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Cyber Security and Big Data, M.Sc.

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    Application Deadline
  • 12 months
London, United Kingdom
Through this Cyber Security and Big Data programme at Loughborough University London you will have the opportunity to engage with the very latest Cyber Security principles, practices, tools, and techniques through practical application analysing and evaluating problems and responding to challenges in real time.


This programme will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the challenges in Cyber Security faced by industry and society, and will help you to develop the necessary skills to address those challenges in the most effective way. This programme will enable you to build knowledge and develop expertise in network security in cryptography and through action-based learning to provide you with employment skills essential to the Cyber Security industries and related businesses, e-commerce, and governmental organisations.

Programme Aims

a) Provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the challenges in cyber security faced by industry and society, and will help them to develop the necessary skills to address those challenges in the most effective way

b) Utilise both cyber security and big data analytics techniques to analyse and evaluate problems and respond to challenges with practical applications in real time

c) Build students’ knowledge and develop expertise in network security and cryptography, including big data analytics to combat malicious activities and to detect anomalies in the network

d) Provide individuals and teams with employment skills essential to the cyber security industries and related businesses, such as IT, e-commerce, and governmental organisations using action-based learning

Programme Structure

To complete the MSc Cyber Security and Big Data offered by Loughborough University London students must complete 8 x 15 credit modules.Students must also choose and complete 4 of the 9 optional modules, 1 of these modules must be completed in Semester 1 and 3 in Semester 2. Students will pick a second subject from the list of nominated second subject modules offered by the other Institutes in the first semester. All students must complete a Dissertation worth 60 credits.

Career prospects

Graduates from this programme will be in a very strong position to take on digital technology posts in a wide range of industries, including Internet and cloud based businesses, finance firms, governmental organisations, consultancy companies operating in information, communication and network security, as well as those sectors dealing with massive personal data, such as health and well being, where users' privacy and trust needs safeguarding.

Graduates will also have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and career prospects further by undertaking a PhD programme.

Programme Structure

Compulsory modules
  • Collaborative Project
  • Dissertation
  • Applied Cryptography
  • Principles of Data Science
Optional modules

Choose three modules only

  • Media Processing and Coding
  • Internet and Communication Networks
  • Internet of Things and Applications
  • Introduction to Programming and MatLab
  • Media Cloud Applications and Services
  • Mobile Broadband and Wireless Networks
  • Network Security
  • Digital Forensics
  • Advanced Big Data Analytics
Second subject modules

Choose one module only

  • Design Thinking
  • Principles of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
  • Sport Media and Marketing
  • The Key Topics in Media and Creative Industries
  • Introduction to Diplomacy
  • Business Model Development

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 12 months
    • Average part-time duration 48 months
    • Intensity Flexible
  • Credits
    180 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

English Language Requirements

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

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  • Minimum required score:


    The TOEFL iBT ® measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The test has four sections (reading, listening, speaking, and writing), each with a score range of 0-30, for a total score range of 0-120. Read more about TOEFL iBT ®.

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General Requirements

  • Minimum of a lower second class honours degree in electronics, computing, physics, mathematics or a related degree preferably with industrial experience from a UK university, or an equivalent overseas qualification recognised by Loughborough University.
  • English Language requirements: IELTS 6.5 overall, with a minimum of 6.0 in each subtest (Reading, Listening, Writing and Speaking) or equivalent.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    22656 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 22650 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9996 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 10000 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 12 months.
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Living costs for London

  • 1137 - 2160 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


East London community scholarship

Award value: Up to 100% off the full cost of your tuition fees

The East London Community Scholarship offers up to 100% off the full cost of tuition fees for students who obtained GCSE or A-level (or equivalent) qualifications from The East London Growth Boroughs of Barking and Dagenham, Greenwich, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest.

Applicants should complete a one page submission outlining their personal contributions to their local community.

Application deadline: 31st July

Excellence scholarship

Award value: 20% off the full cost of your tuition fees

The Academic Excellence Scholarship awards high achieving UK, EU and international students 20% off the full cost of their tuition fees. Any student holding a high 2:1 or first class degree (or equivalent) from a recognised, high quality institution will receive this scholarship.

Santander postgraduate UK/EU scholarship

Loughborough University is pleased to offer up to six scholarships to the value of £5,000 set against tuition fees for prospective full-time postgraduate taught students funded by theSantander Universities scheme.

Students are expected to meet the following criteria:

  • Be a permanent resident of Belgium, Germany, Poland, Portugal, Spain or the UK and self-funded,
  • Excellent academic record,
  • Clearly demonstrate financial need,
  • The selection committee will also take in to account the personal statement provided on the application form.

Application Deadline: 20th July

Applicants must have submitted an official application for their chosen postgraduate programme.

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