• Study mode: Full Time
  • Location: High Wycombe
  • Duration: One Year
  • Start Date: February and September 2021

Course Overview

The MSc Cyber Security programme aims to develop the technical and managerial skills and knowledge for aspiring cyber security professionals wishing to specialise in industrial, governmental, educational and organisational disciplines. It is also designed for IT business specialists and managers seeking to gain a deeper understanding of cyber security solutions in a strategic, technical, consultancy or management context.

This programme is professionally structured to deliver a high quality course, focusing on technical and management security areas, technologies, trends and polices in the security sector.

What will this course cover?

The course will deliver a postgraduate programme, providing you with a wide range of contexts in which to apply your newly acquired knowledge of technical and managerial security issues. It is designed to incorporate guidance from the Communications Electronics Security Group (CESG), a group within the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), as well as Institute of Information Security Professionals, and Information Security Skills Framework (IISP).

You will learn modern technical tools such as: network and software security, artificial intelligent systems security, cloud computing systems security and mobile systems security, as well as developing management skills in business continuity and disaster recovery, cyber security assurance and risk management, in addition to research techniques.

Amazon Web Services Academy Member

We are proud to have partnership with Amazon for running Amazon AWS Academy at Bucks, helping you gain industry standard knowledge and skills and further enhancing your career prospects. This forms part of our undergraduate module Cloud Computing, and allows you to have full access to all Amazon web services resources, materials, labs, online assessments and exams preparations. You will be able to practice the technology provided by the world cloud leader and undertake a free Amazon AWS official certification MOC exam, and gain a 50% discount on Amazon AWS (Cloud Architecture) official certification exam (optional for students). For further information, please contact Dr Rafid Al-Khannak.

More placements, more choices

Bucks is a Placements Plus university. So, whatever degree you do, you can be sure there’ll be plenty of industry-relevant opportunities on offer, to help you get into your chosen field.

We’ll also prepare you for work beforehand, with special skills for work training, further boosting your CV, and building skills employers will value. In recognition of the value we place on these skills we have incorporated this experience into your study time.

Placements Plus is all about helping you get some valuable experience under your belt while you’re a student. To increase your choices later, and help you get the graduate-level job you want.

Course Details

Bucks has strong expertise in the security industry and our academics are experienced industry professionals who facilitate problem-based learning via case-studies and classroom based exercises throughout the course. We have developed a curriculum as well as career resources that reflect the increasing needs for both technical skills and strong business acumen from cyber security employers. We will help you to:

  • Obtain the relevant certifications to enhance your employability profile.
  • Understand clearance requirements – as many jobs in cyber security require a security clearance which can affect your eligibility.
  • Develop professional relationships and demonstrate an interest in the cyber security industry.
  • Join an association to help you stay abreast of industry trends.
  • Build a portfolio.
  • Seek opportunities to demonstrate your expertise by co-presenting at industry conferences and completing relevant projects.
  • Look for ways to integrate with professional experience through summer internships, job shadowing or work-study jobs.

Interactive learning experience

You will attend sessions within our specialist computing suite in the Gateway building on our High Wycombe campus. This will include using our specialist networking lab for those modules involving any aspect of network or cloud based development and/or security.

We also see visits from guest lecturers as well as industrial visits as an essential element in order for you to understand current practices and prepare you for working life as a cyber security professional.

Teaching and assessment

The majority of the assessment within the MSc Cyber Security course comes from modules coursework or team projects appropriate to the module, often involving essay or report writing, artefact construction or portfolio construction. However, some modules will also make use of individual and group project presentations, as well as in class time-constrained tests and formal examinations.

What are the course entry requirements?

Applicants will be assessed on their academic qualifications although previous experience and interest in computing, IT, business or management is desirable. A typical offer will include 2:2 honours degree or equivalent qualification in computing, web development, computer sciences, software engineering, system engineering, mathematics with computer science, physics with computer science or a related discipline. Applicants who don’t meet the above requirements but have technical/management experience in industry could be considered (subject to interview).

Course Modules

Year One Modules

  • Risk Management and Cyber Security Assurance
  • Mobile and Information Systems Security Management
  • Cyber Security in Network Systems
  • Cloud Security
  • Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery
  • AI Based Security Systems
  • Project


How much does it cost

Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2020-2021: £12,000

Full Time International, Academic Year 2020-2021: £16,000

Full Time Home and EU, Academic Year 2021-2022: £12,400

Full Time International, Academic Year 2021-2022: £16,000

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:
0330 123 2023

How do I apply?

For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks


What are my career prospects

Graduates from MSc Cyber Security will have gained the knowledge and skills needed to sit some of the leading industry exams and certifications and to become leading specialists in the cyber security industry. Your deep understanding of how to analyse, protects variant system’s application against threats and risks will help put you at a competitive advantage when applying for any cyber security roles. Positions can include:

  • Systems Security Specialist
  • Cyber Security Engineer
  • System Security Analyst/Architect
  • Information Analyst/Architect
  • Security Analyst
  • Security Engineer/Architect
  • Security IT Manager/Director
  • Systems Administrator
  • Network Architect/Engineer
  • Forensics Investigator.

Based on the SANS survey the top five industries for cyber security professionals are; banking/finance/insurance, information technology/management, government and consulting/professional services.

The Big Deal

At Bucks, we believe in putting our students first. That’s why our Students’ Union have developed our exclusive ‘Big Deal’ package. We’re the only university in the UK to offer free access to such a diverse and exciting range of activities – all to enrich the university experience.

We offer FREE events and entertainment, additional skills workshops, sports, recreational activities, societies and paid student rep schemes. All at one of the top 10 Students’ Unions in the UK.  It’s a big deal!

We are proud that our exciting and dynamic students’ union is ranked in the top three in the UK for representing student’s academic interests (NSS 2020). It’s a big deal!

Want to find out more? Visit our Students’ Union page or watch our video.