City is one of ten universities around the UK to have become the latest to receive official recognition for the full certification of its postgraduate degree from the National Cyber Security Centre.

By Mr John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer), Published

City, University of London is one of ten universities around the UK to have become the latest to receive official recognition for the full certification of its MSc in Cyber Security from the country’s leading experts.

597598City, together with Cardiff University, Coventry University, University of East Anglia, Heriot Watt University, King’s College London, Swansea University, Leeds Beckett University, University of Plymouth, and Robert Gordon University, were successful in the latest round of the National Cyber Security Centre’s (NCSC) degree certification scheme, which recognises high quality in cyber security education.

More than a third of UK universities offering postgraduate degrees in cyber security now offer courses recognised by the NCSC, which is a part of GCHQ.

The NCSC runs the certified degree programme to help students make informed decisions about the range of courses on offer at UK universities and to help set a high standard of cyber security teaching across higher education.

Certification is available at two levels – full and provisional, where full certification indicates a course has run in the previous and current academic years, and provisional indicates the course may not have started yet. The standard being recognised is the same at both levels.

Chris Ensor, NCSC Deputy Director for Cyber Growth, said:

“I am delighted that City’s MSc in Cyber Security is now certified by the NCSC. Offering a certified degree helps prospective students make more informed choices about their future career prospects in cyber security and employers can rest assured that graduates will be well-taught and have valued industry skills.”

Dean of City’s School of Mathematics, Computer Science and Engineering (SMCSE), Professor Rajkumar Roy, is delighted with the NCSC's full certification of City's MSc in Cyber Security:

We are thrilled at City being placed among the ten universities whose qualification is given significant recognition and endorsement by the UK's leading experts on cyber security. This certainly demonstrates the high quality of our education and research in this field. We look forward to boosting the career prospects of our students on the programme.

Dr Nikos Komninos, Senior Lecturer in City’s Department of Computer Science and Programme Director, said:

"When we designed the MSc in Cyber Security course, it was our wish to create graduates who could be equipped with the skills to protect our society. The accreditation of our course by the NCSC rewards our efforts."