Queen's University Belfast

Queen's University Belfast

Cyber Security

MSc (1-year option): Consists of six taught modules (120 CATS points); And a 3-4 month practical project of a research nature/work placement (60 CATS points).

Entry requirements

Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Electrical and/or Electronic Engineering, Mathematics with Computer Science, Physics with Computer Science or a related discipline. All applicants will be expected to have mathematical ability and significant programming experience as evidenced either through the content of their primary degree or through another appropriate formal qualification. Applicants with non-standard qualifications may be considered on an individual basis. International students must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes. Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.0, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required. *Taken within the last 2 years.

Course modules

Modules: One compulsory module plus a choice of five from seven other modules as listed below: applied cryptography; computer forensics; ethical and legal issues in cyber security (compulsory); intelligent information systems; malware; media security; network security and monitoring; software assurance.

Assessment methods

Comprises written examination and coursework/lab work in six modules; and a dissertation on your research project (180 CATS points total).


Qualification Study mode Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time - 12 months
MSc Part-time - 24 months

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