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Cyber Security

MSc

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What is Cyber Security MSc?

Advance your skills in Cyber security – a government priority area. The course covers all aspects of cyber security, including network, computer and information security. Alongside this, the course focuses on the business context, so that students can progress their careers more rapidly and aim specifically at management positions.

The course is designed for those who’d like to develop a career as a cyber security professional, or to take a leading technical or managerial role. It’s suitable for those from a computer science or information technology education background. The programme is also able to cater for those with no formal studies in computer science – but where you can demonstrate significant interest in cyber security.

By having GDPR in action, there’ll be more roles in companies for Information Security Managers, which makes the MSc Cyber Security a brilliant opportunity for a huge market need.

Study style

You’ll be assessed through coursework, essays and case studies. Each module is delivered in a one week block of lectures, tutorials and seminars. This means it’s easy to fit learning around work and personal commitments.

Our cyber labs consists of a virtualised infrastructure designed specifically to launch different cyberattacks in a safe environment, as well as a dedicated Cisco Network Lab for real-world network security testing using Cisco equipment. MSc students also benefit from having their own dedicated teaching lab. You’ll have access to industry-standard equipment including Kali Linux and Cisco Network Packet Tracer – well-recognised tools used to protect organisations against cyberattacks within the industry.

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Entry requirements

    • At least a 2.2 honours degree equivalent in this subject area.

    • We will consider a comparable professional or postgraduate qualification

    • Relevant work experience will also be taken into consideration

    • EU and international students need IELTS 6.0 overall (no less than 5.5 in writing and in any other band) or equivalent.

Course modules

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Fees and costs

See the further details of fees and potential extra costs when studying a course at the University of Gloucestershire.
Start date Location UCAS code Fee (UK)
per year
Fee (international)
per year
Sep 2021 Park, Cheltenham £7,000 £14,700
Sep 2022 Park, Cheltenham

Possible careers

Graduates from this course can go on to work as:

  • Security Analyst
  • Cyber Security Consultant
  • Chief Technical Officer.

Industry links

You’ll benefit from our many links with the cyber security industry – which has informed curriculum development and supports opportunities for research.

Study in 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.

C11, Cyber Security and Digital Innovation Centre building and sign

Benefit from our industry links

We have 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.

Man looking at large computer screens at C11

"This course is opening up a number of new avenues for my career."

“Before I started on the Cyber Security MSc I had just completed a BSc (Hons) in Forensic Computing. I was also working part time for Vodafone. I decided to do the course because it covered subjects that I hadn’t looked at as an undergraduate, so it provided a great opportunity for me to expand my knowledge. One of the things that I really like about the course is the number of practical sessions that there are. These enable you to get really hands-on, so we’re not just learning from a textbook, we’re putting our skills into practice.”

Jess, graduate

Student in computing suite

"I am currently is the Cisco Network Academy Manager at the university"

“I supervise the Cisco Lab for students in all levels. He teaches a broad range of subjects including networking and advance networking topics.My main research areas are randomness, number theory and time series analysis. Currently, I’m focusing on advanced cryptographic methods for medical devices, especially medical implants.”

Dr. Hassan Chizari, Associate Professor, Academic Course Leader

Lecturer, Dr. Hassan Chizari

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