MSc Mathematics of CybersecurityFind a programme
|Faculty||Faculty of Science|
|Programme length||One year full-time|
|Location of programme||Clifton campus|
|Part-time study available||No, full-time only|
|Start date||September 2020|
Preserving the security of computers, connected devices and their data becomes more important every year. Mathematics plays a key role in both preventing and modelling security breaches, with many cybersecurity tools and algorithms being based on mathematical ideas.
This postgraduate programme gives you a rigorous introduction to the underpinning theories in mathematics and will equip you with modern data science, analytical and computational tools to implement them.
Developed in collaboration with industry and government, our curriculum includes a broad variety of units, from strands of pure mathematics and data science to computer science and statistics. You will work at scale on large datasets, gaining a qualification and experience in a field that has a recognised skills shortage, which will be attractive to a wide range of employers.
The School of Mathematics has more than doubled in size over the last decade; in the most recent Research Excellence Framework, 87 per cent of our mathematical sciences research was recognised as world-leading or internationally excellent.
Fees for 2020/21
We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2020/21 are as follows:
- UK/EU: full-time
- Overseas: full-time
- Channel Islands/Isle of Man: full-time
Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.
University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a ten per cent reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni scholarship.
Funding for 2020/21
Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.
The MSc in Mathematics of Cybersecurity is composed of a taught component running from October to May (120 credit points), followed by a 60-credit group research project between June and September.
There is a range of mandatory and optional units in the taught component, covering pure mathematics, data science, computer science and statistics. Bespoke units have been designed specifically for the MSc in Mathematics of Cybersecurity.
You will complete a group dissertation project with a real-world focus at the end of the taught component of your programme.
Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc in Mathematics of Cybersecurity.
An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in mathematics or statistics.
Applicants would also benefit from having a basic understanding of one or more programming languages (eg R, Python or C). Professional experience may be taken into consideration alongside qualifications.
See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.
English language requirements
If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.
Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.
The MSc in Mathematics of Cybersecurity provides exciting career opportunities for mathematics graduates. Cybersecurity expertise is required by a wide variety of government and business sectors, including retail, airlines, telecommunications, defence, utilities, manufacturing, software and financial companies.
1 August 2020. Early application recommended; places may fill before the deadline.
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REF 2014 results
- Mathematical Sciences:
- 43% of research is world-leading (4*)
- 44% of research is internationally excellent (3*)
- 12% of research is recognised internationally (2*)
- 1% of research is recognised nationally (1*)
Results are from the most recent UK-wide assessment of research quality, conducted by HEFCE. More about REF 2014 results.