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MSc Cyber Security Management focuses on the strategic deployment and implementation of cyber security within an organisation. Our aim is to develop strategic thinkers who can understand the threat, 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 a technical, elective module, 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 is certified by the National Cyber Security Centre (part of GCHQ)

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

Course Modules

The course will comprise eight modules worth 15 credits each and a dissertation project worth 60 credits


Elective Module

One elective module from the list below to be chosen to supplement your course modules above.


For 2021 entry, the research element is worth 33% of your final Master's grade. Your project is your opportunity to specialise in a particular area of cyber security that interests you, whilst developing your personal research skills.

Learning style

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 considerable 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.

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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) 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.

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 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.

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Student views

What our students say...

CSM_student1Rebecca Falconer

"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

CSM_student2Stuart Butcher

"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

CSM_student3Sabarathinam Chockalingam

"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.

Want to read more student views?

Find out what our current students think about studying at WMG Master's, by checking out our blogs and vlogs page or, you can take a look at our alumni profiles page and read about their experiences.

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Employability and career prospects

Cyber Security Management graduates can expect rapid career progression across a range of roles overseeing the implementation and management of cyber security systems in a business context. Below you can find some examples of roles that graduates from this course have secured:

  • Anti-fraud Analyst
  • Forensic Technology Consultant
  • Frontend Web Developer
  • GDPR Consultant
  • Operational Intelligence Developer
  • Security Engineer
  • Systems Administrator
  • Technology Consultant

The skills developed on this course will allow you to work in corporate information, security and technology teams, consultancies, government information-security departments, management tracks in information critical organisations and cyber security related research. You will be able to obtain positions in number of different sectors, so below we have included some examples of companies that CSM graduates have gone on to work for to illustrate the range of possibilities available to you:

  • Accenture
  • Capgemini
  • Deloitte
  • Electronic Transactions Development Agency
  • Facebook
  • IBM
  • Indonesian Ministry of Finance
  • IT Governance Ltd
  • JP Morgan
  • KPMG
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Ofcom
  • PWC
  • Reckitt Benckiser
  • Royal Mail
  • Singapore Police
  • Tata Consultancy Services
  • Tempest Security Intelligence
  • Thales
  • Vodafone

Werachai Prayoonpruk“WMG equipped me with all the principles, concepts and techniques I needed to advance in my working life”

For Werachai Prayoonpruk, the MSc in Cyber Security Management was a “passport to success”. Now working for the United Overseas Bank (UOB) in Bangkok, in his role as Vice President of Information Security and Risk Assessment he is responsible for protecting interlinked technology systems from cyber fraud.

To find out more about Werachi’s role you can read read his alumni story.

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.

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      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 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.


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