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New call to certify Cyber Security degrees

GCHQ will be looking to certify Bachelor’s degrees for the first time, in addition to Master’s degrees.

News article - 1 Sep 2016
Updated - 9 Nov 2016

Over the last two years, GCHQ has certified 18 Master’s degrees in Cyber Security from 14 universities.  Our call for applications for the next round of certification is now open and we are excited to announce that this year GCHQ will be looking to certify Bachelor’s degrees for the first time, in addition to Master’s and Integrated Master’s degrees.

Detailed information can be found on the NCSC website.

This year, GCHQ will be certifying 8 different types of degree:

  • Bachelor’s:
    • Computer Science for Cyber Security
    • Computer Science and Cyber Security
  • Integrated Master’s:
    • Computer Science for Cyber Security
    • Computer Science and Cyber Security
  • Master’s:
    • General Cyber Security
    • Digital Forensics
    • Computer Science for Cyber Security
    • Computer Network and Internet Security

The deadline for applications is Friday 13 January 2017 at 16.00.

I’m a student. What does GCHQ certification mean for me?

It can be difficult to navigate the range of cyber security degree programmes on offer in the UK. If you are a student at school or university, GCHQ certification can help you choose a cyber security course which has been judged by GCHQ as providing well-defined and appropriate content delivered to an appropriate standard. 

If you are a student currently studying on a GCHQ-certified degree programme, you will be provided with an additional form of recognition (i.e. that you have successfully completed a GCHQ-certified degree), which will help employers distinguish between applicants’ qualifications. 

Which Master’s degree programmes are currently certified by GCHQ?

 
Full certification
Edinburgh Napier University MSc Advanced Security and Digital Forensics*
Lancaster University MSc Cyber Security
Royal Holloway, University of London MSc Information Security
Royal Holloway, University of London and the University of London International Academy MSc Information Security – Distance Learning
University of Oxford MSc Software and Systems Security*
University of York MSc Cyber Security*
As a result of this call, the following degree programmes were fully certified Nov 2016:
Cranfield University MSc Forensic Computing
University of Surrey MSc Information Security*

*Certification is awarded to a specific pathway through the degree.

 
Provisional certification
Cranfield University MSc Cyber Defence and Information Assurance
Queen’s University, Belfast MSc Cyber Security*
Royal Holloway, University of London Integrated Master’s degree (MSci) in Computer Science (Information Security)
University College London MSc Information Security*
University of Birmingham MSc Cyber Security*
University of Kent MSc Cyber Security
University of South Wales MSc Computer Forensics*
University of Southampton MSc Cyber Security
University of Southampton Integrated Master’s degree (MEng) in Computer Science with Cyber Security
University of Warwick MSc Cyber Security Engineering
University of Warwick MSc Cyber Security and Management*
As a result of this call, the following degree programmes were provisionally certified Nov 2016:
Kingston University MSc Network and Information Security (Cyber Pathway)

*Certification is awarded to a specific pathway through the degree.