Cyber Security MSc

Cyber Security MSc

Welcome to the MSc in Cyber Security

Taught within the context of Lancaster's Academic Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security, this Masters degree in Cyber Security adopts an interdisciplinary skills based approach to information security. As such, it has been designed to deliver the skills and knowledge necessary for the current and next generation of Cyber Security Specialists to deal with the challenges of an increasingly risky online world. The Masters degree blends world class academic teaching, research and the latest industry knowledge to deliver a comprehensive cutting edge postgraduate programme.

Key Facts

Benefit from a unique multi-disciplinary approach to the programme, drawing upon expertise from the University's departments of Applied Social Science, Psychology, Law, Politics, and the School of Computing and Communications.

Enjoy a flexible range of study options. Study full time and gain mastery of the subject within one year, or part time on our tailored programme over two/three years for students already working in industry.

Study in block mode, which offers the luxury of focusing on one course at a time as a full-time student spending a year on campus or convenience as a part-time student balancing this course and your role in industry.

Build upon the industry recognized programmes embedded into the curriculum such as CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) and CHFI (Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator) to gain industry certified qualifications.

Enjoy unique state of the art interactive learning including novel methods of teaching.

Be taught by internationally renowned researchers, leading experts in their field, and benefit from significant individual research or industrial led projects with one-to-one supervision.

Course Details:

Core Modules

Dissertation Project

A substantial piece of individual project work in the area of Cyber Security that is supervised by two members of academic staff spanning the University's departments of Sociology, Law, Politics, Philosophy and Religion and School of Computing and Communications.

GCHQ certified

Course Structure

This MSc is delivered as a full time 12 month programme at Lancaster's main campus, and is also available for part-time study over 24 or 36 months.

The programme is delivered in three terms. Taught courses are delivered through block mode teaching. Block mode courses allow you to focus upon a single subject a week at a time, immersing you in the essential theory and practice of a subject through lectures and interactive workshops. Following a weeks intensive training, you will undertake one or more pieces of guided assessment. Following the taught courses in the third term, the remainder of the 12 month course is dedicated to an MSc dissertation, where you will undertake a challenging project with individual academic supervision.

The following diagrams illustrate the conceptual structure of this MSc:

Part-time Study

The block mode structure of this programme is designed to support part time study - Students need only attend Lancaster's campus for one week per module (as a minimum), followed by a period of remote self study for their assessed work.

Students wishing to study part time may choose to undertake up to four taught courses per year and complete their studies within two or three years. Students normally study SCC.441, SCC.442, SCC.443 and one other module of their choice in the first year. The remaining taught modules are then studied in the second year. Dissertation projects are undertaken in the final year of study. Postgraduate Certificate and Postrgraduate Diploma awards are also available for students who succesfully complete part of the programme. We aim to provide flexibility for part-time students wherever possible, so if you have any queries please contact our admissions office.

University Term Dates 2014/15

Michaelmas : 3rd October 2014 to 12th December 2014
Lent : 9th January 2015 to 20th March 2015
Summer: 17th April 2015 to 26 June 2015

Entry Requirements

At least an upper second class honours degree, or its equivalent, in Computer Science or a related discipline. Applicants who do not meet this criterion but who have significant industrial experience will also be considered subject to individual circumstances.

Overseas Students

For students whose first language is not English, there may be an additional requirement to demonstrate fluency in English. The school requires one of the following: a minimum of IELTS 6.5 or Pearson PTE Academic 62.

You will require a visa to be able to study with us in the UK (you do not also need an ATAS certificate).

Tuition fees

MSc in Cyber Security

  • For UK and EU students: £8,497 (full time)
  • For overseas students: £17,880 (full time)

Part-time study is charged at half of the full-time fee.


Five scholarships, each to the value of £4,000, are available to applicants. The application deadline is 31 July 2015. Further details are on the Masters Scholarships page.

Further Information

Fees are revised annually; the above information is for guidance and relates to the 2014/15 academic year. Fees are normally payable on Registration Day. Alternatively, you may opt to pay the fees in two instalments with the first instalment being due on Registration Day in October.

Course fees do not cover residential accommodation or living expenses. However, as a campus based University, Lancaster is a relatively inexpensive place to study. As a guide, a reasonable estimate of living expenses is about £8,500 for 12 months including rent. Being in the North West, you will also find that the cost of accommodation, food and entertainment are all cheaper than more major cities like London and Birmingham.

Additional information is available on the University website.

Many students choose to work during their studies to help make their studies here more affordable. Normally visa's permit part-time work of up to 20 hours per week and full time over the vacations. More information about this can be found on the University website. The School's Knowledge Business Centre, can help you find full and part-time work using our contacts to over 500 regional companies.

Open Days

We recognise that it will not always be possible to visit us before considering whether to apply to Lancaster. So we are always happy to receive your questions via email, the phone, or through the postgraduate applications portal.

If you are able to visit then please do contact the school and we will normally be able to arrange for an informal tour of our facilities.

Online tours

There are a number of 'virtual tour' options and videos describing the campus and campus life that may be of interest to you.

Applying for a Masters

You will need to apply online via the Postgraduate Admissions Portal. Once you have created an account you will be able to fill in your personal details, background and upload supporting documentation. If you are experiencing any technical problems when trying to apply please feel free to contact Faculty Admissions