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Course Overview

The UK is in need of cyber security skills to manage both increasing numbers of security breaches and to adapt to our connected society, which encompasses everything from vehicle control systems and building management systems, to smart city infrastructure and medical devices.

Our Cyber Security Engineering MSc develops cyber security professionals who can function at various strata within an organisation - server room, operations room, board room - you choose. Your task is simple: enable the good and prevent the bad.

This course looks at in depth technical knowledge needed to protect a business.

It teaches you how to defend and protect a business and make sure the infrastructure needed is there and gives you and understanding the software and hardware systems involved.

You will be taught by leading specialists with extensive experience of cyber security as the University of Warwick Cyber Security Centre is a recognised NCSC Academic Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security Research.

Who is this course designed for?
The course is designed for people already working in cyber security but from a range of roles from operations room, server room or board room.

Participants come from a wide variety of industries and roles, including but not limited to: Project Application Engineer, Managing Director, Enterprise Architect, and Programme Manager.

This course will give you the opportunity to get a recognised qualification to compliment your experience and develop you as a professional.


This course is certified by the National Cyber Security Centre (part of GCHQ)

IET accreditation should be available for the 2020/21 academic year. Please contact us for details.

Tuesday, 01 January 2019


Course content

There are eight required modules, each worth 15 credits and a 60 credit project.

Security Architectures and Network Defence
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.

Cyber Intelligence and Operations
This module gives students a framework to reason about cyber security in order both to anticipate incidents, and to deal with their occurrence. It will provide you with the ability to evaluate the situational awareness of an organisation to the key indicators of its cyber well-being. Through the module, you will be able to constructively contribute to the development of a cyber-security incident response plan.

Cyber-Physical Systems
Much attention relating to cyber security is focused on the digital aspects of cyber systems; all data tends to be represented as pure, abstract, ones and zeros. In reality, all these abstract ones and zeros need a physical representation in order to have an effect. The overall aim of this module is to enable the cyber security specialist to have a meaningful conversation with practising engineers concerning the security of cyber-physical systems.

Enterprise Cyber Security

This module is effectively a capstone module for MSc Cyber Security Engineering, drawing together many aspects of the course. It has been developed in collaboration with a commercial partner of international standing to address key strategic cyber security issues from the perspective of an organisation's Chief Information Security Officer.

Information Risk Management and Governance
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.

Cryptosystems and Data Protection
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.

Industrial Espionage and Counterfeiting
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.

Digital Forensics
Cyber-crime affects all walks of life and transcends personal, social and business domains. This module investigate 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.

Friday, 01 February 2019

Entry requirements

You should be currently employed and able to prove company support because you’ll need to apply your studies directly to your work environment.

We recommend that you have at least two to three years of appropriate professional
experience and that you possess at least a second class honours degree.

If you have an HND/HNC and professional qualifications with significant experience, you may be considered to start on an intermediate qualification such as the Postgraduate Award or Postgraduate Certificate, with the opportunity for progression to the MSc.

Thursday, 07 March 2019


This course will help you:

• Learn in-depth technical knowledge to enable you to do your job better

• Learn techniques to defend and protect a business

• Develop an understanding the software and hardware systems involved

• Make evidence approach decisions in a business context

• Develop your critical thinking

• Adopt a business-wide viewpoint

Monday, 01 April 2019

Delivery and assessment

Our specialist Master’s degree programmes are specifically for those seeking formal recognition in their specialist field and have been developed by experts within WMG’s many research groups.

Each module runs over five intensive days. The assignments and project provide an opportunity to apply the learning from the programme within your business. You will have the chance to discuss topics with the industrial and academic experts. The modules and their sequencing will be more closely defined and the module structure will be different depending on the stream you follow (please see the following pages). Core modules for specialist programmes tend to cater for a mixture of part-time and full-time students.


The UK is in need of cyber security skills to manage both increasing numbers of security breaches and to adapt to our connected society. Deepen your cyberspace knowledge, by gaining an in-depth insight into the nature of the evolving cyber environment.


Start Date: One intake a year (September) Duration: 3 years, part-time
Accreditation: This course is accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology, and provisionally certified by GCHQ.  Course leader: Peter Norris