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Full time & Part time September PGDip, MSc 9-12 months full time, 2 years part time
Computer Science (8) Mathematics (25)

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Unleash your potential in the field of cybersecurity with the MSc/PGDip in Network Security. This programme equips you with the essential theory, methods, and tools to safeguard computer networks against cyber threats. Dive deep into formulating security policies, deploying solutions, and validating their efficacy. Gain expertise in cutting-edge research areas while mastering core courses like Computer Network Security and Advanced Network Security. Optional modules such as Data Mining, Big Data Management, and Software Engineering enhance your skill set. The highlight of the programme is the hands-on MSc project where you tackle real-world challenges, culminating in a dissertation. To embark on this transformative journey, a good honours degree in Computing and IT is required. Candidates with relevant experience may join the PG Diploma initially, with the opportunity to progress to the MSc based on performance. Elevate your career prospects and become a sought-after cybersecurity professional with this comprehensive programme.

About the course

The MSc in Network Security teaches the theory, methods and tools of computer network security. It imparts the knowledge and skills needed to keep computer networks safe from attacks and threats by teaching how to formulate security policies, deploy network security solutions and validate their effectiveness. The programme offers as well a detailed understanding of contemporary issues in network security research areas. 

Programme duration

  • MSc: 12 months (full-time), 24 months (part-time)
  • PG Diploma: 9 months (full-time)

This full-time programme starts in mid September.

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Entry Requirements

Entry requires a good honours degree that includes substantial academic and practical knowledge of Computing and IT. Candidates holding a little less than a good honours degree or its equivalent but with compensating qualifications or experience may be admitted to the Postgraduate Diploma programme. Transfer to the MSc will be possible later on if exam and course work performance are at MSc level.

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- This scholarship is available only for new full time students beginning in September 2019 and cannot be deferred.
- To receive the scholarship, you must be self-funding i.e not fully sponsored by your employer, a company or in receipt of a full scholarship from another source.
- The scholarship cannot be received in combination with any other Heriot-Watt fee-abatement award such as a partnership fee discount or alumni award.
- The scholarship cannot be used in lieu of any reduction to the deposit you are required to pay as part of the admissions process (applicable to international fee status students only).
- Payment of the scholarship will be paid as a fee abatement i.e. your fees will be automatically reduced by the amount awarded. Students will not be able to receive a cash alternative.
- This scholarship is applicable for ‘new’ students only, i.e. those who have not studied with us at any of our campuses before. Students who have studied with us previously will instead be eligible for our alumni award.

Value of Scholarship(s)

£1,500 - £3,000


You must be a self-funding student and have achieved, or be on track to achieve, the minimum academic entry criteria for the programme you wish to study from a fully recognised, high ranking institution. You must be studying full-time on our UK campuses and must begin your studies in September 2019.

Application Procedure

Eligible students will be identified as part of the academic admissions process and therefore you do not need to complete a separate application form. Successful candidates will have the award detailed on their offer letters and, where appropriate, their CAS letters for visa purposes. To secure your scholarship you simply accept your offer of a place to study with us.

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