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Cyber Security Engineering - MSc (Full-Time, 2019 Entry)

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 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. The practical applications of topics are emphasised, as well as developing your abstract analytical skills. You will also gain an unparalleled exposure to industry.

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

Core Modules:

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.

The core modules are listed below, if you would like to see a detailed description of each please click on the module titles:

Part-time Course:

For those interested in, or studying, the part-time version of this course: the module requirements will remain the same, but further details can be found on this page.


We blend lectures with seminars, practical exercises, labs, case studies, simulations, and industrial games to encourage teamwork and practical grounding of the course material. Technology enabled learning, e-learning and forum activities also support classroom learning. Class sizes are kept small with around 30 students in each, to encourage interaction. Larger scale lectures are delivered for some modules and are backed up by seminar and syndicate activities.

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 to 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.

Contact Hours:

40 hours per week during module weeks (9.00am – 6.30pm).
There are 8 x 15 CAT modules over the course of the year.
Between modules, you will have workshops, supervisor meetings, industrial visits and will be working on Post Module Assignments and your dissertation.

Class Sizes:

Lectures (occasional): 60 – 90 students.

Seminars and most module classes: 20 – 30 students per class, with smaller break out groups for syndicate activities.


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
  • TRB Lightweight Structures
  • 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

We welcome prospective students to come and meet us. We organise 3-4 Open Days each academic year as well as bookable fortnightly ‘Drop-In’ sessions.

If you are interested in finding out more information about our events or would like to attend one, please visit this page.

To Visit Warwick...

There are a number of different ways to visit the University of Warwick throughout the year. We host bespoke PG visits, where you can talk directly with your chosen department and explore our campus through a personalised tour. Some departments also host their own events and open days, where you can learn more about your department or course of study. To find out more about all of these opportunities, visit our Postgraduate Visits page.

Essential information

Course Code:



Full-time: 1 year

(October 2019 - October 2020)

Part-time: 3 years

(October 2019 - October 2022)

Entry Requirements

2:ii undergraduate degree (or equivalent) in IT, Computer Science, or a related subject.

English Language Requirements

Band A

IELTS overall score of 6.5, minimum component scores not below 6.0.

Department of Study


Location of Study

University of Warwick

Course Fees

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WMG will be awarding over £700,000 in scholarships and bursaries to students commencing study on our full-time MSc programmes beginning in October 2019. Awards will be based on past academic achievement, previous experience, extracurricular activities, reasons for study, and your vision for the future.

Up to a total of 50 WMG Excellence Scholarships will be awarded on a % discount of the tuition fees. Awards will range from 25% to 50% fee discount.

Additional Course Costs

Printing and binding of two hard copies of your dissertation.

Find out more about fees and funding on the University website.


How to Apply

Department website

Get a PG Prospectus


This information is applicable for 2019 entry.