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University of Sunderland

100% online MSc Computer Science with Cyber Security

Unlock your potential in a cyber security career. Study an online MSc with a university rated 5-star for teaching and with internationally excellent research

MSc Computer Science with Cyber Security
Apply By 28 December 2021
To Start 11 January 2022
  • 180 credits
  • 2 years part-time
  • £6,780 total fees
  • Internationally Excellent Research in Computer Science

Why Sunderland?

  1. 100% online MSc within 24 months
  2. 'Internationally excellent' research in computer science*
  3. Learn programming languages including Python, R, CISCO and Oracle
  4. 5 star teaching rating (QS 2019)
  5. Top 10 in UK for student support** - as voted for by students
  6. Ranked 9th in UK for international**
  7. £6,780 total fees, option to pay £565 per module
*Most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF)
**WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2019

A flexible online cyber security master's for aspirational individuals from a wide range of professionals backgrounds

The 100% online MSc Computer Science with Cyber Security from the University of Sunderland has been designed to provide individuals who don’t have an academic or professional background in IT or cyber security with the specialist knowledge and skills to launch an exciting new career in cyber security.

Equally, this online master’s represents an excellent opportunity for professionals to develop cyber skills to apply to their current role as a means of progressing their career and is open to professionals who already work in computer science roles and want to gain an academic qualification to further their career prospects. On this course, you will learn to effectively specify, design, implement and support secure computing systems in the real world.

Learn from academics recognised for excellence in teaching and research

One of the most compelling reasons to study an online computer science with cyber security master’s with the University of Sunderland is the academic excellence both of the university at an institutional level and the Department of Computer Science specifically. The research of the Department was described as ‘internationally excellent’ in the latest Research Excellence Framework. At an overall institutional level, the teaching at the University of Sunderland was rated 5-star by QS in 2019, the highest rating that can be achieved.

What will you study?

Studying the online MSc Computer Science with Cyber Security, you will gain expertise in core cyber security topics which will enable you to determine, establish, maintain and create resilient cyber security solutions for information systems security. Fundamental computing topics will be covered which will equip you with practical skills in subjects such as networking, databases, software engineering and usability.

You will also learn programming languages including Python, R, CISCO and Oracle.

Key knowledge and skills taught on this course:

  • Cyber security fundamentals
  • Cyber security and user experience design
  • Cyber resilience
  • Data science
  • Computer science principles and practice
  • Computer architectures
  • Secure database system development
  • Networking
  • Software engineering

A flexible online master’s course design for individuals with competing time pressures

Because of the flexible design of the online master’s degree, it can be studied around work and family commitments, and indeed this is precisely why many of our students choose to study online. You can continue to work in your current role and apply the knowledge and skills that you develop, earning whilst you learn rather than putting your career on hold. The course can be studied from anywhere in the world, opening it up to a global audience and meaning that you never need to attend campus.

You will learn and interact within a carefully built online learning environment, a community of online students collaborating via discussion boards, forums and group learning activities. Because of the global reach of the online programme, you will learn with professionals based all over the world, an exciting opportunity to increase the number of contacts within your global professional network.

You will be allocated a dedicated Student Success Coordinator, who will continuously offer you with targeted support throughout your studies, from enrolment through to graduation.

A University with global values that promotes diversity of thought

There are nearly 6,000 international students at the University of Sunderland, with 1,500 students studying across the globe by distance learning. This reflects the global outlook, culture and capabilities of the University. With campuses in Hong Kong, Sunderland and London, as well as many global partnerships including in the Caribbean, Greece, Kenya, Malaysia, Lanka, Oman, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Tashkent and Vietnam, the way we approach learning is focused on encouraging diverse learner cohorts within a close knit learning environment whereby fellow students and professionals from different backgrounds can work closely with each other and learn from different cultures and perspectives. This provides students with a broader set of insights that engenders a richer and more meaningful learning experience.

In recognition of our global credentials, we were voted in the top 10 in the UK for international (WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2019) by our students.

Admission requirements

Applicants must be of age 19 and above and should have or be about to complete:
  • At least a UK 2.2 undergraduate degree
  • A UK master’s degree (or international equivalent)
  • A third-class honours degree or an ​ordinary degree (without honours) or UK equivalent professional qualification with a minimum of two years’ appropriate work experience
  • Applicants who do not hold a recognised degree will be asked to provide evidence which demonstrates a minimum of three years’ relevant organisational experience

    The work experience must be at a graduate level, in either a managerial or professional capacity which may include voluntary work, placements, internships, or project management


Total course fees
Per 15-credit module fee

If you are based in the UK, you may be eligible for a government-backed postgraduate loan to cover the full costs of the course.

In addition, if you have successfully completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Sunderland, you are eligible for a 10% tuition fees reduction.

You pay tuition fees for each module taken, either module-by-module or in full at the start of your course.

If you pay module-by-module, you will pay in instalments of £565.