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GCHQ certifies six more Masters' degrees in Cyber Security

Last Updated: 23 May 2016
Ciaran Martin, Director General Cyber Security at GCHQ, announced that GCHQ, as the National Technical Authority for Information Assurance, has certified six more Masters' degrees in Cyber Security.

News article - 23 May 2016

Ciaran Martin, Director General Cyber Security at GCHQ, announced that GCHQ, as the National Technical Authority for Information Assurance, has certified six more Masters' degrees in Cyber Security. 

The new certified Masters are available at the University of Kent, Queen’s University Belfast, Royal Holloway, University of London, University of Southampton, University of South Wales and University College London. 

This is the third time that GCHQ has awarded certification of Masters' degrees in Cyber Security, and brings the current total to 18 certified Masters' degrees from 14 universities. Applications for certification were assessed by a panel of expert advisors drawn from across industry, academia and government. The successful universities all had to meet the rigorous assessment criteria which demand a well-defined and appropriate degree content, delivered to the highest standard.
In addition to certifying Masters' degrees in general cyber security, this year, for the first time, GCHQ has also awarded certification for Masters in digital forensics and Integrated Masters in computer science and cyber security.

With the UK being one of the most advanced digital economies in the world, GCHQ-certified Masters' degrees help employers to recruit skilled staff, and develop the cyber skills of existing employees, in order to help make the UK one of the most secure places to do business in cyberspace and resilient to cyber attack. GCHQ certification also helps universities to attract high-quality students from around the world, and prospective students to make better-informed choices when looking for a highly valued qualification. 

The courses currently certified by GCHQ are:

The courses currently certified by GCHQ
Institution Course Name Certification Type Comments
University of Birmingham MSc in Cyber Security Provisional Certification  
Cranfield University MSc in Cyber Defence and Information Assurance Provisional Certification  
Edinburgh Napier University MSc in Advanced Security and Digital Forensics Full Certification  
University of Kent MSc in Cyber Security Provisional Certification NEW!
Lancaster University MSc in Cyber Security Full Certification  
University of Oxford MSc in Software and Systems Security Full Certification  
Queen's University Belfast MSc in Cyber Security Provisional Certification NEW!
Royal Holloway, University of London Integrated Master's degree (MSci) in Computer Science (Information Security) Provisional Certification NEW!
Royal Holloway, University of London MSc in Information Security Full Certification  
Royal Holloway, University of London, and the University of London International Academy MSc in Information Security - Distance Learning Full Certification  
University of Southampton MSc in Cyber Security Provisional Certification  
University of Southampton Integrated Master's degree (MEng) in Computer Science with Cyber Security Provisional Certification NEW!
University of South Wales MSc in Computer Forensics Provisional Certification NEW!
University of Surrey MSc in Information Security Provisional Certification  
University College London MSc in Information Security Provisional Certification NEW!
University of Warwick MSc in Cyber Security Engineering Provisional Certification  
University of Warwick MSc in Cyber Security and Management Provisional Certification  
University of York MSc in Cyber Security Full Certification  

 

If you require further information, please visit the CESG website or email MastersCertification@gchq.gsi.gov.uk