Taught course

Mathematics of Cybersecurity

University of Bristol · School of Mathematics

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Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in mathematics or statistics.

Applicants need to be able to demonstrate strong skills in probability and statistics, equivalent to the University of Bristol School of Mathematics Probability 2 and Statistics 2 units.

Applicants would also benefit from having a basic understanding of one or more programming languages (eg R, Python or C). Professional experience may be taken into consideration alongside qualifications.

Months of entry


Course content

Preserving the security of computers, connected devices and their data becomes more important every year. Mathematics plays a key role in both preventing and modelling security breaches, with many cybersecurity tools and algorithms being based on mathematical ideas.

This postgraduate programme gives you a rigorous introduction to the underpinning theories in mathematics and will equip you with modern data science, analytical and computational tools to implement them.

Developed in collaboration with industry and government, our curriculum includes a broad variety of units, from strands of pure mathematics and data science to computer science and statistics. You will work at scale on large datasets to implement real-world cybersecurity solutions, gaining a qualification and experience in a field that has a recognised skills shortage.

The School of Mathematics has more than doubled in size over the last decade; in the most recent Research Excellence Framework, 87 per cent of our mathematical sciences research was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent. Learn alongside expert academics, challenging you to consider some of the big security questions facing us today.

Join us in the historic Grade II listed Fry Building, fully refurbished to provide world-class facilities at the heart of campus. The building has been designed to foster creative mathematics, with spaces to study, learn and socialise.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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