Cyber Security (MSc)


Study mode

Full-Time or Part-Time


Park, Cheltenham

Advance your skills in Cyber security, a government priority area

Risks emerging from the cyber-sphere are a global and national concern, so studies in cyber security are critical within industry and government. The MSc in Cyber Security gives focus to the strategic deployment and implementation of cyber security strategies.

This course is designed for those wishing to develop or advance a career as a cyber security professional, or those seeking to take a leading technical or managerial role in an organisation that is critically dependent on data and information communication technology.

The programme is suitable for those from a computer science or information technology education background, or those with no formal studies in computer science but who can demonstrate significant interest in cyber security.

The course covers all aspects of cyber security, including network, computer and information security. You will learn the most important technical concepts of security, such as encryption, intrusion detection, penetration testing, access control, digital forensics and investigation, risk management, security governance and network security. Alongside this, the course focuses on the business context, so that students can progress their careers more rapidly.


  • Cyber Security Principles
  • Cyber Security System Architecture and Design
  • Human Factors in Cyber Security
  • Network Security
  • Information Security Management

Study style

Each module is delivered in a one week block of lectures, tutorials and seminars.  Assessment is through coursework, essays and case studies.

Course modules

Take a look at the course map for a breakdown of modules that you'll study to complete the course. Some modules are compulsory, but in some cases you can also choose modules which interest you from outside your core area of study.

Entry requirements

  • At least a 2.2 honours degree in a related area
  • Or a relevant postgraduate or professional qualification
  • And/or relevant work experience
  • You should be able to demonstrate competency in computer programming
  • EU and international students need IELTS 6.0 overall (no less than 5.5 in any band) or equivalent.


Fees - 2018/19 Academic Year
Home and EU Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £6300
International Students
Full-Time Fees
Masters £13840

The fee displayed is the total course fee for full-time or part-time study. Please refer to the Tuition Fee and Bursary Policy for payment methods and timescales.


A wide range of career opportunities are available on successful completion of your MSc, including security analyst, cyber security consultant or chief technical officer.


Purpose-built facilities

Our purpose-built School of Computing and Technology hosts a dedicated cyber security lab where students can practice their skills in a digitally protected environment, with an isolated network.  The centre also has breakout areas for workshop sessions, and the latest computing and technology software.


Industry links

The university has many links with the cyber security industry, which have informed curriculum development and have helped to ensure that our students develop the skills are those needed the most.  These relationships also support opportunities for research.


Block learning

Each module is delivered in a one week block of lectures, tutorials and seminars. This means that it is easy to fit learning around work and personal commitments.

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