MSc Cyber Security (Online)

Why choose Herts?

  • Our Cybersecurity Centre has developed strong relationship with the industry, and this experience is mirrored in the course provision, teaching the most current and relevant strategies, methods, tactics, and technologies used in the industry.
  • The course embeds the requirements and directives from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) and the Cybersecurity Body of Knowledge (CyBOK).
  • The mode of delivery and assessments aim at developing high level of skills in security management and operations, required in career development and progress, from Security Operations Centre (SOC) to Chief Security Officers (CSO).

About the course

The award reflects the most current developments in the cybersecurity field, and it builds on our experience and reputation in providing industry-based qualifications in relation to network and systems security. The course aims to develop employability and research skills in the areas of cybersecurity operations, information security, penetration testing, and responsible technologies.

Why choose this course?

Find out more information about how online study works, funding and how to apply.

  • One of a range of advanced courses within our postgraduate Master's programme in Computer Science, this particular course provides you with a specialism in Cybersecurity.
  • Advanced topics studied include information security and compliance, strategies, methods and technologies used in penetration testing, management of cybersecurity centres, and developing and enforcing enterprise security policies.
  • You will gain an internationally recognised master's degree from the UK's University of Hertfordshire.
  • Flexible online learning allows you to fit study around your other commitments, without travel and accommodation costs.
  • You will be taught by a highly regarded and long-established computer science department.
  • Benefit from the same academic standards and quality control procedures as our equivalent on campus course.

What will I study?

Our online MSc programmes are taught 100% online through the University’s virtual learning environment, Studynet. Assessment is by coursework and online tests.

You will receive learning materials, take part in discussions and submit your assignments online. Additionally, you will receive study resources such as key e-books and any specialist software. You will have access to the University's extensive online library facilities, or be able to visit in person if you so choose.

The amount of study time required is no different from that needed for an on campus programme. You should expect to spend at least 30 hours per week if studying full-time, and in proportion if part-time.

  • Level 7
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Cyber Operations (COM) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Digital Forensics (COM) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Distributed Systems Security (COM) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Information Security Management and Compliance (COM) 30 Credits Compulsory
    Penetration Testing (COM) 15 Credits Compulsory
    Responsible Technology (COM) 30 Credits Compulsory
    Cyber Security Masters Project (COM) 60 Credits Compulsory
  • Further course information

    Course fact sheets
    MSc Cyber Security (Online) Download
    Programme specifications
    MSc Computer Science (Modular) On-Line/Tutored E-Learning Download
    Additional information

    Sandwich placement or study abroad year


    Applications open to international and EU students


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