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GCHQ invites applications for certification of Master’s degrees in Cyber Security

Last Updated: 20 Aug 2015
With ten universities already having GCHQ-certified Master’s degrees, GCHQ is pleased to announce a third invitation to UK universities.

News article - 20 Aug 2015

Master’s degrees in cyber security can broaden the understanding of security concepts and technologies and provide a bridge between undergraduate education and careers in cyber security. However, with so many UK universities running Master’s degrees containing cyber security content, it can be difficult for students and employers alike to assess the quality on offer and identify the degree that best suits their preferred career path.

GCHQ, as the National Technical Authority for Information Assurance, is contributing to setting standards for cyber security higher education in the UK. The rigorous standards required for Master’s degrees in cyber security to achieve GCHQ certification have been developed in partnership with academia, industry, professional bodies and other government departments.

It is another significant step in the development of the UK’s knowledge, skills and capability in all fields of cyber security as part of the National Cyber Security Programme.1

Having GCHQ-certified Master’s degrees will help: 

  • universities to attract high quality students from around the world
  • employers to recruit skilled staff and develop the cyber skills of existing employees
  • prospective students to make better informed choices when looking for a highly valued qualification

Applications are now invited for the certification of:

  • Postgraduate Master’s degrees in General Cyber Security
  • Postgraduate Master’s degrees in Digital Forensics
  • Postgraduate Master’s degrees in Computer Science for Cyber Security
  • Undergraduate Integrated Master’s degrees in Computer Science and Cyber Security (typically four years)

The deadline for applications to be received by GCHQ is 15 January 2016.

For more information, including the specific criteria for each degree and full details of the application process, please visit the CESG Master's degrees web page.