In recent years, cyber security has emerged as a topic of critical importance to commercial and academic organisations, to governments. The UK government, among others, has recognised the shortage of skilled practitioners of cyber security and its associated risk management. In particular, they have identified the need for those who have a well-rounded, multidisciplinary view of the subject area, embracing not only technical matters but also aspects of computer science, criminology, law and social factors.
MSc Cyber Security Risk Management aims to support the growing need for more formal, systematic approaches to the core areas of cyber security and risk management and to provide you with relevant theoretical and practical knowledge of these areas. It is designed to provide training and education in the application of the concepts, techniques, methods and approaches of cyber risk management in practical organisational contexts.
The compulsory modules will provide a foundation in risk and cyber security concepts, while the wide range of optional modules allows you to enhance your knowledge and understanding in related disciplines (eg insurance, project risk management, IT systems, etc). Further specialisation can be achieved through the dissertation. Successful completion of the MSc will give you the confidence to pursue a career in the fast-growing risk management, cyber security management profession, in roles such as information officer, project manager or IT security officer.
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MSc Cyber Security Risk Management aims to support the growing need for more formal, systematic approaches to the core areas of cyber security and risk management and to provide you with relevant theoretical and practical knowledge of these areas. It is designed to provide training and education in the application of the concepts, techniques, methods and approaches of cyber risk management in practical organisational contexts. The compulsory modules will provide a foundation in risk and cyber-security concepts, while the wide range of optional modules allows you to enhance your knowledge and understanding in many related disciplines. This MSc aims to deliver such a multidisciplinary programme. It is primarily aimed at a broadening qualification for business school graduates, but may also appeal to suitable graduates from other disciplines such as economics, computer science, psychology, law etc.
Special features of the programme
The programme is delivered through collaboration between experts from departments who are participants in the Academic Centre of Excellence for Cyber Security Research (ACE-CSR) and the Centre for Risk Research at Southampton. We expect the Centres, especially the Centre for Risk Research within the Southampton Business School and the MSc to form a symbiotic relationship.
Typical entry requirements
2:1 classification UK bachelors degree or equivalent
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Acceptable subjects: A wide range of subjects accepted in Business, Economics, Science, Engineering, IT, Management and Marketing, Communication, Education, Political Science, and Sociology
Required module areas: No specific entry requirement
Excluded subjects: English translation, Art/Performing Art, Vocational Studies
Work experience in a related field can compensate for degree subject/grades.
The University’s Admissions Policy, available at www.southampton.ac.uk/admissions_policy, applies equally to all programmes of study. These are the typical entry criteria to be used for selecting candidates for admission. The University’s approved equivalencies for the requirements listed will also be acceptable. The entry criteria for our programmes are reviewed annually by the Faculty. Those stated were correct as of July 2015. Applicants should refer to their specific offer conditions on their offer letter.
If English is not your first language, you will need to demonstrate that you have reached a satisfactory standard in an approved English language test.
The following scores are accepted for direct entry:
- IELTS 6.5 overall with 6.5 in reading and writing, 6.0 in listening and speaking
All tests must be no more than two years old at the time of enrolment.
For more information visit a list of equivalent English language tests that are also accepted.
If you do not quite meet our English language requirements for direct entry, you may be eligible to apply for one of our pre-sessional English language courses. Please visit the Centre for Language Studies website for further information.
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Recognition of prior learning (RPL)
If you have professional experience, or credit through prior learning at another institution, you may be eligible to use this experience against some of the programme requirements for period of study. You will need to present evidence that you have met the learning outcomes of the programme. Read the University’s Recognition of Prior Learning Policy.
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Typical course content
Students must choose ONE Option module totalling 15 CATS/7.5 ECTS in Semester 1.
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the
programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage
of the learning opportunities that are provided.
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Costs associated with this course
Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such
essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the
academic requirements for each programme of study.
There will also be further costs for the following, not purchasable from the
|Stationery||You will be expected to provide your own day-to-day stationery items (eg pens, pencils, notebooks, etc). Any specialist stationery items will be specified under the Additional Costs tab of the relevant module profile.|
|Books||Where a module specifies core texts these should generally be available on the reserve list in the library. However, due to demand, students may prefer to buy their own copies. These can be purchased from any source.
Some modules suggest reading texts as optional background reading. The library may hold copies of such texts, or alternatively you may wish to purchase your own copies. Although not essential reading, you may benefit from the additional reading materials for the module.|
|Printing and copying||In most cases, written coursework such as essays, projects and dissertations are submitted online and by hard copy. The costs of printing a hard copy for submission of such coursework will be the responsibility of the student.
The cost of photocopying will also be the responsibility of the student. For more information about University printing costs, visit www.southampton.ac.uk/isolutions/students/printing|
|Travel||Some modules may include optional visits. You will normally be expected to cover the cost of travel and admission, unless otherwise specified in the module profile.|
|Other||Candidates may use calculators in the examination room only as specified by the University and as permitted by the rubric of individual examination papers. The University approved models are Casio FX-570 and Casio FX-85GT Plus. These may be purchased from any source and no longer need to carry the University logo.|
In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated
with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also
ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and
Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.