MSc Cyber Security

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Learn how to identify and assess vulnerabilities, threats, and risks and implement and test secure systems. Gain career-boosting skills and make an impact on our internet and IT technology-dependent world.

Kill switches and sinkholes

Network security expert Adrian Winckles explores the ongoing battle between cybercriminals, and the researchers working to neutralise malware.

How to stop a cyber attack

Cyber security is one of the top priorities for governments and organisations worldwide, yet there is a continuing global shortage of graduates with this skill set.

Focusing from the strategic, operational, and technical perspectives of security within an organisation, our MSc Cyber Security covers all aspects of Cyber Physical Systems including network and communication infrastructure, end devices, applications, systems, data and security concerns from all these aspects.

Study in our specialised lab in Cambridge and put yourself ahead of the game. As you learn how to apply your knowledge and skills hands-on, you will be able to fulfil cyber security roles across the sectors.

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Facilities and accreditation

Industry-standard facilities

As a Cyber Security student at ARU you’ll learn in lecture theatres and labs, and:

  • use tools such as Kali Linux Penetration Testing Distribution, X-Ways Forensic, Autopsy, Cisco PacketTracer, OWASP ZAP and Burp Suite
  • apply fundamental skills in penetration testing, digital forensic investigations and analysing how malware operates
  • have access to award-winning IT facilities such as virtualisation software (VMware), as well as creative resources such as 3D printers

Outstanding student support

All our postgraduate students benefit from:

  • award-winning learning facilities
  • expert staff who will guide your research interests and career development
  • full use of our IT and library facilities, with library resources accessible 24/7 online
  • support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more.


The Global Information Security Workforce Study 2015 predicted that the global cyber security workforce shortage would reach 1.5 million by 2020, as demand outstripped supply.

The 2019 Study showed the actual shortage that year to be 3.12 million. This means there’s never been a better time to join the cyber security sector.

Computer security is a fast-developing area and the skills you’ve gained on this MSc Cyber Security in computer, network and information security could see you working closely with lawyers, government, commercial organisations, the education sector and investigation agencies, as well as the finance and e-commerce sectors and national security organisations.

Graduation doesn’t have to be the end of your time with us. You could choose to continue your academic career with a research programme at ARU, such as our PhD Computer Science. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and save £400 on your fees.

While you’re studying here and after you graduate, you can access support through our dedicated Employability Service.

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