GCHQ has certified a further six Master’s degrees in cyber security run by universities across the country to support cyber security education in the UK. This move represents another significant step in the development of the UK’s knowledge, skills and capability in all fields of cyber as part of the National Cyber Security Programme1.
By bringing the total number of certified Master’s degrees to 12, GCHQ – as the National Technical Authority for Information Assurance – is continuing to set the standard for good cyber security education in the UK, using its own unique role to help promote quality and choice for the benefit of the cyber security sector.
Building on the certification of six Master’s degrees last year, the further six now announced will continue to help prospective students make better informed decisions when looking for a highly valued cyber security qualification, enable the successful universities to continue promoting the quality of their degrees and also assist potential employers with recruitment and development of their staff.
The successful six universities who submitted their Master’s degrees for assessment earlier this year (a total of 18 applications were received from 16 universities) had to meet the rigorous assessment criteria which demand a well-defined and appropriate degree content demonstrably delivered to the very highest standard.
Representatives from a combination of industry, academia and professional bodies – as well as GCHQ and other Government departments – worked in partnership to select the successful Master’s degrees.
The six Master’s degrees certified2 in this second round are as follows:
*Royal Holloway, University of London and University of London International Academy – MSc in Information Security (Distance Learning)
*University of York – MSc in Cyber Security
*University of Birmingham – MSc in Cyber Security
*University of Southampton – MSc in Cyber Security
*University of Warwick – MSc in Cyber Security Engineering
*University of Warwick – MSc in Cyber Security and Management
Chris Ensor, deputy director for the National Technical Authority for Information Assurance at GCHQ, said: “As the National Technical Authority for Information Assurance, GCHQ recognises the critical role academia plays in developing the UK’s skill and knowledge base. I’m delighted that six more Master’s degrees in general cyber security have been certified. I’d encourage those who were not successful on this occasion to explore how best to invest in order to be able to maximise chances of success in future calls.”
1The National Cyber Security Programme is run by the Office of Cyber Security and Information Assurance within the UK’s Cabinet Office and co-ordinates work undertaken by Government departments to implement the UK Cyber Security Strategy
2Full certification is for those Master’s degrees which are currently running and had a cohort of students complete the degree in the academic year 2013 to 2014. Provisional certification is for those Master’s degrees which are currently running but did not have a cohort complete in the academic year 2013 to 2014 or for new Master’s degrees due to start by October 2016