National Cyber Security Centre certify master’s degree

The National Cyber Security Centre is the UK’s technical authority on cybersecurity and is part of GCHQ

The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), a part of GCHQ, has certified the master’s degree in cybersecurity at University of Gloucestershire as part of its programme to recognise high-quality courses.

The University’s NCSC-certified MSc Cyber Security course is designed for those who would like to develop a career as a cybersecurity professional, or to take a leading technical or managerial role.

The NCSC runs its certified degree programme to help set a high standard of cybersecurity teaching across higher education. It hopes to enable students to make informed decisions about the range of courses on offer at UK universities.

The University of Gloucestershire has a strong reputation when it comes to cyber activity. It was the first university in the UK to offer the BSc (Hons) Cyber Security Technical Professional Apprenticeship and the first university to be awarded Tech Industry Gold Accreditation for the same course.

The master’s accreditation announcement follows news that the Department of International Trade (DIT) has chosen Gloucestershire to be showcased as a world-leading cyber cluster. This is through the High Potential Opportunities programme, which aims to help accelerate the growth of business and industry, boost local job creation and prosperity, and strengthen the UK’s sectorial advantage.

Gloucestershire’s strengths in cyber activity will be promoted to targeted DIT teams in British Embassies and consulates, highlighting the reasons why overseas cyber firms should choose Gloucestershire as they expand their international activities.

Professor Kamal Bechkoum, head of the School of Computing and Engineering at the university, said: “We’re delighted that our Master’s degree course in cybersecurity has been certified by the National Cyber Security Centre as part of its programme to recognise high-quality courses.

“Many of our cyber and computing students stay in the county following their graduation, further boosting Gloucestershire’s claims to be the cyber capital of the UK.”

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