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Advanced Cyber Security

King's College London

Master Online
24 months
7800 GBP/year
7800 GBP/year
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Learn the skills needed for one of the world’s most in-demand career pathways – cyber security. This is your opportunity to gain the knowledge, technological understanding and best practices used by cyber professionals without taking a break from your career. Learn more about the Advanced Cyber Security MSc, PG Dip, PG Cert (online) at King’s College London.

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Cyber security is a global challenge that impacts societies, national security, critical infrastructure and the global economy. Cybercrime damages are predicted to cost the world nearly £5 trillion annually by 2021, yet cyber security skills are one of the world's most in-demand, with a global sector deficit of 2.9 million. Now more than ever, industries such as health care, finance, manufacturing and retail all rely on cyber security professionals to enter the workforce to protect valuable information from these damaging, costly cyber breaches.

Our leading academics provide you with cutting-edge theory in the field of cyber security, and you’ll have access to our Virtual Lab, providing you with practical experience of real-world security analysis and problem-solving.

Career opportunities in cyber security have grown three times faster than those for IT jobs overall, and cyber security professionals are earning 16 per cent* more than their IT counterparts. If you come from a technical background with a strong computer science foundation and are looking to begin a career in this thriving sector, this programme is right for you. 

Key Benefits

  • Advanced theory - The course provides an excellent foundation for learning advanced theory, practical techniques and skills for solving complex cyber security problems.
  • Virtual Lab - Access to our virtualisation software (Virtual Lab) gives you the practical, hands-on experience of real-world security analysis and problem-solving.
  • World-leading academics - Learn and collaborate with leading academics in the field, such as Professor Luca Viganò, Head of the Cybersecurity Group. His research focuses on formal methods and tools for the design, modelling, analysis, verification and testing of networks and systems in order to tackle cybersecurity and privacy problems that are important to industry, society and everyone living in a technologically dependent world.
  • Support 24/7 - A dedicated Student Success Advisor will offer support throughout the duration of your course and will be your first point of contact, answering all enquiries within 24 hours, 7 days a week.
  • Build a global network - You’ll learn alongside like-minded students and professionals from around the world, each of whom brings their own unique experience, skills and perspectives to your online discussions.

Benefits of online learning

  •  Access study materials, videos, readings and live webinars at any time, from wherever you are in the world.
  • All study material is downloadable for readily available,  offline use.
  • Start and finish at your convenience with six entry points per year.
  • Study at your own pace with our unique carousel learning system.
  • Make use of all the university’s services without having to visit campus, including careers, wellness and disability support.

Career prospects

Advanced Cyber Security  graduates at King’s College London are highly employable and in recent years they have gone on to forge successful careers in a wide range of sectors, including banking, telecommunications, security consultancies, the civil service, public utilities and the retail sector.

Examples of graduate destinations include Hang Seng Bank, Lloyds Banking Group, and Merrill Corporation. Other graduates have entered the field of academic and industrial research in areas such as cyber security, machine learning, software engineering, algorithms and computer networks.

This programme will prepare you for a career in an array of roles, such as:

  • Network security analyst
  • Security consultant/analyst
  • Audit /compliance consultant
  • Penetration Tester (Ethical Hacker)
  • Security certification engineer
  • Incident response analyst
  • Military intelligence analyst
  • Crime prevention & investigation analyst

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Cryptography 
  • Security Engineering 
  • Security Management 
  • Network Security 
  • Computer Forensics
  • Security Testing 
  • Distributed Ledgers and Cryptocurrencies
  • Big Data Technologies 

Key information


  • Part-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA Your GPA, or Grade Point Average, is a number that indicates how well or how high you scored in your courses on average. Usually a GPA scales between 1.0 and 4.0, however different countries and universities can have different grading systems.
Lower Second Class
Upper Second Class (recommended)

English requirements

TOEFL admission requirements TOEFL® IBT The TOEFL iBT® is given online through the internet at designated testing site. The test measures your English-language abilities in an academic setting. The score refers to the total score of 4 subjects (writing, listening, speaking, and reading), each subject has a range of 0 - 30.
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

A Master’s degree or a 2:1 Bachelor’s degree (Upper Second Class or international equivalent) is required in one of the following subject areas:

  • Computer Science, or Computing
  • Mathematics, Pure Mathematics, Mathematical Statistics or Statistics
  • Econometrics, Mathematical Economics, or Mathematical Finance
  • Physics
  • Natural Science
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Operations Research 

A 2:2 Bachelor’s degree (Lower Second Class or international equivalent) in one of the listed subject areas, upon a minimum of 3 years of professional coding experience across a range of programming languages.

If you have professional experience of more than 5 years, you may be considered on a case by case basis.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    7800 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15600 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • EU/EEA

    7800 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 15600 GBP for the full programme and a duration of 24 months.
  • The cost for each module is £1,300.
  • PG Cert: £5,200 (4 modules)
  • PG Dip: £10,400 (8 modules)
  • MSc: £15,600 (12 modules)


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Advanced Cyber Security
King's College London