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MSc in Cyber Security and Management

Do you want to take a leading role in an organisation critically dependent upon data and information technology? CSM focuses on the strategic deployment of cyber security within a business.

What will the course provide?

We want to develop strategic thinkers who understand the cyber threat to an organisation and its resources, and are able to build and manage secure systems that support the strategic growth of a business.

Securing your patch of cyberspace is challenging, requiring both technical insight into the security of your digital systems and devices, but also the management of people who interact with them. We will prepare you to manage cyber security within an enterprise, from influencing the risk appetite of the board to managing firewall reconfiguration during a cyber attack.

This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and provisionally certified by GCHQ

Core modules for MSc

You will learn about the domain and the core fundamental concepts of cyber security, such as the underlying security infrastructure and protocols needed to set a system for making secure transactions. The syllabus also covers malware and attacks, the threat ecosystem, phishing, pharming and data theft, the AAA of security, firewalls and defence, and intrusion detection systems.

Business continuity and resilience in the face of a cyberattack is crucial. You will learn how to establish and maintain an information risk management framework in order to guarantee that security and assurance strategies are aligned with business objectives and are consistent with legal and regulatory obligations.

To understand data-centric protection, data-leakage threats and vulnerabilities, and key prevention and detection technologies, you will be shown the technology and concepts behind data protection. This module focuses on the use of encryption technology to provide authorisation and access control systems, and in particular the numerous cryptosystems and protocols that allow us to keep communications private.

You will be examining the motivations for industrial espionage and the various methods of attack on the physical security of an organisation, its electronic infrastructures and its staff and suppliers. Learning to analyse and mitigate potential
attacks through industrial espionage, and understanding counterfeiting attacks, during this module you will design countermeasures and will carry out risk management processes in both industrial espionage and counterfeiting.

Cyber-crime affects all walks of life and transcends personal, social and business domains. This module investigates
the core techniques currently used for the purpose of data retrieval, evidence preparation, crime scene management and intelligence extraction. You will get an overview of international digital forensic investigation infrastructures and put legal procedures into context.

Postgraduate Award

We understand that you may not be able to commit to a long term period of study at this time, and that circumstances may change, so you can build up to your MSc in stages if you wish. Completing three modules in a twelve month period will give you a Postgraduate Award (PgA) in Cyber Security and Management from the University of Warwick.

For PgA required modules, please contact our admissions team.

Full-time course

Please also see information on our full-time course.


Department of Culture, Media and Sport

WMG, University of Warwick are participating in The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) postgraduate bursaries initiative to help adults retrain for a career in cyber security by taking a National Cyber Security Centre certified Master's degree. This initiative is supported by the National Cyber Security Programme – the Government’s £1.9 billion investment to significantly transform the UK’s cyber security. Find out more.