Cyber Security MSc
Phishing. Cyber extortion. Data breaches. Cybercrime is one of the biggest threats to business today. Master the skills and techniques needed to protect society and organisations from cybercriminals on a cyber security Masters accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT (subject to re-approval).
Our global economy depends on the internet and remote data storage and access now more than ever before. The more we reach out to connect, the more cybercriminals find ways to break in. It’s a growing problem costing the UK £27 billion a year.
Finding qualified security experts is a problem industry and the government takes seriously. Our MSc Cyber Security aligns with international standards for information security management systems, ensuring you’ll graduate with all the relevant skills and expertise to work as a cyber security professional.
You’ll develop an in-depth understanding of current information security and cyber security issues. We’ll train you in the techniques you need for strategic IT management. You’ll learn to assess networks and systems as a resource and to analyse and control security risks. When you graduate, you’ll be highly sought after by small and medium sized enterprises, who have huge demand for people with the skills and knowledge to protect their business from imminent threat.
Please note, there is an intake to the 12-month full-time route each September and 16-month full-time route each January. The 16-month full-time route includes the UK summer break between semesters. The part-time route takes 2-3 years to complete and typically has intakes in both September and January.
International students can apply
What you'll study
Our cyber security masters covers everything you need for a career protecting society online. You’ll study the technical aspects of network security, penetration testing and computer forensics. You’ll learn to judge risk. You’ll discover how to assess and protect systems from the design and build stage to management, audit and review. All on a course that prepares you for the real world.
Compulsory modules:Expand all
Module code: CIS4509
Module code: CIS4016
Module code: CIS4520
Module code: CIS4507
Module code: CIS4511
Module code: CIS4512
Module code: CIS4517
Module code: CIS4521
Module code: CIS4522
How you'll study
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, practical labs, tutorials, group exercises and a work placement. Classes are highly interactive with a focus on the practical application of concepts and the use of cases drawn from real life. An emphasis on small groups ensures that you will have plenty of opportunities for individual discussions with your tutors.
There is typically an intake to the 12-month full-time route each September and 16-month full-time route each January. The 16-month full-time route includes the UK summer break between semesters. The part-time route takes 2-3 years to complete and typically has intakes in both September and January.
How you'll be assessed
We will assess your vocational capability, academic critical thinking and intellectual development throughout the programme. Coursework, case studies, exams and problem-solving exercises may be used. You may be assessed individually or in a group.
Who will be teaching you
You will be taught by highly qualified, experienced and enthusiastic academic staff who are research-active and fully engaged with the wider business and academic community. The programme team are also active researchers in areas such as network security, information centric networks, content delivery networks, network coding, mobile ad-hoc networks, sensor networks, wireless networks, digital twins, biomedical signal processing, 5G, and biometric security. There will also be occasional input from external IT professionals who will be invited to teach particular sessions.
You should have a degree equivalent to UK first-class or second-class honours (2:2 or above), comprising 50% or more of content in a computing discipline.
Equivalent knowledge gained in alternative ways, for example through professional experience or completion of BCS Professional Diploma in IT (Level 6), is also accepted.
English language requirements
International students require IELTS 6.5, with a score no lower than 6.0 in each individual component, or an equivalent English language qualification.
If your current level of English is half a band, one band, or one-and-a-half bands lower, either overall or in one or two elements, you may want to consider our Pre-Sessional English course.
How to apply
There is an online application process for this course.
Please choose the application form for your preferred intake date and mode of study.
- Apply for January 2024 Full-Time
- Apply for January 2024 Part-Time
- Apply for September 2024 Full-Time
- Apply for September 2024 Part-Time
- Apply for January 2025 Full-Time
- Apply for January 2025 Part-Time
Please see our international student pages for further information about how to apply as a prospective international student.
Should you accept an offer of a place to study with us and formally enrol as a student, you will be subject to the provisions of the regulations, rules, codes, conditions and policies which apply to our students. These are available at www.edgehill.ac.uk/studentterms.
If you join a full time undergraduate degree at Edge Hill University, we will guarantee you the offer of a room in our halls of residence for the first year of your course.Discover our accommodation
The Department of Computer Science is based in the state-of-the-art £13million Tech Hub. This purpose-built development offers highly contemporary suites of outstanding facilities for Computer Science and Engineering students. Our modern computing and engineering laboratories are equipped with comprehensive test and measurement equipment, high-specification computers, high-resolution screens and the latest hardware and software.
A four-screen CAVE (Computer Augmented Virtual Environment) provides a super immersive 3D virtual environment, enabling users to immerse themselves in a virtual room and experience real life scenarios in 4K resolution. There are also specialist laboratories for networking and games programming, in addition to a specialist research laboratory, open access laboratory, a Harvard style lecture theatre, and ‘The Hatchery’, a working space for new business ideas.
Where you'll study
Learning resources include robots and a robotics simulator, wired and wireless networking hardware, graphics software, web development tools, software development environments, big data servers, eye trackers, giant 3D interactive teaching screens, and other specialist software required for studying forensics and internet security techniques.
for the course
£50 per credit
for 180 credits
for the course
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, as well as Irish nationals, may be eligible for the UK tuition fee rate.
Please view the relevant Money Matters guide for comprehensive information about the financial support available to eligible UK students joining postgraduate courses at Edge Hill University.
EU/EEA and Swiss students who have settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme may be eligible to apply for financial support. Irish nationals can ordinarily apply to Student Universal Support Ireland (SUSI). If you are an EU student who does not have settled or pre-settled status, or are an international student from a non-EU country, please see our international student finance pages.
Your future career
We’ve designed our MSc Cyber Security to give you the best chance of a high-flying digital security career.
Your skills and knowledge will make you eligible for roles like:
- information security engineer
- information security manager
- ISO27001 auditor
- computer forensic analyst
- cyber security specialist
- security engineer
Pack your CV with the accreditations and standards below.
Subject to re-approval, the programme is:
- Accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, on behalf of the Engineering Council, for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Engineer.
- Accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.
Successfully completing an accredited BCS course is the first step to full BCS membership and to being awarded chartered status.
The programme aligns with international standards (ISO27001/2) for information security management systems. It is also informed by the PAS 555 Cyber Security Risk Governance and Management Specification, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) specification for taught Masters in cyber security, and the Institute of Information Security Professionals’ (IISP) Information Security Skills Framework.
Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy of this information, however our courses are subject to ongoing review and development. Changing circumstances may necessitate alteration to, or the cancellation of, courses.
Changes may be necessary to comply with the requirements of professional bodies, revisions to subject benchmarks statements, to keep courses updated and contemporary, or as a result of student feedback. We reserve the right to make variations if we consider such action to be necessary or in the best interests of students.
Information about the length of seminars, number of modules studies per semester and seminar times removed.
CIS4016 Biometric Security (15 credits), CIS4507 Information Security and Management (15 credits), CIS4509 Advanced Professional Practice (15 credits), CIS4511 Infrastructure Security (15 credits), CIS4512 Penetration Testing and Ethics (15 credits), CIS4517 Research and Development Project (60 credits), CIS4520 Forensic Computing and Malware Analysis (15 credits), CIS4521 Research Methods (15 credits) and CIS4522 Systems and Platform Security (15 credits) replace CIS4114 Research and Development Project (60 credits), CIS4115 Research Methods (20 credits), CIS4116 Emerging Technologies (20 credits), CIS4121 Computer Forensics (20 credits), CIS4122 System Penetration Testing (20 credits), CIS4123 Biometric Security (20 credits) and CIS4124 Information Security Management (20 credits) as compulsory modules. These changes take effect from September 2023 entry. The existing programme structure remains in place for the January 2023 intake.