MSc Cyber Security

The MSc Cyber Security is an applied computing course that will equip you with the distinct specialist knowledge and analytical skills to pursue a career in cyber security.

You will be able to resolve digital, cyber and network security problems, design, develop and manage computing and network solutions for the resolution of cyber security issues. You'll also have the ability to evaluate current and emergent technologies within their legal, social, ethical and commercial context.

Graduate opportunities

The programme curriculum will enable graduates to pursue careers in a variety of Cyber Security roles including:
  • Cyber security analyst
  • Security tester
  • Security engineer
  • Cyber security and information risk advisor 
  • Cyber security/information assurance architect
  • Information security accreditor
  • Cyber security/information assurance auditor IT/network security engineer
  • Cyber security forensics analyst
The course takes place over one year, with taught modules in trimesters A and B, followed by an MSc Project in the summer (trimester C).

Trimester A modules:

Fundamentals of Routing and Switching

You will be equipped with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to determine appropriate design choices for layer 2 and layer 3 solutions, implement them and verify their operation.

Cyber Defence and Penetration Testing

You will appreciate the various stages of a penetration test, while analysing how ethical hackers can use tools to break into insecure network systems and how these attacks may be mitigated

Research and Project Methods (A B)

You will acquire the background knowledge and skills that, in combination with the technical skills acquired in other taught modules, will enable them to carry an MSc Dissertation through to a successful conclusion.

Secure Operations

This module provides you with the knowledge and skills needed to evaluate a complex threat environment. You will learn and perform the functions needed to secure networks and services in a security operations centre environment.

Trimester B modules:

Cyber Forensics and Incident Response 

The module focuses on crucial analytical techniques for responding to security breaches and investigating cyber incidents. This includes the analysis, evaluation and reverse engineering of malicious code for forensic examination.

Information Security Management

This module examines strategic approaches that can be taken to manage organisational resilience. It will focus on areas critical to maintaining resilience on both a day-to-day operational basis and in the event of a crisis situation.

Network Security

This module provide you with the ability to plan network security solutions. You will get the practical experience needed to construct and verify the effectiveness of network security tools in a modern environment.

Secure Connectivity

You will be provided with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills needed to determine appropriate design choices for virtual private network and security solutions, implement them and verify their operation.

Trimester C modules:

Masters Project

The Project acts as a vehicle for extending your knowledge and understanding in your technical area and affords the opportunity to develop creativity through a major piece of technological work.

Study Options

  • 2020/21


Mode of study


Start date



Full Time
1 Year
29 Sep 2020
GCU Glasgow
Award Mode of study Duration Start date Location  
MSc Full Time 1 Year 29 Sep 2020 GCU Glasgow Enquire

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

Minimum academic requirement: UK honours degree 2:2 (or equivalent) which contains a substantial computing or information and communications technology component.

English language

English language requirement: IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent) with no element below 5.5.

Please note: if you are from a majority English speaking country, you may not be required to provide further proof of your English Language proficiency.

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

For applicants with prior work experience and professional qualifications, there is a possibility to be considered through the university’s flexible entry system through Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL).

This process allows prospective graduate apprentices to claim credit(s) against previously assessed and certificated learning, including informal learning, to be considered and recognised for academic purposes and credit within their course.

Advanced entry may also be granted through RPL. Skills, knowledge, academic qualifications and experience will all be used to inform which year of the degree you will enter into.

International pathways

Entry options for international applicants

If you are an international applicant and do not meet the academic requirements above you may be eligible for an International Graduate Diploma at INTO Glasgow. Based in our Glasgow campus, successful completion of an INTO course with the required grades provides you with a guaranteed conditional offer of a place on this degree.

Join GCU in September 2020

We are looking forward to welcoming you to what will be a great new academic year at GCU and we hope you choose this as your study destination. Your experience as an applicant and new student remains our priority. We will be doing everything we can to make sure you enjoy learning through our blended approach of online and face-to-face teaching and to give you as many opportunities to create new friendships and experience everything the GCU community has to offer you!

The health, safety and wellbeing of our students and staff will continue to be our highest priority as rules around social distancing are eased. For more information on the things what you can expect from your first term at GCU, visit our Frequently Asked Questions pages or make an enquiry today.

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Tuition fees 2020/21

Home: £6,000
RUK: £6,000
EU: £6,000
International: £13,500

Fees are subject to change and published here for guidance only. Fees and refund policy.

Additional costs

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This course uses a mix of exams and assessments.

Modules typically use continuous assessments based on a mix of hands-on skills tests, online tests and written work.

Online assessment methods allow us to offer feedback to our students more quickly. Traditional written exams are kept to a minimum.