MSc Cyber Security


Study level
Full time
1 year
Part time
1 year+
Berlin or Online
School of Computing

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Course Overview

Are you ready to accelerate your career in one of the most in-demand and financially rewarding fields today?

Arden University's MSc Cyber Security programme is aligned with the NCSC academic framework and equips you with the skills necessary to thrive in highly lucrative cyber security roles. In recent studies, 57% of businesses said they currently have unfilled cyber security positions* , and 1.8 million jobs in the field went unfilled in 2022 alone**. With such huge skills gaps and a burgeoning demand for cyber experts across the globe, this course will arm you with the knowledge you need to excel as an expert in cyber security across almost limitless industries.

What you'll learn

Our programme goes deep into cyber security, covering everything from understanding core concepts and standards to identifying vulnerabilities and risks within modern networks and infrastructures. You'll gain the expertise to design secure systems, making them resilient against potential attacks. We'll also teach you the technical skills needed to become an ethical hacker and proactive security tester, as well as how to perform digital forensics and incident management.

Additionally, you'll explore cloud, web, and mobile security concepts, becoming adept at recognising critical threats. We emphasise hands-on learning, allowing you to apply essential security techniques to test and protect against real-world attacks and recommend improvements.

Beyond the basics

Our commitment to your success goes beyond the classroom. Arden University offers access to industry-leading resources and certifications, such as Microsoft Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals and Microsoft Azure Security Technologies. We cover the costs of these resources, so you only pay for your exams in many cases, making your degree great value for money.

Arden University is a Cisco Network Academy, providing you with access to free Cisco resources. You can self-study for Cisco courses and receive badges in key areas such as networking, Python and Linux that you can add to your CV. Arden is also an AWS Academy, so you’ll gain access to further free course content to complement your degree.

Planned first intakes: May 2024 (Berlin) and October 2024 (Online)

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Course details and modules

Our MSc Cyber Security course delivers exciting and up-to-date module content that guarantees you’ll develop essential workplace skills. Just a few course highlights embedded into your modules include:

  • Building networks: Gain hands-on experience using Cisco IOS simulation software to design secure networks. You'll configure devices like firewalls, switches, and routers, ensuring network safety.
  • Learn ethical hacking: Master ethical hacking with industry-standard tools like MITRE ATT&CK, Cyber Kill Chain, and Metasploit.
  • Master digital forensics: Learn professional digital forensics and incident management skills, including evidence acquisition and analysis using industry-standard tools. Maintain ethical and legal standards during investigations.
  • Find and mitigate risk from vulnerabilities: Explore common cyber security vulnerabilities and apply mitigations using OWASP Top 10 guidelines.

Meeting the tutors and students online and then having the opportunity to meet again in person is such an incredible experience. The courses are well explicated and the tutors are great. Classes are engaging and students are supportive of each other. I’m proud to be an Arden student and I would certainly recommend this course to others.

Youssef Yehya
MSc Strategic Digital Marketing - Berlin Campus

The global demand for cybersecurity professionals is surging, highlighting a critical shortage in skilled talent worldwide. Similarly, in the UK, businesses are grappling with significant cybersecurity skills gaps, emphasising the urgent need for qualified professionals to address evolving threats.

Global skills gap:
UK skills gap:
  • 50% of all UK businesses have a basic cybersecurity skills gap and 33% face advanced skills gaps.
  • There were 160,035 cyber security job postings last year, marking a 30% increase from the previous year. 37% of vacancies were reported as hard-to-fill.
  • An estimated 11,200 more professionals are needed to meet the demand in the cybersecurity workforce.
    Cyber security skills in the UK labour market 2023 

Course Modules

  • Information Security Management (20 credits)
  • Network Security (20 credits)
  • Secure System Design (20 credits)
  • Offensive Security (20 credits)
  • Cloud and Web Services Security (20 credits)
  • Digital Forensics and Incident Management (20 credits)
  • Advanced Computing Project (60 credits)

A modern assessment strategy

This programme has been designed to ensure you undertake a range of practical and authentic assessments.

These assessments will be portfolio-based, where you will submit real-world portfolio assets which you have created as a component of each course module using industry-standard tools and practices. 

This means that by the end of your degree, you’ll have a professional portfolio demonstrating your cyber security knowledge and skills which you can use to provide evidence of your advanced capabilities to employers.

Other features of our assessment methodologies include:


Your course assessments will be practice-driven, mirroring real-world practitioner skills to ensure that you graduate from your course ready to take on future challenges in cyber security with confidence.

The Advanced Computing Project

You’ll conclude your degree with your Advanced Computing Project. Here, you'll dive into a hands-on journey, solving real-world computing problems through research, design, and creation. You’ll be allocated a supervisor within your chosen topic area to support you through the project process and in the development of your project proposal – helping you emerge not just with a degree, but with practical industry-ready abilities to demonstrate to employers.

Additional study skills through vendor programmes, provided free of charge

The following vendor courses will be available for you to study in parallel with your degree. All the material on these programmes is completely free, giving you incredible savings and value for money. You will only need to pay for the final exams if you should choose to take them.

  • Digital badge with the option to pay for an exam to gain certification
  • Digital badge with the option to pay for an exam to gain certification
  • Free Digital badges to study
  • Self-study courses with free course content with the option to pay for exams

Study options

This course is available to study full time through our blended learning study mode at our campus in Berlin, Germany.

The course is also available to students via online learning. This gives you the convenience of being able to study worldwide, providing you with the same high standards of teaching but with lower tuition fees.

Part-time online learning

How does it work?

Studying this course online gives you the ultimate in convenience. You can enrol with Arden from anywhere in the world and study your degree from the comfort of home, without the requirement to attend classes in a physical location.

Our online students study their degree through ilearn, Arden’s university campus in the cloud. ilearn provides everything you need to study at university. It offers an integrated virtual learning experience, including your virtual classroom, lecture theatre, and access to our Library Portal. The portal includes an extensive digital library including thousands of journal titles, eBooks, and academic and industry databases which you can use to research your assignments and projects. All of these materials are provided to you free of charge, and contain all the research information you’ll need to complete your degree with us.

ilearn is also integrated with Zoom, making it easier to chat with your course tutor during your scheduled seminar sessions. You can even integrate our study materials into your Kindle, making it possible to study wherever you have your Kindle handy.

Studying online doesn’t mean studying alone. As well as receiving regular feedback and guidance from your course tutor, you’ll be studying with like-minded students who you can meet with through our Unitu community, and you’ll have access to community message boards to discuss your course and the topics being raised within it. We’ve even set up community boards embedded into each of the course modules so you can have discussions with your tutor and classmates on the topics you’re currently learning.

Online learning students resident in the UK can apply for a Maintenance Loan if they cannot attend their course in person because of a disability. Please find more information on our fees and funding page. If you're a student from Scotland, Wales, or Northern Ireland you can find information on Living Cost Loans from your student finance body.

Full time blended learning in Berlin

How does it work?

This course is available to study full time through our blended learning study mode at our campus in Berlin, Germany. When you choose our blended learning study mode, you’ll have eight hours of timetabled classes spread over two days at our centrally located Berlin campus. This is combined with around 25 hours of independent study, which takes place through ilearn, our university campus in the cloud. ilearn contains all the resources you need to study successfully. As a blended learning student you’ll also have access to our Library Portal, an extensive digital library with thousands of journal titles, eBooks, and a range of academic and industry databases that you can use to research and gain in-depth information on your area of study. At Arden, all of your course materials are provided free of charge, removing the need for you to buy expensive textbooks to study your degree successfully.

Full time study in Berlin is the best option for students who prefer the structure of regular face to face classes with their tutor and fellow classmates, and is particularly suited to students who are attracted by the opportunity to move to Germany to study, where you can take advantage of the employment opportunities available for overseas students.

Entry requirements

At Arden University we consider applications on a case by case basis. If you have significant work experience, have qualifications you have gained elsewhere, or a degree or qualification that isn't a clear pathway to this degree - we are more than happy to discuss your application.

Standard entry requirements: 

  • A 2.2 Honours degree in a computing-related subject, or an equivalent 2.2 Honours degree with 18 months of relevant computing work experience. 

Typical non-standard entry requirements: 

  • A minimum of 3 years of relevant computing work experience.
  • Your work experience should be in a computing or IT role.

Standard English language requirements: 

  • English Language proficiency equivalent to IELTS 6.5, with no less than 6.0 in each component if English is not your first language or if you have not completed previous studies in English.

We also offer an internal English test for applicants who are unable to provide the above evidence of English proficiency. More information can be found here.

Before you start studying

Whilst you can read your study materials on your smart phone or tablet, to make the most of your learning experience, you will need access to a laptop or computer (we recommend one running the latest version of Windows), and a good stable internet connection.

Course fees and funding

Funding and Scholarships

The Arden University Postgraduate Merit Scholarship offers UK Online Learning students with a 2.1 undergraduate degree or higher £2,000 off our postgraduate tuition fees. You can also apply for up to £12,167 funding from Student Finance England fund your studies.

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Meet the faculty

Mohammed Rehman

Arden University’s industry aligned computing programmes are focused on your needs as a student and the skills required by employers. We provide you with one-to-one support and contextualised learning so that you fully understand the latest developments and concepts being put into practice in data analytics, cloud-based technologies, software development and databases. I look forward to welcoming you to the Arden University family.

Mohammed Rehman
Head of School Computing 

Career prospects

100% of our Masters students studying a computing subject are employed within 2 years of graduation*

*Source: 2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey

Right now, careers in cyber security are positively thriving, driven by the relentless surge in cyber threats which businesses and organisations face. This demand has led to very competitive salaries, often surpassing those of other comparable professions.

What will the MSc Cyber Security do for me?

Studying Arden University's MSc Cyber Security programme offers you a transformative opportunity to advance your career in a highly lucrative area of employment. In our era of escalating cyber threats and high demand for experts in the field, this degree guarantees you’ll learn cutting-edge knowledge and hands-on skills.

With additional free access to industry certifications, practical experience, and alignment with industry standards, enrolling on the course paves the way for a successful future.

Other key benefits for you include:

  • Arden University has a diverse workforce, and your studies will be supported by a department of committed and enthusiastic senior lecturers and lecturers who are experts in their chosen fields and draw upon a wealth of academic and industry experience. In addition, many of our academic staff are members of professional and regulatory bodies.
  • NCSC alignment: Our programme content aligns with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), ensuring you learn the most up-to-date and relevant skills.
  • Additional certifications: We offer access to a choice of certifications and badges through industry-leading organisations. This enhances your career prospects and opens doors to exciting opportunities.
  • Free vendor courses: Gain technical skills through free vendor courses like Microsoft Certified: Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals, listed among Forbes' 8 best Cyber Security Certifications for 2023. All the course content is completely free to our students, you’ll only have to pay for the exam.
  • Cisco badges: Earn a series of Cisco badges such as in Linux and Python for free, further enhancing your expertise and employability.

What can I do after Arden University?

The modules you will study on this course each give you the underpinning you need to pursue or develop a well-paid and future-proof career in almost any field within cyber security.

Here’s a breakdown:

Information Security Management module

Future careers: Cyber Risk Manager, Cyber Risk Analyst, Cyber Research Analyst, Cyber Incident Manager, or Information Security Manager.

Networks Security module

Future careers: Cyber Risk Manager, Cyber Risk Analyst, Cyber Research Analyst, Cyber Incident Manager, Cyber Security Engineer, or Cyber Security Design Engineer.

Cloud and Web Services Security module

Future careers: Web Application Security Analyst, Web Application Tester, Security Operation Centre (SOC) Analyst, or Solution Architects.

Digital Forensics and Incident Management module

Future careers: Cyber Risk Manager, Cyber Risk Analyst, Cyber Research Analyst, Cyber Incident Manager, Cyber Security Engineer, or Cyber Security Design. 

Offensive Security module

Future careers: Penetration Tester, Information Security Coordinator, Network Security Pen Tester, Web Application Pen Tester, Cyber Risk Manager, Cyber Risk Analyst, or Cyber Research Analyst.

Secure System Design module

Future careers: IT Security Consultant, Security Architect, Systems Administrator, or Information Security Analyst.

Our Masters students studying a computing subject have gone onto earn up to £90,000 within 2 years of graduation*

*Source: 2020/21 Graduate Outcomes Survey

Industry skills


NCSC alignment

Our programme content aligns with the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), ensuring you learn the most up-to-date and relevant skills. The course has been aligned to the NCSC accreditation framework, which consists of the following five security disciplines: Human, Organisation and Regulatory, Attack & Defence, System Security, Software Security, and Infrastructure Security.  Indicative topic coverage of the knowledge areas within these disciplines has been integrated into the modules and will be included as key content on the programme.


Arden students will receive the course content to select Microsoft Learn courses for free and only need to pay for the exam. These include:

Microsoft Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals (SC-900)

An introductory course designed to provide essential knowledge about Microsoft's security and compliance solutions. It covers key concepts, including threat protection, identity management, and information protection, enabling learners to understand and navigate Microsoft's robust security ecosystem. This certification is a foundational step for those looking to pursue a career in Microsoft's security and compliance domain.

Microsoft Azure Security Technologies (AZ-500T00)

An advanced-level course focusing on security solutions within the Azure cloud platform. It equips learners with the skills to implement security controls, detect and respond to security threats, and protect data and applications on Azure. AZ-500T00 is essential for professionals seeking expertise in Azure security.

Cisco Network Academy

Cisco offers a range of cyber security training courses, equipping professionals with skills vital for safeguarding networks and data.

Arden University is a Cisco Network Academy. On our MSc Cyber Security, you’ll receive Cisco resources so you can self-study and add many of the Cisco networking, cyber, coding, and OSes digital badges to your CV.

All these resources, which can cost upwards of thousands of pounds, are completely free for Arden students.

LinkedIn Learning

All Arden students will have free access to LinkedIn Learning through the Library Portal. LinkedIn Learning is a video-based online learning platform offering over 16,500 expert-led courses across a wide range of subjects including business, technology, and creative skills.

With LinkedIn Learning, you can:

  • Pursue curated learning pathways aligned with our curriculum and your career goals.
  • Add value to your LinkedIn profile by showcasing your newly acquired skills.
  • Personalise content based on skills relevant to your chosen career path, interests and prior learning.