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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 20 August 2024
To Start 3 September 2024
  • 180 credits
  • Complete within 12 months
  • £6,983 total fees
  • Internationally Excellent Research

Why Sunderland?

  1. 100% online MSc within 12 months
  2. 5 star rating for teaching, inclusiveness, employability and facilities*
  3. Learn programming languages including Python, R, CISCO and Oracle
  4. Top 50 UK University**
  5. 70% of university research rated as ‘world-leading’ or ‘internationally excellent’***
  6. £6,983 total fees, option to pay £582 per module
*QS World University Rankings 2023
**Guardian University Guide 2024
***Research Excellence Framework 2021

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

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. 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.

If you opt to study part-time, you can complete the programme within 24 months, continue working and earn whilst you learn, avoiding a study break. If you opt to study full-time, you can complete the programme within 12 months and start progressing towards your career goals sooner.

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.

Learn from academics recognised for excellence in teaching and research

One of the most compelling reasons to study a computer science master’s at the University of Sunderland is the University’s nationally recognised excellence in teaching and research. The University of Sunderland received the Silver award in the latest Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) for the ‘very high quality’ of the teaching and learning (TEF 2023).

We have been ranked internationally as a leading university, receiving five stars for teaching, inclusiveness, employability and facilities in the QS World University Rankings 2023, the highest rating that can be awarded to a university. A special recognition of our practical focus on developing the skills that enable career progression for our students all over the world.

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 is a high percentage of international students at University of Sunderland, and we have students studying by distance learning around the world. Sunderland is also one of the UK’s leading widening participation Universities and is 7th in the UK for social inclusion (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2024).

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.

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
or
  • A UK master’s degree (or international equivalent)
or
  • 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
or
  • 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

Fees

Total course fees
£6,983
Per 15-credit module fee
£582

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 on our postgraduate programmes.

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 £582.

Modules