Applied Cyber Security

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Our MSc in Applied Cyber Security aims to develop the next generation of industry leaders and address a global shortage of cyber security professionals.

The emphasis of our programme is to provide graduates with a comprehensive understanding of the cyber security challenges facing industry and society, both today and in the future, and equipping them with the skills necessary to address those challenges.

World-class pedigree

Our MSc offers a syllabus informed by the world-class research being undertaken at the 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.

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This year, many millions of cyber crimes are expected to take place across the globe. As a result, the demand for certified cyber security professionals is currently growing at over 12 times the rate of the overall job market.

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MSc Applied Cyber Security

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

Why choose Queen's

Ranked in the Top 173 Universities in the world

(QS World University rankings 2020)

Competitive Fees

Queen’s offers lower tuition fees than many other similarly well-regarded UK universities. (Natwest Student Living Index 2017).

Safe and affordable

Belfast offers the lowest cost of living in the UK and is the safest region in the UK. (Mercer 2016, British Crime Surveys, 2015/16).

Access to top companies

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

State-of-the-art facilities

A recent £500m investment will result in a brand new state-of-the-art cyber security research lab at the Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT). CSIT is a GCHQ-accredited Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research and is the UK's largest university research lab in this field.

Scholarships and industry prizes

Two bursaries are available for students enrolling on Queen's University Belfast’s GCHQ/NCSC certified MSc Applied Cyber Security. Bursaries are funded by The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) as part of the National Cyber Security Programme. The bursaries will cover full tuition fees.

Future-ready graduates

Within five years, you could be working: in Threat Intelligence; as a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO); in network security; in information assurance; at security operation centres … anywhere around the globe.