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MSc Cyber Security Engineering

Course Description

Designed for

The MSc in Cyber Security Engineering is designed for those wishing to develop a career as a cyber security professional.

Cyber Security

Cyberspace comprises the network of digital devices, used to store, modify and communicate information. It is global, interactive and completely changes our environment. It extends beyond the Internet, mediating interaction between individuals and groups.
Our world is increasingly shaped by cyberspace. Opportunities for interaction are emerging in ways, only imagined by previous generations. As the influence of cyberspace in our lives continues to grow, so does the associated security risk.
As organisations worldwide harness the opportunities of cyberspace, they create huge demand for cyber security professionals. Cyber security professionals who can function at various strata within an organisation - server room, operations room, board room - you choose. Their task is beguilingly simple: enable the good and prevent the bad.

GCHQ Certification

GCHQ, the UK government's National Technical Authority for Information Assurance, identified the shortage of cyber professionals as a concern that needed to be addressed. Part of their strategy was to identify cyber security master's courses that would "... help prospective students make better informed decisions when looking for a highly valued cyber security qualification".

Course Content

You will study a broad range of cyber security topics. Some focus on technology, some on people, some on organisations. Insofar as possible, we seek to avoid teaching topics in silos of narrow expertise. Throughout, the practical application of insight is valued equally with abstract analytical skill. The following should give you a sense of the course content:
◾Digital forensics
◾Data protection
◾Network security
◾The enterprise cyber perspective
◾Security architecture
◾Industrial espionage
◾Cyber-physical systems
◾Standards and guidance
◾Cyber security research

Teaching Style

Tutors adopt their own distinctive style within their taught weeks. Most modules are taught by more than one tutor, which, together with the wide range of guest speakers, gives real breadth of insight into any topic. The external input is especially evident in the Enterprise Cyber Security module where colleagues from IBM make a substantial contribution to the week's activities.

After You Graduate

Graduates can expect rapid career progression in within a wide range of organisations relating to cyber security in a range of roles.

Visit the MSc Cyber Security Engineering page on the University of Warwick website for more details!

Student Profiles

Cyber Security Bursaries - 6 Awards

Funded by the UK Government Department for Culture, Media and Sport through the National Cyber Security Programme (NCSP), Warwick will be awarding four tuition-fee bursaries of £12,200 each as part of a national project to encourage career transitioners into the Cyber Security profession.
You may be on a career break, unemployed, or looking to change your career direction. This funding provides an excellent opportunity to rethink your career and qualify yourself in a profession with excellent employment opportunities. Eligible applicants must satisfy the following criteria:
1.Hold an offer to study the GCHQ-certified MSc Cyber Security Engineering or the GCHQ-certified pathway through MSc Cyber Security and Management at the University of Warwick on the full-time programme starting October 2016, or the part-time programme starting during the academic year 2016/17.
2.Be a UK or EU citizen who is normally resident in the UK other than for the sole purpose of education.
3.Not be currently undertaking any other forms of formal education.
4.Have graduated from undergraduate studies in 2015 or before.
5.Not have previously held employment as a cyber security professional (i.e. cyber security must be less than 50% of any previous job function / role).Preference will be given to applicants who satisfy any of the following:
1.Persons looking to retrain into the cyber security profession, for example, returners-to-work after parental leave, those who are currently unemployed, and mid-career transitioners
2.General IT practitioners looking to specialise in cyber security
3.Ex-armed forces personnel not already covered by any armed forces grant
4.Ex-police officers not already covered by any police service grant
5.Demographics currently underrepresented in the cyber security profession

Value of Scholarship(s)



Are you interested in retraining as a cyber security professional? Warwick is pleased to announce full tuition fee bursaries for Full-time Masters study in Cyber Security.Candidates should have an IT or Computer Science background through work or study, or a keen personal interest and knowledge in this area. These bursaries are to financially support individuals interested in transitioning their career into the Cyber Security profession, so those already working within Cyber Security are not eligible.Funding is open to UK or EU citizens living and working in the UK. Part-time options are also available (NB: the bursary will not cover full-fees on the PT programme). Application deadline: 31st August.

Application Procedure

You will need to make an online application to study MSc Cyber Security and Management or MSc Cyber Security Engineering at the University of Warwick (WMG Department (Warwick Manufacturing Group).
Simultaneously please complete the Bursary application form confirming your eligibility for this funding. Any questions should be directed to [email protected]

Further Information


Entry Requirements

2:2 undergraduate degree (or equivalent), Background in Computer Science or IT or a course with a significant component of either. English Language Requirement: IELTS 6.5 (or IELTS 6.0 + pre-sessional)

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