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Graduate ApprenticeshipsCyber Security (MSc)

Designed in partnership with industry, our MSc Cyber Security graduate apprenticeship gives employers the opportunity for their IT professionals to gain a masters degree over 18 months, whilst still working. Neither the employer, or learner, are required to contribute towards tuition fees.

Through a combination of work-based, online and face to face tuition, employees will learn the latest cyber security strategies, theories and techniques, with a focus on integrating their knowledge directly back into the workplace.

On successful completion of the programme, participants will be awarded an MSc in Cyber Security from the University of Strathclyde.

There are 25 fully funded places available to start in September 2020.

You may also be interested in our BSc (Hons) IT Software Development Graduate Apprenticeship.

What is a Graduate Apprenticeship?

Fully funded by the Scottish Government through Skills Development Scotland, with support from the European Social Fund, Graduate Apprenticeships develop your workforce by combining the latest academic learning with experience in the workplace.

Our MSc in Cyber Security will develop your employee’s cyber security skills to better protect your company, customers and employees from security threats.

Employer Requirements

First and foremost, MSc Cyber Security graduate apprentices are employees, who’ll continue to spend 80% of their time working for their employer. There is no restriction on the size of any organisation that can employ a graduate apprentice.

Employers must:

  • ensure graduate apprentices have a role that involves cyber security
  • allocate a work-based mentor who can offer the graduate apprentice support for the duration of the programme
  • agree study arrangements with the graduate apprentice
  • ensure that graduate apprentices have sufficient time and opportunity to work on their studies and related assessment within their working hours. This must equate to one day per week, although this could be spread over a working week.

We strongly advise that employers agree protected time for graduate apprentices to support their study.

As an employer, you are not required to pay tuition fees for employees to undertake the MSc Cyber Security graduate apprenticeship. You may however incur costs for additional employee expenses, such as travel to on-campus learning days or textbooks to support learning. These should be agreed directly with the employee.

As employees progress through the graduate apprenticeship, employers can choose to receive updates on their progress, such as module grades and progress in developing their work-based learning portfolio.

How to apply

Employers can nominate existing employees or newly recruited candidates who will then be considered for admission to the programme. One, or multiple employees, can be nominated. There is no limit to the number of places per employer.

In the first instance, employers should contact us with an expression of interest for employees to be considered for the MSc Cyber Security graduate apprenticeship, indicating the number of places being sought on the programme. 

We are also happy to work directly with employers to streamline the recruitment process for new graduate apprentices.

Contact us

If you’re an employer considering how our MSc Cyber Security graduate apprenticeship can benefit your organisation, please contact us. We’d be delighted to help.

Dr Sotirios Terzis
MSc Cyber Security Programme Director
cis-cyber@strath.ac.uk