MSc Cyber Security & Human Factors

You will gain plenty of expertise in cyber security to ensure you're ready to take on the growing security challenges faced by enterprise, industry and government in this complex community.

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

Why study MSc Cyber Security and Human Factors at BU?

  • Learn to assess risk, anticipate and manage security incidents; develop and assess security procedures and policies to meet the needs of the computing and security sectors worldwide 
  • Access to cyber security and digital forensics laboratories with state-of-the-art simulation and analytical systems relevant to intrusion detection, incident management, forensic analysis and system penetration testing, where you can see where cyber attacks are happening all over the world, and how they are being stopped at BU 
  • Acquire the skills to be ahead of the game and an become an expert on how to protect information, assets, knowledge and intellect 
  • Gain an understanding of the psychology of cyber security and human factors by investigating threats, vulnerabilities and impact risk, by acknowledging the contagion of fear, uncertainty and doubt and the importance of trust management and information assurance  
  • Benefit from a work placement, which provides an excellent opportunity for you to gain first-hand work experience and apply the learning that you have acquired  
  • Draw on our academics' expert knowledge, their research and recent developments in cyber security to gain awareness of current challenges and how to overcome them. 

Find out more about the content of this course.

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

Career opportunities

Work in an area of growth within this important subject area with employment opportunities constantly evolving. As an MSc Cyber Security & Human Factors graduate, you will be prepared to work across the areas of cyber security, online behaviours and academic research.

Key information

Next start date:

January 2023, September 2023, January 2024


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


September start: 1 year full-time, 2 years part-time or 2 years full-time with a 30-week placement, January start: 16 months full-time, 32 months part-time or 24 months with a 30-week placement

Entry requirements:

A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 in any subject, or equivalent. 

International entry requirements:

If English is not your first language you'll need IELTS 6.0 (Academic) with a minimum of 5.5 in each component. 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 242kb)

Entry requirements

Your application


The optional placement, which you can undertake upon completion of the taught and project units, provides an excellent opportunity for you to gain first-hand industry experience and apply the learning that you have achieved through the course.

The placement can be paid employment but voluntary work can be just as useful.

Find out more about postgraduate placements


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 Postgraduate Loan (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 lab facilities

Our Cyber Security lab is something special. 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

On this course you will be taught by staff with relevant expertise and knowledge appropriate to the content of the unit. This could include senior academic staff, qualified professional practitioners and research students, many of whom are actively engaged in research and/or professional practice which is integrated into the teaching of this course. Read more about the expertise of other members of the Department of Computing & Informatics, and book on to an Open Day. Please note that teaching staff can change.

Course changes

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