Qualification level
Study type
One year full-time (with optional one year placement available), three years part-time

About the course

Course content

About the course

Developed in conjunction with our Industrial Advisory Group which includes Airbus, BT, Deloitte UK and Rolls-Royce, Cyber Technology MSc provides you the opportunity to choose from four main pathways: Cyber Security, Digital Forensics, Software Engineering and Management. You have the opportunity to choose a pure pathway, for example Software Engineering, or mixed pathways, for example the choices of modules could lead to a degree in Cyber Security with Management. In addition to industry support, the Cyber Security pathway is provisionally certified by GCHQ.

Reasons to study:

• Develop skills required for a rapidly changing sector

gain the latest skills, techniques and knowledge required in one of the most exciting areas of computing

• Developed in conjunction with industry experts

modules are developed with Deloitte PLC, Airbus Group, BT and Rolls-Royce ensuring that you explore issues relevant to industry

• Dedicated Cyber Security Centre

access to our dedicated Computer Security and Forensics laboratories will give you the opportunity to work in industry standard facilities which will allow you to develop and enhance your skills in digital forensics

• Taught by expert academic staff

taught by expert staff within our Cyber Security Centre and Software Technology Research Laboratory who recognised leaders in the cyber security domain

• Specialise your learning to your area of interest

combine modules from across Cyber Security, Cyber Technology, Digital Forensics and Software Engineering, allowing you to tailor the course to your areas of interest

• Excellent career prospects

graduates are prepared for roles such as consultancy, software houses or project management within organisations that are cyber security specialists within law enforcement, government; in commercial IT departments and security consultancies

Course Structure


  • Legal, Ethical and Professional Practice and Research Methods
  • Project/Dissertation

Specialist areas of study

  • Cyber Security
  • Software Engineering
  • Digital Forensics
  • Management

Teaching and Assessment

Each module is delivered over the duration of four full days. It targets both concepts and practical skills that are relevant to industry. A multiple choice (MC) test at the end of the course provides attendees feedback on their achievements and must be passed before continuation of the academic assessment through coursework.

Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials and laboratory work. A strong emphasis is given to real world problems. Assessment is by a combination of coursework, projects, multiple choice and laboratory-based assessments.

Contact and learning hours

You will normally attend 3 hours of timetabled taught sessions each week for each module undertaken during term time, for full time study this would be 12 hours per week during term time. You are expected to undertake around 24 further hours of independent study and assignments as required per week. Alternate study modes and entry points may change the timetabled session available, please contact us for details.

Academic Expertise

The programme is managed and delivered through our renowned Cyber Security Centre and Software Technology Research Laboratory.

The course teams within the Cyber Security Centre have unrivalled expertise in cyber security. The team includes former Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) of large telecommunications companies, internet banks and cloud service providers, an ex-vice president of one of the largest cyber security companies in the world, information assurance specialists with extensive experience working in various UK defence organisations, leading digital forensics experts and respected government advisors.

Several of the team are regular media commentators on forensics and security. Professional input throughout the course will come from Deloitte and their cyber security professionals.


The Cyber Security Laboratories are among the best equipped facilities of this type in the UK. Developed in consultation with leaders in the industry, they are designed to meet the highest forensics and security standards.

The laboratories contain 65 high-spec, specially customised PCs configured with multiple operating systems, virtualisation and removable hard drives, as well as specialised servers, wired and wireless networking equipment and a wide variety of other hardware and software components.

Cyber Security Centre

The laboratories are also the base for our Cyber Security Centre (CSC), a multidisciplinary group of academics and industry experts who focus on a wide variety of cyber security and digital forensics issues. Their mission is to provide the full benefits to all of a safe, secure and resilient cyberspace.

The laboratories play a vital role in the group's research and development work. Whether you are a first year undergraduate or a PhD student, within the laboratories you will be working with the latest tools and techniques at the forefront of computer forensics and security research.

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