MSc Cyber Security, Risk and Resilience
With the increasing sophistication of threats to the cyber landscape coupled with the rapid increase in attempts to disrupt our critical systems and gain commercial and personal data, there is an ever-increasing demand for high skilled cyber security graduates to defend individuals and organisations from a diverse range of cybercrimes with roles that focus on the risk, management and incident resilience aspects of the cyber sector.
Through a range of learning experiences, you will gain the knowledge of how to identify and treat risk and create resilience Information Security plans and policies that will support the management and operations of the organisation. The course is part of the National Cyber Security Academy, which brings the University, Welsh Government and industry experts together to tackle the skills gap and create experts who can fight against cybercrime.
You’ll be joining us in learning how to defend our communities from cybercrime through our multi-award-winning National Cyber Security Academy, which features cutting-edge learning environments including a CISCO Networking Academy, Secure Operations Centre, and Digital Forensics Laboratory. Focusing on a range of cyber topics such as system security, digital forensic investigation, and risk & governance, you’ll gain a broad range of cyber security skills in an authentic, hands-on environment, with the opportunity to work towards being a Certified Cyber Ops Associate, before specialising in either digital forensics or security.
This course is subject to validation.
You’ll be taught in blocks of 8 weeks at the first Academic Centre of Excellence to be awarded Gold by the UK’s National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) – now one of only ten nationally. You’ll gain the very latest techniques from our cyber security professionals and industry partners – in practical workshops aligned to the NCSC’s Cyber Security Body of Knowledge (CyBOK). You’ll then apply these skills to real-world problems, with the opportunity to work on projects with our industry partners.
- MSc Project
Employ autonomy and originality in the application of the knowledge developed on the programme and research skills to a complex problem. This module provides an opportunity for the student to investigate a topical, award relevant issue of their choice in some depth. To produce a justified solution to a significant problem that is informed by a critical review of research. To further develop the student's investigative, research, writing and presentation skills as a self-directed, autonomous learner.
- Security Management and Incident Response
Develop advanced skills and critical understanding of complex issues surrounding security management, operations and incident response.
- Legislation, Risk and Governance in Cyber Security
This module will ensure you develop a critical understanding of UK and EU legislation and organisational responsibility in relation to Cyberspace and Information Technology.
- Secure Code and Applied Cryptography
This module introduces secure coding practices, testing procedures and programming concepts. You will develop a critical understanding of modern applied cryptography.
- Leadership and transformation change in a Digital age
This module will equip you with the skills and knowledge needed for leadership in a digital context. Supporting transformational change and opportunities in complex organisational environments.
- Cyber Risk and Resilience
This module will develop skills and knowledge of the risks and vulnerabilities associated with cyber operation and information assurance with internal and external systems.
- Practical Application Security
This module focuses on review of Web applications, IoT-based applications and mobile Applications Introduction to application development environments Introduction to technologies such as HTML, XML, PHP, MySQL, Node.JS, MongoDB, etc. Three-tier application architecture ammunication Latest OWASP Top 10 Secure Development Life Cycle (SDLC), DevSecOps and Privacy by Design Analysis, evaluation and synthesis of various types of cyber-attacks and corresponding countermeasures.
You will spend between 12-16 hours each week on lectures, tutorials, and practical sessions. You will also spend around four hours per week, per module, on coursework, general reading, and other preparation. You will work on a significant project which will allow you to develop and demonstrate data collection and analysis and to development management techniques.
The University has excellent relationships with industry, with students undertaking placements with the Financial Services Authority (FSA), Home Office Scientific Development Research Branch (London), GCHQ, Qinetiq, Cy4or, financial services, international banks, the Office for National Statistics, digital forensics companies and various government departments. We also have strong links with security agencies, incident response organisations handling cyber-attacks and local police forces.
Our facilities are at the cutting edge of cyber education, meaning you’ll use the latest technologies and software in our high-spec labs. There’s a Secure Operations Centre (SOC), modelled on industry SOCs designed to provide managed support for organisations needing to monitor their digital activity or are facing a cyber incident. Our Digital Investigation Lab is a digital forensic facility, typical of those used by law enforcement agencies and corporate organisations to analyse digital files and media for use in supporting corporate and criminal investigations.
The University of South Wales has become part of a project to train the next generation of Cyber Security experts. You are able to join the fight against cyber-crime in our National Cyber Security Academy and become part of that next generation of Cyber Security Experts. Among the methods used to achieve this will be the use of leading digital forensic software tools, industry engagement within specialist partners across a range of our modules, additionally you’ll use our specialist labs for understanding the complexity of networking and the emulation of the working environment.
We regularly revalidate courses for quality assurance and enhancement
At USW, we regularly review our courses in response to changing patterns of employment and skills demand to ensure we offer learning designed to reflect today’s student needs and tomorrow’s employer demands.
If during a review process course content is significantly changed, we’ll write to inform you and talk you through the changes for the coming year. But whatever the outcome, we aim to equip our students with the skillset and the mindset to succeed whatever tomorrow may bring. Your future, future-proofed.
This course is aimed at graduates with a minimum 2:2 Honours degree or equivalent who would like to broaden their existing knowledge and open up a new career path.
Applications from engineering, IT, science, mathematics or business graduates in particular are welcomed.
All entrants must have strong numeracy and IT skills.
The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.
If an applicant does not meet the desired entry criteria, an interview should be offered with the Course leader.
Full-time fees are per year. Part-time fees are per 20 credits. Once enrolled, the fee will remain at the same rate throughout the duration of your study on this course.
August 2024 - July 2025 Fees
Full-time UK: TBC
Full-time International: TBC
At the University of South Wales, you’re investing in so much more than a degree. We strive to provide our students with the best possible experience, no matter what you chose to study. Whether it’s access to top of the range mac books and PCs, state-of-the-art facilities packed with industry-leading equipment and software, masterclasses and events led by industry experts, or a wide range of clubs and societies to meet likeminded people, better tomorrows start with extra perks.
Each course also has their own unique student benefits to prepare you for the real word, and details of these can be found on our course pages. From global field trips, integrated work experience and free course-related resources, to funded initiatives, projects working with real employers, and opportunities for extra qualifications and accreditations - at USW your future, is future-proofed.
As a student of USW, you’ll have access to lots of free resources to support your study and learning, such as textbooks, publications, online journals, laptops, and plenty of remote-access resources. Whilst in most cases these resources are more than sufficient in supporting you with completing your course, additional costs, both obligatory and optional, may be required or requested for the likes of travel, memberships, experience days, stationery, printing, or equipment.
Funding to help pay for (or cover) course tuition fees and living costs
Whilst you’re studying, you’ll have two main financial obligations – tuition fees and living costs. There’s lots of financial help available from the University of South Wales and external funding sources, that may provide loans (which have to be paid back) and grants, scholarships and bursaries (that don't).
To learn about course fees, funding options, and to see if you are eligible for financial support, visit our Fees and Funding pages.
USW Postgraduate 20% Alumni Discount 2023/24
The University of South Wales is offering a 20% reduction in tuition fees for all University of South Wales* graduates starting a taught/online*** MA,MSc, LLM,MBA or DBA course from September 2023 (this includes students starting a course in January/February 2024). T's and Cs apply. Click here for more details and eligibility criteria: USW Postgraduate Alumni Discount 2023/24
Career opportunities are excellent – the demand for specialists in this area continues to rise as companies become increasingly dependent on computers and the internet. On graduation, you will be equipped for careers that require in-depth knowledge of technical security issues.
With education to Masters level now the recognised professional level of competence, graduates will be better placed to pursue careers in industry, or continue their interest in computer systems security through a computing research degree or computing PhD.
Possible Career Paths
Potential roles include systems administrator, seurity penetration tester or information security consultant, and skills gained strongly relate to the roles of information security analyst and IT security co-ordinator. Potential career paths include:
- Cyber Security
- Cyber Risk Management
- Project manager
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.
This includes one-to-one appointments from faculty-based Career Advisors, in person, over the phone, or even Teams and through email via the “Ask the Question” service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.