financial services, governmental services, retail, healthcare and even primary producers such as Fonterra. Possible jobs include positions as Information Security Analyst, Senior Security Specialist, Security Operations Analyst or Network Support Engineer.

Find a recent article in Computer World about the rising demand for IT security experts

Help and advice

For further information please contact

Associate Professor Sebastian Link
Master of Professional Studies Coordinator
Phone: +64 9 373 7599 ext 88758
Email: mprofstuds@cs.auckland.ac.nz


Further application information