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MSc Cyber Security

Master Programme

MSc Cyber Security

Part Time

Amid the growing need for big data management and the protection of information intelligence against the threat of cyberattacks,  this fast-emerging industry has been facing a significant skills shortage. This specialist degree will enhance your critical knowledge to research, design, implement and deploy robust cyber security solutions. You will also develop technical and problem-solving skills to solve the broad variety of cyber security issues that modern organisations face as well as the ability to manage security risks within the modern workplace.


With the theoretical understanding of the field and tools and techniques to craft creative solutions you learned throughout the programme; you can then apply your practical skills to one of the biggest challenges in modern organisations of all sizes. This includes creating a professional development plan and producing an e-portfolio to demonstrate your understanding of the domain of cyber security and experience across the topics you study.


You will learn from leading experts and high-regarded experienced lecturers in a culture of research excellence for a broad range of topics - from security engineering to cyber forensics, to cryptography and security risk management.


After graduation, you will become a highly sought after and capable professional with skills for an immediate practical application in the workplace. You can also further develop your career towards senior technical and managerial positions in the field of cyber security.


Other online master's programmes are also available: 

Programme Excellence

  • Strong international reputation: The Department of Computer Science is refuted for its researchdriven programmes with an excellent rating in the UK and was amongst the first to deliver wholly online taught programmes back in 2000. It has built a strong international reputation for research in artificial intelligence and algorithms
  • Practical online development: Access to state-of-the-art technologies and industry-standard solutions to refine your technical skills, available as cloud services, open-source software, or commercials technology
  • Gain a critical understanding of cryptographic algorithms for symmetric encryption schemes, secure hash functions, public encryption schemes and digital signature schemes
  • Develop a deep understanding of the theory and practice of cyber forensics
  • Global connection: After graduation, you will immediately join a global community of more than 258,000 alumni and establish lifelong networks and friendships as well as access to a wide variety of career resources

Course Structure

  • Global Trends in Computer Science (15 credits)
  • Security Engineering and Compliance (15 credits)
  • Applied Cryptography (15 credits)
  • Cyber Crime Prevention and Protection (15 credits)
  • Cyber Forensics (15 credits)
  • Security Risk Management (15 credits)


1 elective module from (15 credits):

  • Deep Learning
  • Machine Learning in Practice
  • Multi-Agent Systems
  • Natural Language Processing and Understanding
  • Reasoning and Intelligent Systems
  • Robotics


  • Research Methods in Computer Science (15 credits)
  • Computer Science Capstone Project (60 credits)


Duration: 30 months^

Programme Start: 23 May 2023


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^The actual duration may be longer or shorter depending on your speed of study, study options chosen and module availability.

Learning and Assessments

Teaching methods

You will take part in an innovative online learning environment, which includes a range of interesting and thought-provoking exercises. Core information is developed by subject-leading experts in the field and closely aligned with both industry and academic best practice, underpinned by rigorous theoretical and practical topics, examples and cases. Throughout your study journey, you will learn through interactive individual activities, case studies, group tasks and discussion boards; these will be primarily asynchronous, but opportunities for synchronous interaction will be provided.


Assessment method

Assessment is by coursework only – no examinations required. Instead, a diverse range of assessments are used throughout the programme designed to mirror circumstances that students may experience within a professional context. This ensures you will be provided with a range of opportunities to show evidence of your learning.

Virtual learning environment (VLE)

The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) is at the centre of your online study experience. It is the platform where you can find your study timetable, view interactive lecturecasts, exchange knowledge with others in discussion forums, access resources and e-library, and submit your assignments. You can learn on demand, study at any time, on any device, from anywhere with an internet connection. There is a study skills hub to help you improve and maintain your academic skills, from planning your assignments, understanding academic integrity, and referencing, to using the online library and improving your time management.

Entry Requirement

  • A degree in computer science or a closely related subject, equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree, coupled with two years’ relevant IT professional experience; or
  • Professional work experience in IT or a related field and/or other prior qualifications, which will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

All applicants must have reached a minimum required standard of English language and are required to provide evidence of this. Successful applicants from outside the UK must have an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 overall or equivalent

If you don’t have an IELTS or equivalent certificate, you can take a designated free online English test to assess your proficiency.

Fees and Funding

Full tuition fee: £15,300* 


This fee is fully inclusive of all costs, including all teaching materials, core textbooks, assessments and resits.


Full payment discount

If you choose to pay the full tuition fee upfront, you will receive an extra 5% discount.


10% discount for Kaplan HK Alumni

If you have completed a course in Kaplan Hong Kong campus, you are eligible to enjoy a 10% discount.


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*All tuition fees shown are net of any applicable sales tax payable by you in your country of residence. Where we are required to add sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the tuition fees shown and confirmed during the payment process.


As one of Europe’s leading provider of advanced programmes and part of its global vision to offer world-class higher education online, the University of Liverpool is the premium choice that brings to the forefront a wealth of flexible career-focused postgraduate programmes tailored for working professionals around the globe.


Solid and sustainable partnership
Offering online programmes since 2000, the University of Liverpool has forged a robust partnership with Kaplan Open Learning, an experienced provider in online higher education learning with a track record of success, to host postgraduate degree programmes. With this venture, the University and Kaplan are dedicated to offering the highest quality programmes and maintaining quality assurance through which students worldwide will benefit from the flexibility of online delivery.


A member of the Russell Group
Founded in 1881, the University of Liverpool is a member of the elite Russell Group of research-led universities in the UK and has been ranked in the top 200 universities worldwide. The broad range of online programmes on offer spans across professional disciplines from Management, Business, Computing, Psychology and Health, all with an international edge.


All-embracing support
Teaching is delivered through a state-of-the-art learning platform, allowing students full access to all resources, interactive study materials and a comprehensive eLibrary 24/7, from anywhere in the world. Students will also benefit from holistic academic support throughout the entire course from student advisers and subject tutors.


The original redbrick
All online degrees are awarded by the University of Liverpool with the same validity and credibility as an equivalent degree awarded to campus-students. Upon completion, online students will be invited to receive their degrees in a graduation ceremony at the University of Liverpool campus in the North West of England, and will join a global network of more than 268,000 alumni.