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MSc Cyber Security & Human Factors

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  • Delivery:
    Full time according to Funding Council definitions, Part-Time

Cyberspace is a vast, complex and still evolving community that presents enterprise, industry and governments with on-going security management challenges, as it grows on an exponential scale.

Bournemouth University’s MSc in Cyber Security & Human Factors has been developed in response to the needs of the computing and security sectors worldwide. Graduates from this course will be equipped with technical know-how to protect and prevent, and the ability to assess risk and manage incidents.

On this course, you’ll gain an understanding of cyber security by investigating threat, vulnerabilities and impact risk, the contagion of fear, uncertainty and doubt, managing human factors in security, trust management and information assurance.

Part-time students can take each unit separately as CPD, building up to a full Master’s. 

We were participants in the Intensive Program on Information Communication Security (IPICS 2017) held in Greece in June 2017 – find out more.

The critical blend of topics that span from the boardroom through to operations has delivered real value.
Michael Eaton, graduate

Key information

Next start date:

September 2018, January 2019


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


September start: 12 months without placement or 24 months with a 12 month placement, January start: 18 months without placement or 30 months with a 12 month placement. 18-36 months part-time

Required subjects:

Computer science, Electronics, IT, Law, Psychology or Business

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in a required subject, or equivalent. If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.0 (Academic) or above. For more information see our full entry requirements.

Course details

This course is delivered full-time and part-time.

Each unit can be taken separately as CPD with or without formal assessment. If you do elect to take the unit with assessment you can accrue academic credits towards a full Master’s.

Download the programme specification (pdf 867kb)

Entry requirements

How to apply

If you wish to apply for the full-time or part-time MSc Cyber Security & Human Factors please complete an application using the Apply now button above.

If you would like to take one or more individual units as CPD (with or without academic assesment) please email Norman Stock for more information.


As the security of data is fundamental to any business, you will possess high marketability in the professional arena and be qualified to enjoy career opportunities in a wide variety of industries.

Costs and fees

You can find full information about the deposits required and how to pay your fees in our postgraduate fees and funding section, including details of the new Postgraduate Loans Scheme, offering up to £10,000 of support (subject to fee status).

All fees are quoted in pounds sterling and are per annum. Fees quoted are for tuition only unless stated otherwise. Your tuition fees will be the same for each year of your course.

Find out more about living expenses for postgraduate students

Cyber Security Unit facilities

Our Cyber Security Unit is something special. Using state-of-the-art technology across our three labs, we can run up to 50 million PCs using just 50. As the name of our facility suggests, it’s all about security here. From the labs we can see where cyber attacks are happening all over the world, and what attacks are happening and being stopped at BU.

Our staff

Read more about the expertise of other members of the Department of Computing & Informatics, and book on to an Open Day and come along and meet some of them.

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