The Cyberspace Operations programme is designed to develop professionals to support manoeuvre in cyberspace, in contested operations and as part of integrated planning.


  • Start dateSeptember
  • DurationMSc: one year full-time or 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 project based learning
  • QualificationMSc, PgDip, PgCert
  • Study typeFull-time / Part-time
  • CampusCranfield University at Shrivenham

Who is it for?

Students will be UK Military and other Government personnel charged with supporting operations in cyberspace, in their current or anticipated role. These staff may also be 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;
  • Personnel interested in social media and associated concepts such as cyber mobilisation;
  • Those charged with accreditation and assessment of security measures.

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 understand the context of the cyber domain. Whilst a technical understanding is an advantage, this course enables students from a variety of backgrounds to understand the drivers and constraints within cyber operations and how many roles need to integrate to provide an effective and cohesive operation.

The course specifically evaluates the current doctrine and planning procedures across a variety of military and civilian contexts. It also evaluates the impact of cyber on control systems, leadership and decision making in the command and control environment.

Informed by industry

The course has a notable external advisory panel, chaired by Air Marshal Sir Julian Young, and is supported by the Cabinet office and the Office of Cyber Security and Information Assurance.

Course details

The course is taught through a flexible blend of compulsory residential courses, online Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) activities and interaction and project based learning.

It has three components: a taught component comprising ten 10-credit modules (PgCert/PgDip/MSc); a 20-credit module; and an 80-credit research project assessed by dissertation (MSc).

Course delivery

The course is delivered via blended learning, with a mixture of residential and online teaching, and project based learning


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.


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 Cyberspace Operations is Kelly Davies and the Course Director is Darren Lawrence. The teaching team includes:

Your career

This qualification will take you on to become one of the next generation of individuals who can support manoeuvres in cyberspace, in contested operations and as part of integrated planning. Additionally, it provides you with both the theoretical and practical understanding of cyberspace within an organisation, thereby enabling you to become one of the next generation of leaders.

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.