City, University of London

Course Introduction

The course would suit students who have completed a first degree in a computing subject (e.g. computer science, business computing) or a numerate subject (e.g. applied mathematics, engineering, physics) if that covered a significant computing component.

The primary objective of MSc Cyber Security is to practise security with an interdisciplinary shared coursework that spans across all security related modules.

In semester 1, you become an ethical hacker. You are challenged to identify flaws in computer system by breaking its crypto components and retrieve sensitive information of an e'commerce company.

In semester 2 you become an investigator. You are challenged to analyse network traffic, logs and detect attacks in a company's network. It is essential to trace hackers and bring them to justice with concrete proofs and reporting.

Course Modules

Core modules:

Information security management;

Network security;

Security auditing and certification;

Readings in Computer Science;

Research methods and professional issues; and


Elective modules:

Digital forensics;

Cyber crime;

Data visualisation;

Sociotechnical systems;

Advanced algorithms and data structures; and

Individual project..

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
1 year
Full Time
MSc £9,500 Home Fees
1 year
Full Time
MSc £15,500 Overseas Fees
2 years
Part Time

Qualifications required:

  • Applicants should hold at least a lower second class honours degree from a UK institution or the equivalent from an international institution in Computer Science or a related discipline with some mathematical content. Relevant industrial experience may also be considered for entry to this course.
  • Other suitable qualifications
  • If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City, University of London offers academic preparation programmes which focus on the skills you need. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Science and Engineering at INTO City, University of London means guaranteed progression to this degree.