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.

All Apprenticeships are fully-funded by the Scottish Funding Council. Applicants will also need to complete a SAAS Graduate Apprenticeship application form. The course team will review skills, knowledge, academic qualifications and experience of all applicants, which will all be used to inform the level of the apprenticeship candidates will begin their education.

Study Options

  • 2022/23


Mode of study


Start date


Blended Learning
2 Years
Sep 2022
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.

You must be living and working in Scotland in the same field as the Graduate Apprenticeship course you are applying to.

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).

Module list

Fundamentals of Routing and Switching, Cyber Defence and Penetration Testing, Network Security, Secure Operations, Secure Connectivity, Cyber Forensics and Incident Response, Information Security Management, Research and Project Methods, MSc Project.

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.

GCU’s School of Computing 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.