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Cyber Security MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

Developed in conjunction with Deloitte, our Cyber Security MSc provides you with knowledge of the very latest cyber security principles, practices, tools and techniques, taught by a team of specialist staff in purpose-built computer cyber security laboratories.


Reasons to study Cyber Security at De Montfort University:

It is impossible to ignore the importance of cyber security, which is recognised as a priority for governments and large or small organisations throughout the world.

If you are interested in a challenging and worthwhile career in a rapidly expanding and vitally important area of computing then this is the course for you.

  • Gain access to the latest tools, techniques and knowledge in one of the most exciting areas of modern computing
  • Gain a holistic perspective of cyber security, including the underpinning technology of the cyber domain and the role of linguistics, psychology and sociology in dealing with new cyber challenges
  • Study in our dedicated purpose-built Cyber Security Centre (CSC) which is a state-of-the-art cyber security and forensics laboratory, allowing you to develop your practical and professional skills further
  • Taught and supported by our expert academic teaching staff and Deloitte cyber security professionals. This expertise allows real world cyber issues and solutions to be challenged providing you with first-hand experience with the issues you may face in the workplace
  • The course is delivered in collaboration with Deloitte; our strong links with industry ensures our content remains at the cutting edge of developments in the sector


“By partnering with DMU, we are able to offer a degree that will play an extremely important role in enabling highly relevant, real-world skills and cyber management capabilities. These will be essential to dealing with cyber risk, a matter that is high on the agendas of boardrooms and government.” 

James Nunn-Price, Head of Cyber Security for Deloitte



At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further study. We are currently finalising our scholarship packages for 2017 entry.

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  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

Duration: One year full-time (January starters: 18 months full-time) with optional one year placement available or two to six years part-time.

Start date: January and September

Fees and funding: 


Module pricing list

At DMU, we are committed to helping our graduates enhance their careers and personal development through further studyWe are currently finalising our scholarship packages for 2017 entry.

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs and optional extras associated with this course

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Institution code: D26

Duration: One year full-time (January starters: 18 months full-time) with optional one year placement available or three years part-time

Start date: January and September

Fees and funding: 


Module pricing list

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs and optional extras associated with this course

How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online portal or direct application form

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Entry criteria

You should have the equivalent of a British Honours degree (2:1 minimum) in a relevant subject.

We are happy to consider equivalent qualifications from anywhere in the world.

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

If you have no formal academic qualifications but do have extensive industry experience we will consider your application on an individual basis.




Whilst the University tries to ensure that all of its programmes run as advertised it is sometimes necessary to make significant changes to the structure of the programmes or to discontinue a programme entirely if for instance there are insufficient student numbers or staff changes. This will sometimes happen between an offer being made and enrolment.

Where changes are made the University will endeavour to inform applicants as early as possible to minimise the potential disruption to the application process. Where possible an alternative programme will be offered in a similar subject area.

In cases where programmes are changed or discontinued the University will send a communication to you electronically and/or by hard copy outlining your options.

Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Academic expertise



First semester (September to January)

Foundations of Cyber Security
Covers four broad topic areas: programming, operating systems, encryption and networks. This module prepares the ground for other more tightly focused modules covering closely related topics

Cyber Threat Intelligence
Develops your ability to reason about threats to cyber security, in particular, understanding the strengths and limitations of methods to produce actionable intelligence.

Host and Network Security
Introduces the conceptual framework of hardware and software layers within a computer and common vulnerabilities and threats

Penetration Testing and Incident Response
Provides you with the knowledge and insight to what hackers may do, how to probe systems for exploitable vulnerabilities and how to react appropriately when an incident occurs










Second semester (February to May)

Cyber Engineering
Introduces you to the core electronic and communication engineering concepts and devices that constitute the physical part of the cyber domain. The aim of this module is to make you aware of the physical constraints on systems and devices

Digital Forensics Principles and Practice
Provides you with the knowledge and understanding of how to preserve the evidential value of any digital artefacts that are relevant to the incident, then interpret them

Malware Analysis
Introduces you to the principles, tools and techniques used to reverse engineer binaries, including how to avoid anti reversing traps

Legal, Ethical and Professional Practice
Provides an insight into the ethical and professional context of cyber security, and in doing so addresses the theory of professionals in organisations; security management; project management; the legal framework; ethical issues in professional practice and their resolution; and the legal, moral and professional responsibilities of the computer forensic and security practitioner.

Third semester (June to September)

MSc Cyber Security Project/Dissertation
Opportunity to carry out a self-managed, in-depth study involving design, fact finding, analysis, synthesis and integration of complex ideas that are sometimes based on incomplete and contractor data or requirements.



Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials and laboratory work. A strong emphasis is given to real world problems. Assessment is by a combination of coursework, projects and laboratory-based assessments.

You will be taught and supported by experts in cyber security including staff from DMU's Cyber Security Centre, as well as professionals from Deloitte. We will need to expand on this later on when we can get more info from academics 



Contact and learning hours

The time allocated to study is around 30 hours per week, carried out in block teaching.


The course teams within the Cyber Security Centre have unrivalled expertise in cyber security. The team includes former Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) of large telecommunications companies, internet banks and cloud service providers, an ex vice president of one of the largest cyber security companies in the world, information assurance specialists with extensive experience working in various UK defence organisations, leading digital forensics experts and respected government advisors. Several of the team are regular media commentators on forensics and security. Professional input throughout the course will come from Deloitte and their cyber security professionals. 



Facilities and features


The Cyber Security Laboratories are among the best equipped facilities of this type in the UK. Developed in consultation with leaders in the industry, they are designed to meet the highest forensics and security standards.

The laboratories contain 65 high-spec, specially customised PCs configured with multiple operating systems, virtualisation and removable hard drives, as well as specialised servers, wired and wireless networking equipment and a wide variety of other hardware and software components.

Cyber Security Centre

The laboratories are also the base for our Cyber Security Centre (CSC), a multidisciplinary group of academics and industry experts who focus on a wide variety of cyber security and digital forensics issues. Their mission is to provide the full benefits to all of a safe, secure and resilient cyberspace.

The laboratories play a vital role in the group's research and development work. Whether you are a first year undergraduate or a PhD student, within the laboratories you will be working with the latest tools and techniques at the forefront of computer forensics and security research.

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

Library services

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

Opportunities and careers




This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.



Graduate Careers

Graduates are likely to be employed as cyber security specialists within law enforcement, government or other related agencies, in commercial IT departments or security consultancies, or in other computing positions where cyber security is an issue. The involvement of Deloitte in designing the course and supporting its delivery and development will assure it remains current and supportive of the real challenges cyber security specialist face in the rapidly changing cyber domain. Opportunities also exist for further academic study towards a PhD and a career in research.

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