Masters | Postgraduate Course - Mathematics of Cybersecurity MSc Course Details within University of Bristol

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Mathematics of Cybersecurity MSc

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MSc 1 year full-time

Preserving the security of computers, connected devices and their data becomes more important every year. Mathematics plays a key role in both preventing and modelling security breaches, with many cyber security tools and algorithms being based on mathematical ideas.

This postgraduate programme gives you a rigorous introduction to the underpinning theories in mathematics and will equip you with modern tools to implement them. You will gain a qualification and skills in an area where there is a recognised skills shortage in the employment market.

The School of Mathematics has more than doubled in size over the last decade; in the most recent Research Excellence Framework, 87 per cent of our mathematical sciences research was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Module details

The MSc in Mathematics of Cybersecurity is composed of a taught component running from October to May (120 credit points), followed by a 60-credit group research project between June and September.

There are a range of mandatory and optional units in the taught component, covering pure mathematics, data science, computer science and statistics. Bespoke units have been designed specifically for the MSc in Mathematics of Cybersecurity.

You will complete a group dissertation project with a real-world focus at the end of the taught component of your programme.

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc in Mathematics of Cybersecurity.

Entry Requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in mathematics or statistics.

Applicants need to be able to demonstrate strong skills in Probability and Statistics, equivalent to the University of Bristol School of Mathematics Probability 2 and Statistics 2 units.

Applicants would also benefit from having a basic understanding of one or more programming languages (eg R, Python or C). Professional experience may be taken into consideration alongside qualifications.

Student Destinations

The MSc in Mathematics of Cybersecurity provides exciting career opportunities for mathematics graduates. A wide variety of government and business sectors employ people in cyber security, including retail, airlines, telecommunications, defence, utilities, manufacturing, software and financial companies.