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Cyber Security  MSc


MSc Cyber Security will prepare you for a successful career in the various roles directly and indirectly connected to the world of computer, network and information security. It will develop your specialist analytical, operational and development skills in both technical and socio-technical areas of cyber security.

The primarily objective of MSc Cyber Security is to practise security with an interdisciplinary shared coursework that spans across all security related modules.

  • In semester 1, you play the role of ethical hacker. You are challenged to identify flaws in an server by breaking its crypto components and retrieve the encrypted credit card that belong to the customers of an e-commerce company.
  • In semester 2 you are challenged to analyse network traffic and logs from servers and detect attacks in the company’s network. You need to show proof of concept on what exactly attackers have accomplished. It is essential to trace the attackers and bring them to justice with concrete proofs and reporting. In addition, you must audit the attacked system and propose measures to meet certifications.

This course covers core areas of masters level computer science, such as research methods and scientific presentation and analysis skills. It will enable you to specialise in some aspects of the area of cyber security, and engage with researchers to develop your scientific knowledge and skills. We offer options within the programme that allows you to develop your expertise in the socio-technical aspects of security, (such as cyber-crime and security governance), or the more traditional technical aspects (such as cryptography and digital forensics).

The course is designed for those who wish to extend their capability for an accelerated early career in cyber security, and who have also completed a first degree in a computing subject (e.g. computer science, business computing) or a numerate subject (e.g. applied mathematics, engineering, physics) if that covered a significant computing component.

Scholarships, bursaries and prizes

The School offers a range of generous scholarships, bursaries and prizes to applicants for this course:

Entry Requirements:

Applicants should hold a second class honours degree from a UK university or the equivalent from an international institution in Computer Science or a related discipline with some mathematical content. Relevant industrial experience may also be considered for entry to this course.


Course Fees:

  • Full-time EU: £9,000
  • Full-time Non EU: £15,000

Start Date:

Autumn 2016

How to Apply

Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold a second class honours degree from a UK university or the equivalent from an international institution in Computer Science or a related discipline with some mathematical content. Relevant industrial experience may also be considered for entry to this course.

Other Suitable Qualifications

INTO Postgraduate preparation Programmes

If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City University London offers academic preparation programmes which focus on the skills you need. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Science and Engineering at INTO City University London means guaranteed progression to this degree.

English Requirements

For those students whose first language is not English, the following qualifications is also required:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum of 6.0 in all four components).

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

INTO English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information.

English for Postgraduate Study

Pre-sessional English

Visa Requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.  

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course; there are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than 6 months
  • Students on courses of less than 6 months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English Language course

Please note: If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City University London courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

When and Where

Start Date:
Autumn 2016
Full-time: 12 months

Course Content

There are in total eight taught modules, six core and two elective modules with a full time individual project completed over the summer.
Students will choose electives to tailor the programme to their chosen career path.

In particular, the project component gives students an opportunity to carry out an extended piece of work at the cutting edge of games technology under the supervision of one of our specialist academic and research staff. Internship-based projects are also available.

Course Structure

Core modules:

  • Information security management
  • Network security
  • Security auditing and certification
  • Readings in Computer Science
  • Research methods and professional issues
  • Cryptography

Elective modules:

  • Digital forensics
  • Cyber crime
  • Data visualisation
  • Sociotechnical systems
  • Advanced algorithms and data structures
  • Individual project.

Teaching and Assessment

The MSc in Cyber Security is a one year full-time course. On completion of eight taught modules and an individual project students will be awarded a Master of Science (MSc) degree.

The teaching and learning methods used are such that the levels of both specialisation of content and autonomy of learning increase as students progress through the programme. This progress will be guided by active researchers in cyber security, culminating in an individual project, an original piece of research, conducted largely independently with appropriate academic supervision.

The standard format is that taught modules are delivered through a series of 20 hours of lectures and 10 hours of tutorials/laboratory sessions.

Lectures are normally used to:

  • Present and explain the theoretical concepts underpinning a particular subject
  • Highlight the most significant aspects of a module's syllabus
  • Indicate additional topics and resources for private study.

Tutorials are used to help students develop skills in applying the concepts covered in the lectures of the relevant module, normally in practical problem solving contexts. Laboratory sessions serve a similar purpose as the tutorials but their strategy is to demonstrate application of concepts and techniques through the use of state-of-the-art software development tools and environments.

Students will be expected to undertake independent study and do substantial coursework assignments for each module, amounting approximately to 120 hours per module. The coursework takes many forms, including programs, theoretical work, and essays, and is primarily formative, but also contributes to module assessment.

Coursework will be used in a coherent manner across all of the security specific modules to ensure that students will also get appropriate hands-on operational experience of relevant aspects of cyber-security, including testing and analysis. Some of this course work may be organised in ways that shadow larger scale exercises, such as the Cyber-Security Challenge. The individual project (full-time) is carried out over the summer period, and if done without a placement, lasts approximately 14 weeks or 600 hours. If undertaken within an industrial or research placement, the project period extends to up to six months.


  • Full-time EU: £9,000
  • Full-time Non EU: £15,000


For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance.

Scholarships, bursaries and prizes

The School offers a range of generous scholarships, bursaries and prizes to applicants for this course:

Future Finance Loans

Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.


Postgraduate students on a Computing and Information Systems course are offered the opportunity to complete up to six months of professional experience as part of their degree.

Our longstanding internship scheme gives students the chance to apply the knowledge and skills gained from their taught modules within a real business environment. An internship also provides students with professional development opportunities that enhance their technical skills and business knowledge.

Internships delivered by City University London offer an exceptional opportunity to help students stand out in the competitive IT industry job market. The structure of the course extends the period for dissertation submission to January, allowing students to work full-time for up to six months. Students will be supported by our outstanding Professional Liaison Unit (PLU) should they wish to consider undertaking this route.

Benefits of completing an internship at City are:

  • Develop new skills - Internships offer on-the-job learning that will help enhance your skill set and add to your CV.
  • Exclusive opportunities - The PLU is a dedicated team of internship and professional development specialists. We hold longstanding relationships with a large range of employers and proactively seek out exclusive internship opportunities to suit your needs and interests.
  • Central point of contact - You will be assigned a Work-Based Learning Advisor who will provide help and support throughout the internship process, from applying to roles through to completion of your Masters.
  • Enhance your employability - Organisations are very keen to employ graduates with existing professional experience. It is common for internship providers to offer interns full-time positions on completion of their Masters.
  • Gain an insight into an organisation and industry - This will help you with future career planning.
  • Give you a head start in your chosen field - With the experience you gain, you may be able to enter an organisation at a higher level on completion of your studies.
  • Develop your network of professional contacts - This will be useful when you come to apply for positions and roles within your preferred area.
  • Earn while you learn - The majority of internships provide a competitive salary.

More information on postgraduate internships.

Career Prospects

The course is designed for those who wish to extend their capability for an accelerated early career in cyber security.

Students on MSc Cyber Security are supported by City's Careers, Student Development & Outreach service.

Apply for MSc Cyber Security

  • Apply online
  • Apply via paper application
  • Guidance on Personal Statements for Postgraduate study
  • Contact Postgraduate enquiries.
  • You should submit your application by one of the following two methods:

    1. Completing the online form; or

    2. Completing a hard copy of the application form and sending this to the address below.

    Please ensure you include your supporting documentation with your application. If you are applying online you should note that confidential references are only acceptable as originals sent in signed and sealed envelopes by post to the address below. References attached as supporting documentation to an online application cannot be considered.

    International students: it is important you submit your application to us in sufficient time for you to arrange your visa before the start of the course.

    We encourage online applications. However, we ask that you also send two references and your original transcript by post as soon as possible after submitting your online application to:

    Postgraduate Courses Offices
    School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering
    City University London
    Northampton Square
    EC1V 0HB

    Alternatively, to receive an application pack in the post please contact the Programmes Office:

    Tel: +44 (0) 20 7040 0248