There is currently a worldwide shortage of skilled practitioners in cyber security. In the UK, the National Audit Office recently named "addressing the UK's current and future ICT and cyber security skills gap" as a "key challenge", whilst at a time when cybercrime “as-a-service” is on a steep rise, the Department for Business, Innovation & Skill calls for companies to make of cybersecurity a Board level responsibility. Our MSc is specifically designed to give students a well-rounded, multi-disciplinary view of the subject area, embracing not only the technical subjects, but also aspects of criminology, risk management, law and social sciences. We believe a broad grounding in cyber security will give our students a key advantage in the marketplace.
View the 2017/18 programme specification document for this course
View the 2018/19 programme specification document for this course
This is 1 of only 12 cyber security MSc programmes in the UK to be awarded Provisional Certification against the GCHQ Certified Master's degree in General Cyber Security standard, subject to a specific set of modules: see the programme spec for details.
We are 1 of only 14 universities recognised as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research by the UK Government.
One year, full-time.
The programme is primarily a broadening qualification for computer science graduates, but is also one that may appeal to suitable graduates from other disciplines. The programme features two semesters of taught modules, with a variety of optional modules available to allow students to selectively gain knowledge in some specific subject areas, followed by the MSc dissertation/project, which where possible is conducted in conjunction with an industrial partner.
You can apply for the programme through the University of Southampton's online postgraduate application system. Visit our how to apply pages for more information.
Southampton University has pioneered many of the most important advances in computer science and web technology of the past 10 years
We are in the top 10% in the UK for the volume and quality of our Computer Science research (REF 2014)
100% of our Computer Science research impact is world-leading or internationally excellent (REF 2014)
We have been ranked in the UK top ten for Computer Sciences for over ten years by the Guardian University Guide
Southampton is ranked in the top 51-100 universities for Computer Science in the 2016 QS World Rankings
We are one of only 14 universities recognised as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research by the UK Government and our academics are playing a leading role in establishing a European Data Science Academy
We are number one in the UK for graduate prospects in Computer Science in the Complete University Guide 2017