Learn the skills needed for one of the world’s most in-demand career pathways – cyber security. This is your opportunity to gain the knowledge, technological understanding and best practices used by cyber professionals without taking a break from your career. Learn more about the Advanced Cyber Security MSc, PG Dip, PG Cert (online) at King’s College London.

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Our Cyber Security MSc aims to provide you with the knowledge and practical expertise to evaluate, design and build computer security systems that protect networks and data from cyber-crime or terrorist attack. This course is an ideal study pathway for graduates who already possess a good foundation in computer science.

Key benefits

  • 6th in the UK for Computer Science (QS World Rankings by subject 2020).
  • Research lies at the heart of our department – 92% of research outputs ranked as world leading or internationally excellent in Computer Science (REF 2014).
  • Friendly and supportive learning environment, with students from across the globe.
  • Located in central London, you’ll have easy access to major libraries and leading scientific societies, including the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS) and the

Benefits of online learning

  • Access study materials, videos, readings and live webinars at any time, from wherever you are in the world.
  • Start and finish at your convenience with six entry points per year.
  • Study at your own pace with our unique carousel learning system.
  • Make use of all the University’s services without having to visit campus, including careers, wellness and disability support.
  • Flexibility, so you can study to achieve your aspirations without taking a break from your career.
  • Achieve a Postgraduate Certificate in as little as eight months, a Postgraduate Diploma in 16 months and an MSc in just two years.

Career prospects

Our graduates are highly employable and in recent years they have gone on to forge successful careers in a wide range of sectors, including banking, telecommunications, security consultancies, the civil service, public utilities and the retail sector.

Examples of graduate destinations include Hang Seng Bank, Lloyds Banking Group, and Merrill Corporation. Other graduates have entered the field of academic and industrial research in areas such as cyber security, machine learning, software engineering, algorithms and computer networks.

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Entry Requirements

A Bachelor’s degree with a high (minimum of 65%) 2:1 honours (or international 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 have a sound background in basic mathematics, in particular familiarity with standard concepts of calculus, trigonometry, linear algebra, vectors and matrix mathematics. In addition, applicants should be competent in computer programming to the level expected at the end of the first year of a BSc honours degree in computer science.


My work life is extremely busy. I travel a lot, but also need to spend time at home with my family. I knew I had to juggle these and somehow fit the course in between other commitments. Whether you’re at home or work, you can get access to the course anytime. This course is designed in a way that fits my work and personal life, which is why I chose it.

– Salio de Souza, King’s Online student

Study Details:

100% online – MSc: minimum 2 years, maximum 6 years; PGDip: minimum 16 months, maximum 4 years; PGCert: Minimum 8 months, maximum 3 years


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