Course options

Make sure you check on the university, college or conservatoire website for any updates about course changes as a result of COVID-19.

Course summary

This integrated master’s degree will equip you with the skills for a career in the multi-million pound cyber security sector. You’ll learn how computer systems are built and work, before learning to audit systems for vulnerabilities and flaws. In an increasingly digital world, these skills are in high demand. On this four-year degree, you will develop a firm foundation in technical computing, before specialising in cyber security. You’ll learn how software and systems work, developing practical skills in analysis, design and programming. Later, you’ll move on to topics such as cryptography, cyber crime, sociotechnical risks and digital forensics. You’ll become ethical hackers, identifying flaws in computing devices and networks, and tracing attacks while auditing systems. You will study at master’s level in your fourth year, learning alongside our internationally renowned researchers at the cutting edge of the subject.

  • Become proficient in a broad range of programming languages and cutting-edge games programming techniques
  • Boost your professional credibility, employability and earning potential with a degree that satisfies the academic requirements for CEng status
  • Gain practical work experience with an optional one-year work placement: past students have worked for Accenture, Deloitte, HP, IBM and Xerox
  • Study in City’s computing labs, which include the latest hardware and software, such as state-of-art NVidia GPUs
  • Gain three years of professional experience with our innovative Professional Pathway Scheme, combining paid employment and study.
The School has its own dedicated placements team with over 20 years of experience in providing on-hand placement and internship support as well as guidance for students throughout their studies. Placements are highly encouraged at City. Students that complete a placement year benefit from gaining professional experience working on real-life projects and are also more likely to achieve higher grades, secure a graduate-level job and earn a higher salary. In recent years students from our computer science courses have been able to obtain placements at leading companies within their chosen field such as Accenture, Deloitte, Hewlett Packard, IBM and Xerox.


During this four-year Computer Science with Cyber Security MSci course you will learn to solve real-world cyber security challenges, using programming, problem-solving and analytical skills. Year 1 Study our common first year for all our computer science students, learning six core topics including operating systems, web development and Java. -Introduction to Algorithms (15 Credits) -Mathematics for Computing (15 Credits) -Systems Architecture (15 Credits) -Programming in Java (30 Credits) -Databases (15 Credits) -Operating Systems (15 Credits) -Computer Science, Ethics & Society (15 credits) Year 2 Deepen your knowledge of computer science with core modules such as C++ and data structures. Boost your professional skills with a team project or a work-based project. -Data Structures and Algorithms (15 credits) -Language Processors (15 credits) -Computer Networks (15 credits) -Object-Oriented Analysis and Design (15 credits) -Professional Development in IT (15 credits) -Team Project (30 credits) -Programming in C++ (15 credits) Year 3 Study specialist modules such as digital forensics. Choose elective modules to tailor the degree to your interests. -Network Security (15 Credits) -Digital Forensics (15 Credits) -Information Security Fundamentals (15 Credits) -Cyber Crime and Sociotechnical Risk (15 Credits) -Games Technology (15 Credits) -Advanced Databases (15 Credits) -Computer Graphics (15 Credits) -Theory of Computation (15 Credits) -Advanced Games Technology (15 Credits) -Professional Experience and Career Development (30 Credits) -Data Visualization (15 Credits) -Digital Signal Processing and Audio Programming (15 Credits) -Project Management (15 credits) -Advanced Programming: Concurrency (15 Credits) -Functional Programming (15 Credits) -Cloud Computing (15 Credits) -Computer Vision (15 Credits) -Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (15 Credits) -Programming and Mathematics for A (15 Credits) -Agents and Multi Agents Systems (15 Credits) -User Centred Systems Design (15 Credits) -Semantic Web Technologies and Knowledge Graphs (15 credits) Year 4 Develop in-depth professional expertise to prepare you for your career in cyber security. Study core modules and elective modules in topics such as cryptography and cyber crime. Undertake an individual project to showcase your skills. -Advanced Algorithms and Data Structures (15 Credits) -Cryptography (15 Credits) -Security Auditing and Certification (15 Credits) -Individual Project (45 Credits) -User-centred Systems Design (15 credits) -Advanced Databases (15 Credits) -Project Management (15 credits) -Computer Graphics (15 Credits) -Digital Signal Processing and Audio Programming (15 Credits) -Data Visualization (15 Credits) -Advanced Programming: Concurrency (15 credits) -Cloud Computing (15 credits) -Computer Vision (15 credits) -Introduction to Artificial Intelligence (15 credits) -Programming and Mathematics for Artificial Intelligence (15 credits) -Computational Cognitive Systems (15 Credits) -Agents and Multi-Agent Systems (15 Credits) -Advanced Games Technology (15 Credits) Students have the opportunity to follow two placement routes: a one year placement or the Professional Pathway scheme. The one year placement can be undertaken following successful completion of year 2. Students can join the Professional Pathway scheme after successful completion of year 1 (early entry) or after successful completion of year 2 or a one year placement (late entry).

Assessment method

The balance of assessment by examination, practical examination and assessment by coursework will to some extent depend on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessment, based on 2019/20 entry is as follows: Year 1 Written examination: 41% Coursework: 59% Year 2 Written examination: 35% Coursework: 65% Year 3 Written examination: 52% Coursework: 48% Year 4 Written examination: 25% Practical: 2% Coursework: 73%

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT

How to apply

Application codes

Course code:
Institution code:
Campus name:
Main Site
Campus code:

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We do accept applications from students who are completing a combination of qualifications. For this course, this would be something like: D* in IT with a grade B in ‘A’ Level Computer Science and a grade B in another ‘A’ Level. We may also take ‘AS’ Level grades into consideration.

Unistats information

Operated by the Office for Students
No data
Student satisfaction
Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

The student satisfaction data is from students surveyed during the Covid-19 pandemic. The number of student respondents and response rates can be important in interpreting the data – it is important to note your experience may be different from theirs. This data will be based on the subject area rather than the specific course. Read more about this data on the Discover Uni website.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
EU £20080 Year 1
International £20080 Year 1
Channel Islands £20080 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £20080 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
Computer Science with Cyber Security at City, University of London - UCAS