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DCMS bursaries for MSc in Cyber Security

*We haven't received confirmation from DCMS if the DCMS bursaries will be available for the 2018/19 academic year. We will update this website when the information becomes available. Availability and eligibility criteria may change in subsequent academic years.*

While the online world has grown exponentially, cyber security skills and capability are not increasing at a comparable rate. As announced by the Chancellor in November 2015), the Government is investing £1.9bn over the next five years to protect the UK from cyber attack.

Some of this investment focuses on an ambitious skills programme to grow the UK’s cyber capable workforce, as our ability to defend ourselves in cyberspace relies on a strong skills and knowledge base. Working alongside GCHQ and the Cabinet Office, DCMS is responsible for the delivery of key skills initiatives which form part of the National Cyber Security Programme (NCSP). These are targeted interventions, designed to develop the pipeline of talent feeding the UK’s cyber security workforce.

This grant forms part of a pilot programme, seeking to retrain individuals in cyber security. The aim of this programme is to address the significant and increasing mismatch in the supply and demand of adequately skilled cyber security professionals in a short time-frame, and to test the most effective approaches to retraining.

This grant is to cover the payment of all tuition fees for up to 4 campus-based students undertaking our GCHQ-certified MSc in Information Security (either full-time, part-time). We also have additional bursaries available for Distance Learning students (see below).

Eligible students must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a UK national or EU/EEA/Swiss national who is ordinarily resident in the UK other than for the principal purpose of education.
  • Be undertaking the course specified above and not undertaking any other forms of formal education.
  • Not applying for this course straight from an undergraduate degree.
  • Not previously held employment as a cyber security professional (cyber security was not a significant part of any previous job function – i.e. less than 50% of a previous job role).
  • Is applying with a clear and demonstrable intention to retrain to become a cyber security professional in the UK.
  • Do not have unspent criminal convictions relating to cyber-security/fraud
  • Be able to start the campus MSc programme during the Autumn 2017 term

In selecting the students for the bursary, DCMS have identified that the bursary is aimed at:

  • Encouraging and supporting general IT practitioners looking to specialise in cyber security, and
  • Encouraging women into the cyber security profession because there is evidence of under-representation of women in the profession. Bursaries should as much as possible encourage a diverse range of demographics to participate on the course.
  • For further details about the scholarship please email Dr Jorge Blasco, Programme Director.

Two MSc Information Security Bursaries for part-time distance learning students funded by DCMS

*We haven't received confirmation from DCMS if the DCMS bursaries will be available for the 2018/19 academic year. We will update this website when the information becomes available. Availability and eligibility criteria may change in subsequent academic years.*

The University of London and Royal Holloway University (Information Security Group) was granted two tuition-fee-only scholarships for its GCHQ-certified MSc in Information Security by distance learning for the last academic year. This scholarship covered the tuition fees of £15,725. The grant was made available under the Department for Culture, Media and Sports (DCMS) project “Cyber Security Skills retraining to encourage Career Transitioners into the Cyber Security profession”, which is funded by the National Cyber Security Programme (NCSP). 

This grant covers the payment of all tuition fees for up to two students undertaking our part-time distance learning GCHQ-certified MSc in Information Security.

In selecting the students for the bursary, DCMS have identified that the bursary is aimed at:

  • Encouraging and supporting general IT practitioners looking to specialise in cyber security, and
  • Encouraging women into the cyber security profession because there is evidence of under-representation of women in the profession. Bursaries should as much as possible encourage a diverse range of demographics to participate on the course.

For further details about the Distance Learning scholarship please email Prof Peter Komisarczuk, Distance Learning Programme Director.

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