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Cyber Security, MSc, University of Essex Online

the United Kingdom

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The award How you will study Study duration Course start Domestic course fees International course fees
MScPart-time, Distance, Online24 monthsOctober, July, JanuaryGBP 12167 per totalGBP 12428 per total

About Cyber Security, MSc - at University of Essex Online

Apply for our July intake! Don't miss out on the chance to secure a 20% scholarship for our July 2024 intake. Contact our Admissions team on our website for more information.

In today's always connected environment, it is important for organisations to implement robust cyber defences capable of mitigating an increasing range of cyber attacks.

Our MSc Cyber Security, delivered 100% online and part-time, will introduce you to the key concepts, tools, guidelines and approaches used to protect an organisation's online environment. The course goes beyond technical competencies to consider managerial and psychological concerns, while simultaneously developing essential skills such as teamwork, risk assessment and decision making.

This conversion course starts with an overview of the fundamental aspects of cyber security, highlighting the trends and developments in this field. In later modules, you will explore topics such as:

  • fundamentals of network security and information security governance principles
  • an inter-disciplinary perspective involving psychology that considers the human factor in cyber security challenges
  • traditional and contemporary Software Development Life Cycle models and how they are affected by risk management considerations

Towards the end of your studies, you will consider a topic of interest within the Cyber Security Body of Knowledge and produce an individual project on that topic.

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Notes about fees for this course

Our fees are the same for all students, and anyone will receive a 5% discount if they pay the full course fee payment up-front.

10% anniversary scholarship available when you enrol by 31 July 2024.

20% impact scholarship available for our July & October 2024 intakes.

Entry requirements

We know that many people from non-traditional backgrounds would succeed on our courses! That's why we offer two different entry routes, taking into account your prior work experience and relevant qualifications. You will also need to meet our English language requirements.

Additionally, within your two-week induction period you will be set a number of activities designed to test your ability to handle the intellectual and practical demands of the course. You will need to pass these activities in order to continue with your studies.

Academic entry route

In order to satisfy the academic entry route requirements for our MSc Cyber Security, as a minimum you must have an undergraduate degree from an approved institution, equivalent to a UK Honours degree, or a relevant professional qualification.

Work experience entry route

In order to satisfy the work experience entry route requirements for our MSc Cyber Security, you must have at least three years' relevant work experience.

English language requirements

As our courses are delivered in English, a high proficiency with English is required. If English is not your first language, your English ability should be equivalent to an IELTS (Academic) score of 6.0. Don't worry if you don't hold an IELTS or equivalent qualification - we offer a free online English test to assess your proficiency.

You don't need to prove your English ability if you are a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries.

Fees, Funding and Scholarships at University of Essex Online

A university education is one of the biggest investments in yourself and career. Our tuition fees include all teaching materials and required reading – there aren't any hidden charges for assessments or resits.

We also offer students a range of tuition fee discounts, scholarships and payment options for our online courses*.

  • Full payment discount: Pay the full tuition fee upfront and you will get a 5% discount.
  • Alumni discount: Graduates from the University of Essex or University of Essex Online are eligible for a 10% discount.
  • International scholarship: If you're living outside the UK and Europe you might be eligible for a scholarship.
  • Student loan: Students based in England might be eligible for a loan from Student Finance England for our Bachelors and Masters degrees.
  • Monthly payment plan: Available for those who are self-funding.
  • 10% anniversary scholarship on all our Masters programmes, when you enrol from 1 July.

* Please note that a maximum of two discounts or scholarships can be applied. For more information on our discounts and scholarships and to discuss your eligibility please contact our Admissions team.

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