Designed to develop military and defence industry professionals who can lead in a defensive cyber environment, to effectively exploit the threats and opportunities of cyberspace at the organisational level. The course focuses on understanding and articulating the strategic and executive-level responses to serious present and emerging threats in the information domain.

Overview

  • Start dateSeptember
  • DurationMSc: one year full-time and up to five years part-time; PgDip: up to four years part-time; PgCert: up to three years part-time
  • DeliveryThe course is delivered via blended learning, with a mixture of residential and online teaching, and assessment is through coursework, group practicals, presentations and (MSc only) an individual dissertation.
  • QualificationMSc, PgDip, PgCert
  • Study typeFull-time / Part-time
  • CampusCranfield University at Shrivenham

Who is it for?

Students will be military personnel, civil servants and defence industry professionals who are one or more of the following:

  • Managers or leaders in a cyber environment who need to understand information risk and respond to cyber threats;
  • Procurement staff commissioning critical or sensitive projects;
  • Policy and planning staff interested in computer network and security operations;
  • Those charged with accreditation and assessment of security measures;
  • Those holding the positions of, or aspiring to be, Chief Information Officers (CIO) or Chief Information Security Officers (CISO).

Why this course?

The course will specifically focus on responses to serious, present, and emerging threats in the information domain. The course enables the student to gain an organisational view of cyber from a defence and security perspective, the domain, the drivers, and constraints. Whilst a technical understanding is of value, the course is designed to ensure that the bigger, contextual, aspects of cyber is understood thereby enabling decision making in relation to cyber to be undertaken within an organisation.

Informed by industry

The course has a notable external advisory panel, chaired by Air Marshal Sir Julian Young.

Course details

The course is taught in a series of one-week residentials at the Cranfield University at the Defence Academy, a military establishment in Shrivenham. 

It has two components: a taught component comprising twelve 10-credit modules (PgDip/MSc) (PgDip has six 10-credit modules); and (MSc only) an 80-credit research project assessed by dissertation.

Course delivery

The course is delivered via blended learning, with a mixture of residential and online teaching, and assessment is through coursework, group practicals, presentations and (MSc only) an individual dissertation.

Dissertation

Students taking the MSc must develop and demonstrate their expertise, independent learning abilities and critical appraisal skills by producing a clear and coherent research-based dissertation.

Modules

Keeping our courses up-to-date and current requires constant innovation and change. The modules we offer reflect the needs of business and industry and the research interests of our staff and, as a result, may change or be withdrawn due to research developments, legislation changes or for a variety of other reasons. Changes may also be designed to improve the student learning experience or to respond to feedback from students, external examiners, accreditation bodies and industrial advisory panels.

To give you a taster, we have listed the compulsory and elective (where applicable) modules which are currently affiliated with this course. All modules are indicative only, and may be subject to change for your year of entry.


Teaching team

You will be taught by Cranfield's leading experts with many years' industrial experience as well as external speakers from industry and defence. The Student Academic Support lead for our MSc in Cyber Defence and Information Assurance is Kelly Davies and the Course Director is Ian Owens. The teaching team includes:

Accreditation

The course is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS) and the Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. (CILIP)

Your career

This qualification will take you on to become one of the next generation of managers who can understand and effectively manage and exploit the threats and opportunities of cyberspace at the organisational level. Crucially, it will also enable graduates to communicate cyber issues to senior management or executive board level.

The course is directly relevant to those wishing to improve their knowledge and skills as, or those aspiring to become, a CIO or CISO.

How to apply

Applicants may be invited to attend an interview. Applicants based outside of the UK may be interviewed either by telephone or video conference.