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Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Internet Security Systems Computer Security Systems

Course type


Course Summary

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 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.

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.

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 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.

Different course options

Full time | High Wycombe Campus | 1 year | FEB-20

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Full time


1 year

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Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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).

University information

Bucks New University is a friendly, vibrant place to study. It has over 125 years experience of providing employer-lead higher education, having started out in 1891, running evening classes for the local community and retraining soldiers into new employment. Today, the university still focuses heavily on employability, with courses which blend together academic teaching with professional and practical elements. There is an on-going commitment...more

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