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Graduate Apprenticeships Cyber Security (MSc)

Cyber Security is a top priority among small and large companies. Security threats are constantly evolving and effective cyber security skills will help protect your company, customers and employees.

Cyber Security MSc created in partnership with industry

The MSc Cyber Security degree is a bespoke 18-month Graduate Apprenticeship programme which will develop apprentices Cyber Security knowledge, skills, competencies and professional behaviours.

The degree combines academic knowledge with skills development to enable employees engaged in cyber security to become more effective and productive in the workplace.

  • the degree is designed in partnership with employers in the IT sector and to meet the criteria for National Cyber Security Centre (part of GCHQ) certification
  • the programme will give working professionals new advanced skills that are needed to protect and defend information systems from attack
  • graduate apprentices will acquire underpinning knowledge and understanding via a blended online learning and on-campus delivery mode with core Cyber Security competencies developed through an integrated work-based learning curriculum
  • the on-campus delivery will allow apprentices to hone their Cyber Security knowledge and skills with support from cybersecurity academics from the University of Strathclyde

There are fully-funded places on the MSc Cyber Security degree which start in September 2019. Applications for places are now open.

Course structure

Core modules and integrating knowledge back into the workplace

Critical to an organisation’s cyber security protection is the ability to understand and articulate security threats and challenges, to be aware of protection methods (security mechanisms) and to be able to differentiate between good security and snake-oil security.

Apprentices will gain a hands-on approach to developing these skills with a strong emphasis on industry, research and multi-disciplinary working.

During the first 12 months of the degree, apprentices will study core modules addressing topics such as Information Systems Risk Management and Security Management, Network and Systems Security, and Digital Forensics.

A key focus of the degree is aimed at integrating learning with the world of work. Over the first 12 months, apprentices will undertake a work-based learning module giving them the opportunity to enhance their practical skills through various on-the-job activities agreed with their employer.

For the final six months, apprentices undertake a significant work-based Integrated Project. The work-based learning module and Integrated Project will enable apprentices to apply their academic knowledge within their work context.

Entry criteria

Applicants will typically have a 2:1 BSc Honours degree in Computer Science, related discipline or equivalent experience.

The MSc Cyber Security Graduate Apprenticeship has a flexible admissions approach and applications will be considered on an individual basis with input from employers.

How to apply

  • employers identify suitable candidates working in cyber security roles
  • employers submit an expression of interest in the number of places they would like to take up
  • employers nominate existing or newly recruited candidates
  • candidates submit an application form

The Cyber Security Programme Team is happy to work with employers to help streamline the recruitment process for you. Please contact us with any questions at