Cyber Security master’s course gains GCHQ stamp of approval

Tuesday, 27 June 2017

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Oxford Brookes University’s master’s course, Computer Science for Cyber Security, has been awarded a provisional GCHQ certification, recognising the high standards of teaching on the programme.

Oxford Brookes is one of the first universities to receive the certification for an MSc in Computer Science for Cyber Security and one of just 17 universities to have a GCHQ certified degree. 

Dr Faye Mitchell, Principal Lecturer in Postgraduate Computer and Communication at Oxford Brookes University said: “Oxford Brookes can provide students with the skills and knowledge that will enable them to design systems which will stand up to cyber-attacks - something that is becoming increasingly important as we have seen more attacks on key business, government and social IT infrastructures.”

Oxford Brookes can provide students with the skills and knowledge that will enable them to design systems which will stand up to cyber-attacks - something that is becoming increasingly important as we have seen more attacks on key business, government and social IT infrastructures.

Dr Faye Mitchell, Principal Lecturer in Postgraduate Computer and Communication, Oxford Brookes University

“To have gained this government accreditation is testament to the hard work and expertise of our staff at Oxford Brookes.”

GCHQ certified Master’s degrees allow prospective students to make better informed choices when looking for a highly valued qualification. 

Over the past few years, GCHQ and its partners across government have initiated a number of programmes across UK academia which are designed to address the knowledge, skills and capability requirements for cyber security research in the UK’s Cyber Security Strategy.

Research completed by the new Cyber Security Research Group in the Department of Computing and Communication Technologies at Oxford Brookes feeds into the teaching of the Computer Science for Cyber Security and also provides students with live projects and real-life situations in this area. 

More information about the MSc Computer Science for Cyber Security can be found on the postgraduate course webpages.