Cyber Security

University of Liverpool

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The Cyber Security MSc has been designed to provide students with the understanding of the tools and techniques for preventing or limiting cybercrime. The modules are structured to equip students with the ability to investigate suspected cyber-attacks as well as navigate through the challenges in assessing and managing security risks within the modern workplace.

This programme is carefully curated for individuals who are already in IT-related employment and are seeking to enhance their expertise in the context of cyber security. The practical nature of this BCS accredited qualification allows for an approach that’s focussed on the provision of skills that have immediate application within the workplace.  

You will graduate with the confidence and skillset to be a highly effective cyber security professional with the capability to progress into senior technical and managerial positions. 


As our reliance on, and our use of, internet facilitated working continues to rapidly increase, the uninvited targeting and misuse of the technology has been increasing simultaneously. As a graduate of this specialist master’s programme, accredited by the BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, you will be equipped to enter the fast-growing sector of cyber security where it is expected that there will be a significant skills shortage.



Study Mode


30 months


Start Date(s)


January 10 2023

May 23 2023

October 10 2023


Course details

This programme consists of the following modules.

You are required to complete 180 credits to achieve a full Master of Science (MSc), 120 credits to achieve the postgraduate diploma (PGDip), and 60 credits to achieve the postgraduate certificate (PGCert).


  • Global Trends in Computer Science (15 credits) 
  • Security Engineering and Compliance (15 credits)            
  • Applied Cryptography (15 credits)          
  • Cyber Crime Prevention and Protection (15 credits)        
  • Cyber Forensics (15 credits)       
  • Security Risk Management (15 credits)  
  • Elective module: choose from
    • Deep Learning (15 credits)
    • Machine Learning in Practice (15 credits)
    • Multi-Agent Systems (15 credits)
    • Natural Language Processing and Understanding (15 credits)
    • Reasoning and Intelligent Systems (15 credits)
    • Robotics (15 credits)
  • Research Methods in Computer Science (15 credits)       
  • Computer Science Capstone Project (60 credits)

Entry requirements

All applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis. If you want to discuss your previous qualifications and experience before applying, please contact our admissions team.

Applicants should possess either:

  • A degree in computer science or a closely related subject, equivalent to a 2:2 UK bachelor’s degree, coupled with two years’ relevant IT professional experience; or
  • Professional work experience in IT or a related field and/or other prior qualifications, which will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

All applicants must provide evidence that they have an English language ability equivalent to an IELTS (academic) score of 6.5.

If you don’t have an IELTS or equivalent certificate, you can take our free online English test to assess your proficiency. You don’t need to prove your English ability if you are a national of, or have completed a qualification equivalent to a UK degree in, any of these countries.

Career outcomes

As a graduate with specialist knowledge of technologies and techniques that reinforce secure computer systems, you will be equipped take up rewarding careers within the ever-growing cyber security sector.  

Upon successful completion of this programme such career paths may include System Penetration Tester, Chief Information Officer or Information Security Consultant.  

Contact University of Liverpool

+44 (0)151 318 4466

University of Liverpool, Liverpool L69 3BX, United Kingdom
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