Cyber Defence and Information Assurance – MSc

Cyber Defence and Information Assurance – MSc

Specialism
Certification
MSc
Qualification level
MSc
Location
Shrivenham
Study type
Classroom
Duration
MSc: Up to five years part-time. PgDip : Up to four years part-time. PgCert: Up to 3 years part-time
Price
MSc Part-time: £19,000 * PgDip Part-time: £15,300 * PgCert Part-time: £7,650 *

About the course

Designed to develop professionals who can lead in a cyber environment, to effectively exploit the threats and opportunities of cyberspace at the organisational level. The course focuses on understanding and articulating the executive-level responses to serious present and emerging threats in the information domain.

At a glance

  • Start dateOctober
  • DurationMSc: Up to five years part-time. PgDip : Up to four years part-time. PgCert: Up to 3 years part-time
  • DeliveryThe course is delivered via blended learning, with a mixture of residential and online teaching, and assessment is through coursework, group practicals, presentations and (MSc only) an individual dissertation.
  • QualificationMSc, PgDip, PgCert
  • Study typeExecutive / Part-time

Who is it for?

Students will be government, corporate and critical information infrastructure staff who are one or more of the following:

  • Managers or leaders in a cyber environment who need to understand information risk and respond to cyber threats.
  • Procurement staff commissioning critical or sensitive projects.
  • Policy and planning staff interested in computer network and security operations.
  • Those charged with accreditation and assessment of security measures.
  • Those holding the positions of, or aspiring to be, Chief Information Officers (CIO) or Chief Information Security Officers (CISO).

Why this course?

The course will specifically focus on responses to serious, present and emerging threats in the information domain. The course enables the student to gain an organisational view of cyber, the domain, the drivers and constraints. Whilst a technical understanding is of value, the course is designed to ensure that the bigger, contextual, aspects of cyber is understood thereby enabling decision making in relation to cyber to be undertaken within an organisation.

Informed by Industry

The course has an External Advisory Panel, chaired by Sir Edmund Burton, with expert representation from government and industry, including Fujitsu, GSK and the MOD.

Accreditation

This course is supported by the UK Government’s Cabinet Office and Office of Cyber Security and Information Security.

Course details

The course is taught through a flexible blend of compulsory residential courses, online Virtual Learning Environment activities and interaction and project-based learning.

It has three components: a taught component comprising of ten, 10 credit modules (PGCert/PGDip/MSc); a 20 credit module; and (MSc only) an 80 credit research project assessed by dissertation.

Dissertation

Students taking the MSc must develop and demonstrate their expertise, independent learning abilities and critical appraisal skills by producing a clear and coherent research-based dissertation.

Assessment

The course is delivered via blended learning, with a mixture of residential and online teaching, and assessment is through coursework, group practicals, presentations and (MSc only) an individual dissertation.

University Disclaimer

Keeping our courses up-to-date and current requires constant innovation and change. The modules we offer reflect the needs of business and industry and the research interests of our staff and, as a result, may change or be withdrawn due to research developments, legislation changes or for a variety of other reasons. Changes may also be designed to improve the student learning experience or to respond to feedback from students, external examiners, accreditation bodies and industrial advisory panels.

To give you a taster, we have listed the core modules and some optional modules affiliated with this programme which ran in the academic year 2017–2018. There is no guarantee that these modules will run for 2018 entry. All modules are subject to change depending on your year of entry.

Fees and funding

European Union students applying for university places in the 2017 to 2018 academic year and the 2018 to 2019 academic year will still have access to student funding support. Please see the UK Government’s announcement (21 April 2017).

Cranfield University welcomes applications from students from all over the world for our postgraduate programmes. The Home/EU student fees listed continue to apply to EU students.

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