MSc Mathematics of Cybersecurity

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Faculty Faculty of Science
Awards available MSc
Programme length One year full-time
Location of programme Clifton campus
Part-time study available No, full-time only
Start date September 2022

Programme overview

Preserving the security of computers, connected devices and their data becomes more important every year. Mathematics plays a key role in both preventing and modelling security breaches, with many cybersecurity tools and algorithms being based on mathematical ideas.

This postgraduate programme gives you a rigorous introduction to the underpinning theories in mathematics and will equip you with modern data science, analytical and computational tools to implement them.

Developed in collaboration with industry and government, our curriculum includes a broad variety of units, from strands of pure mathematics and data science to computer science and statistics. You will work at scale on large datasets to implement real-world cybersecurity solutions, gaining a qualification and experience in a field that has a recognised skills shortage.

Bristol is in the UK top 5 for Maths research (THE analysis of REF 2021) and in the UK top 10 for Maths overall (QS World University Rankings by subject 2022). Learn alongside expert academics, challenging you to consider some of the big security questions facing us today.

Join us in the historic Grade II listed Fry Building, fully refurbished to provide world-class facilities at the heart of campus. The building has been designed to foster creative mathematics, with spaces to study, learn and socialise.

Virtual open week

This programme was covered in our Mathematical Sciences webinar.

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Fees for 2022/23

We charge an annual tuition fee. Fees for 2022/23 are as follows:

UK: full-time
Overseas: full-time

Following the recent changes to fee assessment regulation, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students will no longer be charged a separate tuition fee. From the 2021/22 academic year they will be charged the same fees as Home students.

Fees are subject to an annual review. For programmes that last longer than one year, please budget for up to a five per cent increase in fees each year. Find out more about tuition fees.

Alumni discount

University of Bristol students and graduates can benefit from a 25% reduction in tuition fees for postgraduate study. Check your eligibility for an alumni discount.

Funding for 2022/23

Further information on funding for prospective UK, EU and international postgraduate students.

Programme structure

The MSc in Mathematics of Cybersecurity is composed of a taught component running from October to May (120 credit points), followed by a 60-credit group research project between June and September. 

There is a range of mandatory and optional units in the taught component, covering pure mathematics, data science, computer science and statistics. Bespoke units have been designed specifically for the MSc in Mathematics of Cybersecurity. 

You will complete a group dissertation project, set by industry, at the end of the taught component of your programme. 

Visit our programme catalogue for full details of the structure and unit content for our MSc in Mathematics of Cybersecurity. 

Entry requirements

An upper second-class honours degree (or international equivalent) in mathematics or statistics. Applicants need to be able to demonstrate strong skills in probability and statistics, equivalent to the University of Bristol School of Mathematics Probability 2 and Statistics 2 units. Applicants would also benefit from having a basic understanding of one or more programming languages (eg R, Python or C). Professional experience may be taken into consideration alongside qualifications.

See international equivalent qualifications on the International Office website.

English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you need to meet this profile level:
Profile E
Further information about English language requirements and profile levels.

Admissions statement

Read the programme admissions statement for important information on entry requirements, the application process and supporting documents required.

Admissions statement


The MSc in Mathematics of Cybersecurity provides a wide range of exciting career opportunities for mathematics graduates. Cybersecurity expertise is required by a wide variety of government and business sectors, including retail, airlines, telecommunications, defence, utilities, manufacturing, software and financial companies.  

Our first cohort of students have secured jobs in data science, software programmingas a graduate developer, and as a research assistant. 

Expected application closure date

Applications for 2022 have now closed and will reopen for 2023 entry in October 2022.

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School website: School of Mathematics

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REF 2021 results

The University of Bristol is ranked fifth for research in the UK (Times Higher Education), with 94% of our research assessed as world-leading or internationally excellent.

Full REF 2021 results for the University of Bristol.


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