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Computing and Security

ECU is recognised as an international leader in cyber security research. We host a number of international forums and training sessions, including an annual Security Congress.

Our Computing and Security courses include a wide range of major subjects and cover intriguing areas like counter terrorism, smart software systems, criminology, and politics and international relations.

Here, you'll have the opportunity to study abroad and work with international partners while completing your course. For example, working with ECU's partner institution at Nanchang University in China, or in Dubai through our partnership with Emirates.

With world class technology and teaching, plus study supported by close links with industry, you'll graduate with infinite career possibilities within Australia, as well as internationally.

Learning at work

Our Work Integrated Learning program (WIL) provides local work placement opportunities for high achieving students in most of our courses.

This means you'll be applying the knowledge and practical skills developed in the classroom to a professional environment relevant to your discipline.

WIL includes practicum, work experience, professional practice/placement, field experience and internships provided through ECU partnerships with State and Local Governments, major financial institutions and local industries.

Free laptop for students

As a Computing and Security student you'll have access to the latest technologies as part of your coursework.

If you enrol as a full-time student you'll also be eligible to receive a free laptop computer to use in your first year of study.

And if you continue with your degree, it will be yours to keep for free.

Westpac $5,000 scholarships

Westpac and ECU are now offering $5000 per year for up to five years to support technology students.

The Westpac Bicentennial Foundation Young Technologists scholarships are designed to strengthen Australia’s pool of local talent in the technology sector and address the current lack of gender balance and diversity.

Scholarship recipients will also become members of the Westpac Scholars Alumni program and gain access to networking, learning and development opportunities.

Westpac scholarships.

More student scholarships

With the support of an ECU scholarship, we can help you realise your ambitions by improving your financial situation and enabling you to successfully complete your course.

Your Degree

Your Degree

With our Computing and Security degrees you have a world of possibility at your fingertips.

You can pursue a career in traditionally popular areas like information technology or computer science, or in growing fields like counter terrorism, games programming or web technology.

Study areas, degrees and majors

To help you choose a career direction, we've grouped similar fields of work into 12 study areas across ECU – Computing and Security is one of those study areas.

Within each study area you can choose a degree, for example a Bachelor of Computer Science or a Bachelor of Information Technology.

For some degrees, you can choose a speciality, or major, like Software Engineering, Computer Security or Criminology.

Postgraduate degrees are also available through coursework or research. For example, you can study our Master of Science (Computer Science) by research or a Master of Cyber Security (by Coursework).

Computing and Security degrees

Postgraduate degrees

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A Closer Look

A Closer Look

ECU's School of Computer and Security Science is a leader in world-class learning environments.

Our students have access to the latest hardware and technologies.

A team of Computing & Security students have developed a search and rescue app in conjunction with the WA Police Air Wing.

A team of Computing & Security students have developed a search and rescue app in conjunction with the WA Police Air Wing.

We have laboratories across our Mount Lawley and Joondalup campuses with facilities for teaching and research in:

  • operating systems;
  • systems software and hardware;
  • networking science;
  • digital forensics;
  • games technologies;
  • computer and network security;
  • security science; and
  • wireless computing.

Many of the specialist facilities can be accessed across the Internet using VPN technologies.

Our School also uses online learning technologies such as podcasting and videoconferencing to deliver courses online. These facilities are available 24/7.

The next generation talks IT

Our students and graduates talk about their great lecturers and the top notch equipment they get to use every day. And the next generation of IT professionals discuss our highly successful internship program, a partnership with Commonwealth Bank and Bankwest in Western Australia.

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Computing and Security students talk about their ECU experience.

The Payoff

The Payoff

In the latest Good Universities Guide, our graduates gave ECU a 5-star rating for the quality of our teaching and for the starting salaries they've secured since graduating.

We've now achieved 5-star ratings for teaching quality for the past seven years, while consistently rating highly on overall graduate satisfaction and generic skills development during that time.

There is a high demand for generic skills in the workplace, with employers increasingly recruiting graduates who can demonstrate more than technical skills. This includes the ability to manage your time, being culturally aware, being a team player and being flexible and adaptable in your work.

So when you graduate with a Science or Computer Science degree from ECU, you can expect to be better prepared than most to enter the world of work - and you may be rewarded with a better salary too!

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Cyber Security student, Scott Anderson talks about his experience.

Hear from our students

Laurence Da Luz

"My studies earned me a promotion at work."

"Before starting my course, I didn’t realise the work opportunities that were available to us as students. If you studied hard and performed well, the lecturers even helped you get your name out there to potential employers. Thanks to the skills I gained by studying at ECU, I was promoted at work to a position that is in-line with what I studied. The experience was fantastic."

Agnieszka Trejmak

Information Technology graduate

Adam Croswell

"ECU’s facilities and course offerings are amongst the best in Australia."

"I found the ECU facilities, lecture rooms and labs to be modern and well laid out. Walking around the campuses I get a very positive feeling – I think it’s the mix of shiny modern architecture, nice park and water features and the relaxed atmosphere between the students and staff. All the lecturers have been friendly, helpful and very approachable. Studying at ECU has helped me find my passion and what I believe I will be doing to contribute to our society."

Dennis Bothur

Cyber Security student

Our student community

We have an active student community at ECU. Most of our schools have interest groups or events that relate to your area of study.

You can also make connections and join conversations on our social media pages.

Current Students

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