Our MSc in cyber security aims to develop the next generation of industry leaders and address the shortage of cyber security professionals globally. The emphasis of the masters is to provide graduates with a comprehensive understanding of the cyber security challenges facing industry and society, today and in the future, and equip them with the skills necessary to address those challenges.

Global Recognition

Our MSc is one of an elite number of UK master’s degrees in cyber security to achieve GCHQ provisional Certification.

The MSc offers students a syllabus informed by the world-class research being undertaken at Queen’s University Belfast’s Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT). CSIT was recently honoured by Her Majesty the Queen for its work in strengthening global cyber security and protecting the online activity of billions of internet users around the world.

CSIT is the UK’s Innovation & Knowledge Centre (IKC) for secure information technologies and is a GCHQ accredited Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research.

CSIT is fast developing a reputation as a global innovation hub for cyber security and is influenced throughout by its strong history of commercial engagement with world leading companies including Allstate, BAE Systems, Equiniti, Euronext, IBM, Infosys, McAfee, Roke and Thales.‌

Work Placements and Internships 

Students taking the MSc will be offered opportunities for summer internships during which they can undertake their research project in cyber security. Students enrolled on the 2-year MSc with professional internship can apply for year-long internships.

We will facilitate a process for students to apply for internships but cannot guarantee that students will be placed. An integral part of the course is an Employability Programme where students are offered personal assistance to develop their CVs, interview skills, and prepare for undertaking project internships.

Internships have previously been provided by the following companies and organisations across the UK and Europe: Austrian Institute of Technology (AIT), Facebook, Fintrax Group, IBM, McAfee, PwC, RepKnight, Roke, Seven Technologies Group,Thales, United Technologies Research Centre (UTRC), and others

Applied Skills Programme

MSc Applied Cyber Security students will be given unique access to a full range of applied skills development and networking opportunities normally reserved for researchers, engineers and industry partners at CSIT. Students will have the opportunity to register for events such as:

  • An exclusive invitation to CSIT’s annual World Cyber Security Technology Research Summit Gala Dinner. Network with an invite-only gathering of 100 global leaders in cyber security.
  • CSIT lab tours. Meet the researchers behind the technology being developed at CSIT and discuss how they apply cutting edge research to cyber security technologies
  • Industry expert seminars. Learn from the best in the world as industry leaders share their experiences and knowledge at regular invited seminars at CSIT.
  • Lunchtime Learning. Attend a programme of inspirational talks by ECIT academic experts covering the latest advances in cyber security, electronics, communications and information technology.
  • Employability and entrepreneurship. Participate in our workshop on driving commercialisation at CSIT’s annual World Cyber Security Technology Research Summit, with business leaders in the cyber security sector.
  • Accelerating Value Creation workshops. Exclusive participation in CSIT’s internal innovation process focused on creating new businesses from cyber security research.
  • Personal CV development. Work one-to-one with our expert team to make your CV stand out from the crowd.
  • MSc Applied Cyber Security Alumni. Become part of a unique network of people and continue to receive information, invitations, and opportunities after your graduation.


Modules and Timetable

The modules are:

  • Network Security & Monitoring
  • Ethical & Legal Issues in Cyber Security
  • Software Assurance
  • Computer Forensics
  • Malware
  • Applied Cryptography
  • Individual Research Project

The six taught modules are normally each delivered over a four week period. In the first week students carry out background work based on material supplied specifically for each module in preparation for the rest of the module. The second week is spent in the classroom/lab, where attendance is required across the week (Monday-Friday 9am-5pm). This week includes lectures, tutorials, and assessed work in the lab. In the final two weeks students carry out coursework and independent tutorial study, as well as timetabled CSIT-linked activities.

MSc Flier

A downloadable copy of our MSc's details, here.

How to Apply

Applications are now open.

To apply for the MSc Applied Cyber Security (1-year full-time or 2-year part-time) click here 

 To apply for the MSc Applied Cyber Security with Professional Internship (2-year full-time) click here

*Part-time applicants are welcome*
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Our MSc is one of an elite number of UK master’s degrees in cyber security to achieve GCHQ provisional Certification

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