The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) has acknowledged the growing importance of cyber security to Britain's national security and economic wellbeing by recently announcing a £500k investment in bursaries to help adults retrain for a job in cyber security.

Up to £500k will be distributed between participating universities to help those who want to use their skills and work experience to move into a cyber security career by taking a GCHQ-accredited master’s degree. The University of Birmingham is one of a group of universities offering the GCHQ-accredited master’s degree.

Under the scheme, students can apply for a bursary to cover the tuition fees for the GCHQ-certified Cyber Security Master/MSc.

The qualification will allow students to obtain the knowledge and expertise to evaluate, design and build secure computer systems, processes and people that are involved in cyber security. The programme has received full GCHQ accreditation and the University has been officially recognised by NCSC-EPSRC as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research.

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