M.Sc. On Campus

Cyber Security

University of Southampton

12 months
28000 GBP/year
9250 GBP/year
Tuition fee
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The Cyber Security MSc course at the University of Southampton offers a multi-disciplinary approach to this critically important topic, embracing not only the technical subjects, but also aspects of criminology, risk management, law and social sciences giving you skills that are highly regarded by leading employers.


Course Details

The Cyber Security MSc course at the University of Southampton is a topic of critical importance to commercial and academic organisations, as well as to governments and their citizens. The MSc Cyber Security programme from University of Southampton, primarily aimed as a broadening qualification for computer science graduates, offers a multi-disciplinary perspective to the subject, giving students an excellent basis for a future career in the cyber security field.

There is currently a worldwide shortage of skilled practitioners in cyber security. In the UK, the National Audit Office recently named "addressing the UK's current and future ICT and cyber security skills gap" as a "key challenge", whilst at a time when cybercrime “as-a-service” is on a steep rise, the Department for Business, Innovation & Skill calls for companies to make of cyber security a Board level responsibility.

Key Facts

  • Southampton University has pioneered many of the most important advances in computer science and web technology of the past 10 years
  • We have been ranked in the UK top ten for Computer Sciences for over ten years by the Guardian University Guide 
  • We are ranked second in the UK’s prestigious Russell Group for graduate prospects in Computer Science by the Complete University Guide 
  • We are one of only 14 universities recognised as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research by the UK Government and our academics have played a leading role in establishing a European Data Science Academy

Career Opportunities

This programme provides an excellent platform for either immediate employment in the cyber security field or further research in industry or academia. Our graduates should not only understand technical aspects of cyber security, but also the broader context in which these sit.

Students should be able to seek careers in:

  • Established companies designing and marketing specific off-the-shelf security products (anti-viruses, anti-spam, software analysers, firewalls, etc.)
  • Emerging cyber security professions embedded in companies and business of any sort. These include the expert figures required as companies are urged to take responsibility for the analysis of their cyber-threats and the design of their cyber-defences
  • A growing range of cyber security consultancy companies who study and analyse trends in cyber security and who provide advice to a wide range of clients
  • Professions for which cyber security plays a key role, and for which understanding the broader context is becoming increasingly important, e.g. the military, intelligence agencies, and crime prevention and investigation
  • Government departments, e.g. in the UK the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BiS), who provide analysis and strategy advice for the UK and its businesses

Academic possibilities include further study towards a Ph.D. qualification, or research assistant positions undertaking cyber security related research.

Programme Structure

Courses include:
  • Security of Cyber Physical Systems
  • Cyber Security
  • Implementing Cyber Security
  • Software Engineering and Cyber Security
  • Cyber Crime, Insecurity and the Dark Web (Cyber Security)
  • Project Preparation
  • Cryptography
  • Software Project Management and Development
  • Secure Software Development
  • Machine Learning Technologies (MSc)
  • Criminal Behaviour - Applied Perspectives (Cyber Security)

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


180 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

GPA admission requirements GPA
Upper Second Class

Other requirements

General requirements

You’ll need a 2:1 degree in computer science or a closely related subject.

You must also have an upper 2:1 score in the following modules:

  • a programming language
  • a computer networks module
  • a computer science module, such as: cryptography, software, data structures, databases, machine learning, web, networks

Tuition Fee

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  • International

    28000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 28000 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.
  • National

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 9250 GBP for the full programme during 12 months.

EU and international students pay £28,000.

Living costs for Southampton

697 - 1093 GBP /month
Living costs

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


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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