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Operational Cyber Security, MSc

If you're interested in cyber security but don’t have a formal background in computing, this online master’s course in operational cyber security is the ideal option.

This Master's course in Operational Cyber Security is aimed at graduates with non-computing backgrounds. It provides a firm grounding in a broad range of IT skills and cyber security related subjects. You'll learn to locate, extract and analyse data from multiple sources, and to use suitable cyber security tools. You'll develop skills in managing risk, penetration testing, and cryptography. With this, you will come to understand more about network protocols and the role of industry standards for security.

This is an online blended-learning course, which can be studied full-time over one year, or part-time over two years. Graduates will be qualified to seek careers in computer auditing, penetration testing, security analysis, e-discovery analysis, and other fields.

This course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT: Initial Partial CITP. An accredited degree entitles you to professional membership of BCS.

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  • 1 years full-time
  • 2 years part-time

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What you should know about this course

  • You will develop an understanding of the key concepts of cyber security and be able to apply these methods and techniques to real-world problems.
  • You will learn how to extract and analyse data from multiple sources.
  • You can use topics such as graphic user interface and database implementation to develop systems.
  • This course is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT: Initial Partial CITP.

What you will study


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About the course team

Welcome to our Master's in Operational Cyber Security, which is taught from within the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences. Your teaching team includes academics and practitioners with expertise in the most recent technologies, scientific innovations and best practice in protecting digital infrastructures, from enterprise networks to Internet of Things environments. The majority of the team holds a teaching qualification.

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Entry requirements

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Applicants should have:

A good first degree (equivalent UK 2:2 or higher) in any numerate non-computing subject. Applications would be welcomed from students with any numerate degree from a science background, or a Law or business degree. 

Mature applicants and applicants with alternative qualifications will be considered on an individual basis by the Programme Leader and Admissions Tutor.

For applicants without English as their first language, an IELTS score of 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each component (or equivalent) will also be required.

For more information, contact or 020 8331 9000.

You can also read our admissions policy.

The University of Greenwich accepts a broad range of international qualifications for admission to our courses.

For detailed information on the academic and English language requirements, please find your country in our directory.

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Can I use prior learning?

For entry: applicants with professional qualifications and/or four years of full-time work experience will be considered on an individual basis.

For exemption: If you hold qualifications or courses from another higher education institution, these may exempt you from courses of this degree.

How you will learn


This course is studied by distance learning with one face-to-face workshop (on campus) per module. The modules on the course run in an order that you need to follow.

The course is delivered through a virtual platform called Moodle. It's useful to become familiar with this at an early stage. Here you will access your learning materials, practice quizzes, sample assessments and receive your feedback.

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Independent learning

Distance learning requires discipline and excellent time-management skills. You need to organise your time and negotiate your protected study time with your employer.

You may need to refresh your academic and/or computer skills, depending when you last studied. The University have good resources that you can access to help you rediscover these skills as needed.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of lectures, tutorials, labs, independent learning, and assessments. For full-time students, the workload should be roughly equivalent to a full-time job. For part-time students, this will reduce in proportion with the number of modules you are studying.


9 out of the 12 modules on this course have written exams, which are taken on-campus at the end of each module. 3 modules have coursework, which is submitted electronically.

For the master's project (60 credits) you select a topic from a list of suggestions provided by lecturers or you can suggest one yourself (possibly relating to your work or employer).

Feedback summary

We aim to give feedback on assignments within 15 working days.

Dates and timetables

The academic year runs from September to June.

Full teaching timetables are not usually available until term has started. For any queries, please call 020 8331 9000.

Fees and funding

Your time at university should be enjoyable, rewarding, and free of unnecessary stress. Planning your finances before you come to university can help to reduce financial concerns. We can offer advice on living costs and budgeting, as well as on awards, allowances and loans.

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Accommodation costs

Whether you choose to live in halls of residence or rent privately, we can help you find what you're looking for. We have dedicated accommodation for postgraduate students (Devonport House) available from just £160 per person per week, with bills included. If you require more space or facilities, these options are available at a slightly higher cost. Students based at the Medway Campus can also reside in student halls in Chatham or rent privately in the local area.

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There is a range of financial support available to support your studies. This includes postgraduate loans, international scholarships, and options for current students and alumni to continue studying at the university.

We also provide advice and support on budgeting, money management and financial hardship.

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Other costs

If there any field trips, students may need to pay their own travel costs.

Careers and placements

What sort of careers do graduates pursue?

Graduates from this course will be qualified to seek careers in computer auditing, penetration testing, security analysis, e-discovery analysis, and other fields.

Do you provide employability services?

Our services are designed to help you achieve your potential and support your transition towards a rewarding graduate career.

The Employability and Careers Service provides support when you are preparing to apply for placements and graduate roles. It includes CV clinics, mock interviews and employability skills workshops.

Each School also has its own Employability Officer, who works closely with the industry and will provide specific opportunities relevant to your own course.

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Support and advice

Academic skills and study support

We want you to make the most of your time with us. You can access study skills support through your tutor, lecturers, project supervisor, subject librarians, and our academic skills centre.

We provide additional support in academic English and mathematics.

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If you are a Non-EU student, you can apply directly via our website or through one of our agents. Please note that if you require a Tier 4 student visa, you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.

If you are a Non-EU student, you can apply directly via our website or through one of our agents. Please note that if you require a Tier 4 student visa, you will not be able to study as a part-time student at undergraduate level.