Cyber Security MSc

Programme duration: approximately30 months(part-timeand online)
Programme Start: 8 June, 10 August, 12 October
Other awards: PGDip/PGCert

Gain the specialist skills and techniques required to mitigate the increasing threat of cyberattacks through our focused master’s degree. 

About the programme

Achieving a high level of cyber security is one of the greatest challenges of modern society, and there is a significant skills shortage in this field. This programme will develop your technical and problem-solving skills to tackle the broad range of cyber security challenges that modern organisations face. 

You will learn how to research, design and implement robust cyber security measures while developing your theoretical understanding of the discipline. Throughout the programme you will create a professional development plan and produce an e-portfolio to demonstrate your understanding and experience across the topics you study.  

You will have access to an online development environment to practice and refine your new technical skills, which also contains all of the technologies and software you will need for the course – inclusive within your tuition fee. 

Download a prospectus for more details on this programme. 

Structure and entry awards

This programme consists of the following modules. You are required to complete 180 credits to achieve a full Master of Science (MSc), 120 credits to achieve the postgraduate diploma (PGDip), and 60 credits to achieve the postgraduate certificate (PGCert). 

Module Credits MSc PGDip PGCert 
Global Trends in Computer Science 15 
Security Engineering and Compliance 15 
Applied Cryptography 15 
Cyber Crime Prevention and Protection 15 
Cyber Forensics 15  
Security Risk Management 15  
Elective module: choose from 
Deep Learning  
Machine Learning in Practice  
Multi-Agent Systems  
Natural Language Processing and Understanding  
Reasoning and Intelligent Systems  
Robotics  
15  
Research Methods in Computer Science 15  
Computer Science Capstone Project 60   
Entry requirements

Applicants should possess either: 

  • A degree in computer science or a closely related subject, equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree, coupled with two years’ relevant IT professional experience; or
  • Professional work experience in IT or a related field and/or other prior qualifications, which will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

All applicants must provide evidence that they have an English language ability equivalent to an IELTS (academic) score of 6.5. 

Fees and funding
Qualification 2020/21* 2021/22* 
MSc £18,000 TBC 
PGDip £12,000 TBC 
PGCert £6,000 TBC 

This fee* is fully inclusive of all costs, including all teaching materials, core textbooks, assessments and resits.   

  • 15% scholarship currently offered for full master’s reducing the fee to £15,300 (2020/21 academic year entry only)** 
  • 5% discount for upfront full tuition fee payment 
  • Simple monthly payment plan provided to spread the cost over duration of study 
  • Students living in England may be eligible for a postgraduate loan to cover some of the programme cost 

*All tuition fees shown are net of any applicable sales tax payable by you in your country of residence. Where we are required to add sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the tuition fees shown and confirmed during the payment process. 

**Please speak to our admissions team for more details. 

Applying

Apply for this course by completing a simple online form

In order to apply, you will need to provide copies of the following supporting documentation: 

  • School or college transcripts/certificates 
  • University transcripts and certified translations if applicable 
  • Degree certificates 
  • Evidence of English language proficiency (EU and international applicants only) 
  • Personal statement 
  • One reference (on letter headed paper, signed and dated) 
  • An up-to-date CV. 

Acknowledgement of your application 

The admissions team will acknowledge receipt of your application and will pass it to the Department Head and/or appropriate academic department(s) for consideration. 

Students with disabilities 

We welcome applications from students with disabilities and consider them on the same academic grounds as those of other students. If you have a disability, medical condition and/or support needs it is important that you inform the University so that you receive appropriate support. 

Deadlines 

We have regular start dates throughout the year with regular application deadlines. Applicants are encouraged to apply in good time, particularly if they have special requirements that will need to be taken into consideration.  

Career prospects

As society grows increasingly dependent on the internet and technology, the demand for qualified cyber security professionals also grows. This programme is designed to develop technical skills with an immediate application in the workplace, and will position you to succeed within senior technical and managerial positions within the field. 

Alongside the subject-specific knowledge you will gain during the programme, you will also develop professional skills such as communication, teamwork, critical thinking and research. These will enhance your CV, allowing you to improve your career prospects and access more senior roles.