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Cyber Security Engineering is designed for Computer Science, Engineering or other STEM graduates, looking to take a leading operational role in securing the digital assets upon which an organisation is critically dependent.

Our world is becoming ever more dependent upon the relationship between people, the environment, and digital systems. Our evolving use of web and mobile communication devices is obvious. Less noticeable are the digital systems in vehicles, infrastructure, industry, finance, agriculture, and medicine. These all reside in the cyber domain and all need securing.

By studying Cyber Security at Warwick you will deepen your knowledge of this multifaceted cyberspace. You’ll understand the nature of this evolving cyber environment, and how to protect and enhance the human experience within it.

On this MSc, you will develop your ability to think and act coherently in cyberspace. You'll focus on the technical aspects of cyber security and how these may be implemented in a multidisciplinary way. The course is a broad fusion of practical application and theoretical abstraction. You should expect to be using your deep understanding to solve realistic cyber security problems.

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.


CSE is certified by the National Cyber Security Centre

This course is also accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology

Tuesday, 01 January 2019

Course content

Course modules

CSE currently comprises eight compulsory 15-credit taught modules and a 60-credit dissertation. For 2021 entry, additional modules may be added.

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.

Please note: the modules outlined above represent those available for this course in the 2020/21 academic year. They should be regarded as an illustrative guide to modules available in future years.

Learning style

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 industry 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.

Friday, 01 February 2019

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

In order to meet our academic entry requirement, you should have obtained the minimum of a UK second class honours degree (or equivalent).

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.

English language
For non-native English speakers, we require an IELTS score of 6.5 (with no less than 6.0 in any one component).
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.

Friday, 01 March 2019

Student views

What our students say...

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"I chose this NCSC accredited Cyber Security Master's course at Warwick, as I knew that it would provide me with the expert level of knowledge needed to progress my career in cyber security. The course exceeded my expectations! CSE gave me an in-depth understanding of the technical aspects of cyber security; from cryptosystems to digital forensics, and industrial espionage to network defence. This course not only provided the theoretical underpinnings, but it also had strong emphasis on the practical application of cyber security in business contexts. Learning from industry experts and cyber professionals was fantastic for consolidating my knowledge of the subject; whilst practical exercises and group work gave me the opportunity to get hands on with the subject matter and to apply it in a real business context. I'm excited to use all of the knowledge and skills I've gained in my cyber security career!"

Monday, 01 April 2019


Employability and careers

As a CSE graduate, you can expect rapid career progression within a wide range of organisations that rely on data and information communication.

Typically, graduates will work within corporate information, security and technology teams, consultancies, government information-security departments, or cyber security related research. As an increasingly critical area, opportunities for cyber security professionals are continuously expanding.

Below we have provided some examples of positions recently secured by CSE graduates:

  • Associate IT Security Consultant
  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Cyber Security Consultant
  • Cyber Security System Engineer
  • Information Security Specialist
  • Network Architect
  • SOC Analyst
  • Vulnerability Assessment Analyst

The breadth of companies graduates are now working for is impressive, below we’ve listed a few you may recognise:

  • Atos
  • BT Group plc
  • Citi Bank
  • Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S)
  • Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (DSTL)
  • GE Healthcare
  • HM Revenue & Customs
  • Innova
  • Noovus Technology Business Unit
  • Nuclear Regulatory Authority
  • PWC
  • Schillings
  • Synopsys Inc

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.

There are also various events run throughout the year to develop your skillset and teach you how to market this to employers. Individual workshops are hosted on a variety of topics, such as networking and time management. Or for those interested in a more complete programme, you can partake in awards such as WMG Skills+ to develop your core employability skills, or the Intercultural Training Programme to strengthen your intercultural awareness. In addition, there is a wealth of online material available to help strengthen your industrial knowledge and build on employability skills, such as the WMG Virtual Careers Programme. Find out more about the support available to you by visiting our Careers and Employability page.


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.

Wednesday, 01 May 2019


Please note, this is course information for 2021 entry. We will be updating our web pages at the end of September to reflect the latest course information for 2022 entry. Applications for 2022 entry will open from mid-October.

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.


*Applications will close prior to the deadline if capacity on a course is reached. Early application is strongly recommended.