The MSc Applied Cyber Security with Professional Internship aims to develop the next generation of industry leaders and address the shortage of cyber security professionals globally. The emphasis of the programme is to provide graduates with a comprehensive understanding of the cyber security challenges facing industry and society, and equipping them with the skills necessary to address those challenges. The programme provides a strong education in the core areas of cyber security and offers applied practical skills training in key software tools and programs. Our MSc is one of an elite number of UK master's degrees in cyber security to achieve GCHQ Certification.
The school will, where possible, facilitate students to apply for suitable Professional Internships normally lasting up to 1 year, with local, national and international employers. At least 6 months of the internship must be research focused, and forms an integral part of the Individual Research Project module.
Students enrolled on the 2-year MSc Applied Cyber Security with Professional Internship who are unable to secure an internship during the facilitation process will be required to transfer to the 1-year programme.
The syllabus is informed by the world-class research being undertaken at the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT). CSIT is a GCHQ-accredited Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research and is the UK's largest university research lab in this field. CSIT is fast developing a reputation as a global innovation hub for cyber security and is influenced throughout by its strong history of commercial engagement with world leading companies including Allstate, BAE Systems, Equiniti, Euronext, IBM, Infosys, McAfee, Roke, and Thales. In 2015 Queen Elizabeth awarded CSIT a Queen's Anniversary Prize for Higher and Further Education for its work in strengthening global cyber security and protecting the online activity of billions of internet users around the world.
The MSc in Applied Cyber Security with Professional Internship is only available in a full-time option:
Full-time (2-years +): Students study all taught modules (120 CATS points) up to the end of the May exam period.
Pending satisfactory completion of taught modules, students will normally commence their Professional Internship sometime between July-September for a period of up to 12 months. The exact time of commencement may depend upon internship procedures of the host company.
The Individual Research Project (60 CATS points) will operate as an integral part of the Professional Internship, under the regular supervision of an academic staff member and a staff member of the host organisation.