University of Surrey

University of Surrey

Criminology and Social Research (Cybercrime & Cybersecurity)

The MSc in Criminology and Social Research (Cybercrime and Cybersecurity) has been created to meet the growing market demand for enhanced knowledge and practice in the area of cybercrime and its control and helps address the current gaps in cyber skills recently identified as a 'key challenge' by the National Audit Office. It offers the opportunity to work with leading theorists in the field of cybercrime and experts from the Surrey Centre for Cybersecurity - one of only 14 recognised as Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research by GCHQ and the UK Government. Building on our existing MSc in Criminology and Social Research, the programme will offer a particular focus into the areas of cybercriminality and cybersecurity to provide you with enhanced knowledge in this area and an increasingly wider range of related career options upon graduation. The programme is aimed at graduates and practitioners who seek advanced knowledge about issues connected with cybercrime and cybersecurity, the criminal justice system and social research. It will also suit graduates and practitioners considering a PhD in the area of cybercrime or cybersecurity, practitioners in the criminal justice system and related government and voluntary agencies who wish to develop their understanding of the wider issues connected to cybercrime.

Entry requirements

Master of Science - MSc (PG): Applicants will require an upper second class (2.1) UK honours degree or equivalent in a social science, natural science, mathematics, computer science or related subject, or relevant professional experience. Since some modules on the programme will have a technical dimension we also require evidence of numeracy (a GCSE pass at grade C or above or equivalent in maths). English language requirements: IELTS Academic: 7.0 overall, 6.0 in each component (or equivalent). For current entry requirements, please visit our website. The link is under Course contact details.

Course modules

Example module listing The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand. Cybercrime and Cybersecurity Criminological Theories Information Security Management Information Security for Business and Government Crime and Offending Law, Society & Social Control Data Analysis Field Methods Dissertation Students are encouraged to take up opportunities for experiential learning in workplace settings, providing extended opportunities for work experience and career development in professional research settings. The department supports students in finding three-to-four-week research placements during spring and summer vacation periods, and this approach has recently been supplemented to include strategies of support for students seeking a wider range of opportunities for professional development in the first-hand experience of research organisation - including such activities as part-time internships over longer periods, workplace visits, or shadowing research professionals. This introduces further flexibility in a student-led process of professional development in light of increasing external pressures on students' commitments and responsibilities. All, however, involve opportunities to consider issues in career development and professional skills. The support process involves the department working closely with students on a one-to-one basis toward their goals and requirements, in association with the University's Careers Service, to offer pastoral advice and support. Organisations the department has worked with in the past have included the Office of National Statistics, Cabinet Office, HM Inspectorate of Prisons, Sussex Youth Offending team and Surrey Police. In some cases, the work experience may also be with projects in academic contexts. Students seek experiential learning opportunities with the support of the department's Senior Placement Tutor, and assistance from the Faculty Placement Office.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Master of Science - MSc (PG) Full-time September 2018 7,900 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 12 Months
Master of Science - MSc (PG) Full-time September 2018 18,200 per Year 1 (International) 12 Months
Master of Science - MSc (PG) Part-time September 2018 9,100 per Year 1 (International) 24 Months
Master of Science - MSc (PG) Part-time September 2018 4,000 per Year 1 (Home/EU) 24 Months

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