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Cyber Security MSc by Research, MPhil, PhD

Abertay University

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Course options

  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Abertay University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary


This is a potential research degree area, subject to the approval of the University. If you are interested in undertaking a research degree in this area.

Cyber security at Abertay University covers a wide range of applied and theoretical research covering all dimensions of the cybersecurity arena. Our research covers hardware, software and human-centred security, as well as forensics and governance aspects.

Cyber Security is globally recognised as a serious concern. The UK government, in their 2010 National Security Strategy, rated cyber attacks as a Tier 1 threat. Despite a national austerity stance, the UK government is spending millions of pounds to ensure that this particular risk is mitigated. Abertay University is in a unique position to make a contribution to this endeavour due to our spread of research activity across the entire cyber security spectrum and our cross-disciplinary approach to the problem. We also have close ties with industry and law enforcement that ensure that we understand the problems being faced at the coal face. In this way we are able address the real and pertinent issues in the area, and our research can have maximum impact.

Our vibrant research culture encourages areas of cross-disciplinary and inter-disciplinary working, and draws from software good practice including secure software development, development of innovative forensic techniques and deployment of behavioural science in improving human resilience. We are a member of the Cyber Nexus network (SICSA), a collaboration of Scottish universities whose goal it is to provide world-leading postgraduate education and research experiences. The SICSA programme prepares graduates for careers as researchers, academics and for a diverse range of local, national and international careers and professions outside of academia. The Cyber Nexus network fosters collaboration and development of cyber security researchers across Scottish universities and nurtures interactions between academia and the cyber security industry.

Our research degrees

You have the option of studying an MSc by Research, an MPhil or a PhD.

When deciding which degree is right for you, you should consider the level of commitment required, the duration, cost and your career aspirations.

That being said, our research degrees are flexible. You can begin an MSc or an MPhil and then seek to transfer to a PhD without having to start your project all over again. You can also switch from full-time to part-time study, and vice versa.

MSc by Research

The award of Master of Science by Research (MSc by Research) demonstrates a practical ability to undertake research studies, a systematic understanding of knowledge and a critical awareness of current problems and/or the application of original thought.

How long is an MSc by Research?

If you are studying full-time, you will be expected to complete the award in 12 months. The minimum period to receive this award is 10 months and the maximum is 14 months.

If you are studying part-time, you will be expected to complete the award in 24 months. The minimum period to receive this award on a part-time basis is 20 months and the maximum is 28 months.

Application deadline

30/04/21, 31/08/21

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University information

Abertay University

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  • Campus address

    Abertay University, Bell Street, Dundee, Dundee, City Of, DD1 1HG, Scotland

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    60th out of 113 8

  • Entry standards

    / Max 236
    144 65%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    80.0 80%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.19 84%



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