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:
|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|