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Criminology (Cybercrime and Cybersecurity) MSc

Criminology (Cybercrime and Cybersecurity) MSc

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Full time | Stag Hill | 1 year | 25-SEP-23

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Full time


1 year

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Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Criminology Internet Security Systems Computer Security Systems

Course type


Course Summary

Why choose this course

In a world where information technology is rapidly evolving and our dependence upon it is continually increasing, the growth of cybercrime is a major concern.

Our Criminology (Cybercrime and Cybersecurity) MSc offers you a unique opportunity to develop specialised skills in both cybercrime and cybersecurity. Our masters is currently the only one in the UK providing a combined approach to cybercrime and cybersecurity.

This pioneering course will advance your understanding of the main theoretical approaches to cybercrime. It will also introduce you to some of the technical skills required to address challenges in the cybersecurity sector.

Our Criminology (Cybercrime and Cybersecurity) MSc meets the British Criminology Society benchmarks for postgraduate taught courses.

What you will study

Our Criminology (Cybercrime and Cybersecurity) MSc has been created to meet the growing demand for enhanced knowledge and practical skills in the area of cybercrime and its control.

Our course offers you the opportunity to work with leading theorists in the field of cybercrime and with experts from the Surrey Centre for Cybersecurity – one of only 14 research hubs recognised as Academic Centres of Excellence by GCHQ and the UK Government.

The programme also draws upon our long-established expertise in social research methodologies, enabling you to conduct effective research in the field of cybercrime and to think in a logical and informed manner about related criminological problems.

Careers and graduate prospects

We offer careers information, advice and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University. Our graduates have lifetime access to Surrey Pathfinder, our online portal for appointment and events bookings, jobs, placements and interactive development tools.

Our masters courses give you the opportunity to develop high-level research skills, which open doors to many careers. We also provide an online employability hub giving you access to extensive advice and guidance on how to take the next steps in your chosen career.

Some of our graduates have gone on to start their careers in the following roles:

  • Crime Journalist
  • Crime Researcher
  • Crime Scene Investigator
  • Police Officer
  • Prison Officer
  • Probation Officer.


In this module students will learn how quantitative research approaches can be used to describe and explore the social world. We will begin by considering how to ask questions with quantitative data, before outlining the fundamental statistical principles required for making robust and generalizable claims. We will then go on to consider theoretical, methodological and practical issues, which have an impact on quantitative research designs. Students will also learn how to collect and analyse quantitative data, covering issues of sampling and descriptive statistics, as well as being introduced to general regression approaches.

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Entry requirements

A minimum of a 2:2 UK honours degree in either Behavioural Science, Business, Criminology, Law, Psychology, or in a human or political science, or a recognised equivalent international qualification. We can also consider relevant work experience if you don't meet these requirements.

University information

The University of Surrey was established in 1891, and has a long and rich history of education and innovation. It welcomes more than 4,000 postgraduate students annually, forming an international research and learning community representing over 120 countries from around the world. The university is known for celebrating cultural diversity and fosters an inclusive student body. The University of Surrey is a research-driven institution, and...more

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