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Cyber Security

University of Essex Online

Postgraduate Diploma Online
16 months
5611 GBP/year
5611 GBP/year
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Businesses are becoming increasingly reliant on technology to operate. Accordingly, there is a huge demand for cyber security professionals with knowledge of cyber threats and solutions. This PG Dip Cyber Security from University of Essex Online is designed for individuals who don’t have a cyber security background but want to pursue a career in this exciting field. 

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This conversion course is delivered 100% online and part-time. You will learn and be assessed wholly online via the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) – no need to travel to assessment centres! 

This means you can easily and flexibly fit your professional development ambitions around your personal life, and you won’t need to take a career break.  Though you will study exclusively online, on successful completion of your PG Dip Cyber Security from University of Essex Online , you will be invited to attend a graduation ceremony at the University of Essex’s Colchester campus. 

Why study this subject?

Through this course you will gain an insight into all areas of cyber security, from technical approaches and managerial concerns to legal ramifications and the psychological background to breaches. The course will prepare you to cope with cyber attacks in a measured and decisive way and will also help you to develop essential skills in teamwork and communication. Through this course you will gain a strong academic foundation which will enable you to unlock a range of careers available to cyber security professionals.

Methods of assessment

All assessments are delivered through our Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). There is no requirement to go to external test centres. Instead you will submit written assignments through the VLE; and for the few courses where exams are required, University of Essex Online uses a virtual system which allows you to take academically rigorous exams from the comfort of your own home.

You are always aware of your current provisional grade which allows you to continually evaluate the success of your current study methods and identify areas to improve. University of Essex Online believe that this information helps you to make the most of your course. 

University of Essex Online achieves this by:

  • assessing you throughout modules rather than waiting for end of year exams
  • showing your marks in your grade book which can be viewed whenever you log onto the VLE
  • rapid turnaround on work assessed to ensure your grade book is always up to date
  • ensuring you have regular contact with your Student Adviser

University of Essex Online also has a policy of ensuring that the work submitted by students is authentic – it uses a well-established electronic monitoring system to check for plagiarism.

Career destinations

Given the increasing need for robust cyber security measures and the skills shortage in this area, this course is designed to make you an attractive candidate in this sector. You will be able to succeed in a range of roles such as Policy Maker, Software Developer, Risk Analyst, Threat Management, Secure Systems Designer/Programmer, Information Systems Administrator or Forensic Analyst.

Programme Structure

Teaching methods and style
  • Essex Online is a 100% online education provider, so we use a state-of-the art Virtual Learning Environment to deliver teaching, resources and assessments. The system tracks and manages the learning process in real-time and provides you with immediate access to your learning materials. The VLE allows both students and tutors to actively take part in real-time conversations and listen to and view live lectures and seminars.
  • You are supported throughout your course by a dedicated Student Adviser and have opportunities to regularly interact with fellow students and your tutor. To ensure you receive the support you need from your tutor, University of Essex Online caps the class sizes at 20 students. 
  • For the PG Dip Cyber Security, there’s no need to download different software packages – all programming languages are included within the tuition fee and all work is carried out on an online development environment.

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 16 months

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Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS The International English Language Test System (IELTS) tests your English-language proficiency on a scale of 1 – 9. The score refers to the combined average score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading).

Other requirements

General requirements

University of Essex Online offers two flexible entry routes onto the PG Dip Cyber Security, which consider your academic and work-based experience:

Academic entry route

In order to satisfy the academic entry route requirement, you must have either of the following qualifications as a minimum:

  • an undergraduate degree from an approved institution, equivalent to a UK Honours degree; or 
  • a relevant professional qualification

Work experience entry route

To apply for the work experience entry route, you must meet the following criteria:

  • at least three years’ relevant work experience

Tuition Fee

  • International

    5611 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7482 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 16 months.
  • EU/EEA

    5611 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 7482 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 16 months.

The tuition fee includes all teaching materials and required reading, and there aren’t any hidden charges for assessments or resits.  


A range of scholarships are available subject to applicants meeting certain criteria. 

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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