UWE Bristol - MSc Cyber Security

UWE Bristol

MSc Cyber Security

This course seeks to address the global cyber skills gap, providing you with the advanced knowledge and understanding of cyber security issues you need to succeed in this industry.

Technology is transforming our society in all sorts of ways. From how we do business to how we socialize, how we travel to how we communicate, we are dependent on computer systems that drive these processes. This dependency means we're vulnerable to cyber-attacks. If successful, our personal data can be stolen, and our national institutions, critical infrastructure and the technology that drives our society could be compromised.

We need skilled, confident cyber security professionals who understand the technology, and the challenges, so they're able to secure and protect our digital society.

Why study this course?

With a passion for technology and computer systems, this MSc will provide you with an advanced knowledge and understanding of cyber security issues. This ranges from low-level software vulnerabilities and weaknesses in encryption schemes, to information risk management issues and research challenges in cyber security.

With a practical and technical focus, the course is designed for graduates of computing-based degrees and related disciplines who wish to deepen and extend their knowledge in this area.

Study complex systems and apply your learning through hands-on projects that solve real-world problems. You'll graduate with a broad knowledge base in cyber security, well-prepared for diverse and rewarding roles within this field of work.

"The staff at UWE were very knowledgeable and approachable, and helped me to achieve my ambitions of working in this field. The course itself was fantastic leading to a solid technical understanding of concepts and providing a strong foundation for my career. The course helped me to secure a role as a Cyber Security Consultant at Fujitsu. Now, I get to use my knowledge and further develop my skills working in the industry." Kiran, MSc Cyber Security Alumni 2018-2019.

Why UWE Bristol?

Learn from dedicated, research-active staff with industrial experience and connections with industry. Hear from eminent industry figures as you develop the broad, practical skills you'll need to succeed.

UWE Bristol has been recognised by the NCSC as an Academic Centre for Excellence in Cyber Security Education (Gold Award). We're one of only 7 Gold ACE-CSEs in the UK, and the only one in the South West region. This award recognises our teaching, research, outreach and industry and external engagement across the region, positioning us by NCSC as "a beacon of cyber excellence for the region".

Through access to sophisticated equipment, including simulation software and hardware, you'll test your ideas and strategies and become an adaptable, capable security expert.

Entry Requirements

  • We normally require an honours degree at 2:2 or above in a computing-based degree or a similar technical discipline.

  • International and EU applicants are required to have a minimum overall IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 with 5.5 in each component (or approved equivalent*).

  • Students who successfully complete the pre-sessional course can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking an IELTS or equivalent.

Career Prospects

Graduates of this master's course will have the knowledge and skills required to take on senior technical roles within cyber security. You could work within a large corporate environment or an SME, in a role such as Security Engineer, Information Security Analyst, Information Security Manager or Senior IT Auditor.

You could also go on to managerial roles in cyber security or consulting work, or continue to a Ph.D. in a related subject.

Course Details

  • Computer and Network Security (30 credits) -


    This module includes fundamental technical security concepts, including encryption, systems security, network communications, and penetration testing. Students will develop a practical portfolio to demonstrate their knowledge of technical security concepts.
  • Information Risk Management (15 credits) -


    This module introduces concepts of information security, along with common threats and vulnerabilities, and how to manage risk using ISO27001 and FAIR methodologies to align operational, business, and security needs.
  • Cyber Security Analytics (15 credits) -


    This module addresses Security Operations and Incident Management, and cyber security big data analytics. Students will study SIEM tools and machine learning concepts to investigate complex security threats.
  • IoT System Security (15 credits)


    Students will study IoT system security architecture, authentications and authorization, and secure wireless technologies. They will develop wireless IoT security systems using resource-limited embedded hardware devices.
  • Analysis and Verification of Concurrent Systems (15 credits) - This module includes formal verification and model checking techniques to analyse systems and protocols. Students will work with NuSMV to conduct verification of security systems.
  • Critical Systems Security (15 credits) - This module includes Industrial Control Systems (ICS) and Supervisor Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) systems. Students will examine and critique conventional ICS security and explore practical applications of ICS security.
  • Cyber Security Futures Emerging Trends and Challenges (15 credits) - This module provides workshops, invited speakers, and student discussions, to explore future concepts in cyber security. Students will identify an emerging topic of choice to conduct a small-scale research study.
  • CSCT Masters Project (60 credits)


    Students will design and develop a practical-based research project with guidance from an academic supervisor, to address a research enquiry in the scope of cyber security.

These modules were developed in consultation with industry practitioners.

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