A DCMS Cyber Breaches Report 2019 highlighted that 32% of businesses and 22% of charities identified a breach in the last 12 months. At the national level, these breaches cost between £3.6 and £5.8bn per annum. Another DCMS report, which looked at the UK cyber security skills labour market in 2018, showed that a large number of staff in cyber security roles is working informally and lacking basic technical skills.

To help address this skills challenge, Bath Spa University is introducing an MSc in Cyber Security. The course, which will begin in September 2020, will focus on the operational-level decisions that business and public sector leaders need to make in order to develop, monitor and evaluate cost-effective cyber risk management strategies. it is offered full and part-time.

More specifically, the course will help students understand the scope of the cyber security threat landscape, from actors to tools and techniques. It will offer opportunities to design and develop governance and risk compliance structures that enable businesses to operate securely and efficiently. The successful applicants will also be taught to develop strategies for maintaining operational resilience to keep organisations moving in the face of cyber attacks.

Bath Spa is one of the UK’s leading creative universities. It nurtures talent and innovation, offering a wide range of courses across the arts, sciences, education, social science and business to over 7,000 students. The University employs outstanding professionals that underpin its aim to be a leading educational institution in creativity, culture and enterprise. Based in a stunning UNESCO World Heritage City, Bath Spa University ensures its students graduate as engaged global citizens who are ready for the world of work.

If you would like to find out more about the course, please contact the course leader, John Curry, on j.curry@bathspa.ac.uk. If you are ready to apply, please contact Bath Spa University Admissions service on +44 (0)1225 876 180 or admissions@bathspa.ac.uk.