The Master of Networks and Security is a postgraduate degree that provides you with the skills to manage and administer computer networks and security and prepares you for careers in network administration, network management, or as systems analysts, systems designers, data communications specialists or network security engineers or administrators.
Postgraduate - Course
This course entry applies to students commencing this course in 2019 and should be read in conjunction with information provided in the 'Faculty information' section of this Handbook by the Faculty of Information Technology.
Unit codes that are not linked to their entry in the Handbook are not available for study in the current year.
Admission and fees
Course progression map
Master by coursework
2 years FT, 4 years PT
This course normally takes 2 years full-time to complete but if you have relevant entry qualifications you may receive credit and be able to complete the course in 1.5 years full-time, or part-time equivalent.
You have a maximum of 6 years to complete this course including any periods of intermission and suspension, and must be continuously enrolled throughout.
Mode and location
Master of Networks and Security
Graduate Certificate of Networks and Security
Graduate Diploma of Networks and Security
Refer to 'Alternative exits' entry below for further requirements and details.
These course outcomes are aligned with the Australian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate AttributesAustralian Qualifications Framework level 9 and Monash Graduate Attributes (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/alignmentofoutcomes.html).
Upon successful completion of this course it is expected that you will be able to:
- critically assess existing systems using the theories, techniques, and software tools that are available in the field of information security and computer networks
- adapt new and emerging technologies in application development based on an understanding of the underpinning principles
- analyse critically the design and document the core issues and requirements in building secure and effective networks systems
- be competent designers of architectures for secure systems and effective networks
- through either a significant research thesis component or research-grounded industrial project, review, synthesise, apply and evaluate existing systems and extend them with new technologies
- produce comprehensive reports and documentation that describe problems, proposed solutions, their evaluation both in terms of their strengths and weaknesses, and logical interpretation of the results for organisations
- analyse issues and solutions in security and network design as they affect general and particular communities
- evaluate the implication of ethical issues and norms in privacy, security, and network use, including the wider Internet.
Graduates may be eligible for membership of the Australian Computer Society (ACS).
The course is structured in three parts: Part A. Foundations for advanced networks and security studies, Part B. Core master's study, and Part C. Advanced practice. All students complete Part B and Part C. Depending upon prior qualifications, you may receive credit for Part A.
Note that if you are eligible for credit for prior studies you may elect not to receive the credit.
Part A. Foundations for advanced networks and security studies
These studies will provide an orientation to the field of networks and security at graduate level. They are intended for students whose previous qualification is not in a cognate field.
Part B. Core master's study
These studies draw on best practices within the broad realm of IT networks and security theory and practice. You will gain an understanding of information and computer security and IT project management principles. Your study will focus on your choice of units within networks and security.
Part C. Advanced practice
The focus of these studies is professional or scholarly work that can contribute to a portfolio of professional development. You have two options:
- a research pathway including a thesis. Students wishing to use this master's course as a pathway to a higher degree by research should take this first option.
- a program of coursework involving advanced study and an industry experience studio project.
The course comprises 96 points structured into three parts: Part A. Foundations for advanced networks and security studies (24 points), Part B. Core master's study (48 points) and Part C. Advanced application (24 points).
If you are admitted at:
- entry level 1 you complete 96 points, comprising Part A, Part B and Part C.
- entry level 2 you complete 72 points, comprising Part B and Part C.
Note: If you are eligible for credit for prior studies you may elect not to receive the credit and complete the higher credit-point option.
The course progression mapcourse progression map (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/2019handbooks/maps/map-c6002.pdf) provides guidance on unit enrolment for each semester of study.
Units are 6 credit points unless otherwise stated.
Part A. Foundations for advanced networks and security studies (24 points)
You must complete:
a. four units (24 points):
- Programming foundations in Java or Programming foundations in Python
- Introduction to databases
- Computer architecture and operating systems
- Data communications
Part B. Core master's study (48 points)
You must complete:
a. two units (12 points):
- Project management
- Information and computer security
b. two units from the networks stream and two units from the security stream (24 points) below:
- Network protocol standards
- Network design and performance
- Quality of service and network management
- Network infrastructure
- Software security
- Network security
- Advanced topics in security
- Enterprise IT security - planning, operations and management
c. two units (12 points) from one of the following options:
- Part B, b.
- one unit (6 points) from Part B, b. and one additional FIT-codedFIT-coded (http://www.monash.edu.au/pubs/handbooks/units/index-bycode-f.html) level 5 unit (6 points)
Part C. Advanced practice (24 points)
You must complete either a. or b. below:
a. Minor thesis research:*
- IT research methods
- Masters thesis part 1
- Masters thesis part 2
- Masters thesis final
Enrolment in the research units is dependent on available supervisors and projects. Eligible students will be ranked based on their entire academic record and assessed for suitability to undertake the research component of this program
* To be eligible for the research option, you must have successfully completed 24 points of level five FIT-coded units and have achieved an overall average of at least 75 per cent across all completed FIT level five units.
b. Industry experience:
- Industry experience studio project (12 points)
- Professional practice
- Software engineering
You may exit this course early and apply to graduate with one of the following awards, provided you have satisfied the requirements for that award during your enrolment in this master's course:
- Graduate Certificate of Networks and Security after successful completion of 24 credit points of study, comprising FIT5163, FIT5057 plus one unit from the networks stream (Part B, b.) and one unit from the security stream (Part B, b.)
- Graduate Diploma of Networks and Security after successful completion of 48 credit points of study, comprising:
- FIT5163 and FIT5057
- two units from the networks stream (Part B, b.)
- two units from the security stream (Part B, b.)
- two additional units from either the networks or security streams, or one unit from either the networks or security streams and one FIT-coded level 5 elective.
Progression to further studies
Successful completion of this course may provide a pathway to a higher degree by research.
Progression will be conditional on you completing the minor thesis research pathway (as described in Part C, a.) and achieving the minimum entry requirements for either the Master of Philosophy (3337) or the Doctor of Philosophy (0190).