The NCSC has a vital part to play in ensuring the UK is able to operate securely in cyberspace. In this section you will discover how the NCSC is working with industry, government and academia to support the next generation of researchers, students and innovation.
Growing cyber capabilities in the UK
As part of CyberFirst, we support the development of the UK's next generation of cyber professionals. Our student residential courses and undergraduate bursary scheme are helping the UK nurture talent for a future in national security.
We work closely with cyber security educators and researchers to build the cyber-savvy workforce of the future and enhance the UK's knowledge and reputation as a producer of world-leading researchers.
Industry is a driving force for the UK's innovation and research programmes in cyber security. The NCSC aims to support, encourage and facilitate industry involvement through a number of initiatives.
Call for submissions
Academic Centres of Excellence (ACEs)
Recognising universities as Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research continues to be a key part of 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-CSR must also re-apply to reaffirm their status*.
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. Applications are invited from any UK university wishing to submit their Master's degrees in Cyber Security for assessment.
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.