Academics and researchers

Working with partners in government, industry and academia, we identify and support excellence in cyber security education and research and encourage industry investment in academic research.   

Certification and sponsorship for higher education

Recognising and supporting the best in cyber security education and research.

Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research

GCHQ and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) have set up a scheme to recognise Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSRs); these currently number 13.

PhD students

GCHQ supports PhD students at all 13 ACE-CSRs, as well as at the DCMS- and EPSRC-funded Centres for Doctoral Training (the University of Oxford and Royal Holloway, University of London). All student applications must be made to the relevant university and not directly to GCHQ.

Certified degrees

GCHQ certification of Bachelor's and Master's degrees in Cyber Security gives both students and employers confidence in the quality of those degrees. Universities offering certified courses attract high quality students from around the world. 

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Academic Centres of Excellence (ACE-CSRs)

Recognising universities as Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research continues to be a key part of the government's approach to maintaining and enhancing the UK's reputation as a global leader in research. Applications are invited from any UK university wishing to be recognised as an ACE-CSR. All existing ACE-CSRs must also re-apply to reaffirm their status. Closing date 12th December 2016

Certified Master's degrees

It can be difficult for students and employers to assess the quality of Master's degree courses with cyber security content. A GCHQ certification of such degrees will give prospective students confidence that the course and its content have met strict quality standards and allow the university to differentiate itself in a crowded marketplace. Applications are invited from any UK university wishing to submit their Master's degrees in Cyber Security for assessment. Closing date Friday 13th January 2017 at 16:00hrs.

Certified Bachelor's degrees

Following the success of the Master's certification initiative, we are extending certification to Bachelor's degrees. Again, in a crowded marketplace, such certification allows the university to differentiate itself as a provider of high-quality cyber security education at Bachelor's level and allows students to make informed choices. Applications are invited from any UK university wishing to submit their Bachelor's degrees in Cyber Security for assessment. Closing date Friday 13th January 2017 at 16:00hrs.

CyberInvest is a partnership that brings together key players from government and industry to invest and support the development of cutting-edge cyber security research across the UK's academic sector.

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