MSc Cyber Security

The MSc Cyber Security course will equip you with the latest knowledge and understanding of the threats associated with the use of technology in business and how to deal with them.

You will cover both the technical and management/governance areas required to operate in the cyber security profession, allowing you to develop a range of key transferable skills valued by employers in both the public and private sectors. You will also benefit from being taught by staff who are at the forefront of their subject area. 

As the number of sophisticated cyber attacks increases across the world, so does the demand for graduates with the necessary skills and expertise to support organisations abilities to protect themselves against security threats and digital incursion. 

Key Information


  • Course length: 1 year, Full-time 
  • Start date: September 2020
  • Location: Dubai

You will study the following modules:-

Network Security

By the end of this module, you will understand how to evaluate, synthesize and identify security issues and the impact they have on devices and protocols that make up networks and distributed systems. 

Security Management 

This module will provide you with an understanding of the tools and techniques used to secure and manage an information system. You will also develop the ability to manage the security of an information system at a strategic, tactical and operational level.

Incident Response and Incident Management

You will work on evaluating, analysing and synthesizing the capability to perform incident management and incident response.

Cyber and Digital Investigations 

This module will develop your knowledge of the tools, techniques and practices associated with digital forensics and to apply computer forensics principles to a range of problems. In addition, you will develop a critical understanding of the law relating to digital forensics and a thorough understanding of cyber crime and possible mitigations.

Project Management and Research Methodology

You will learn about current developments in project management, the techniques and tools used and determine when to use them in contexts where there are many interacting factors. You will take responsibility for planning and developing a project and initiate and lead complex tasks and processes, and taking responsibility - where relevant - for the work and roles of others.

MSc Project

This module will enable you to employ autonomy and originality in the application of your computing, award and research skills to a complex problem. You will investigate, in depth, a topical award relevant to your studies. You will produce a justified solution to a significant problem that is informed by a critical review of research. This module will further develop your investigative, research, writing and presentation skills.

The MSc Cyber Security course is delivered in six major blocks to accommodate students from a wide range of backgrounds. Each block will last for five consecutive days, with one block potentially being delivered online. You will study through lectures, tutorials, practical sessions, seminars and projects. 

You will need to spend a significant amount of time working independently, reading and preparing for assessments. While the style of coursework may vary, research-style papers or essays of around 6,000 words in length are typical. You will also work on a significant research project and a major project of your choice, where strong independent thinking, critical analysis and project management skills will be important. 

The MSc Cyber Security is designed for graduates with a minimum 2:2 Honours degree or equivalent. Candidates should have very good IT skills and must demonstrate this either through existing qualifications or through their work experience.

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. 

MSc Cyber Security course fees will be announced soon. 

Finance and funding are important factors when choosing where and whether to study. At the University of South Wales, we offer specialist support and advice to help you make sense of it all.

For detailed information on fees, funding and scholarships, including eligibility criteria and application deadlines, visit our fees and scholarships page or contact us directly at dubai@southwales.ac.uk.

Career opportunities for those with a cyber security qualification continue to grow with many roles offering an interesting, challenging and rewarding environment to work in. From implementing security policies and managing protective measures in network systems, to advising organisations on how to reduce risks and their vulnerability, there are a variety of opportunities throughout the computer industry. 

Typical roles commonly associated with cyber security include information security and risk analysts, IT security managers and network security consultants.