Taught course

Mathematics of Cybersecurity

University of Bristol · School of Mathematics

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 (e.g. 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 cyber security 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 tools to implement them. You will gain a qualification and skills in an area where there is a recognised skills shortage in the employment market.

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.

Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Admissions Team