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Cyber Security


Postgraduate degree

    Key facts

    MSc Cyber Security
    School of Creative Industries
    Campus or location
    Newton Park
    Course length
    One year full time. Two years part time.

    Entry requirements

    We accept a wide range of qualifications for entry to our postgraduate programmes.

    See "What we look for in potential students" for more information.

    Learn how to make operational level decisions on cyber security that protect modern businesses.

    • Understand the scope of the cyber security threat landscape – from actors to tools and techniques.
    • Design and develop governance and risk compliance structures that enable businesses to operate security and efficiently.
    • Develop strategies for maintaining operational resilience to keep organisations moving in the face of cyber attack.

    The UK is a globally leading digital economy, yet its prosperity is reliant upon an ability to secure businesses, data and networks from cyber threats. Costs of cyber security failure are substantial for companies and nation states, with often hidden consequences for wider society. To manage risk, the cyber sector needs rational and resilient people that hold an industry-informed, holistic understanding of current issues and future directions of travel.

    This Cyber Security course focuses on the operational level decisions that business and public sector leaders need to make in order to develop, monitor and evaluate cost effective cyber risk management strategies. You’ll learn to formulate digital-era leadership techniques that deliver genuine business benefits.

    What you'll learn


    MSc Cyber Security has been designed in collaboration with some of the UK’s cyber business leaders. We prioritise the ‘complete picture’ to give you the insight and toolkit needed to make effective operation decisions that protect organisations at risk of cyber attack.

    You begin by building knowledge of the fundamentals of cyber security before examining existing and emerging defence and offense strategies. Equipped with a good understanding of vulnerabilities and attack vectors, you then explore how to build an active cyber defence armoury. Modules on law and regulation, systems of governance, operational resilience and risk assessment provide the conceptual context needed to engage the practical realities of cyber security management.

    Course structure

    Conceptual Underpinnings
    Law and regulation: Understand the legislative frameworks within which the UK, the EU and the international system operates.

    Governance: Learn how to design, develop and deploy the most appropriate governance structures that enable businesses to operate securely in a digital environment.

    Asset valuation: Gain insight into the various elements of an enterprise infrastructure and learn how to determine an appropriate level of security for each component.

    Threat Prevention
    Vulnerabilities: Identify the technical and non-technical vulnerabilities across a range of enterprises. Determine how these are likely to evolve in the future, and how to develop robust counter strategies.

    Attack Vectors: An overview of threat actors, vectors and payloads. Learn how attacks may impact an enterprise, and how to develop a timely threat intelligence model.

    Operational Resilience: Understand the Cyber Kill Chain, and the preparation that an organisation should undertake to manage breaches and improve operational resilience.

    Risk Management
    Risk assessment: Determine the value of risk-based decision making for an enterprise using suitable quantification methods.

    Risk Management: Learn how to stress test various risk management models and approaches to better understand risk appetite and impact tolerance.

    How will I be assessed?

    You're assessed by a combination of reports, presentations, and set exercises. Tasks such as table top scenarios and cyber wargames give assessment a real-world edge, while providing insight into practical methods of communicating complex cyber security topics to key stakeholders.

    How will I be taught?

    Teaching methods include lectures, seminars and discussion forums alongside a wide range of practical activities such as scenario simulations that require continual action. Our learning methods are designed not only to help you build critical knowledge, but also to cultivate the interpersonal skills and disposition you need to operate effectively as a future cyber security leader.



    For graduates of Computing disciplines, MSc Cyber Security supports entry into a range of IT roles where cyber security is an integral component but not necessarily an entire responsibility. You’ll be able to demonstrate your value to a range of companies quickly, and later build on the management skills gained during your study to compete for more senior positions.

    For those already employed in the IT field, this Cyber Security Master's provides opportunities for professional upskilling. The programme helps improve your prospects of transitioning to cyber security roles and decision-making positions. The knowledge you gain on the course will in addition help you increase your profile within your company, while benefiting the teams you work within.

    Cyber security career roles include, but are not limited to:

    • Cyber Security Analyst
    • Cyber Security Specialist
    • Network Intrusion Analyst
    • Targeted Attack Specialist
    • Security Management
    • Data Protection Officer
    • Threat Intelligence Analyst.

    Facilities and resources

    Where the subject is taught

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    UK and EU students full time

    Course fees
    2020/21 entry £7,600
    2021/22 entry Published Jan 2021
    2022/23 entry Published Jan 2022

    UK and EU students part time

    Fees shown below are for part time study over two years, although some courses may be available over longer periods.

    2020/21 Entry

    Course fees
    Year 1 £3,800
    Year 2 Published Jan 2021

    2021/22 Entry

    Course fees
    Year 1 Published Jan 2021
    Year 2 Published Jan 2022

    2022/23 Entry

    Course fees
    Year 1 Published Jan 2022
    Year 2 Published Jan 2023

    International students full time

    Course fees
    2020/21 entry £14,700
    2021/22 entry Published Jan 2021
    2022/23 entry Published Jan 2022

    Interested in applying?

    What we look for in potential students

    We’re looking for motivated, inquisitive people that have a good baseline understanding of computing. You should have an agile mindset and a clear desire to pursue cyber security as a chosen career.

    Typical offers

    You should have a good honours degree in Computing or a related subject. However, we'll consider applications from you, without a relevant degree, if you're able to demonstrate that you have relevant skills in computing and a passion for the subject.

    How do I apply?

    Ready to apply? Please contact our Admissions service on +44 (0)1225 876 180 or admissions@bathspa.ac.uk in the first instance. 

    Need more guidance? Head to our how to apply pages.

    Interview and portfolio guidance

    Regularly following the security section of The Register is useful, as is membership of the British Computer Society. If you’re an international student or based overseas, web-based interviews may be offered.

    Admissions service: +44 (0)1225 876 180
    Email: admissions@bathspa.ac.uk
    Course leader: John Curry
    Email: j.curry@bathspa.ac.uk 

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