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 with us 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.
This MSc focuses on the technical aspects of cyber security and how these may be implemented in a multi-disciplinary way. Throughout the course, the practical applications of topics are emphasised, as well as developing your abstract analytical skills. Through studying Cyber Security at Warwick, you will also gain an unparalleled exposure to industry.
This course is provisionally certified by GCHQ, the UK government’s National Technical Authority for Information Assurance. If you are an International student, you should value the GCHQ certification just as much as any UK student as the content of the course is internationally applicable.
Modules are generally taught in intensive one-week blocks, from Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 6.30pm. These one-week sessions (eight in total over the academic year) are scheduled at intervals from October through to June.
Weekend sessions are also occasionally required.
Core modules are compulsory and relate specifically to this course.
- Security Architectures and Network Defence
- Cryptosystems and Data Protection
- Information Risk Management and Governance
- Industrial Espionage and Counterfeiting
- Digital Forensics
- Cyber Intelligence and Operations
- Cyber-physical Systems
- Enterprise Cyber Security
* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.
This course has two components – a taught component and a research component (dissertation).
For the taught component, we blend lectures with seminars, practical exercises, case studies, simulations, and lab work to encourage teamwork and practical grounding of the course material.
All taught modules contain valuable input from industry experts who, through case studies and guest lectures, contribute to the design and delivery of material and make for a very rich learning environment.
The taught component is complemented by a major individual project, which will develop your research and analytical skills and enable you to specialise. This project accounts for 33% of your overall credits and is submitted in the form of a dissertation of approximately 15,000 words, followed by an oral examination or viva at the end of the year.
Towards the beginning of the course, you will be provided with a list of projects relevant to Cyber Security Engineering – you will be able to refine your own project to relate to your individual career path or aspiration, in consultation with an appropriate academic supervisor.
There are no written exams. After each module you will be assessed by written post-module assignments (PMA). These typically require 100 hours of work and consolidate your learning. Some modules will also include an in-module individual or group assessment or test.
8 x Post Module Assignments based on the learning objectives of each module (67% of Masters credit).
15,000 dissertation (33% of Masters credit).
Graduates 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.
Our graduates have gone on to work for organisations including: JP Morgan, Odyssey Consultants Ltd, NCC, PWC, Wi-Pay Technologies, London Local Authority, Access Bank, CGI, CSC, Ministry of Defence, Reckitt Benckiser, Tsesnabank, JP Morgan, TRB Lightweight Structures, CISCO, Tata Consultancy Services.
Examples of our graduates’ job roles include: Technology Analyst, Information Security Analyst, Systems and Network Security Engineer, Penetration Testing Consultant, IT Risk and Resilience Team, Associate IT support - Cyber security, IT Security & Governance Officer, Fraud Investigator, Quality and Security Analyst, Software Developer, Information Security Privacy Specialist, Business Operations Director for Asia, Middle East and Africa – AMEA, Government Technology Consultant, ICT auditor specialising in Cyber Security, IT Infrastructure Analyst, Network Consulting Engineer.
Full-time: 1 year
2:ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a relevant degree
English Language requirements
Department of study
Location of study
University of Warwick
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