The MSc in Cyber Security and Management is designed for those wishing to develop a career as a cyber security professional, or to take a leading technical or managerial role in an organisation critically dependent upon data and information communication technology. It is suitable for those from a computer science or information technology education background or courses with a significant component of either. Work experience will also be considered.
Delivering effective cyber security in a global business environment
In 2010, the UK government announced a 650 million pound investment strategy into Cyber Security & declared that Cyber-Security had become a tier 1 priority alongside international terrorism and major national incidents. The UK is one of many governments around the world which recognize the serious nature of the threat that is emerging from the cyber-sphere.
Our goal for the MSc programme is to give focus to the strategic deployment and implementation of Cyber Security within an organization. We want to develop strategic thinkers who understand the Cyber threat to an organization and its resources and are able to build and support secure systems that support the strategic growth of a business. The course covers all aspects of Cyber Security including network security, computer security and information security.
The Masters course covers the most important technical concepts of security such as encryption, intrusion detection, penetration testing, access control, digital forensics/investigation, risk management, security governance and network security/computer security. Alongside this, the course focuses on the business context so that students can progress their careers more rapidly through organisations and aim very particularly at management positions.
A Masters course uniquely embedded in industry
When you study the MSc Cyber Security and Management at WMG, Warwick, you will gain an exposure to industry that is unparalleled in many HEIs. All the cyber security modules contain a considerable input from industry, for instance in the academic year 2012-2013 alone, we had the following companies giving guest lectures to our students: HP, Amethyst Consulting, Deep Secure Ltd, Siskin Technology, SOCA (Serious Organised Crime Agency), CSC, VMware, OCSIA, Nottingham Police, Mozilla, Metropolitan Police, Kaspersky, Berwin Leighton Paisner, LW Risk Associates, Telefonica, IBM, Garren James Associates, Blackstage Forensics, Derbyshire NHS Trust and Nettitude.*
But this is just one way in which students on the course engage with industry. Further to this, you will have opportunities to visit and present at conferences, participate in specialist Industrial visits are available to all students and the course is assessed through assignments.
Students will have the opportunity to pursue projects in collaboration with industry in areas spanning both cyber security technologies and management issues. These might include risk management, security policy design, enterprise security cultures, digital investigation, incident response, intrusion detection, security architectures, cloud exploitation and procurement strategies, data forensics, privacy, social media, and security testing.
After You Graduate
Graduates can expect to go on to work within corporate information - security and technology teams, consultancies, government information-security departments, management tracks in information critical organisations and cyber security related research.
Take a look at our Alumni profiles to read about what some of our past students thought of the course and where they have gone onto work:
Graduates from Warwick are highly sought after by graduate employers. Employers often visit the campus to present to and recruit students directly from Warwick. You can also attend workshops run by the award winning Warwick Careers Service who offer assistance in finding graduates jobs for up to 3 years after graduation.
WMG also have their own placements Manager who actively looks for and promotes job opportunities to our students.
All courses start on Monday 5th October 2015.
The course is modular - each student takes a combination of core and elective modules. 10 modules are studied and assessed in total. Modules consist of nominally 40 hours directed tuition in the form of lectures, seminars, group work, presentations, case studies and e-learning. This is covered in a full-immersion, intensive week.
The taught modules account for 50% of the Master's degree. A major individual research project, submitted in the form of a dissertation accounts for the other 50%.
Between 7 and 9 core modules are specified for each of the MSc courses and these modules are compulsory. The core modules for each course are listed on the relevant course pages.
In addition to the core modules you can choose additional elective modules from an extensive list to make up to 10 modules for the course. There are a range of elective modules available, focussed on management, business, technology and other subject areas. And so you can choose your elective modules to tailor the degree to your interest and to support your future career aspirations.
The course is assessed through Post Module Assignments and a major research project.
Post Module Assignments (PMA)
At the end of every module you will be given a post module assignment (PMA). This is a piece of assessed, written work which enables you to delve more deeply into the subject area of the module. It should take you 40-60 hours to complete and the submission deadline is four weeks after the end of the module.
Project and Dissertation
Throughout the year, alongside your modules and PMAs, you will undertake a major individual research project which you then submit in the form of a dissertation at the end of August, followed by an oral exam where your Project Supervisor and an independent supervisor will discuss your project with you.
You do not need to choose your project in advance. At the beginning of your MSc course, you will be provided with a wide range of project titles which you can choose from. Many projects relate closely to research developments in industry or research at WMG.
The project accounts for 50% of MSc grade and through choosing a project suited to your interest and future career aspirations, this another great way to tailor your degree.
WMG work closely with industry to ensure their course content is up to date and that what is being taught to students and the teaching methods used are relevant to todays industry needs. Our courses are taught by academic staff with backgrounds in industry who are supported by visiting lecturers currently working in senior positions in industry. You will also have regular opportunities to go out on day trips to industry, visiting the sites of well-known companies to experience in practice the theory of what you learning and see how it is applied in industry.
Universities in the United Kingdom use a centralized system of undergraduate application: University and College Admissions Service (UCAS). It is used by both domestic and international students. Students have to register on the UCAS website before applying to the university. They will find all the necessary information about the application process on this website. Some graduate courses also require registration on this website, but in most cases students have to apply directly to the university. Some universities also accept undergraduate application through Common App (the information about it could be found on universities' websites).
Both undergraduate and graduate students may receive three types of responses from the university. The first one, “unconditional offer” means that you already reached all requirements and may be admitted to the university. The second one, “conditional offer” makes your admission possible if you fulfill some criteria – for example, have good grades on final exams. The third one, “unsuccessful application” means that you, unfortunately, could not be admitted to the university of you choice.
All universities require personal statement, which should include the reasons to study in the UK and the information about personal and professional goals of the student and a transcript, which includes grades received in high school or in the previous university.
WMG are offering up to 50 scholarships to students commencing study in October 2015 on WMG full-time Masters Programmes, giving up to 50% discount on tuition fees.
WMG also offer country specific bursaries giving automatic discount on tuition fees to offer holders of WMG MSc Courses as follows:
Latin American Students 20% discount on tuition fees
Mexican Students 25% discount on tuition fees
(in accordance with Warwick's agreement with CONACYT)
Syrian Students 20% discount on tuition fees
Turkish Students - 25% discount on tuition fees
For more information on these opportunities, please see our website.
Other scholarship and funding opportunities for students studying on WMG MSc Courses include: -
Banco Santander Scholarships for WMG students
Colfuturo Scholarship Loan Latin American Students
Chevening - The UK governments global scholarship programme scholarships can cover the full cost of study and are offered in over 110 countries.
More information is available from the Chevening website applications now closed.
CONACyT For Mexican Students
Li Xiaoming Scholarships
Banco de Mexico FIDERH
British Council GREAT Scholarships
WMG and The Central Bank of India (CBI) have an agreement that all Indian students applying for one of WMG's Masters courses can now take advantage of fast-track loan arrangements provided by the CBI. This will ensure a swift and speedy response to applications regarding loans to support MSc study in WMG at the University of Warwick.
For more information on scholarship opportunities, please see the Graduate School Website or the Warwick International Office Website.