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University of Southampton

Southampton , England ,United Kingdom

Cyber Security (MSc)

Cybersecurity is critically important to commercial and academic organizations, as well as to governments and the public. There is currently a global shortage of experts in this field, and demand for their skills is growing significantly.

Our master's in cybersecurity offers a multi-disciplinary approach, covering both technical and non-technical subjects, to give you a well-rounded collection of skills that will make you attractive to future employers. Our researchers draw on their own research to offer modules on topics such as:

  • network and web-based security
  • software security
  • cryptography
  • criminology
  • risk management
  • machine learning

We’ll give you access to specialist project labs, computer workstations, and online tools to support your learning in an ideal environment. Our researchers will equip you to handle new and unique challenges in a variety of cybersecurity fields. At the end of the course, you’ll be able to design, build, analyze, and problem-solve in many areas relating to cybersecurity.

Campus Information

Highfield Campus

Highfield is our oldest and largest campus, located close to Southampton Common. It's the academic heart of our University and home to social events, sports facilities and our Students' Union.


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Application Processing Time in Days: 30

Minimum English Language Requirements

English Level Description IELTS (1.0 -9.0) TOEFL IBT (0-120) TOEFL CBT (0-300) PTE (10-90)
Expert 9 120 297-300 86-90
Very Good 8.5 115-119 280-293 83-86
Very Good 8 110-114 270-280 79-83
Good 7.5 102-109 253-267 73-79
Good 7 94-101 240-253 65-73
Competent 6.5 79-93 213-233 58-65
Competent 6 60-78 170-210 50-58
Modest 5.5 46-59 133-210 43-50
Modest 5 35-45 107-133 36-43
Limited 4 32-34 97-103 30-36
Extremely Limited < 4 < 31 < 93 < 30

Job Opportunity Potential

On completion of the course, you’ll be ready for a career in the cybersecurity field or further research in industry or academia. You’ll graduate with a strong understanding of the technical aspects of cybersecurity, as well as the broader context in which these sit.

Our graduates go on to careers in: 

  • designing and marketing security products
  • emerging cybersecurity professions to analyze cyber-threats and design defences
  • cybersecurity consultancy companies who study and analyze trends in cybersecurity
  • the military, intelligence agencies, crime prevention, and investigation
  • government departments (for example the UK Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BiS)

Alternatively, you can continue towards a Ph.D. qualification or research assistant position.

Admission Requirement / Eligibility Criteria

Entry requirements

You’ll need a 2:1 degree in computer science or a closely related subject.

You must also have an upper 2:1 score in the following modules:

  • a programming language
  • a computer networks module
  • a computer science module, such as: cryptography, software, data structures, databases, machine learning, web, networks
A relevant masters degree at minimum 70% with a bachelors degree of at least 3 years
  • UK 1st degree equivalent: 3.5; 3.2 depending on awarding institution
  • UK 2:1 degree equivalent: 3.0; 2.75 depending on awarding institution
MSc Engineering
A masters degree at minimum 60% with a bachelors degree of at least 3 years
  • UK 1st degree equivalent: 3.5; 3.2 depending on awarding institution
  • UK 2:1 degree equivalent: 3.0; 2.75 depending on awarding institution
  • Bachelors degree awarded by a recognized University or an equivalent professional qualification approved by the University with an overall qualification of at least 60% 
  • UK 1st degree equivalent: 55 - 70% depending on awarding institution
  • UK 2:1 degree equivalent: 55 - 65% depending on awarding institution
Sri Lanka
  • Bachelors degree, masters degree or PhD from a recognised Sri Lankan Higher Education Institution. Minimum entry requirement is usually equivalent to a UK upper class (2:1)
  • UK 1st equivalent: GPA 3.7 out of 4.0
  • UK 2.1 equivalent: GPA 3.3 out of 4.0

  • Course Type: Full Time
  • Course Level: Masters/PG Degree
  • Duration: 01 Year  
  • Total Tuition Fee: 26850 GBP
    Annual Cost of Living: 9207 GBP
    Application Fee: N/A