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MSc Cyber Security

University of Essex Online
2 years
Part time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
Online / Distance
Essex
English
Start dates throughout the year

Program description

MSc Cyber Security

In the always-connected modern world, it has become critical for organisations to implement robust cyber defences to protect against attacks. This conversion degree will provide individuals that don’t have a background in IT with the skills to work professionally in cyber security roles.

This MSc Cyber Security will provide you with an insight into all areas of cyber security, from technical approaches and managerial concerns to legal ramifications and the psychological background to breaches. The course will prepare you to cope with cyber attacks in a measured and decisive way and will also help you to develop essential skills in teamwork and communication. Through this course you will gain a strong academic foundation which will enable you to unlock a range of careers available to cyber security professionals.

Admission requirements

At University of Essex Online, we believe that everyone should be able to access education. That is why we offer two different entry routes onto our MSc Cyber Security, which take into account both academic and work-based experience.

Our courses are taught in English so to study with us you must have an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.5 or equivalent. If you don’t hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification, you will be required to pass a free online English test to assess your proficiency.


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Scholarships & funding

A range of scholarships are available subject to applicants meeting certain criteria. To find out whether you're eligible for scholarships, please contact the school. 

Program delivery

Teaching methods and style

We’re a 100% online education provider, so we use a state-of-the art virtual learning environment (VLE) to deliver our teaching, resources and assessments. Our system tracks and manages the learning process in real-time and provides you with immediate access to your learning materials. The VLE is accessible 24/7 and allows both students and tutors to actively take part in real-time conversations and live seminars.

For our MSc Cyber Security, there’s no need to download different software packages – all programming languages are included within the tuition fee and all work is carried out on an online development environment.

Assessment

All assessments are delivered through our virtual learning environment (VLE). There is no requirement to go to external test centres; instead you will submit written assignments through the VLE. For the few courses where exams are required, we use a virtual system which allows you to take academically rigorous exams from the comfort of your own home.

We believe you get the most out of your time spent studying when you are kept informed of your performance, and we achieve this by:

  • assessing you throughout modules rather than waiting for end of year exams
  • showing your marks in your grade book which can be viewed whenever you log onto the VLE
  • rapid turnaround on work assessed to ensure your grade book is always up to date
  • ensuring you have regular contact with your Student Support team

We also have a policy of ensuring that the work submitted by students is authentic – we use a well-established electronic monitoring system to check for plagiarism.

Tuition fees

The tuition fee for this program is £11,222 (2020/2021)

The tuition fee includes all teaching materials and required reading, and there aren’t any hidden charges for assessments or resits. 

  • Designated for postgraduate student loans in England.
  • Monthly payment plan available for those who are self-funding.
  • 10% discount if you pay the full course fee upfront.

For more information about tuition fees, please contact the school.

Career opportunities

Given the increasing need for robust cyber security measures and the skills shortage in this area, this course is designed to make you an attractive candidate in this sector. You will be able to succeed in a range of roles such as Policy Maker, Software Developer, Risk Analyst, Threat Management, Secure Systems Designer/programr, Information Systems Administrator or Forensic Analyst.

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University of Essex Online

University of Essex Online provides a wide range of 100% online and part-time undergraduate and postgraduate courses in business, computing, education, health, law, criminology and psychology. Our students benefit from a flexible approach to learning while receiving the same dedicated...


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University of Essex Online

City Exchange (4th floor)
Albion Street
LS1 5ES Leeds
United Kingdom

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Contact school

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