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MSc Cyber Security

Study the theory as well as practical techniques in the field of cyber security. The degree provides an opportunity for recent graduates or professionals in the computing industry to enhance their knowledge or move into cyber security.

Gain the knowledge and skills to tackle today’s cyber security challenges.

As cyber security threats become more sophisticated, we require a deeper understanding of the challenges they bring. With security professionals in demand in government and industry, this degree is designed to help equip you with the skills needed to identify and respond to those threats.

It aims to give you the knowledge and skills needed to work at a professional level. You’ll have the opportunity to develop industry-focused knowledge and skills in key areas of network & system security, ethical hacking, secure design, cryptography and risk assessment.


Study the theory as well as practical techniques in the field of cyber security. The degree provides an opportunity for recent graduates or professionals in the computing industry to enhance their knowledge or move into cyber security.

Part-time 2-5 years
£15,050 GBP (Total tuition fee)
£1,254.17 GBP (Price per program)
9 programs
Start date
Sep 2018

What do I need to apply?

An applicant will normally be expected to possess at least one of the following:

• A minimum of a second class honours degree in a relevant subject such as Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics or Engineering etc.

• A relevant professional qualification of an equivalent level.

• A lower qualification plus appropriate and relevant experience at a professional level.

• Satisfactory independent evidence of working for several years in a position that would normally be occupied by an honours graduate, in a relevant area (such as the IT sector), which would lead to gaining benefit from the course.

What are the learning outcomes?

A student who successfully completes the degree will have achieved the following learning outcomes.

  1. Demonstrate a critical awareness of the legal frameworks, ethical and professional issues of cyber security.

  2. Perform systematic risk assessment, identification and analysis in accordance with international standards and demonstrate an ability to deal with complex issues.

  3. Demonstrate a comprehensive understanding of network and information systems secure communication technologies and protocols and their application to contemporary Internet-based solutions and technologies.

  4. Evaluate and justify a suitable methodology and tools for vulnerability assessment of systems and organisations. Conduct and report an ethically-based security audit and test to a professional standard, recommending and specifying suitable countermeasures.

  5. Demonstrate a thorough understanding of the theoretical concepts and implementation of current security frameworks and architectures as well as cryptographic protocols and algorithms. Be able to assess systems’ security requirements and apply secure design methodology and formal methods in systems design, implementation and testing.

  6. Apply appropriate technological solutions and processes in the detection, management and investigation of information security incidents, and document a digital investigation from a legal and professional standpoint.

  7. Demonstrate a critical awareness of current issues and new technologies in cyber security which are informed by leading edge research and/or practice in the field.

  8. Extrapolate from existing research, scholarship and/or fieldwork findings to identify new or revised approaches to practice.

  9. Conduct rigorous research / formal enquiry into cyber security issues that require familiarity with a range of technologies, research sources and appropriate methodologies, and for such to inform the overall learning process.

Programs on this degree

Network SecurityTo be announced
Ethical HackingTo be announced
Secure Design and DevelopmentTo be announced
CryptographyTo be announced
Incident ResponseTo be announced
Digital Data Acquisition, Recovery and AnalysisTo be announced
Security of Emerging Connected SystemsTo be announced
Automotive Cyber SecurityTo be announced
Cyber Security Individual ProjectTo be announced

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  • Enjoy discussions with feedback from expert educators
  • Get full access to the university library, online resources and support

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