NCSC-certified degrees

Created:  09 Aug 2017
Updated:  09 Aug 2017
About NCSC-certified Master’s and Bachelor's degrees in cyber security and closely related fields.

With so many UK universities offering degrees containing cyber security content, it can be difficult for students and employers alike to assess the quality on offer and to identify the degree that best suits someone’s preferred career path. NCSC-certified degrees help:

  • universities to attract high quality students from around the world
  • employers to recruit skilled staff and develop the cyber skills of existing employees
  • prospective students to make better informed choices when looking for a highly valued qualification

The 25 Master’s degrees currently certified by the NCSC are:

Full certification​ ​
University of Birmingham MSc in Cyber Security*^
Cranfield University​​ MSc in Digital Forensics
Edinburgh Napier University​

MSc in Advanced Security and Digital Forensics​*^ - available as full-time, part-time or part-time, distance learning 

Lancaster University​ MSc in Cyber Security​^
University of Oxford​ MSc in Software and Systems Security*^
Royal Holloway, University of London​ MSc in Information Security​^
Royal Holloway, University of London, and the University of London International Academy​ MSc in Information Security — Distance Learning​^
Queen's University Belfast MSc in Cyber Security*^
University of Southampton MSc in Cyber Security^
University of South Wales MSc in Computer Forensics*^
University of Surrey MSc in Information Security​*^
University College London MSc in Information Security*^
University of York​​ MSc in Cyber Security*^
*Certification is awarded to a specific pathway through the degree.
^Subject to final agreement, courses participating in DCMS cyber security Master's degree bursary pilot in 17/18. For more information read the DCMS press release.

 

Provisional certification​ ​
University of Bradford MSc Cyber Security
Cranfield University MSc in Cyber Defence and Information Assurance​​
De Montfort University MSc Cyber Security
De Montfort University MSc Cyber Technology*
University of Kent MSc in Cyber Security
University of Kent MSc in Cyber Security with Industrial Placement
Kingston University MSc in Network and Information Security (Cyber Pathway)
Oxford Brookes University MSc Computer Science for Cyber Security^
Royal Holloway, University of London Integrated Master's degree (MSci) in Computer Science (Information Security)​^
University of Southampton Integrated Master's degree (MEng) in Computer Science with Cyber Security​^
University College London MSc in Information Security*^
University of Warwick MSc in Cyber Security Engineering​^
University of Warwick MSc in Cyber Security and Management*^
*Certification is awarded to a specific pathway through the degree.
^Subject to final agreement, courses participating in DCMS cyber security Master's degree bursary pilot in 17/18 . For more information read the DCMS press release.

 

The two Bachelor’s degrees currently provisionally certified by the NCSC are:

Provisional Certification
Royal Holloway, University of London BSc Computer Science (Information Security)
University of Warwick BSc Cyber Security (from October 2018)

 

Universities wishing to apply for certification must submit an application which includes details of:
  • the academic team delivering the degree
  • the subject areas taught
  • the examinations used for assessment of students
  • how students undertake their original research dissertation
  • entry requirements for the degree
  • example dissertations**
  • student numbers**
  • grades achieved by students, and student feedback**

**Not required in applications for provisional certification.

 

For more information contact MastersCertification@ncsc.gov.uk, or BachelorsCertification@ncsc.gov.uk.

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