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  
  • 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.

In order to take advantage of new approaches to learning and teaching, as well as developments in industry to benefit our students we regularly review all of our courses. This course is currently going through this process, and we will update this page to give you full information about what we will be offering once the review process has concluded. These changes will come into effect for all new students from January 2025 entry. Applicants will be notified by our admissions team of any changes.

Key information

Next start date:

September 2024, January 2025, September 2025


Bournemouth University, Talbot Campus


September start: 1 year full-time or 2 years part-time, January start: 16 months full-time or 32 months part-time

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.