The security and privacy challenges are ever-evolving and to overcome them, cybersecurity professionals must rapidly adapt to the evolving landscape. To achieve this, cybersecurity professionals need core skills that are flexible, adaptable, and extensible from small to large infrastructures. This course provides you with the necessary tools to build and improve these core skills.

Study Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
12 months
Study Mode
Full Time
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This programme teaches you to apply cybersecurity practices to protect personal devices to national critical infrastructure, both through existing methods and those of your own design. You will work at the cutting-edge of cybersecurity and privacy practices and will be equipped to work in diverse security and privacy roles in academia and industry.

You will gain the knowledge and practical expertise to evaluate, design and build secure and privacy-preserving systems ranging from household devices like kettles and children’s toys to large critical infrastructures like nuclear plants and energy grids.

It is designed for graduate students and IT/ICT professionals who want to prepare for a successful career in cybersecurity and data privacy.

The ideal candidate for the course is an inquisitive, creative and curious person who wants to make the future of digital technologies and societies safe and secure. The course will provide the skills to secure current and emerging technologies and give you all the knowledge needed to attain international cybersecurity certifications.

What You'll Study

Semester 1

Semester 1

Compulsory Courses

Introduction to Cybersecurity (15 credit points)

In this module, you will develop an understanding of the need for effective cybersecurity. You will look at cybersecurity challenged faced by a diverse range of technologies and examine methods for responding to these security problems. You will critically evaluate different approaches and consider security requirements and explore how cybersecurity technologies can be used to mitigate the cyber threat to an organisation.

Security in Emerging Networks (15 credit points)

Technology has been evolving at a breath-taking pace and so is the cybersecurity challenges. In this module, you will study topics in network security and emerging network paradigms like SDN, IoT, 5G networks/automation and many more. This module will give you the understanding that technology is becoming better and more permeated in our daily lives, novel thinking is required to protect both the technology and human activities/environment from cyber threats. In this module, you will appreciate the scope of the problem and learn the necessary skills to tackle the ever-changing cyberthreats-polishing your ability to adapt and apply your knowledge to future emerging networks.

Enterprise Security Architecture (15 credit points)

In this module, you will explore designing a secure system, enterprise infrastructure, identity and access management architecture, security operations architecture, infrastructure security, governance, compliance and risk management, security architecture modelling and application security architecture.

Artificial Intelligence, Privacy and Cybersecurity (15 credit points)

This module will introduce to the opportunities and challenges Artificial Intelligence (AI) presents to cybersecurity. You will be exposed to various AI-based applications that are building robust security services for enterprise architectures. You also will explore the cybersecurity challenges AI applications have to face and how we can build countermeasures to protect AI applications.

Semester 2

Semester 2

Compulsory Courses

Digital Forensics and Incident Management (15 credit points)

In this module, you will develop the theoretical and practical foundation underpinnings of how data is generated, stored, transmitted, and used as evidence. You will examine, evaluate, and contrast the methods used for the collection and analysis of digital evidence, and understand what steps you have to take to ensure the integrity and legal value of the digital evidence. You will also explore general and UK legal requirements/frameworks for the handling and processing of such evidence.

Information Governance, Data Security and Privacy (15 credit points)

This module explores the whole process of security management and associated activities such as data management, privacy, and trust management. A holistic view of security management is taken, including risk management, the formulation of security policies, business continuity and resilience. In this module, you will also investigate trust and reputation in cyber systems, associated legal and privacy issues related to information management along with the usability issues of security technologies.

Ethical Hacking and Web Security (15 credit points)

In this module, you will learn about vulnerabilities in major systems/software and how to identify as a security expert whether these vulnerabilities are present in your enterprise environment. You will gain the knowledge and skills to undertake penetration testing of systems. A range of both passive and offensive techniques will be explored in this module to help gain the necessary skill for security evaluation. You will also gain an in-depth understanding of legal and ethical issues surrounding such activities.

Secure Software Design and Development (15 credit points)

Many cybersecurity challenges have their roots in failures and vulnerabilities not handled at the software and hardware design and development stages. In this module, you will explore the security software and hardware design and development frameworks. Evaluated different methodologies that organisations deploy to ensure robust and secure software/hardware development, testing and deployment.

Semester 3

Semester 3

Compulsory Courses

MSc Project in Cybersecurity (60 credit points) (project will focus on a topic in Cybersecurity)

The MSc Project in Cybersecurity will provide an opportunity to explore an aspect of Cyber Security in depth through the literature and empirical evidence and make recommendations to improve and develop Cyber Security practice. In this exploration and research work, you will be closely working with cybersecurity experts at the department. It will also provide you with the confidence to undertake independent studies related to your professional practice and dissemination of your findings.

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Why Study Cybersecurity?

  • This MSc provides you with a specialism combining theoretical knowledge and practical skills in cybersecurity and data protection.
  • You will develop technical expertise and practical skills in identifying and critically evaluating security and data protection techniques in the Internet of Things, 5G Networks, Cloud Computing, Autonomous Vehicles and Industrial Control Systems. 
  • Advanced topics studied include Artificial Intelligence for Information Security, penetration testing, secure software development, information governance and data privacy.
  • Taught by a research-focused computer science department ranked 5th in the UK with strong links to business. All cybersecurity staff members are leaders in their respective fields with strong research and commercial track record.
  • You will use a purpose-built cybersecurity laboratory where students can explore security concepts in a safe environment.
  • Weekly lectures from world renewed researchers and experts from the industry about the emerging trends in cybersecurity

Entry Requirements


The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

A Bachelor's degree with a 2:2 (lower second class) Honours degree (or equivalent) in Computer Science or another relevant quantitative discipline such as Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Natural Science, Electronic Engineering, General Engineering, Operations Research, or a joint degree in two such subjects.

Applicants should also be competent in computer programming (C/C++, Python) to the level expected at the end of the first year of a BSc Honours Degree in Computer Science.

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English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0


OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
EU / International students £21,500
Tuition Fees for 2021/22 Academic Year
Home / RUK £10,200
Tuition Fees for 2021/22 Academic Year

Additional Fee Information

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.


Eligible self-funded international Masters students will receive the Aberdeen Global Scholarship. Visit our Funding Database to find out more and see our full range of scholarships.

Aberdeen Global Scholarship (EU)

The Aberdeen Global Scholarship is open to European Union (EU) students.

This is a £2,000 tuition fee discount available to eligible self-funded Postgraduate Masters students who are classed as International fee status and are domiciled in the EU, plus another £3,000 discount for eligible Postgraduate Masters students who would have previously been eligible for Home fees (Scottish/EU) fee status.

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Graduates from MSc Cybersecurity will be well-equipped to work in cybersecurity companies, general software consultancy companies, specialised software development businesses and the IT departments of large institutions (financial, telecommunications, and public sector).

Aside from industry-focused careers, the MSc Cybersecurity will also train graduates to enter into the field of academic and industrial research in areas such as cybersecurity, machine learning, software engineering, algorithms and computer networks.

Cybersecurity jobs remain in high demand in the UK and that number is only set to grow, with the skills gap still very much a reality for employers. Figures from the global information security workforce study, which show there could be around 100,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs in the UK by 2022.

In the USA, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of growth for jobs in information security is projected at 37% from 2012–2022 - a much faster than the average for all other occupations.

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Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

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