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Cyber Security

Duration: 2 years
Attendance mode: Part-time
Award: MSc
Not suitable for international students
Start date: September
Faculty of Engineering & Informatics
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The main goal of MSc Cyber Security is to prepare professionally trained graduates for industry. It has been designed to offer graduates the opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of cyber security as a discipline. The focus within this programme on the principles, technologies and practices of cyber security helps you to gain the appropriate skills for future PhD studies and research careers as well as to become competent practitioners. The programme comprises particular developments in security with a firm base in academic research and also offers the opportunity for you to study selected topics in advanced computer science.

Included in the programme is the opportunity to enhance industry relevant skills with study in ISO27001 Lead Implementer and Ethical Hacking. These skill areas were highlighted by past alumni and industry practitioners for inclusion in the programme. Therefore, you have the opportunity to gain additional qualifications in: Certified ISO/IEC 27001 Lead Implementer; and CEH v8 Ethical Hacking.

This programme meets a continued growing demand for specialists in this area by offering a way for individuals in current employment with relevant industry experience as well as recent graduates to study and enhance and develop their skills. The MSc Cyber Security programme will therefore draw graduates wishing to enhance their undergraduate studies in computing with advanced study of security to equip them for senior positions with responsibility for the IT technical and management based security of an organisation. In addition, the programme encourages those with relevant industry skills to specialise in cyber security or refine and develop their existing expertise. 

Professional Accreditation/Recognition

  • This course is accredited by the British Computer Society
  • It is also provisionally certified by GCHQ
  • PECB Our ISO 27001 Lead Auditor Training is Certified by the Professional Evaluation and Certification Board (PECB)

Why Bradford?

  • This course is accredited by the British Computer Society.
  • Within this programme you have the opportunity to gain additional qualifications in: Certified ISO/IEC 27001 Lead Implementer; and CEH v8 Ethical Hacking.
  • Meets commercial needs for employees who are able to understand and think strategically about future developments in this area.
  • Provide a high academic quality of service to you, covering both theoretical and practical aspects of computing, networking and cyber security.
  • Enable you to equip yourself with knowledge, skills and understanding, at an advanced level within the chosen field of study.
  • MSc Cyber Security draws upon the successful research expertise of the SEECS from within the Faculty of Engineering and Informatics in the University in addition to that within the Interdisciplinary Research Centre (IRC) in Cyber Security. This base of expertise and research is a fantastic resource for the continued development of the programme in cyber security.

Entry requirements

  • 2:2 or above, or an equivalent overseas qualification, in an area relevant to your proposed programme of study
  • If you have lesser academic qualifications but have substantial (approx. 5 years) relevant work experience, your application may also be considered

Two-year full-time course options

  • Students who do not quite meet our normal entry criteria, such as those on the three-year Chinese diploma, or those who in the opinion of the admissions team would benefit from an additional year of study, may be offered a place on an alternative two-year full-time MSc programme

English language requirements:

IELTS at 6.0 or the equivalent

If you do not meet the IELTS requirement, you can take a University of Bradford pre-sessional English course. See the Language Centre for more details.


The modules for this course can be found in the latest programme specification.

The MSc programme in Cyber Security is intended to respond to current academic challenges provided by increasing reliance on computers and networks for core business activity and to meet commercial needs for employees who are able.

Postgraduate Certificate

  • Business Systems Security (20 credits) - core
  • Networks and Protocols (20 credits) - core
    To give an appreciation of the different types of communication and computer networks currently in use and give an insight into their operational features.
  • Foundations of Cryptography (PG) (20 credits) - core
    An advanced understanding of the mathematical principles underlying cryptography and to be able to apply cryptographic techniques to securing network applications.

Students will be eligible to exit with the award of Postgraduate Certificate if they have successfully completed 60 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes.

Postgraduate Diploma

  • Internet Security and Protocols (20 credits) - core
    To develop a comprehensive understanding of the underlying technologies of computer and network security mechanisms and a critical awareness of the overhead, impact and relative value of the protection offered.
  • ISO27000 Framework (ISMS) (20 credits) - core
    To develop a comprehensive understanding of an Information Security Management System (ISMS) based on ISO27001 compliance.
  • Ethical Hacking (20 credits) - core
    To develop a comprehensive understanding of how to secure business systems.

Students will be eligible to exit with the award of Postgraduate Diploma if they have successfully completed at least 120 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes.

Degree of Master

  • Dissertation (60 credits) - core

Students will be eligible for the award of Degree of Master if they have successfully completed 180 credits and achieved the award learning outcomes.

Reading lists

All reading lists can be found here.

Career support and prospects

Career support

The University is committed to helping students develop and enhance employability and this is an integral part of many programmes. Specialist support is available throughout the course from Career and Employability Services including help to find part-time work while studying, placements, vacation work and graduate vacancies. Students are encouraged to access this support at an early stage and to use the extensive resources on the Careers website.

Discussing options with specialist advisers helps to clarify plans through exploring options and refining skills of job-hunting. In most of our programmes there is direct input by Career Development Advisers into the curriculum or through specially arranged workshops.

Career prospects

The course is designed to equip graduates for senior positions with responsibility for the IT-based security of an organisation.

Fees, Finance and Scholarships

Tuition fees


  • Home/EU: £3,980 per year

Tuition fees are subject to review for students starting their course in subsequent years. See our Fees and Financial Support website for more details.

Financial support

You may be eligible to apply for the government's new Postgraduate Loan of up to £10,000 to put towards your fees and living costs. Find out more on our Fees and Financial Support website.

How do I find out more?

Steps to Postgraduate Study

Find out more about studying at a postgraduate level on the official, independent website Steps to Postgraduate Study (link opens in new window).

How to apply

The easiest way to apply is online.

This will help us process your application more quickly and allow you to submit your supporting documents electronically.

If you are unable to apply online, please email to request a paper application form.

We will also need the following supporting documents, along with any other information specified on the course page:

  • Degree certificates/transcripts
  • Research proposal (if required)
  • Two references (including one academic reference)
  • Evidence of English language level (if required)
  • A copy of your passport

Once you have applied you will have access to the University's Applicant Portal, where you can track the status of your application.

You should also start thinking about how you plan to fund your postgraduate study — you may need to apply for loans or grants at this stage.

This is the current course information. Modules and course details may change, subject to the University's programme approval, monitoring and review procedures. The University reserves the right to alter or withdraw courses, services and facilities as described on our website without notice and to amend Ordinances, Regulations, fees and charges at any time. Students should enquire as to the up-to-date position when applying for their course of study.