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MSc Cyber Security

Course Overview

With the dramatic increase in high-profile cyber security incidents reported in the media, the demand for highly skilled security professionals is growing significantly as businesses across the globe seek to protect their networks and data. Northumbria MSc Cyber Security provides you with a critical understanding of information governance and assurance, combined with technology risk management practices.

In addition to developing the key skills for handling security incidents, you will learn how to identify new and existing threats and the methods by which to reduce them.

Key information

    Course name

    MSc Cyber Security

    Total academic credits

    180 credits

    Qualification awarded


    Awarding body

    Northumbria University

    Professional recognition


    Academic level

    Postgraduate (QCF_NQF Level 7)

    Study mode

    Full time


    1 year

    Tuition fees

    £13,000 – Scholarship or bursaries available


    September, January, May

    Work placement


    Course location


Academic entry requirements

Minimum 2:2 (second class) honours degree or equivalent from a recognised university in a related subject.

English entry requirements

IELTS 6.5 (or above) with no single element below 5.5, or equivalent.

Progression route

Upon successfully completing your course, you will be eligible to join one of the Professional Pathway programmes to continue your professional development and training. Each Pathway is worth a minimum of £3,000 and offered to graduates for free, from the university’s partner, QA. You can also study further academic course of MPhil and PhD degrees by research or enter into professional career.

Career opportunities

Upon graduation you will be equipped for a range of careers requiring advanced skills, such as incident and threat manager, risk analyst, security architect, security administrator and security analyst.



  • Masters Dissertation (60 credits)
  • Research & Project Management (20 credits)
  • Information Assurance & Risk Management (30 credits)
  • Ethical Hacking for Cyber Security (20 credits)
  • Information Governance, Management & Security (30 credits)

Plus one of the following modules:

  • Network Security (20 credits)
  • IT Audit Theory (20 credits)


Teaching & assessment methods

Throughout the course, you will be able to trial new approaches and processes in a safe environment, working on real-life scenarios and case studies.

You will be assessed using a mix of coursework and exams.


What you will study

This full-time course is taught at our London Campus where you will be taught by our experienced academics, guiding you as you analyse and evaluate the theories, principles and applications associated with the field. They will encourage you to question current approaches and processes in the fields of information and cyber security.

You will be introduced to key theoretical and practical aspects using real world scenarios and case studies and will be expected to investigate new approaches, processes and solutions in this fast-moving environment.

You will learn how to professionally, systematically and critically understand information governance and assurance along with technology risk management practices. The course will develop and enhance your ability to handle security incidents as well as identifying new and existing threats and determining methods to minimise them.