Mathematics of Cybersecurity MSc

Increasing reliance of the world’s businesses and infrastructure on networked devices makes security issues ever more crucial, with breaches causing severe economic and reputational damage. The Mathematics of Cybersecurity MSc is designed to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills needed to combat increasing threats.

The UK requires more talented and qualified cyber security professionals […] A skilled workforce is the lifeblood of a vital and world leading cyber security commercial ecosystem.

National Cybersecurity Strategy 2016-2021, HM Government

School Excellence

The University of Bristol School of Mathematics is ranked in the Top 5 mathematics departments nationally in Research Exercise Framework, 9th nationally for teaching in the 2018 Complete University Guide, and in the Top 40 worldwide in the Shanghai Rankings.  

Fry Building

The School of Mathematics plans to move into its newly refurbished home in the Fry Building before the start of next academic year where there will be a newly furnished area with IT provision specifically for Postgraduate Taught students.  


The Mathematics of Cybersecurity MSc curriculum contains an exciting variety of units including strands of pure mathematics, data science, computer science and statistics.  You will complete a group dissertation project with a real-world focus at the end of the taught component of your programme

If you have covered the material in one of the mandatory units you can complete an alternative unit(s) with the agreement of the Programme Director.

Some programming will be required as part of the course.  Applicants would benefit from having some basic programming experience (particularly in R, Python or C), but this does not need to have been obtained via formal qualifications/training but could be obtained via freely available online courses. 

 Some teaching may occur on a Wednesday afternoon.


Home and EU students may be eligible for a government postgraduate study loan. University of Bristol graduates may be eligible for a 10% discount on their postgraduate fees via the Alumni Scholarship Scheme.  

Fees and Entry Requirements

Fees and entry requirements can be found on the online Prospectus.

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