The MSc in Cyber Security Engineering is designed for those wishing to develop a career as a cybersecurity professional.

Why is Cyber Security important

Cyberspace comprises the network of digital devices, used to store, modify and communicate information. Our world is increasingly shaped by cyberspace. Opportunities for interaction are emerging in ways, only imagined by previous generations. As the influence of cyberspace in our lives continues to grow, so does the associated security risk. As organisations worldwide harness the opportunities of cyberspace, they create a huge demand for cybersecurity professionals. Cybersecurity professionals who can function at various strata within an organisation - server room, operations room, boardroom - you choose. Their task is beguilingly simple: enable the good and prevent the bad.

GCHQ Certification

GCHQ, the UK government's National Technical Authority for Information Assurance, identified the shortage of cyber professionals as a concern that needed to be addressed. Part of their strategy was to identify cybersecurity master's courses that would "... help prospective students make better-informed decisions when looking for a highly valued cybersecurity qualification". At the University of Warwick, we specifically designed MSc Cyber Security Engineering to meet GCHQ's demanding requirements. MSc Cyber Security Engineering received provisional certification by GCHQ in 2015. If you are an EU or international student, you should value GCHQ certification, just as much as any UK student. The content of the course is internationally applicable.

Course Structure

The curriculum is divided into eight taught modules and the project. Each module is taught in one-week blocks. Typically these are spaced approximately three weeks apart. It is during this time between modules that you will complete assessed assignments. CSE comprises eight compulsory 15-credit taught modules and a 60-credit dissertation. For 2018 entry, additional modules may be added. For the latest information, please review:

Core modules

  • Security Architectures and Network Defence
  • Cryptosystems and Data Protection
  • Information Risk Management and Governance
  • Industrial Espionage and Counterfeiting
  • Digital Forensics
  • Cyber Intelligence and Operations
  • Cyber-Physical Systems
  • Enterprise Cyber Security

The individual project commences in February. By June it will fully occupy your study time with taught modules typically finished in May. The number of taught modules and the weighting of the project in MSc Cyber Security Engineering is different from most other programmes in the WMG taught Master's portfolio.

Please note: Our course and module content and the schedule is continually reviewed and updated to reflect the latest research expertise at Warwick, so it is therefore very important that you check the website for the latest information before you apply and when you accept an offer.

After you graduate

  • Graduates can expect rapid career progression in within a wide range of organisations relating to cybersecurity in a range of roles.
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Last updated December 13, 2018
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