Cyber security is not merely about the Internet. Our dependence on multiple, complex, interacting digital systems grows day by day. This course is about how to deliver effective cyber security in a global business environment.
Cyber Security and Management at Warwick, focuses on the strategic deployment and implementation of cyber security within an organisation. Our aim is to develop strategic thinkers who understand the threat, can manage resources, implement solutions, and can effectively communicate these to senior decision makers in order to 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, and 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 designed for graduates looking to understand or apply cyber security in a consultancy, strategic, business or management context. Over the course of the year, you’ll develop a clear understanding of the cyber threat landscape and how a cyber incident may evolve. You will cover the key technologies required to defend and protect organisational information infrastructures from threats and attacks, and will learn how to manage and limit the impact an attack can have on a business.
Alongside core cyber modules, you’ll have the opportunity to study technical cyber security modules or business and management modules, so that you can tailor your course to suit your career.
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.
CSM has a pathway certified by the National Cyber Security Centre (part of GCHQ)
The certified pathway requires you to select specific elective modules. For information, see the course content tab.
The course comprises nine 10-credit modules and a 90-credit dissertation.
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.
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.
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.
Four elective modules from the list below should be chosen to supplement your core modules above.
- Cyber Security for Virtualisation Systems *
- Cyber Intelligence and Operations *
- Cyber-Physical Systems *
- Enterprise Cyber Security *
- Globalisation and Outsourcing
- Financial Analysis and Control Systems
- Organisations, People and Performance
*Three of these modules (including Cyber Security for Virtualisation Systems and Cyber Intelligence and Operations) are required for the GCHQ Certified Pathway.
Please note: the list relates to modules available in 2018/19 academic year, and should be regarded as an illustrative guide to modules available in future years.
You are required to pass nine modules in total for this MSc course.
Your project is worth 50% of your final grade. Your project will support you in developing your personal research and analytical skills and will allow you to focus on a topic of specific interest to you.
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.
When you study Cyber Security at Warwick, you will gain an unparalleded exposure to industry. All taught modules contain considerable input from industry experts who, through case studies and guest lectures, contribute to the design and delivery of material making for a vey rich learning environment.
In order to meet our academic entry requirement, you should have obtained the minimum of a UK second class honours degree (or equivalent) in a variety of disciplines.
CSM is designed for graduates looking to understand or apply cyber security in a consultancy, strategic, business or management context. It is ideally suited to those from a computer science or IT background; the programme also caters for non-STEM graduates with a specific interest in cyber security.
What you will need to apply
- A completed application form and application fee.
- 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 for full-time courses on our how to apply page.
This course is also available Part-time. You can find out here how to apply for the course on a part-time basis.
What our students say...
"It was actually much more than I expected. What surprised me most was the number of people from industry who came in to talk to us about what they do and the challenges they face. Every one of them was absolutely fascinating to listen to and what they said proved how relevant each module is to business. Having the chance to discuss things with them was one of the biggest positives for me. It helped me to understand exactly how what I was learning is applied in real situations - and that brought everything to life". ~ Read more from Rebecca
"During the intensive week you dive deep into each subject and absorb far more information than you realise at the time. Then, as you carry out further research and investigation for your assignment, that information becomes firmly embedded through exploring different aspects of the subject.” ~ Read more from Stuart
"One unique aspect of the programme was the series of guest lecturers during each module. We learned from – and were able to discuss issues with - high profile professionals from companies including IBM, Kaspersky, and Nettitude. This direct exposure to industry was extremely valuable. You find out what is happening in business now, the ever-changing challenges that organisations face and how the technical subjects you study in lectures are applied in real life". ~ Read more from Sabarathinam.
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.
English language requirements
However, please note that early application for this course is recommended.
*Applications will close prior to this deadline if capacity on the course is reached.