single degree

Master of Applied Cybernetics

A single one year graduate award offered by the ANU College of Engineering Computing & Cybernetics

  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
  • Academic plan MACYB
  • Post Nominal MAppCyb
  • CRICOS code 103368M
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Engineering and Related Techno
  • STEM Program
  • Academic contact
  • Length 1 year full-time
  • Minimum 48 Units
  • Academic plan MACYB
  • Post Nominal MAppCyb
  • CRICOS code 103368M
  • Mode of delivery
    • In Person
  • Field of Education
    • Engineering and Related Techno
  • STEM Program
  • Academic contact

Program Requirements

The Masters of Applied Cybernetics requires completion of 48 units which must consist of:

48 units from the following compulsory courses:

CYBN6001 Framing Questions about Cybernetic Systems (12u)

CYBN6002 Cybernetics Practice (12u)

CYBN8001 Building Cyber-Physical Systems (24u)

CYBN8005 Applied Cybernetics Experience (0u)

Admission Requirements

At a minimum, all applicants must meet program-specific academic/non-academic requirements, and the Policy: English language requirements for admission. Admission to most ANU programs is on a competitive basis. Therefore, meeting all admission requirements does not guarantee entry into the program.

In line with the university's admissions policy and strategic plan, an assessment for admission may include competitively ranking applicants on the basis of specific academic achievement, professional experience, English language proficiency and diversity factors.

The University reserves the right to alter or discontinue its programs and change admission requirements as needed.


Diversity factors & English language proficiency 

As Australia's national university, ANU is global representative of Australian research and education. ANU endeavours to recruit and maintain a diverse and deliberate student cohort representative not only of Australia, but the world. In order to achieve these outcomes, competitive ranking of applicants may be adjusted to ensure access to ANU is a reality for brilliant students from regional Australia and countries across the globe. If required, competitive ranking may further be confirmed on the basis of demonstrating higher-level English language proficiency.


Specific Requirements

Entry into the Master of Applied Cybernetics is based on a competitive two-stage selection process.  

Stage one is based on evaluation of: 

a. cover letter addressing the program selection criteria; 

  • A track record of outputs illustrating intellectual leadership in your field, such as (but not limited to): Awards, grants and projects secured; Publications, media, policy briefings, outreach activities, guidelines and training delivered; IP, products and product concepts created  
  • A demonstrated ability to communicate complex ideas across disciplines, media and sectors, to a range of audiences.  
  • A demonstrated ability to operate with a high degree of flexibility and openness to calculated risk-taking.  
  • Demonstrated determination and resilience. Aptitude for working in uncertain and fast changing environments.  
  • Demonstrated aptitude for interdisciplinary / transdisciplinary collaboration 
  • Individual and/or group-based professional / entrepreneurial / community service contributions. Experience in one or multiple of these fields (highly regarded): education, policy, technology, business, the arts, science, engineering, computing, social sciences, and entrepreneurship. 
  • Ability to operate across disciplinary silos. Ability to think laterally and critically. Collaborative and mission-driven mindset. 

b. portfolio piece; 

c. a full curriculum vitae clearly identifying periods of full-time and part-time professional experience; 

d. either a statement from the current employer confirming relevant experience; or both a statement as at why this cannot be provided and the contact details of two professional referees who can verify the experience. 

Stage two is based on an interview with the selection panel. It is at discretion of the selection panel to seek further information to support claims made through the application process. This may involve a larger portfolio of academic, professional and/or creative works. Applications are to be lodged at on the School of Cybernetics website: 

 Assumed level of knowledge for program  

Although not formal entry requirements, the following level of cognate study in any discipline, or relevant professional experience is assumed.  

  1. A Bachelor degree with honours or international equivalent, or higher qualification, and GPA of 5/7; or 
  2. A Bachelor degree or international equivalent with a minimum GPA of 5/7 and a minimum of 3 years full-time, relevant work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1; or 
  3. GMAT (Graduate Management Admission Test), completed no more than 5 years before the time of application, with a minimum score of 600 (minimum 5.0 in Analytical Writing) and a minimum of 8 years full-time, relevant work experience; or 
  4. GRE General test, completed no more than 5 years before the time of application, with a minimum score of 155 for Verbal Reasoning, 155 for Quantitative Reasoning and 4.0 in Analytical Writing and a minimum of 8 years full-time, relevant work experience; or 
  5. A minimum of 15 years of full time, relevant work experience at ANZSCO Skill Level 1 -?$File/12200_first%20edition%20revision%201.pdf 
Annual indicative fee for domestic students

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Annual indicative fee for international students

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Fee Information

All students are required to pay the Services and amenities fee (SA Fee)

The annual indicative fee provides an estimate of the program tuition fees for international students and domestic students (where applicable). The annual indicative fee for a program is based on the standard full-time enrolment load of 48 units per year (unless the program duration is less than 48 units). Fees for courses vary by discipline meaning that the fees for a program can vary depending on the courses selected. Course fees are reviewed on an annual basis and typically will increase from year to year. The tuition fees payable are dependent on the year of commencement and the courses selected and are subject to increase during the period of study.

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ANU offers a wide range of scholarships to students to assist with the cost of their studies.

Eligibility to apply for ANU scholarships varies depending on the specifics of the scholarship and can be categorised by the type of student you are.  Specific scholarship application process information is included in the relevant scholarship listing.

For further information see the Scholarships website.

The Master of Applied Cybernetics is a 1 year full-time degree that provides students with:

  • Advanced skills in managing cybernetic systems, from critical thinking and questioning to understanding how technology relates to regulatory environments. 
  • A solid understanding of the machine and human components of cybernetic systems (including cyber-physical systems), including their historical context. 
  • The intellectual framework for the management of complex, integrated systems within a social and environmental context. 
  • The opportunity to undertake cybernetics-related research and work experience of professional relevance.

Career Options

ANU ranks among the world's very finest universities. Our nearly 100,000 alumni include political, business, government, and academic leaders around the world.

We have graduated remarkable people from every part of our continent, our region and all walks of life.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Select, adapt, apply, and communicate advanced methods and applied cybernetics techniques for analysing cybernetic systems;
  2. Apply knowledge and analysis of cybernetic systems to decision-making in a broad range of contexts, including: policy, business, community organisations, academia and service delivery;
  3. Examine current issues in cybernetic systems from design to decommissioning using leading-edge research and design practices;
  4. Demonstrate advanced cognitive, technical, and communication skills to work independently and collaboratively to collect, process, interpret and communicate the outcomes of challenges and opportunities associated with cybernetic systems; and
  5. Communicate outcomes of cybernetic systems research and practice to diverse audiences.

Inherent Requirements

Information on inherent requirements for this program are currently not available

Further Information

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