GCHQ certification
Qualification level
Study type
Full-time: 1 year
UK/EU fee: £8700 - International fee: £13125

About the course

Course content

MSc Systems and Cyber Security is perfect for those wishing to develop careers as system and cyber security professionals. It provides in-depth technical knowledge on all aspects of cyber security; from data-protection and encryption, to cyber threats and computer forensics. 

Its focus on emerging and future technologies means that you'll be well-placed to succeed in a rapidly changing key IT industry. Demand for cyber security professionals is set to outstrip supply by one third by 2019, so employment prospects on completing this course are excellent. 

All taught modules contain considerable input from industry experts from companies such as VISA, HP, ENISA, and IBM who will contribute through guest lectures and case studies. You'll have the opportunity to use our cyber security lab in order to develop and apply in-depth knowledge about security vulnerabilities, ethical hacking and penetration testing strategies. 

The course is suitable for graduates from either computer science or information technology or similar.


Research methods and professional issues 
Future internet technologies 
Machine learning 
Data protection and confidentiality 
Systems and cyber threats: vulnerabilities and countermeasures 
Security risk assessment 
Computer forensics 
MSc thesis 

All modules are assessed by coursework.


Graduates from this course could go on to work as experts on ethical hacking and penetration testing or as cyber security professionals.

LSBU Employability Services

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search. Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or an internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the job you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including: 

• Direct engagement from employers who come in to interview and talk to students 
• Job Shop and on-campus recruitment agencies to help your job search 
• Mentoring and work shadowing schemes. 

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