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
The NCSC and the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) jointly recognise Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACEs-CSR). Following the most recent assessment panel in February 2017, 14 universities have been recognised.
The NCSC supports doctoral students across the ACEs-CSR, as well as at the DCMS- and EPSRC-funded Centres for Doctoral Training (the University of Oxford and Royal Holloway, University of London). The NCSC does not select students for Doctoral studentships; all applications must be made directly to the relevant university.
The NCSC and EPSRC support three virtual academic research institutes:
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.
Call for submissions
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. The next call for applications to be recognised as an ACE-CSR is not expected until at least late 2018.
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.
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.
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.