Designed to develop professionals who can effectively manage and exploit the threats and opportunities of cyberspace at the organisational level. The course specifically focuses on responses to serious present and emerging threats in the information domain. The course will specifically focus on responses to serious, present and emerging threats in the information domain. The course enables the student to gain an organisational view of cyber, the domain, the drivers and constraints. Whilst a technical understanding is of value, the course is designed to ensure that the bigger, contextual, aspects of cyber are understood thereby enabling decision making in relation to cyber to be undertaken within an organisation. The course also evaluates the impact of cyber on control systems, leadership and decision making in the command and control environment.

Course structure

This course is only offered on a part-time basis and taught through a flexible blend of compulsory residential courses, online Virtual Learning Environment activities and interaction and project-based learning. Students are required to begin with the Foundations: Management of Cyber module but then are free to undertake the modules as suited to their own requirements.

Example modules


  • Foundations: Management of Cyber,
  • The Human Dimension,
  • Critical Networks and Process Control,
  • Understanding Risk,
  • Cyber Attack – Threats and Opportunities,
  • Social Technologies,
  • Data Led Decision Support,
  • Incident Management,
  • Cyber Systems Thinking and Practice,
  • Research Methods,
  • Applied Cyber Concepts Project,
  • Study Skills,
  • Dissertation.

Individual project

Students taking the MSc/PGDip must complete a 20 credit project in year two, focused on a work-based problem-solving context. This allows the student to develop and demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills acquired in the taught modules in the context of a continually changing cyber environment and practical problem context.

Group project

The group project, undertaken between February and April, enables you to put the skills and knowledge developed during the taught modules into practice in an applied context while gaining transferable skills in project management, teamwork and independent research. Projects are often supported by industry and potential future employers value this experience. The group project is normally multidisciplinary and shared across the Energy MSc programme, giving the added benefit of working with students with other backgrounds.

Future career

This qualification will take you on to become one of the next generation of managers who can understand and effectively manage and exploit the threats and opportunities of cyberspace at the organisational level. Crucially, it will also enable graduates to communicate cyber issues to senior management or executive board level. The course is directly relevant to those wishing to improve their knowledge and skills as, or those aspiring to become, a CIO or CISO.

Entry requirements

A first or second class honours degree; or 3rd class degree with three years’ relevant experience; or pass degree with five years’ relevant experience; or HND/C with seven years’ relevant experience. Exceptional candidates may be accepted with ten years’ relevant experience.

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Last updated February 14, 2019
This course is Campus based
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Oct 2019
5 years
31,000 GBP
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