Cyber security is not simply about protecting the internet. As our world becomes ever more dependent upon digital systems, our vehicles, infrastructure, industrial controls, finances, and medical devices all exist within the cyber domain.
Studying Cyber Security at Warwick will deepen your cyberspace knowledge, so you’ll understand the nature of this evolving cyber environment, and how to protect and enhance the human experience within it. You will be enabling the good whilst preventing the bad.
Cyber Security Engineering is designed for Computer Science, Informatics, IT or other STEM graduates, looking to become a cyber security professional, or take a leading technical role in an organisation critically dependent upon data and information communication.
This MSc focuses on the technical aspects of cyber security and how these may be implemented in a multidisciplinary way. Throughout the course the practical applications of topics are emphasised, as well as developing your abstract and analytical skills.
The WMG Cyber Security Centre team at the University of Warwick are working to further understand the nature of the evolving cyber landscape, and to protect and enhance the human experience within it.
Our expert tutors bring their subjects to life, blending academic knowledge with experience across a wide range of industry sectors. We also enjoy extensive guest lecture input from companies such as IBM, HP and PwC, and from UK government and law enforcement agencies. This mix of research-led teaching and real-world input will both inspire and prepare you to contribute at the forefront of the cyber domain.
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.
CSE currently comprises eight compulsory 15-credit taught modules and a 60-credit dissertation. For 2018 entry, additional modules may be added.
NB: Cyber Security for Virtualisation Systems may be taken in place of Cyber Intelligence and Operations, or Cyber-Physical Systems
The curriculum is divided in eight taught modules and the project. Each module is taught in a one week blocks. Typically these are spaced approximately three weeks apart. It is during this time between modules that you will complete assessed assignments.
The individual project commences in February. By June it will fully occupy your study time with taught modules typically finished in May.
The number of taught modules and the weighting of the project in MSc Cyber Security Engineering is different from most other programmes in the WMG taught Master's portfolio.
Tutors adopt their own distinctive style within their taught weeks. Most modules are taught by more than one tutor, which, together with the wide range of guest speakers, gives real breadth of insight into any topic. The external input is especially evident in the Enterprise Cyber Security module where colleagues from IBM make a substantial contribution to the week's activities.
The taught component of the course is a mixture of lectures, seminars, syndicate/group work, practicals, online learning and forum activities. Module leaders are experts in their fields and are supported by external speakers working in organisations at the forefront of their fields.
The taught component of the course is assessed primarily through written assignments, although some modules include assessed in-module exercises. There are no written exams.
Each module usually lasts one week. See here for more information about the course structure.
In order to meet our academic entry requirement, you should have obtained the equivalent of a UK first or good second class honours degree. Cyber Security Engineering is designed for Computer Science, Informatics, IT or other STEM graduates, looking to become a cyber security professional, or take a leading technical role in an organisation critically dependent upon data and information communication.
What you will need to apply
- A completed online application form and application fee of £55.
- A Personal Statement, which can be included in the online application.
- A scan of your transcript (marksheet). If you are still studying, send us your transcripts to date. NB: if you are made an offer, we will then require your original degree transcripts and certificate in hard copy format to clear your conditions.
- English test result (if applicable) - this can be submitted after you have an offer.
- One reference. If you completed studies less than 2 years ago, this should be an academic reference. If you graduated more than 2 years ago, we will accept professional references. We contact your referee directly, so please include their valid professional email address on your application form.
You can read more about the application process on our how to apply page.
What our students say...
Employability and career prospects
Graduates can expect rapid career progression in within a wide range of organisations relating to cyber security in a range of roles. You can expect to go on to work within corporate information - security and technology teams, consultancies, government information-security departments, management tracks in information critical organisations and cyber security related research.
Roles that Cyber graduates have gone into include: Senior Cyber Security Consultant, Information Security Analyst, Technology Analyst, IT Security & Governance Officer, Security Project Manager, Network Consulting Engineer, IT Risk and Resilience Team member, Security Project Manager, Information Security Privacy Specialist, Senior Investigation Officer, Quality and Security Analyst.
Companies that Cyber graduates have gone into include:
- Canary Wharf
- Indonesian Ministry of Finance
- JP Morgan
- Ministry of Defence
- Reckitt Benckiser
- Royal Mail
- Singapore Police
- Tata Consultancy Services
WMG: a department embedded in industry
You'll be studying in an environment surrounded by professionals from a range of industries and sectors; including hearing directly from industry experts and guest speakers in many of our modules.
Throughout the year, we also host activities and events that will help you to understand potential career pathways including; seminars; external speakers; industrial visits; alumni talks and more. We encourage our students to make the most of the opportunities available to learn about career options for the future.
Warwick Careers Service
The University of Warwick's Careers Service offers specific careers support to WMG students, through a dedicated Careers Advisor, Siobhan Qadir. The service provides practical workshops and 1-1 appointments for our students covering many aspects of career choice and development, including: how to build a strong CV and write job applications; effective career planning and guidance; and how to enhance your interview and networking skills.
Additionally, each year, employers have a presence on campus, with careers fairs, presentations and guest lectures happening on a regular basis; meaning you'll have lots of exposure to potential employers.
We hope that your relationship with WMG and the University of Warwick will continue long after your graduate. The university and the department both have vast alumni networks and, upon graduation, you'll be a member of this ever-growing community of professionals working in countries around the world. You'll have access to our alumni support; events; e-mentoring scheme; amongst many other opportunities.
You can read about more about the careers and experiences of our alumni on our alumni profiles web pages.
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