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MSc Cyber Security with Advanced Practice

Northumbria University London Campus


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110 Middlesex Street, London
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Northumbria University’s Cyber Security Master’s degrees have been recognised as among the best in the country after receiving full certification from the UK Government’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), a part of GCHQ.

With the dramatic increase in high-profile cyber security incidents reported in the media, the demand for highly skilled security professionals is growing significantly as businesses across the globe seek to protect their networks and data. Our MSc Cyber Security with Advanced Practice provides you with a critical understanding of information governance and assurance, combined with technology risk management practices.

The Advanced Practice stage of this programme provides you with the opportunity to undertake a 12-15 week internship, allowing you to put your learning into practice, enhancing your learning and further developing your employability.

This full-time course will be taught by experienced academics at our London Campus, guiding you as you analyse and evaluate the theories, principles and applications associated with cyber security. They will encourage you to question current approaches and processes in the field of information and cyber security. You will be introduced to key theoretical and practical aspects using real world scenarios and case studies and will be expected to investigate new approaches, processes and solutions in this fast-moving environment.

Response to Covid-19: Our focus is on providing a safe and welcoming learning environment and ensuring continued access to learning.

As a result of the coronavirus (Covid-19) pandemic and resulting social distancing requirements, we are intending to teach this course using a mix of on-campus and online learning activities. We continue to be guided by the Government to ensure our campus is Covid-secure.

NU’s legal disclaimer:

All information is accurate at the time of sharing. Courses starting in 2021 are offered as a mix of face to face and online learning. We continue to monitor government and local authority guidance in relation to Covid-19 and we are ready and able to flex accordingly to ensure the health and safety of our students and staff. Contact time is subject to increase or decrease in line with restrictions, potentially to a full online offer, should restrictions increase in future. Our online activity will be delivered through Blackboard Ultra, enabling collaboration, connection and engagement with materials and people.


Level 7 Master's degree

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Level of study: Postgraduate study

Entry requirements

  • 2:2 (second class) honours degree or equivalent from a recognised university in a related subject
  • IELTS 6.5 (or above) with no single element below 5.5 or equivalent

Payment plan: Available

Student loan: Available

Study method: Full-time, classroom-based

Duration: 16-24 months (up to 2 years)

Qualification: MSc Cyber Security

Awarded by: Northumbria University

Start date: January, May, September

Who is this course for?

This programme is suitable for those with a computing undergraduate degree who are looking to specialise in this field. This course offers a valuable opportunity to secure a work placement or research placement, giving the experience of the workplace environment or live cyber security issues to put your learning into practice. This stage of the programme will take place between your second and final semester, and is a semester long (12-15 weeks) in duration.


  • Minimum 2:2 (second class) honours degree or equivalent from a recognised university in a related subject

If you don’t meet the academic requirements and have non-standard prior learning and/or relevant work experience and training, you are encouraged to apply. A CV made up of prior work experience and training would need to be submitted for consideration by our faculty alongside the standard application.

Career path

Graduates from the programme will be equipped to work in a variety of careers in the IT industry or to progress to academic or research orientated careers. Job roles, including roles in leadership and management, could include working in, for example, software engineering, network design and management, network security, artificial intelligence or IT consultancy.

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