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Cyber Security and Management - MSc (Full-Time, 2018 Entry)

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.

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.

This MSc 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.

Alongside core cyber modules, you’ll take business and management modules so that you can progress your career more rapidly through organisations and aim very particularly at management positions.

This course has a pathway 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.

Core Modules:

Modules are generally taught in intensive one-week blocks, from Monday to Friday, 9.00am – 6.30pm. These one-week sessions (nine 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

Optional Modules:

Alongside core cyber modules, you’ll take business and management modules so that you can progress your career more rapidly through organisations and aim very particularly at management positions.

Four elective modules can be chosen from a wide list of options, allowing you the flexibility to tailor the course in line with your specific interests.

The full list of modules offered can be reviewed here.

For students wishing to take the GCHQ certified pathway, the following modules should be selected:

  • 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 50% of your overall credits and is submitted in the form of a dissertation of approximately 20,000 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 40-60 hours of work and consolidate your learning. Some modules will also include an in-module individual or group assessment or test.

9 x Post Module Assignments based on the learning objectives of each module (50% of Masters credit).

20,000 dissertation (50% of Masters credit).

Graduate Destinations:

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: Indonesian Ministry of Finance, KPMG, Deloitte, ABN Amro, Bank of Thailand, IBM, Tsesnabank, JP Morgan, Royal Mail, National Information Technology Development Agency of Nigeria, Facebook, Global Network, PWC, Singapore Police.

Examples of our graduates’ job roles include: Marketing Specialist in Community Operations, Forensic Technologies & Information Security Analyst, Information Security Analyst, IT Advisory, Cyber Security, Senior Consultant, Risk Assessor, Cyber Security Analyst, Security Project Manager, ICT auditor specialising in Cyber Security, IT Infrastructure Analyst, Programs Executive, Senior Investigation Officer.

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Essential information


Full-time: 1 year

Entry requirements

2:ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in a relevant degree

English Language requirements

Band A

Department of study

Warwick Manufacturing Group

Location of study

University of Warwick

Course fees

Home/EU: £13,440
Overseas: £24,640

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Application information


This information is applicable for 2018 entry.