Cyber Security, Privacy and Trust MSc, PgDip
Awards: MSc, PgDip
Study modes: Full-time
Programme website: Cyber Security, Privacy and Trust
Our societies are critically dependent on computer software. Electronic systems are everywhere, and governments, financial and transport organisations, or telecommunication companies all possess and manage huge amounts of sensitive information concerning all of our everyday activities.
With the emergence of new systems and services such as: electronic IDs and passports, electronic payment systems and loyalty schemes, electronic tickets, and telecommunication systems, every aspect of our life is relying on / recorded by some computerised system. As such, we have been witnessing a significant increase in attacks targeting computing infrastructure. The cyber security threat has been characterised as serious as terrorism by the GCHQ, therefore a need for graduates with highly specialised training in this area is ever-growing.
Cyber security and privacy is the study of the computational principles, methods and mechanisms for safe-guarding these sensitive applications. Graduates of the programme will learn how to evaluate, design, and implement secure and trustworthy systems in complex distributed systems.
Many research areas have tackled parts of this problem – students on this degree will experience training from academic experts in a uniquely broad combination of theory and practice: Secure Software, Cryptography, Secure Hardware, Verification, Post Quantum, Data Privacy, Usability, Fintech, Health, Smart Contracts, Distributed Ledgers, Privacy Preserving Data Mining. The teaching team of the MSc in Cyber Security, Privacy and Trust is lined up with world class researchers and educators. In particular, the University has been recognised by GCHQ/NCSC as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research, in recognition of its critical mass in leading edge cyber security research.
The overall programme delivers intellectual and practical experience in all aspects of cyber security, privacy, and trust: dealing with real-world applications; applying and extending state of the art defence mechanisms; engineering end-to-end secure and trustworthy systems; communicating results through oral and written reports.
This one-year degree consists of two components:
- Approximately 7 months of taught courses in 2 semesters.
- Up to 4 months of project work leading to a dissertation.
During the first taught part of the course (September to March) students attend lectures, tutorials and group practicals and acquire the theoretical foundation to enable them to engage in independent research. 120 taught course credit points are expected during the course of the year. Between May and August, students complete the degree by making a practical application of their knowledge by undertaking a major individual research project on which they write a dissertation. The project is normally supervised by a member of academic staff as one of his/her research interests, with assistance from his/her research team.
- Understand security-related risk in a broad context and the means to mitigate such risk.
- Understand the process of building a secure application in all its levels and stages and be able to demonstrate this understanding in supervised system building efforts.
- Have advanced knowledge of the state of the art in research in cyber security, privacy and trust, and its applications.
- Understand research methodologies relating to cyber security, privacy, and trust, at a level that permits the student to engage in future doctoral research.
- Know the main research methodologies used in cyber security, privacy, and trust.
This degree will put you at the cutting edge of the field of cyber security, privacy, and trust, opening a host of opportunities in the commercial sector, public and academic sectors.
The graduates will have the necessary background to keep up with developments in cyber security, both in research and engineering.
Typical areas to pursue a career include: Security Analyst, Security Architect, Security Engineer, Security Administrator, Cyber Risk Analyst, Cryptographer, Cryptanalyst, Security Consultant, Security Auditor, Secure Software Developer, Penetration Tester, Ethical Hacker, Security Researcher (in academia or industry), as well as security officers of various kinds in government and public sector positions (the National Cyber Security Centre has explicitly expressed interest in collaborating with our program).
There are well established career development paths and certification schemes including CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) run by ISC2 (International Information System Security Certification Consortium).
There is a new UK government-sponsored initiative delivering a new Cyber Security Body of Knowledge which is intended to describe curricula frameworks for the future, to inform and underpin education and professional training for the cyber security sector.
There is zero percent unemployment in cyber security and opportunities are endless
Herjavec from Cybersecurity Ventures
For 2021 entry*:
A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in computer science, mathematics, linguistics, or a related discipline.
*(Revised 12 November 2020. Revised 21 May 2021 to remove non-entry requirement content.)
For 2022 entry**:
A UK 2:1 honours degree, or its international equivalent, in informatics, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, computer science, electrical engineering, linguistics, mathematics, philosophy, physics, psychology, or another quantitative discipline.
Entry to this programme is competitive. A typical offer will normally require a UK first class honours degree.
You should have experience of computer programming equivalent to an introductory programming course and have completed the equivalent to 60 credits of mathematics during your degree that have typically covered the following subjects/topics: calculus (differentiation and integration), linear algebra (vectors and multi-dimensional matrices), discrete mathematics and mathematical reasoning (e.g. induction and reasoning, graph theoretic models, proofs), and probability (concepts in discrete and continuous probabilities, Markov chains etc.).
Students from China
2021 and 2022 entry: This degree is Band C.
**(Revised 21 May 2021 to add entry requirements for 2022 entry.)
Check whether your international qualifications meet our general entry requirements:
English language requirements
You must demonstrate a level of English language competency at a level that will enable you to succeed in your studies, regardless of your nationality or country of residence.
English language tests
For 2021 entry we will accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:
IELTS Academic: total 6.5 with at least 6.0 in each component.
TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition): total 92 with at least 20 in each section.We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
CAE and CPE: total 176 with at least 169 in each paper.
Trinity ISE: ISE II with distinctions in all four components.
For 2022 entry we will accept the following English language qualifications at the grades specified:*
IELTS Academic: total 7.0 with at least 6.0 in each component.
TOEFL-iBT (including Special Home Edition): total 100 with at least 20 in each section. We do not accept TOEFL MyBest Score to meet our English language requirements.
CAE and CPE: total 185 with at least 169 in each paper.
Trinity ISE: ISE III with a pass in all four components.
Your English language qualification must be no more than three and a half years old from the start date of the programme you are applying to study, unless you are using IELTS, TOEFL or Trinity ISE, in which case it must be no more than two years old.
(*Revised 7 January 2021 to reflect changes to English language requirements for 2022 entry.)
Degrees taught and assessed in English
We also accept an undergraduate or postgraduate degree that has been taught and assessed in English in a majority English speaking country, as defined by UK Visas and Immigration:
We also accept a degree that has been taught and assessed in English from a university on our list of approved universities in non-majority English speaking countries.
If you are not a national of a majority English speaking country, then your degree must be no more than three and a half years old at the beginning of your programme of study.
Find out more about our language requirements:
If you receive an offer of admission, either unconditional or conditional, you will be asked to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your place on the programme:
- £1,500 (this contributes towards your tuition fees)
Find out more about tuition fee deposits:
UK government postgraduate loans
If you live in the UK, you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan from one of the UK’s governments.
The type and amount of financial support you are eligible for will depend on:
- your programme
- the duration of your studies
- your tuition fee status
Programmes studied on a part-time intermittent basis are not eligible.
Other funding opportunities
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- School of Informatics Teaching Organisation
- 6th Floor, Appleton Tower
- Central Campus
- EH8 9LE
This programme is not currently accepting applications. Applications for the next intake usually open in October.
Start date: September
Awards: MSc, PgDip (9 mth FT)
Due to high demand on our programmes, the School of Informatics operates an application deadline of 31 March.
We will make a small number of offers to the most outstanding candidates on an ongoing basis, but will hold the majority of applications until the advertised deadline.
Decisions will be made as soon as possible once the deadline has passed. We expect to make the majority of decisions within six weeks of the deadline.
The deadline may be extended if there are any places remaining on the programme.
|Programme start date||Application Deadline||Expected Decision date|
|13 September 2021||31 March 2021||15 May 2021|
(*Revised 5 March to add information on decision timescales.)
- School of Informatics Teaching Organisation
- 6th Floor, Appleton Tower
- Central Campus
- EH8 9LE