MSc Graduate Apprenticeship Cyber Security

Develop your existing professional IT skills and experience with a Masters in Cyber Security.

The purpose of the MSc Cyber Security Graduate Apprenticeship is to produce masters level graduates with skills and knowledge in cyber security with a specialisation in network security.

The Apprenticeship is targeted towards existing IT professionals who need to develop their current skills and experience in assessing security risks across a broad range of technical security solutions and designs.

By the time of course completion, masters graduates will be able to plan and carry out a variety of security testing strategies on IT infrastructures (wired and wireless); research, analyse and evaluate technical threat intelligence to reduce cyber security threats and vulnerabilities; troubleshoot issues arising from vulnerability scanning and design cost-effective mitigations comprising careful combinations of technical, procedural and administrative controls. Glasgow Caledonian University’s common good principles and values are embedded in the course, where you develop their ability to find innovative solutions for real-world problems they encounter in their workplace, and reflect on the business impact of their decisions.

From a human capital and talent management perspective an employer may either upskill current employees and/or recruit new talent into the business and support them through the Graduate Apprenticeship course. Most employers use both models to increase their skills pipeline within the business.

All Apprenticeships are fully-funded by Skills Development Scotland; skills, knowledge, academic qualifications and experience of current employees will all be used to inform at which level of the course candidates will commence their education.

Study Options

  • 2020/21


Mode of study


Start date



Blended Learning
2 Years
29 Sep 2020
GCU Glasgow
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All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place may be asked to achieve more than is stated.

Standard entry

A minimum of a 2:2 honours degree of a UK university or equivalent which contains a substantial computing or information and communications technology component.

Additional requirements

Candidates must be employed in the same field as the course of study and must supply a supporting letter from their employer as part of the admissions process.

Start of term 2020

We understand that you may be wondering how the COVID-19 pandemic will affect your University start in September. Please be assured that our priority remains your experience. We are working to make the adjustments needed to ensure the best possible start for you.

As things change we will keep you informed and have created a dedicated space where we answer some of the questions you may have around COVID-19 and starting University

This Apprenticeship will prepare you for senior technical roles, leading service design, delivery and policy and either contributing to or designing strategy as leading experts within the business. You will likely be playing a significant role in risk identification and mitigation at strategic and operational level, or be budget holders or responsible for informing budget decisions within the context of cost-effective security by design and risk mitigation.

The Graduate Apprenticeship has a typical duration of two years for full masters completion or less for those granted advanced standing through RPL. 

This course commences with a two-day induction followed by attendance one day a week. This breaks down into:

Trimester A
12 days' attendance (mid-September to mid-December) exams in January

Trimester B
12 days' attendance (mid-January to mid-April) exams in May

Trimester C
Attendance for the work based project (May to August).


  • Fundamentals of routing and switching
  • Cyber defence and penetration testing
  • Secure operations
  • Network security
  • Cyber forensics and incident response
  • Secure connectivity
  • Information security management
  • Research and project methods
  • Masters work-based project module

This Graduate Apprenticeship provides a career-orientated learning experience from a school that is an approved provider of professional certification for, amongst others Cisco, Microsoft, Oracle and 7Safe.

You will have access to the best suite of network and security engineering labs in Scotland, and possibly the UK, providing an unmatched hands-on learning experience.

The School of Engineering and the Built Environment is an accredited Cisco Academy. The curriculum material from the professionally recognised Cisco Certified Network Associate qualification and Cisco Certified Network Professional is integrated into this course. With additional work and assessments, you can work to complete these Cisco Certified qualifications.

Graduate Apprenticeships are co-designed by GCU and industry partners. GCU invites a diverse range of guest lecturers - dependent on relevant subject areas, current industry news and course needs - to share their expertise in every subject area.

A Graduate Apprenticeship is a work based degree course, where learning is applied and assessed in the workplace. You will be responsible for your own learning and assessment but supported by workplace mentors.

The course is delivered via blended learning, (online and face to face). All reading material, tutor discussions, assignment setting, marking and feedback, timelines and key dates are located online in the University’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE), GCU Learn. You will also have access to the University’s award-winning library.

In the final year of the course, you will work with your mentor and employer to identify a suitable work based project which will form part of the assessment for honours level study.