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School of Mathematics and Computer Science

Cyber Security with Professional Practice

MSc Full-time 18 months

MSc Cyber Security with Professional Practice offers a unique opportunity for international and home students to gain relevant work experience within an external business or organisation, giving you a competitive edge in the job market.

MSc Cyber Security with Professional Practice offers a unique opportunity for international and home students to gain relevant work experience within an external business or organisation, giving you a competitive edge in the job market.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code
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  • Start Date(s) 19 October 2020, 15 February 2021
  • Award MSc
  • Study Mode Full-time
  • Course Length Full-time (18 months)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus, University of Wolverhampton
  • School School of Mathematics and Computer Science

Why choose this course?

MSc Cyber Security with Professional Practice offers a unique opportunity for international and home students to gain relevant work experience within an external business or organisation, giving you a competitive edge in the job market.

The placement is undertaken between the taught part of the course and the dissertation; and will usually be 4 months in duration from May/June to September.  Our MSc Cyber Security with Professional Practice offers the option of going on a placement, which can be paid or unpaid.  Placement students are valuable to employers and many of our placements are paid.  All applications are on a competitive basis and students secure positions through their own efforts. Some assistance in preparation for applying for placements will be provided, however the employer has the final say. The work undertaken by the student must be of an adequate standard in an area of work strongly related to the content of the MSc Cyber Security with Professional Practice Programme and the appropriateness of any placement will be assessed and approved by a member of the academic team on an individual basis.  Your placement will enable you to boost your learning with hands on experience and apply your theoretical knowledge to real life work experience

Although the placement is not guaranteed, the University maintains links with a wide network of organisations who offer placement opportunities. 

The exponential increase in mobile devices, converged applications and Cloud technologies, initiatives such as Bring your Own Device (BYOD) / Choose Your Own Device (CYOD) and the advent of digital information technologies, has increased the proliferation of threats in our vibrant and active cyber-physical-natural environment diluting further its perimeter. Our cyberspace is constantly increasing its size almost linearly to its value recognising Cyber Security as a global response to the challenges posed by constantly evolving systems which are harder to secure. The MSc Cyber Security seeks to address the increasing demand for Cyber Security related domains in both academic, vocational qualifications and projection for an increased shortage of Cyber Security professionals in the industry. The course has been designed by a team of leading experts, researchers and trainers in the field and gives the opportunity to the students to be exposed to cutting-edge technologies, tools and techniques in cyber exploitation and defence.

What happens on the course?

You will undertake a wide range of learning activities including:

  • Computer-based learning 
  • Supported learning using the University VLE (CANVAS) as a learning tool, for
  • information and interactive communications
  • Lectures
  • Tutorials (smaller group/one-to-one)
  • Workshops
  • Case studies
  • Structured laboratory exercises
  • Individual structured assignment-based learning
  • Directed study
  • Individual or group exercises
  • Research project investigations

Assessment methods will include:

  • Written reports
  • Essays
  • Literature reviews
  • Professional practice
  • Exams
  • Presentations

Students will also have the opportunity to engage in formative assessment throughout the course, especially during exercises in the practise sessions where their tutors will give feedback on progress and performance for each of the tasks allocated. The assessment strategy for this course is designed around a holistic evaluation on knowledge and skills acquired with a strong emphasis on the requirements for this mode of delivery and diverse skills, background and expectations of the target audience. All assessments used in the course are in perfect alignment with University requirements, regulations and policies. Coursework assignments typically incorporate formative feedback so that students can gain an insight into whether their work is meeting the necessary thresholds and focus on meaningful remarks to improve both their performance and understanding in the subject matter. Students will also get the opportunity to be engaged in guest lectures from leading experts in the area and be taught by active researchers and trainers in all modules as part of the programme.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

You will enhance critical understanding and synthesis skills with regards to security processes, techniques and methodologies around cyber security in a blended learning environment with strong hands-on explication using cutting-edge software and hardware. The course will cover cyber defence elements and state-of-the-art in exploitation techniques, threats and security risks in both targeted and multi-stage cyber-attacks in the cyberspace.

You should be able to identify and mitigate security violations across the cyberspace with a strong emphasis on Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) frameworks and standards; and the importance of automation and orchestration of security operations in highly volatile and sensitive environments to develop better and more efficient security controls.

You will be exposed to formalised security principles and protocols and expand your ability and capabilities in strong system administration and modelling of threat landscapes in a variety of different organisational contexts. Since this programme has been developed concerning the requirements of cyber security professional bodies, it aims to produce postgraduates with subject-specific and transferable knowledge and skills suited to a career in the cyber security industry or other related IT disciplines

Please note this course is currently only open to INTERNATIONAL applicants

A lower second honours degree in Computer Science or equivalent.

A Postgraduate Certificate in Computer Science or a related subject with a minimum grade C or 50% in all modules


Evidence of industrial certifications in Information security such as CISSP, CEH, BCS will also be considered for suitable candidates with a minimum of 3 years working experience in related industries. An interview process will also be utilised to verify suitability for the course for candidates with non-standard academic backgrounds but with demonstrable industry experience in the field.

Your qualifications need to be deemed equivalent to the above entry requirements.

Postgraduate Loan (UK or EU national):

You may be able to get a postgraduate student loan from Student Finance England of up to £11,222 to help pay for a Master’s degree. Applications are made through Student Finance England and more information on the regulations and eligibility criteria can be found at or here

* Any RPL will invalidate your eligibility as you must study a minimum of 180 credits

EU students applying for the 2020/21 academic year:

The UK Government has confirmed that EU students will continue to be eligible for 'home fee status' for entry in September 2020, and will continue to have access to financial support available via student loans for the duration of their course. For more information take a look at the website.

Postgraduate Loyalty Discount:

You can get 20% discount on a taught postgraduate course if you’re a University of Wolverhampton Graduate.

The University offers a generous 20% Loyalty Discount to students progressing from an undergraduate programme to a taught postgraduate programme, where both courses are University of Wolverhampton Awards.

There is no time limit on how long ago you completed your degree as long as this is your first Masters level qualification.

The discount applies to the first year of enrolment only. Students who receive a loyalty discount are not entitled to any further tuition discount or bursary. For full terms and conditions click here.


If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found by clicking here.

Sponsored - Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

Your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.

Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

Charitable Funding:

You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites Association of Charitable Foundations, Directory of Social Change or Family Action. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.


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