24 months
1335 GBP/module
1335 GBP/module
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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


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180 alternative credits



Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Lower Second Class
Upper Second Class (recommended)

English requirements

IELTS admission requirements IELTS
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Student insurance

Make sure to cover your health, travel, and stay while studying abroad. Even global coverages can miss important items, so make sure your student insurance ticks all the following:

  • Additional medical costs (i.e. dental)
  • Repatriation, if something happens to you or your family
  • Liability
  • Home contents and baggage
  • Accidents
  • Legal aid

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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, or any Maths related degrees
  • Economics, Mathematical Economics, or Mathematical Finance
  • Physics
  • Electronic Engineering
  • Natural Science
  • Geographic Information Systems
  • Operations Research

2.2 honours degree in the above subject areas. Candidates must demonstrate competence in a high-level programming language such as Pascal, C, C++, Python, Java, etc. Knowledge should be equivalent to at least the level expected at the end of a first-year undergraduate degree in computer science.

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    1335 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1335 GBP per module during 24 months.
  • National

    1335 GBP/module
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 1335 GBP per module during 24 months.

Your fees will be charged per module as you progress through the course. In the 2022/23 Academic Year modules will be charged at £1,335 per module. In the 2023/24 Academic Year modules will be charged at £1,402.

The number of modules you take will be determined by your chosen award as outlined below:

  • Postgraduate Certificate: 4 modules
  • Postgraduate Diploma: 8 modules
  • Master of Science: 12 modules

Tuition fees may be subject to an annual increase (capped at 5%) each academic year in line with King's College London's terms and conditions. Each increase comes into effect in September of each year. 


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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