University of York

University of York

Cyber Security

This course has been designed for students who already possess a strong computer science, software engineering or information technology background who want to broaden their knowledge about the specific challenges in cyber security and of possible solutions to those challenges. Our new course is a forward-looking course that gives you the skills and knowledge you need in the core areas of cyber security. It emphasises the important technical material that will help you make effective cyber security decisions, and addresses issues such as: Identity; trust and reputation; cryptography; network security; malware and intrusion detection; risk management; development of high assurance systems. If you are looking to follow a career in industry or government, this course will provide you with a broad education in cyber security, that allows you to make technically informed principled decisions. This course will also prepare you if you are seeking a research career in cyber security; a research skills module is a mandatory part of the course.

Entry requirements

Typically, you will have achieved at least an upper 2nd Class Honours degree (or international equivalent) in a computing-related discipline. The course has been designed for students who already possess a strong computer science, software engineering or information technology background. We are willing to consider applications from those who do not fit this profile. We will, for example, consider applicants who do not have an appropriate qualification but have appropriate industrial experience. If you are a non-native English speaking applicant you must provide evidence of your English language ability. You need to show enough fluency in all aspects of English (reading, writing, speaking and listening) to the required level of the course you are applying to.

Course modules

Modules include: Identity trust reputation and their applications; cryptography theory and applications; networks and communications security (threats, attacks and countermeasures); malware and other malfeasance; cyber security research skills; wider aspects of cyber security; rigour in secure system development assessment; forensic analysis of cyber incidents; independent study module (cyber security individual project).

Assessment methods

All taught modules on the are examined by open assessments.

Sponsorship information

A range of scholarships and studentships are available at postgraduate level. Some scholarships are funded by the University (such as the York Master's Opportunity Scholarship) and some are funded by Research Councils, alumni, businesses and charities. Please check with the provider for details.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 - 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 - 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
University of York York YO10 5DD Yorkshire and the Humber

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Postgraduate Administrator
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