MSc in Cyber Security

UWL University of West London

Program Description

MSc in Cyber Security

UWL University of West London


Cyber security is a key issue in the provision of services, from the application layer through to the basic building blocks of computer and network systems.

This masters degree course in Cyber Security is being offered by the School of Computing and Engineering and has been developed in response to a high demand for cyber security professionals with a systematic understanding of the principles and technologies underpinning today's IT systems.

The School of Computing and Engineering has partnered with leaders within the security industry to provide you with a course which will enable you to gain comprehensive knowledge and critical skills in computer security. This course will enable you to pursue a career as a cyber security professional in either the public or the private sector.

Why choose this course?

As well as learning how industry professionals secure cyber systems and their supporting technologies, on this course you will come to recognise the importance behind the management and delivery of content and services through to users.

Building on from undergraduate computing courses, you will have the opportunity to expand your knowledge and skills around cybersecurity by discovering how cyber security systems are designed and constructed and of the impact technology has on organisations.

The course aims to develop your ability to analyse the legal, social, ethical and professional issues involved in the human aspects of cyber security and be guided by the adoption of appropriate professional, ethical and legal practices.

It also aims to develop your critical skills and techniques to appropriately solve typical cyber security problems, enabling you to choose from a range of security-related jobs/roles in a rapidly evolving and diverse environment.

This course provides routes into a diverse range of career opportunities in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry and in organisations that are data and knowledge intensive. Employers require information security officers at all levels including:

  • Chief Information Security Officer
  • Network and Computer Security Engineers
  • Security Managers and Consultants
  • Penetration Testers
  • Cybersecurity Analysts
  • Security Investigators
  • Security Researchers.

You will have access to laboratories and dedicated ICT suites with specialist networks and software as well as excellent resources for study space and meetings.

Extended MSc Cyber Security

If you have completed an undergraduate degree and not met the entry criteria for the MSc Cyber Security course, you may qualify for our Extended MSc Cyber Security option. It includes two additional modules. They are:
  • Advanced Study Skills
  • Critical Thinking, Analysis and Evaluation
To help you get the most out of your studies, English language support is also available on this programme if needed.
When you have successfully completed the modules above and you have attended all language support sessions (if applicable) you will automatically progress to the modules listed on the 'course details' tab of this page.
The Extended MSc Cyber Security course starts on 13 May 2019 and the total duration is approximately 15 months.
Note that the Extended MSc Cyber Security option must be studied full time and the fee is different from the standard MSc Cyber Security.

Tutor Information

This course is run by the School of Computing and Engineering to provide you with both the high-quality teaching and the personal attention you need to make the most of your University education. A strong supportive culture exists amongst the course tutors which enables our students to achieve their potential. Many of our staff members have specialist research expertise.

Career and study progression

The course is designed to meet industry needs/job market demands, and produce graduates who are informed and suitably equipped to meet the needs of the industry. Upon successful completion of the course you will be able to pursue a number of routes into employment, including opportunities in the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) industry and in organisations that are data and knowledge intensive. Graduates in cyber security have a good record of achieving employment and progressing in their professional work.

The security industry is wide, including companies that need to protect themselves, government and law enforcement through to the providers of equipment and services, such as the:

  • anti-virus, security software vendors (such as McAfee, Kaspersky, Symantec, Sophos, EMC/RSA, Entrust)
  • network and computer vendors (such as Cisco, Juniper, Palo Alto, HP, Barracuda)
  • network and service providers (such as British Telecom, Vodafone, Rackspace, Amazon)
  • consultancies (such as KPMG, IBM, Fujitsu, HP)
  • services companies and in government and law enforcement.

Cyber security professionals are in demand across all industries where devices are connected to the Internet and there is a potential threat from those wishing to steal information. This includes:

  • web presence – from social media to business marketing
  • electronic commerce – B2B and B2C
  • personal information (eg: the computer and online games industry)
  • critical infrastructure command and control (electricity, gas, water suppliers)
  • services companies, e-government, identity management providers

In the UK there is a huge demand for cyber security professionals and the UK government is investing into the area of cyber security over the next few years.Typical job titles include:

  • network or computer security technician
  • computer or network security officer
  • penetration tester
  • identity and access management officer
  • threat and incident response analyst
  • data privacy officer
  • network forensics analyst
  • data protection advisor
  • security operations analyst
  • iso27002 lead auditor
  • cloud security architect
  • security consultant
  • it security manager
  • business continuity manager
  • information risk manager
  • information governance manager
  • cryptographer/cryptologist
  • security software developer
  • source code auditor
  • virus technician

Outstanding graduates have gone on to further study at the level of MPhil and PhD at UWL and at other institutions.We actively encourage students with potential for research to make their interest known early on in their course.

Course detail

The course aims to equip students for professional careers in cyber security. It provides a practical understanding of the issues relating to the design, analysis and implementation of modern secure IT systems. This course is suitable for all students with a background in ICT and who want to specialise in cyber security. The course builds skills that are necessary to tackle modern secure systems in an industry context. It develops an appreciation of commercial and open source cyber security equipment, software and services based on industry-standard technologies.

Teaching consists of lectures, seminars and laboratory work to provide a basis for the intensive individual study you need to undertake to maximise your achievements and the potential outcomes from taking the course.

The school and course team are experienced and qualified. The University also offers central support for learning skills. A strong student role is actively encouraged.

Assessed work is a significant part of the total assessment in the masters. There is practical work, report writing, presentations, critical academic writing and the skills and knowledge gained in these contribute to a capacity to deliver a high-quality dissertation.

There are a number of end of module exams. Course tutors provide appropriate support throughout the module to ensure candidates are well prepared.


  • Fundamentals of Cyber Security
  • Security Management
  • Network and Systems Security
  • Research Methods
  • Learning and Professional Development
  • Employability Skills and Employment
  • Dissertation

Optional Modules:

  • Distributed Application Development
  • Mobile Web Component Development
  • Principles of Project Management
  • Consultancy and Technical Innovation
  • Programming Support
  • Security Operations and Assurance
  • Data Architecture
  • Knowledge Management

Entry requirements

A degree (at least 2:2) in a computing subject. A business or an engineering degree with a significant level of computing content may also be considered.

Applicants with equivalent professional qualifications or a relevant Higher National Diploma (HND) will be considered, provided they can demonstrate significant, relevant work experience and the ability to benefit fully from the course. Such applicants will be considered on an individual basis by interview. Some optional modules may not be available to students without a first degree in computing.

Extended MSc Cyber Security
To study the Extended MSc Cyber Security programme you will need:

  • A Bachelor's degree
  • International students need to meet our English language requirements of IELTS 6.5 or above and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).
  • We will also consider you for this course with IELTS between 6.0-6.5 - in this case you would need to complete an English language course during your first semester, which we provide at no additional cost.

International requirements for standard MSc Cyber Security

International students need to meet our English language requirement at IELTS 6.5 or above, and a minimum of 5.5 for each of the 4 individual components (Reading, Writing, Speaking and Listening).

In some countries where teaching is in English, we may accept local qualifications.

This school offers programs in:
  • English

Last updated January 7, 2019
Duration & Price
This course is Campus based
Start Date
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Sept. 9, 2019
1 year
Full time
13,000 GBP
International students. EU/UK students: £7,800. 2019 fees may change subject to government policy and regulations.
United Kingdom - London, England
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