MSc Cyber Security

  1. Course Variations
    Nomenclature Duration Mode Of Attendance
    MSc 1Yr FT
    MSc 2Yr PT
    MSc 3Yr PT
  2. Typical offer:
    UK 2:2
  3. Swansea University wins the Postgraduate category!

Course Overview

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On the MSc in Cyber Security course at Swansea University your studies will include themes including cryptography, blockchain, cryptocurrencies, the security and privacy of personal data, cyberterrorism, cybercrime and mobile security to name but a few. In this course, Swansea Computer Science takes a holistic and interdisciplinary approach, bringing together modules on diverse topics such as penetration testing, formal modelling, information security management, cryptography and AI in order to equip our students with a suitable mindset for a career in cyber security.

The department's cyber security lab provides the perfect backdrop for exploring the security landscape, allowing students and staff to carry out experiments in network security, mobile security, and to explore threats and defence mechanisms in the context of the Internet of Things.

Key Features

  • Excellent career prospects - we are 8th in the UK for graduate prospects [The Complete University Guide 2019]
  • 5th in the UK overall [Guardian University Guide 2018]
  • Still one of the best for student satisfaction - 4th in the UK for student satisfaction and 5th in the UK for satisfaction with feedback[Guardian University Guide 2019] and 8th in the UK for student satisfaction with 91% [National Student Survey 2018]
  • Excellent teaching – we are in the UK Top 20 for teaching quality [Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2019]
  • 7th in the UK overall and Top in Wales [Times & Sunday Times University Guide 2019]
  • 91.9% in graduate employment or further study six months after leaving University [DHLE Survey 2016]
  • UK TOP 20 for Research Excellence [Research Excellence Framework 2014]
  • Our Project Fair allows students to present their work to local industry
  • Strong links with industry
  • Latest high quality teaching and research equipment in our brand new £32.5m Computational Foundry including a Vision and Biometric Lab, Maker Lab, TechHealth Lab, Theory Lab, Cyber Security/Networking Lab, User Lab and Visualisation Suite
  • TEF Gold award – UK Government’s recognition for excellent teaching in UK higher education
  • UK University of the Year Runner-up and Welsh University of the Year [Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019]


Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

MSc 1 Year Full-time

Year 1 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters / PGDip / PGCert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
CSCM08Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15Information Security Management
CSCM10Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)15Computer Science Project Research Methods
CSCM13Semester 2 (Jan-Jun Taught)15Critical Systems
CSCM18Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)15IT-Security: Cryptography and Network Security
CSCM28Semester 2 (Jan-Jun Taught)15Security Vulnerabilities and Penetration Testing
Optional Modules

Year 2 (Level 7 PGT)

FHEQ 7 Taught Masters Dissertation
Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
CS-M20Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)60MSc Project


Our increasingly connected world presents continual new and serious security threats. From privacy violations (hacking, monitoring communications, leaking sensitive data, stealing and publishing private information) through to the drugs trade, sex trafficking and terrorism, Computer Science can provide the techniques required for mitigating such risks, in order to provide secure, reliable and trustworthy systems.

Taught component: The MSc in Cyber Security offers a range of modules, taught by internationally renowned researchers and covering topics such as: Cryptography and Network Security Penetration Testing Information Security Management Embedded Systems Modelling and Verification Techniques Web Application Development Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies and Smart Contracts Advanced Topics: AI and Cyber Security Invention and Innovation in Computing.

Dissertation component: A further four months duration is spent undertaking a substantial research project (60 credits), which will involve using and exploring cutting edge techniques for specifying, developing, verifying and accessing systems against security criteria. Students will benefit from our broad range of industrial partners and internationally leading research expertise.

Possible Future Pathways: Cyber Threat Analyst - Penetration Tester PhD Researcher - Data Security Analyst Secure Web Developer - Verification Engineer.

As a student on our MSc, you will study at the Bay Campus in the new Computational Foundry, a dedicated £32 million building for computational studies, providing the latest labs, resources and ecosystems for world leading, interdisciplinary research.

Entry Requirements

A 2:2 honours degree (or above) in Computer Science or other relevant discipline.

IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each component) or equivalent English test.

International students:  please visit our International pages for information on entry requirements for your country:  Africa, South Asia, East Asia, Europe and Russia, Middle East, North America, South America, South East Asia.  If your country is not listed within these regions, please contact

How To Apply

For all EU/International enquiries please contact:

+44 (0)1792 295142

For UK applicants

For International applicants

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2019/20 are as follows:

UK/EU International
MSc Full-time £8,450 £17,250
MSc Part-time £4,250 £8,650
MSc Part-time £2,850 £5,750

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3%.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

International students and part-time study: It is now possible for some students to study part-time under the Tier 4 visa route. This is dependent on factors relating to the course and your individual situation. It may also be possible to study with us if you are already in the UK under a different visa category. Please visit the University information on Visas and Immigration for further guidance and support.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

The tuition fees do not cover the costs of purchasing books or stationery, printing, thesis binding or photocopying costs.

There are no mandatory additional costs specified for this course.

Teaching and assessment

On the course you will be assessed by a combination of written examinations, coursework and a Dissertation.


The results of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 show that Swansea Computer Science ranked 11th in the UK for percentage of world-leading research, and 1st in Wales for research excellence. 40% of our submitted research assessed as world-leading quality (4*).

Fees and Funding

Details of postgraduate funding for UK/EU candidates can be found here:

Details of postgraduate funding for International candidates can be found here:


All Computer Science courses will provide you the transferable skills and knowledge to help you take advantage of the excellent employment and career development prospects in an ever growing and changing computing and ICT industry.

94% of our Postgraduate Taught Graduates were in professional level work or study [DLHE 14/15].

Some example job titles include:

  • Software Engineer: Motorola Solutions
  • Change Coordinator: Logica
  • Software Developer/Engineer: NS Technology
  • Workflow Developer: Irwin Mitchell
  • IT Developer: Crimsan Consultants
  • Consultant: Crimsan Consultants
  • Programmer: Evil Twin Artworks
  • Web Developer & Web Support: VSI Thinking
  • Software Developer: Wireless Innovations
  • Associate Business Application Analyst: CDC Software
  • Software Developer: OpenBet Technologies
  • Technical Support Consultant: Alterian
  • Programming: Rock It
  • Software Developer: BMJ Group

Find out more about employability


The Department is well equipped for teaching, and is continually upgrading its laboratories to ensure equipment is up-to-date – equipment is never more than three years old, and rarely more than two. Currently, students use three fully networked laboratories: one, running Windows; another running Linux; and a project laboratory, containing specialised equipment. These laboratories support a wide range of software, including the programming languages Java, C# and the .net framework, C, C++, Haskell and Prolog among many; integrated programme development environments such as Visual Studio and Netbeans; the widely-used Microsoft Office package; web access tools; and many special purpose software tools including graphical rendering and image manipulation tools; expert system production tools; concurrent system modelling tools; World Wide Web authoring tools; and databases.

As part of our expansion, we are building the Computational Foundry on our Bay Campus for computer and mathematical sciences. This development is exciting news for Swansea Mathematics who are part of the vibrant and growing community of world-class research leaders drawn from computer and mathematical sciences.


Student profiles

“One of the main reasons I chose Swansea was because of the excellent reputation of the Computer Science Department which is ranked among the top 25 in the UK. The Lecturers in the Department are excellent, and are equally very accessible to students. Many are actively involved in world class research. Their knowledge is shared with us in lectures.

I love Swansea. I have recently completed the MSc and intend to gain further experience in the software industry before pursuing a PhD at Swansea University. “

Manikanta Gudur - MSc in Advanced Computer Science Graduate

Read our student profiles

The Department

  • 2018 Guardian University Guide: Computer Science at Swansea is 5th in the UK overall and 1st in Wales.
  • 2017 Times Good University Guide Computer Science at Swansea is 13th overall for Computer Science in the UK and 1st in Wales.
  • Ranked 11th in the UK for research and 1st in Wales. [ Research Excellence Framework ]
  • 80% of the research activity assessed as world-leading or internationally-excellent.
  • Industry year available.
  • A university with high success rate, low drop-out rate, and excellent student support.