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Associate Degree in Applied Technologies (Cyber Security)

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New Science and Technology HECS scholarship!

The first four units you study as part of the Associate Degree in Applied Technologies will receive a 100% HECS (Higher Education Contribution Scheme) scholarship. This means the entire cost of the first four units of your degree is covered by a scholarship. Your next four units will receive a 50% HECS scholarship.

Overall, this means you will receive a 75% HECS scholarship (the equivalent of a tuition fee waiver) for the first year of your degree.

*** Note this offer is only available for domestic students commencing study in 2020. Please contact our team for further information 1800 788 244 or

Why study applied technologies?

Fancy working in an industry that has huge growth potential and an ever-expanding scope? Keen to be spending your days protecting governments, businesses and individuals from hackers and business disruption? Our Associate Degree in Applied Technologies (Cyber Security) is exactly what you’ve been looking for.

This course has been specially developed to create fully-fledged cyber security technologists. You will graduate with both the technical and project management skills to work in any type of organisation. In fact, we developed this program in consultation with industry, meaning we’ve devised a structure that equips graduates with the precise skills and knowledge that real businesses are demanding from their employees.

Taught by industry, this hands-on course combines core study areas of IT, including concepts and procedures for cyber security, computer networks, security management, and ethical hacking, with a capstone project applying these principles to a real-world scenario. From the get-go, you will be engaged in problem solving projects connected to issues that the cyber security industry faces on a daily basis.


Two years full-time or part-time equivalent


Online and face-to-face (workshops, tutorials)


Cradle Coast campus
Newnham campus
Sandy Bay campus
Online (2020 intake)


Semester 1, 2021 and Semester 2, 2021


"Starting at the University College is one of the best decisions I’ve made in a long time. It’s fun, engaging and you get to meet heaps of new people as well as learn about the industry."

Aaron credits the University College’s workload design as a realistic and easy way to maintain a healthy balance between work, study and life.

"It’s all going really well. I’m feeling positive studying at the University College, the content is relevant and well delivered and focuses on more hands-on, industry relevant learning, which I find much more engaging."

Career Options

  • Managerial positions
  • Team leader
  • Cyber security specialist
  • Network analysis
  • Computer support technician
  • Project support officer
  • Sales consultant
  • Consultancy
  • Banking
  • Defence
  • Local, state and federal governments
  • Investment companies
  • Telecommunications

Program structure

The Associate Degree in Applied Technologies involves 16 units over 2 years of full-time study or 4 years of part-time study, delivered on campus in Launceston, Hobart and the Cradle Coast, and fully online in 2020. We offer evening workshops to accommodate those already working full-time. The first year of the course acts as a foundation year, while the second year of the course provides you with the skills to apply your new technology knowledge to a range of situations. After the successful completion of year 1 of the Associate Degree, you can choose to exit the course and be awarded with a diploma qualification.

Topics include:

  • Ethical hacking and data analysis for cyber security
  • Computer Networks
  • Applied Maths
  • Programming Principles
  • Design Thinking & Innovation
  • IT Security Management
  • Industry Project

For more detailed information, please visit the Course and Unit Handbook.

Extend your study into a Bachelor degree

By completing the Associate Degree in Applied Technologies (Z2F) you may receive some credit towards a bachelor degree at the University of Tasmania.  The amount of credit received will be subject to the University’s discretion.

Need help applying?

If you would like one-on-one assistance with your University College application, please phone 1800 788 244 during business hours.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. Bachelor degrees traditionally have a duration of three of more years, while an Associate Degree can take as little as two years when studied full time.

Our University College Associate Degrees have been uniquely designed to place equal emphasis on theory and practice. This is done by offering both discipline specific subjects and hands-on learning subjects (Practice and Portfolio) throughout your Associate Degree. By doing so, you graduate job ready with a firm understanding of how to apply the theory you have learnt.

The Associate Degrees are studied during the traditional university Semester study periods.

The new Associate Degrees are a formal qualification in their own right, offering pathways to new career opportunities or upskilling in a current career. These Associate Degrees also offer formal articulation pathways into specified bachelor degrees should you wish to continue studying.

Our Associate Degrees are likely to appeal to a wide range of people, including:

  • School leavers who achieve a TCE (or ATAR) but who are not eligible/prepared/interested in studying a bachelor degree;
  • students who want to gain skills and knowledge to start a career;
  • students interested in learning about innovation and future jobs;
  • students with industry/professional experience who would like to gain some academic credentials; and
  • non-school leaver and mature-age students seeking academic credentials and career advancement.

Our Associate Degrees are offered via a combination of face-to-face (workshops, tutorials etc.) and online study. The online component of our Associate Degrees are offered on each of the University of Tasmania campuses at Newnham, Sandy Bay and Cradle Coast.

No. For all University College units, assessments are built into the course content throughout the semester. If you undertake units from other parts of the University, you may be required to sit some exams. For more detailed information, please visit the Course and Unit Search.

If you successfully complete the first year of your Associate Degree and decide you no longer wish to study, you can graduate out of the course with a Diploma qualification.

Throughout your Associate Degree you will be exposed to a range of hands-on learning experiences such as live case studies, real-world business examples, industry speakers, job-focused programs, industry workshops, projects and internships.

By successfully completing one of our Associate Degree courses, you may be eligible to receive credit towards a relevant Bachelor degree offered by the University of Tasmania. Some of our Associate Degrees have specific credit pathways into a Bachelor degree, where you can receive up to 2 years full credit towards a specified Bachelor degree. For those Associate Degrees that do not have a specified credit pathway, or if you are wanting to receive credit into a different Bachelor degree than the one specified, you may receive some credit, subject to the College’s discretion.