Study patterns: Cyber Security MSc (online)

On this page you will find the study patterns for our MSc Cyber Security online programme.

These study patterns highlight the modules that you will need study over the next 12 months. Please note that all students are required to re-enrol at the start of every academic year in September and so within your enrolment you can only choose modules for the current academic year.  

The scheduled modules for the remainder of your programme (outlined below) are based on the current plan, however, the order of these may be subject to change. Should any changes be made, we will communicate this to you as soon as possible.   

If you have any queries, please contact the Enrolment team on +44 (0)1332 594000 (option 4) or email UDOLenrolment@derby.ac.uk.

Pace of your study
For students completing the programme at the standard rate of study, the required minimum number of study time is 20 hours per week. 

If you opt to undertake the accelerated study plan whereby you will study two modules in one trimester, we recommend 40 hours of study per week.

Should you decide to study on the accelerated rate you must ensure that you have the capacity to fully engage with your studies and achieve the best grades and final award. You will need to balance approximately 40 hours of study per week alongside your professional and personal life and commitments.

It may be useful to consider studying one module at the standard rate of study before deciding whether to then increase to the accelerated rate of study.

MSc Cyber Security - standard rate with January start

Study Pattern Spring Summer Autumn
Year 1 Emerging Computing Technologies and Research Methods
(7CS528)
20 credits
Advanced Security Protocols
(7CS081)
20 credits
Security: Attacks and Countermeasures
(7CS513)
20 credits
Year 2 Enterprise Security Management
(7CS085)
20 credits
Human and Legal Aspects of Cyber Security
(7CS525)
20 credits
Securing Networks
(7CS093)
20 credits
Year 3 Research Project
(7CS995)
60 credits
Research Project
(7CS995)
60 credits continued
Research Project
(7CS995)
60 credits continued

MSc Cyber Security - accelerated rate with January start

Study Pattern Spring Summer Autumn
Year 1

Emerging Computing Technologies and Research Methods
(7CS528)
20 credits

Enterprise Security Management
(7CS085)
20 credits

Advanced Security Protocols
(7CS081)
20 credits

Human and Legal Aspects of Cyber Security
(7CS525)
20 credits

Securing Networks
(7CS093)
20 credits

Security: Attacks and Countermeasures
(7CS513)
20 credits

Year 2 Research Project
(7CS995)
60 credits
Research Project
(7CS995)
60 credits continued
Research Project
(7CS995)
60 credits continued