Cyber Security MSc

Dubai Campus

Start date
1 year full-time, 2 years part-time
Course Type
Postgraduate, Taught
Annual tuition fee for 2024:

AED 148,138 for 1 year full-time or AED 74,069 per year over 2 years, part-time.
Your tuition fee can be paid in 3 instalments per year.

Scholarships are available

Computing infrastructure is now vital for communication, government, commerce, and control of our physical environment, and is a potential target of terrorist and criminal attacks. Graduates who understand the technologies and practices that underpin secure computer systems are in great and ever-growing demand.

Subject to Ministry of Education Accreditation

Cyber security is about designing systems that resist attack. As computers become ever more prevalent and ever more connected with each other, the opportunities for attackers become even greater, and the need to resist them becomes more urgent.

The programme's aim is to equip students to engage with complex, challenging problems and real-world issues. We give students the intellectual and technical skills they need to deal with current and future cyber security threats. The degree programme considers all the layers at which security must be considered, from low-level security attacks on software implementations, through more abstract design principles underlying secure systems, to strategies for management of processes and people.

This Cyber Security Masters/MSc programme will give you the skills you need to deal with current and future cyber security threats. It provides a solid foundation for graduates to pursue a career in the software/cyber security industry or research.

This is a degree programme for graduates in a computing-related discipline. It covers the theory and practice of designing and building secure systems and gives you a firm grounding in cryptography, network security and secure programming, as well as modules in topics such as hardware and embedded system security, operating systems, incident management and forensics, ubiquitous computing and machine learning.

The programme also gives you practical experience with technologies and toolkits for building internet-based software. All students undertake a large, personally supervised project in the final months of the course.

Why study Cyber Security MSc at Birmingham Dubai?

  • The programme will allow students to obtain knowledge and expertise to evaluate, design and build secure computer systems.
  • Therefore, graduates will be able to manage the systems, processes and people that are involved in cyber security.
  • You will be given the opportunity to get exposure to and experience with technologies, potential vulnerabilities and standards for such systems.
  • The course will provide a solid foundation for graduates to pursue a career in the cyber security industry or research.

Course delivery

We offer a combination of evening and weekend classes which are designed to accommodate working professionals and those who choose to study full-time.

Our draft timetable for full-time students is designed to deliver teaching on one or two evenings from 18:00-21:00 and on Saturday from 09:00-17:00 (day varies per module). Each module is block taught over 11 weeks in Semester 1 and 12 weeks in Semester 2. Part-time students will study during these hours as per the number of modules they choose to study.

Please note that the example timetable is to be used as a guide and is subject to change. Our term dates are also available online. For further information, please contact the Programme Director, Nabeel Khan (

View example timetable for MSc Cyber Security (PDF 228 KB)

Meet our academics

Our Computer Science academics are highly qualified and based in Dubai.

View their staff profiles

Learn about the Computer Science Department in Dubai


The course consists of 180 credits. As well as 6 x 20 credit compulsory modules, you will also undertake a 60 credit project.

Core modules

Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods.


Annual tuition fee for 2024

  • AED 148,138 (1 year full-time)
  • AED 74,069/year (2 years part-time)


The University of Birmingham Dubai attracts the best and brightest students from across the globe. To ensure we recognise students who will flourish at the university, a wide range of scholarships are available. Scholarship options are designed to benefit all our new students.

Scholarship awards are based on both predicted and final grades and are subject to the accuracy of results provided in the application form against the final results submitted for entry. Scholarships cannot be combined, and each application is reviewed on an individual basis. We have a number of scholarships available.

How To Apply

To find out more information about our application process please visit our 'How to apply page' before starting your application.

We will consider applications from applicants who already have a first degree in computer science on a case-by-case basis.

Our Standard Requirements

A 2:1 Honours degree in a relevant subject (e.g., Computer Science or a closely related discipline) or international equivalent in Computer Science or a closely related discipline. A solid foundation in programming and knowledge of data structures and algorithms.

If you have undertaken studies outside the UK and have not taken A Levels, you can check if you hold the suitable equivalent.

International students

We accept a range of qualifications from different countries – learn more about international entry requirements.

English language requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any band.
  • TOEFL- 88 overall with no less than 19 in Reading, 19 in Listening, 21 in Speaking and 19 in Writing
  • Pearson- 67 with no less than 59 in all four skills
  • Cambridge English Advanced- minimum overall score of 176 with no less than 162 in any component

International Requirements

The programme uses a variety of Teaching and Learning methods as follows:

  • Lectures, tutorials;
  • exercise classes;
  • practical work;
  • projects;
  • independent study;
  • course work.

The term computing covers every kind of digital technology that we use to create, store, communicate, exchange and use information. This makes it the foundation for small and large businesses to build their strategies and grow. It is also the key to making our personal lives easier and more fun: mobile phones, online shopping, social media – we owe them all and a lot more to computer science.

The MSc in Cyber Security graduates (from the equivalent degree in the U.K.) have gone on to work for companies including Accenture, IBM, PriceWaterhouseCoopers, BT.

Our students gain the knowledge to become leaders in the field of cyber security and to shape the technologies that will be developed in the future. They are equipped to work on secure software development within the software and IT industry, or to become cyber security consultants. They may also choose to move on to PhD research.

As a graduate you could join a technology consultancy firm, or one of the global IT giants, not to mention opportunities in investment, retail banking and financial computing and analytics; telecommunications companies; and IT for retail businesses.

Some students choose careers in teaching, research, or technology development at universities both in the local area, the U.K., and overseas. There is a great deal of potential for postgraduates looking to put their computing and cyber security skills to good use.