Cyber Security MSc - 2019 Entry

Entry Year

Full time 12 Month(s)

Course Overview

Develop the skills, knowledge, and experience to face one of the modern world’s greatest challenges. This programme will prepare you for an exciting and rewarding career in cyber security, application and software security, and cyber law enforcement, among others.

Cyber security is one of the greatest challenges of contemporary society, and it will only become more complicated as we progress. As a result, our GCHQ accredited programme provides you with the depth of knowledge and wealth of skills required to engage with and overcome these challenges.

During your study, you will work within our world-class ICT Centre of Excellence, InfoLab21. Here you will study and explore eight taught modules and complete a substantial research project. These interdisciplinary modules will allow you to draw on expertise from four specialist departments: School of Computing and Communication; Law; Sociology; and Politics, Philosophy and Religion. Through studying these modules, you will develop a range of technical skills and gain specialist knowledge that will be invaluable as you progress in your career. Modules include: Information System Penetration and Countermeasures; Network and Systems Security; and Cybercrime.

In addition to the taught modules, you will also work on an individual research project, supervised by two academics from two of the four departments. Through this project, you will obtain an in-depth understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of cyber security and technology. You will put the skills and knowledge you have developed throughout the year into practice and gain experience of tackling real-world cyber security issues. Your study and research will be further supported as you draw upon world-leading research from Security Lancaster, our GCHQ and EPSRC recognised Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research.

Alongside this technical experience, you will develop practical skills, such as how to gather and analyse data, and how to accurately present and communicate your findings. Moreover, through our Knowledge Business Centre (KBC), which has links to over 500 ICT-centric businesses, you may be able to generate opportunities and valuable network links within industry. All of which will enhance your career prospects.

Course Structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.


Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.

Key Information

Designed for: The overall aim of this MSc programme is to equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to work within the IT security profession. It combines advanced technical skills with disciplines such as Economics, Risk Management, Psychology and Social Science. Its strength and uniqueness lies in its multidisciplinary nature, merging expertise from across Lancaster’s faculties to educate the next generation of security specialists.

Entry requirements: 2:1 (Hons) degree (UK) or equivalent in Computer Science, Computer Security or similar degrees. 

Some programming experience may be advantageous.

If you have studied outside of the UK, you can check your qualification here: International Qualifications

We may consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for further information. Relevant professional experience within cyber security industry/fraud may be considered.

IELTS: Overall score of at least 6.5, with no individual element below 6.0 

We consider tests from other providers, which can be found here: English language requirements 

If your score is below our requirements we may consider you for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes:

10 week - Overall score of at least 5.5, with no individual element below 5.0

For details of eligibility see:  Pre-sessional programmes

4 week - Overall score of at least 6.0, with no individual element below 5.5

Further information is available at English for Academic Purposes


Assessment: Coursework, presentations, examinations and dissertation

Funding: All applicants should consult our information on Fees and Funding.



Location Full Time (per year) Part Time (per year)
UK/EU £9,500 £4,750
Overseas £20,500 n/a

The University will not increase the Tuition Fee you are charged during the course of an academic year.

If you are studying on a programme of more than one year's duration, the tuition fees for subsequent years of your programme are likely to increase each year. The way in which continuing students' fee rates are determined varies according to an individual's 'fee status' as set out on our fees webpages.

What are tuition fees for?

Studying at a UK University means that you need to pay an annual fee for your tuition, which covers the costs associated with teaching, examinations, assessment and graduation.

The fee that you will be charged depends on whether you are considered to be a UK, EU or overseas student. Visiting students will be charged a pro-rata fee for periods of study less than a year.

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12 month session, which usually runs from October to September the following year.

How does Lancaster set overseas tuition fees?

Overseas fees, alongside all other sources of income, allow the University to maintain its abilities across the range of activities and services. Each year the University's Finance Committee consider recommendations for increases to fees proposed for all categories of student and this takes into account a range of factors including projected cost inflation for the University, comparisons against other high-quality institutions and external financial factors such as projected exchange rate movements.

What support is available towards tuition fees?

Lancaster University's priority is to support every student in making the most of their education. Many of our students each year will be entitled to bursaries or scholarships to help with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. You can find out more about financial support, studentships, and awards for postgraduate study on our website.

Studying a Masters degree in Cyber Security

Sam Maesschalck talks about why he came to Lancaster to study a Masters degree in Cyber Security.

Cyber Security Scholarships

Since 2016 we have awarded 15 bursaries to MSc Cyber Security students to the value of £77,500, in partnership with DCMS. Awards are issued to UK/EU based students, for career changes, encouraging women in computing, and in accordance with our widening participation strategy. We also award individual scholarships for outstanding academic achievement. In the past two years, 8 MSc Cyber Students graduated under this scheme. All accepted applications are considered for our funding.

University Scholarships

To help with study and living costs, Lancaster University offers postgraduates a range of scholarship, studentships and bursaries.

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Employment Destinations

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The Networking People

Lucy Hunt, MSc Cyber Security graduate

Lucy's story

Lucy joined the MSc Cyber Security course in 2017 receiving a fee scholarship. She had previously studied an Information Security module at the Open University and was a freelance IT consultant prior to relocating to the North West. She is now a funded PhD student at Lancaster University (Values in Computing and Security). She cites the reason for staying on at Lancaster University being “I love to study and researching and wanted to take it further”. On completing her PhD she aims to teach at university.