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University of Gloucestershire
Postgraduate taught

Cyber Security

MSc

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Study type
Full Time
Course length
1 Years
Campus
Park, Cheltenham
UCAS Code
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Course overview

Advance your skills in Cyber security – a government priority area. Provisionally certified by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), this 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.

You’ll be assessed through coursework, essays and case studies. There are four modules in semester one delivered on weekly basis consisting of lectures, tutorials and seminars. We always try to fit these four modules into two consecutive days of delivery, giving you the opportunity to study at home or on campus for the rest of the time as you prefer.

Semester two follows the same pattern, with four modules delivered in two consecutive days for 12 weeks. Three modules out of four in semester two are optional, meaning that you can choose your preferred topics and design your speciality in Cyber Security.

Our AWS accreditation gives you access to a wide range of certification resources within cloud computing and cyber security. Benefit from learning materials, labs, and the ability to work in live cloud environments, testing your knowledge and skills.

Content covered in AWS-based modules will enable you to gain industry-relevant AWS certifications, following an optional certification exam.

Cisco accreditation covers networking but also includes programming, IoT, and operating systems. Once you’ve completed any of the free academy courses, you’ll receive a certificate of attendance and 50% discount off the exam to receive official Cisco certification.

Our cyber labs consist of a virtualised infrastructure designed specifically to launch different cyber attacks 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

    • You should hold at least a 2.2 Bachelor’s degree with honour related to a computing or engineering discipline.

      The Bachelor’s degree must have provided you with a solid foundation to enable you to begin the MSc Cyber Security with some prior knowledge of computing, cyber security, data management and analysis.

    • We will consider a comparable professional or postgraduate qualification if the Bachelor’s degree is not in related to computing or engineering.

      Applicants will be reviewed on an individual basis for qualifications that enable the successful completion on the MSc Cyber Security degree programme. Qualifications should be within a computing, engineering or a technical discipline.

    • Relevant work experience will also be taken into consideration throughout the application process.

      Work experience should be within computing, engineering or a technical industry. Applicants will be reviewed on an individual basis for previous work experience that enables the successful completion on the MSc Cyber Security degree programme.

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

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Students usually support themselves through a postgraduate loan, private savings, family support or sponsorship from an employer. For advice and guidance on your funding options, contact the Money Advice team at moneyadvice@glos.ac.uk or call 01242 714535.

UoG graduates receive 15% off postgraduate tuition fees. Terms apply.

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Sep 2024 FHM, Düren Campus, Germany TBC TBC
Sep 2024 Park, Cheltenham £8,075 £17,100
Sep 2025 Park, Cheltenham TBC TBC
Sep 2026 Park, Cheltenham TBC TBC

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UoG Career promise

At UoG we create a climate for bravery and growth. We instil confidence in all our students, so you can graduate career-ready and meet your ambitions.

96% of our graduates are in work or further study*, but if you’re not in a job 6 months after graduating we’ll guarantee you 6 months of free support, followed by the offer of a paid internship to kickstart your career – plus we’ll commit to lifetime career coaching. Eligibility conditions apply.

*Graduate Outcomes Survey published 2024 and based on 2021/22 leavers

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Careers

Embark on a dynamic career in cyber security with our cutting-edge MSc programme. Graduates emerge as adept Security Analysts, leveraging a deep understanding of cyber threats to safeguard digital landscapes.

As Cyber Security Consultants, they thrive in assessing and fortifying systems, offering strategic solutions to global clients. Positioned as Chief Technical Officers, our alumni lead organizations in navigating the digital age, steering them towards robust cyber resilience. Beyond traditional roles, the programme empowers graduates to pioneer innovative solutions, shaping the future of cyber security.

With strong industry links, including leading tech firms, students gain invaluable real-world insights, ensuring they step into the workforce not just as professionals but as industry trailblazers.

Elevate your career trajectory with our Cyber Security MSc and become a sought-after expert in the ever-evolving realm of digital defense.

Study in purpose-built facilities

Our purpose-built School of Business, Computing and Social Sciences 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.

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Benefit from links with industry

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.

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The UK's cyber hub

You’ll study at UoG’s Park Campus in Cheltenham – home of GCHQ and the largest concentration of cyber technology businesses in the country.

There really is no better place to start an exciting career at the cutting edge of digital technology.

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Push your possible with a master's degree

Increase your pay potential, specialise in a subject you love, or pursue your passion and switch careers.

UoG alumni can benefit from a postgraduate scholarship discount of 15% off tuition fees.

Discover the benefits of studying a master’s degree.

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"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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