Taught course

Cyber Security

Lancaster University · Communication Systems

Entry requirements

Second class honours degree, or its equivalent, in Computing or a closely related discipline. Relevant industry experience may be considered.

Months of entry


Course content

The overall aim of this MSc is to equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to work within the IT security profession. It takes advantage of Lancaster having recently been awarded the highly prestigious status of an EPSRC-GCHQ Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research, and combines advanced technical skills with disciplines such as Economics, Risk Management, Psychology and Social Science. Its strength and uniqueness lies in its multidisciplinary nature, merging expertise from across Lancaster’s faculties to educate the next generation of security specialists.

The technical modules within the degree offer the skills and knowledge required to enable students to obtain the industrially recognised professional qualifications of CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional), CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) and CHFI (Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator).


· A Research or Industrially Focused Dissertation

· Cybercrime

· Information System Forensic Investigation

· Information System Penetration and Countermeasures

· Information System Risk Management

· Information System Security Management

· Introduction to Law for Cyber Security Specialists

· Network and System Security

· Security and Conflict in the Digital Age

Information for international students

IELTS: 6.5 or equivalent.

Fees and funding

UK students
£9000 per year
International students
£19,500 per year


Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months
part time
24/36 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Coordinator
+44 (0) 1524 510515
+44 (0)1524 510 492