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 inelegant 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.
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).
How much does it cost
Full Time Home and EU, September 2019: £11,000
Full Time International, September 2019: £12,000
Full Time Home and EU, February 2020: £11,000
Full Time International, February 2020: £12,000
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.
How do I apply?
For application details please visit bucks.ac.uk/applying-to-bucks