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Cyberspace Operations (MSc/PgDip/PgCert)

Course Description

Course Description

The Cyberspace Operations programme is designed to develop professionals to support manoeuvre in cyberspace, in contested operations and as part of integrated planning. The course specifically evaluates the current doctrine and planning procedures across a variety of military and civilian contexts. It also evaluates the impact of cyber on control systems, leadership and decision making in the command and control environment.

Course overview

The course is taught through a flexible blend of compulsory residential courses, online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) activities and interaction and project based learning.

It has three components:

- A taught component comprising 6 ten credit modules (PgCert/Pgip/MSc).
- A 20 credit module entitled Developing Cyber Thinking and Practice followed by a 40 credit work based project (PgDip/MSc).
- An 80 credit research project assessed by dissertation (MSc).

The course will specifically focus on responses to serious present and emerging threats in the information domain. This necessitates sound technical understanding overlaid with an appreciation of the drivers and constraints within the business, and the knowledge to ensure the gap between the two can be bridged by the use of management tools, techniques and strategies.

Students will be Military and other Government personnel charged with supporting operations in cyberspace, in their current or anticipated role. These staff may also be one or more of the following:

- Managers who need to understand information risk and respond to cyber threats.
- Technicians who wish to understand the operational and business context.
- Procurement staff commissioning critical or sensitive projects.
- Policy and planning staff interested in computer network and security operations.
- Personnel interested in social media and associated concepts such as cyber mobilization.
- Those charged with accreditation and assessment of security measures.

Individual Project

Work-Based Project -
Students taking the MSc/PgDip complete a 40 credit project, ideally focused on a work-based problem. This allows the student to develop and demonstrate the application of knowledge and skills acquired in the taught modules to a practical problem in the context of a continually changing cyber environment. Where a work-based project is problematic for an individual student, the supervisor will work with the student to identify an alternative problem solving context.

Dissertation -
Students taking the MSc must develop and demonstrate their technical expertise, independent learning abilities and critical appraisal skills by producing a clear and coherent research-based dissertation.


Core -

Cyber Defence - Governance and Management
Understanding Risk
Cyber Attack - Threats and Opportunities
Social Technologies
Planning in the Full Spectrum Context
Cyber in the C2 Battle
Developing Cyber Thinking and Practice
Work-based Project


PGCert – each module is assessed via course work and a reflective portfolio.

PgDip - in addition to assessment of the PGCert, PgDip students will be assessed via a large project and presentation.

MSc - in addition to assessment of the PgDip, MSc students will be assessed via the project dissertation.


For all other applicants please contact for more information on funding

Career opportunities

Takes you on to become one of the next generation of individuals who can support manoeuvres in cyberspace, in contested operations and as part of integrated planning. Additionally, it provides you with both the theoretical and practical understanding of cyberspace within an organisation, thereby enabling you to become one of the next generation of managers.

Further Information

For further information on this course, please visit our course webpage - https://www.cranfield.ac.uk/Courses/Masters/Cyberspace-Operations

Visit the Cyberspace Operations (MSc/PgDip/PgCert) page on the Cranfield University at Shrivenham website for more details!

Entry Requirements

A first or second class UK Honours degree (or equivalent) ideally in a related subject. Other recognised professional qualifications or several years relevant industrial experience may be accepted as equivalent; subject to approval by the Course Director. For further and specific information please visit the course page.

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