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Cyber Technology MSc

Enhance and develop your skills in artificial intelligence, cyber security, digital forensics, software engineering, and management to help protect against cyber attacks and security breaches as they become evermore prevalent across our digital world.

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We’re living in a digital age, and while this technology and connectivity gives us so many benefits, it also means hackers and cyberterrorists have more opportunities than ever before to sabotage institutions, businesses, and even individuals.

This programme is developed in partnership with a range of national and international organisations, including Deloitte UK, Airbus, BT, and Rolls-Royce, ensuring you learn about the issues at the forefront of the sector.

Teaching is delivered by our expert staff at the Cyber Technology Institute, which has been named as an NCSC Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research thanks to its pioneering research in incident response and cyber threat intelligence, industrial control systems and sociotechnical security.

Our Cyber Technology MSc course consists of five main themes –Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, Digital Forensics, Software Engineering, and Management. It can be studied by combining modules from all five categories, allowing you to specialise in your chosen area of interest. Alternatively, you have the opportunity to choose mixed pathways, for example the choices of modules could lead to a degree in Cyber Security with Management.

The National Cyber Security Centre  – part of GCHQ – has fully certified our MSc in Cyber Technology and MSc in Cyber Security in recognition of their excellence in providing students with a broad foundation of skills. 

Key features

  • Develop the skills required for a rapidly evolving sector and learn the techniques to be able to work in one of the most fast-paced areas of computing.
  • Study a programme that’s been developed in conjunction with industry experts. Our modules are created with input from Deloitte UK, Airbus, BT, and Rolls-Royce, which allows you to explore and study real-life issues relevant to industry. 
  • Access to our dedicated Cyber Security Centre, which features computer security and forensics laboratories, will give you the opportunity to work in industry standard facilities and allow you to develop and enhance your skills in digital forensics.
  • You’ll be taught by expert academics from our Cyber Security Centre and Software Technology Research Laboratory, many of whom are recognised leaders in the cyber security domain.
  • Tailor your learning to your area of interest and select modules from Artificial Intelligence, Cyber Security, Cyber Technology, Digital Forensics and Software Engineering, allowing you to specialise in the areas of the course you are most interested in.
  • We help our graduates to be prepared for roles such as consultancy, software houses or project management within organisations that are cyber security specialists. This includes areas such as law enforcement, government, commercial IT departments and security consultancies.




Artificial Intelligence

The emerging field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) has created a demand for experts with an understanding of AI and its security implications. The AI pathway therefore focuses on the AI must-have tools and capabilities for the future in a fully interconnected smart world.  You will gain an understanding of advanced topics, such as Machine Learning and Computer Vision, and development tools, such as facial recognition, and become equipped for a career in artificial intelligence.

Cyber Security: Constantly in the news, whether it is the theft of a laptop containing secret information, high-profile hacking incidents or an attack on the national critical infrastructure, it is impossible to ignore the importance of cyber security.

The Cyber Security modules are developed to provide the most up-to-date cyber security principles, practice, tools and techniques, taught by a team of ten experienced, specialist staff in a purpose-built computer security and forensics laboratory at DMU.

Digital Forensics: One of the fastest growing areas in the IT industry. The growing need for companies and governments to comply with regulations concerning data protection and adequate incident response means that all organisations now need computer security and/or digital forensics specialists.

Software Engineering: The overall aim of this theme is to consider software engineering as the systematic application of tools and techniques to the various stages of the software development process. In particular, to the specification, design, implementation, testing, deployment, and evolution stages of dependable, scalable and robust software systems within constraints of cost, time, available resource and pre-existing systems. The major focus of the course is the formal specification of such critical systems at every stage of development.

Management: Designed to equip students with the necessary skills and abilities to enable them to undertake complex business planning that is of great relevance to the modern global business environment. Management has developed as an academic discipline and profession, whereby the skills that it has been traditionally associated with have expanded beyond construction and engineering workplaces. Today, management is of relevance to all business fields, from the financial sector through to healthcare and information technology. New product development, change management, software development and event management are examples of the type of projects benefitting from a structured management approach. Management is only available as a mixed pathway. 

Some of the modules within this programme are delivered in partnership with 7Safe (Cambridge), who deliver a set of well-established and respected professional training courses.  For each of those hands-on modules DMU provides an academic assessment opportunity that explores and examines in an intellectually rigorous manner the wider academic context of the hands-on course content. In this way you will acquire both the professional practical skills and meet the international intellectual standards required for an MSc award.


International Scholarships

Find out about available scholarships and country specific fee discounts for international students.

 The Cyber Security pathway of the Cyber Technology MSc programme is certified by the NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre)


The Cyber Technology Institute is proud to be an Airbus Centre of Excellence in SCADA cyber security and forensics and an invited member of RITICS (Research Institute in Trustworthy Inter-Connected Cyber-Physical Systems), funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

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  • UK
  • EU/International

Programme code: I10079

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

Start date: January and September

Fees and funding:


2021/22 full-time fees: TBC


Students choosing to study the 7safe modules will incur additional charges, please contact us for up to date information

EU Students: Find out about student loan information and scholarships.

Apply for the DMU Sports Scholarship, worth up to £6,000.

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs and optional extras associated with this course

Programme code: I10079

Duration: One year full-time (with optional one-year placement* available) or 18 months for January starts.

*Country restrictions apply

Start date: January and September


Fees and funding:

For 2021/22 tuition full-time fees will be £18,280 per year.

Students choosing to study the 7safe modules will incur additional charges, please contact us for up to date information

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.


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.

If you feel you would like to talk to us about your qualifications before submitting an application please do not hesitate to call or email using the contact details below.





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




  • Legal, Ethical and Professional Practice and Research Methods
  • MSc Project/Dissertation

Artificial Intelligence

  • AI Programming 
  • Machine Learning 
  • Foundations of AI 
  • AI for Security 
  • Computer Vision 
  • Artificial Neural Networks 
  • MSc Project/Dissertation

Cyber Security

  • Foundations of Cyber Security    
  • Cyber Threat Intelligence  
  • Host and Network Security
  • Penetration Testing and Incident Response
  • Cyber Engineering 
  • Digital Forensics Principles and Practice
  • Malware Analysis
  • Advanced Research Topics in Cyber Technology   


Software Engineering

  • Internet of Things
  • Software Quality Assurance and Testing       
  • Requirements Analysis and Cloud-based System Design
  • Critical Systems        
  • High Assurance System Design       
  • Modern Programming Techniques  
  • Semantic Technologies          

Digital Forensics

  • Alternative Operating Systems Forensics
  • Current Issues for Practitioners
  • Network Security and Ethical Hacking 1 - 7safe
  • Network Security and Ethical Hacking 2 - 7safe
  • Wireless Security - 7safe
  • Forensic Tools and Processes - Forensic Investigations - 7safe
  • Applied Forensics - Malware Investigation - 7safe
  • Advanced Forensics and Incident Response - 7safe
  • Security Strategy and Standards - 7safe


  • Agile Project Management
  • Responsible Research and Innovation in ICT



Each module is delivered over the duration of four full days. It targets both concepts and practical skills that are relevant to industry. A multiple choice (MC) test at the end of the course provides attendees feedback on their achievements and must be passed before continuation of the academic assessment through coursework. 

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, multiple choice and laboratory-based assessments.


Contact and learning hours

Students normally attend from 9am - 4.40pm (per module)


The programme is managed and delivered through our renowned Cyber Security Centre and Software Technology Research Laboratory.

The course teams within the Cyber Technology Institute 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 UK 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 Technology Institute

The laboratories are also the base for our Cyber Technology Institute (CTI), 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 Learning Zones and The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.

There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.

You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.

Library services

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.

Opportunities and careers

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DMU Global

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 DMU Global, 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.

While overseas DMU Global opportunities are not currently possible, DMU will continue to review government advice and if travel is permitted, we hope to offer a small number of extra-curricular opportunities in the summer of 2021. 



Graduate Careers

Graduates are prepared for positions in consultancies, software houses or project management. They are also 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. Graduates can also undertake further study towards a doctoral or PhD degree.

Postgraduate Events

Our postgraduate open events are your opportunity to speak to academics and current student about your course, Leicester, funding and more.

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How to apply

We welcome applications from UK and international students with a wide range of qualifications and experience.

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More about your DMU

Postgraduate Alumni Scholarship
Postgraduate events
Research at DMU
Graduate case study: Umera

Postgraduate Alumni Scholarship

Our dedicated Postgraduate Alumni Scholarship provides DMU graduates with a tuition fee discount of up to 30 per cent. The discount is available on selected full-time and part-time postgraduate taught courses running across multiple start dates in the 2021/22 academic session, with the first intake in September 2021.

The scholarship, based on academic achievement and merit, applies automatically to all DMU UK, EU and international students who are graduating in 2021.


Postgraduate events

The best way to find out more about DMU is to attend one of our postgraduate events to find out how our courses can enhance your knowledge and benefit your career path.

These events are a chance to learn more about our extensive careers and employability support, as well as fees and funding opportunities such as scholarships. They're also an opportunity to speak with current students and academics to really get a feel for studying your course. You can also take a tour of our beautiful campus and facilities from the comfort of home via our Virtual Open Day.


Research at DMU

The Cyber Technology Institute (CTI), recognised as an NCSC Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research, provides high-quality research and outstanding training and consultancy services in the fields of cyber security, software engineering and smart systems. 

The CTI brings together the expertise of three specialist research centres – the Cyber Security Centre, the Software Technology Research Laboratory and the Context Intelligence and Interaction Research Group.  We offer flexible training, including CPD courses, apprenticeships, and tailored master's and Doctoral Training Programmes. 

Our work is supported by an industrial advisory group comprising Airbus, BT, Deloitte UK, and Rolls-Royce. Their feedback on research and teaching ensures that the CTI remains focused on providing relevant solutions that meet industry needs. The CTI is a member of the RISCS and RITICS national research institutes and an Airbus Centre of Excellence in SCADA. 


Case studies

“The eight core modules are what I think employers are looking for. They were very intense, however also very rewarding. 

“The best things about DMU were my colleagues, the tutors, the environment and just being able to study cyber security, because that’s my real passion. It was enjoyable, it was fast-paced and I got a real thrill out of it. 

“The academics were good to work with and supportive. When I was stuck on my assignments they were approachable and I could go and see them and talk it through with them.” 

Umera Saddiq, Cyber Security (MSc)