Education

Members of Cyber Security Oxford participate in many parts of the University’s teaching mission.

Doctoral Programmes

Central to our Cyber Security activity is the Centre for Doctoral Training in Cyber Security: this is a four-year DPhil (PhD) programme, in which the first year is devoted to giving students a well-rounded inter-disciplinary education in cyber security, before they undertake three years of subject-specific research leading to a doctoral thesis.

The Centre for Doctoral Training in Autonomous Intelligent Machines and Systems, run jointly by the Departments of Engineering Science and Computer Science, has a similar programme with an engineering focus.

Most of the academic Departments in the network also recruit directly to their own DPhil programmes: this route is more suitable for a student who already has clear research goals.

Masters Courses

The Department of Computer Science offers a part-time MSc in  Software and Systems Security, accredited by both GCHQ and the BCS, which offers professionals the opportunity to attend a series of one-week intensive courses in a wide range of security topics.  The MSc is delivered by the Software Engineering Programme, which also offers a part-time MSc in Software Engineering.  The Department also offers full-time MSc courses in Computer Science and Mathematics and Foundations of Computer Science (run jointly with the Mathematical Institute), for which students may choose security-focussed thesis topics.

The Oxford Internet Institute offers an MSc in Social Science of the Internet, which encompasses privacy, politics, regulation, and other important concepts for cyber security.

The Saïd Business School offers a full-time Master of Business Administration (MBA) and a part-time Executive MBA – both of which incorporate core and elective modules on management for cyber security risk.  The Business School also offers the 1+1 partnership, whereby students undertake a one-year Master’s, followed by an MBA: many Departments in the network are eligible for the programme. Meanwhile the Oxford CIO Academy, one of the School’s Executive Education Open Programmes, provides a cyber security risk session for IT leaders.

At the Department of Politics and International Relations, MPhil and DPhil candidates in International Relations may choose research topics that align with Cyber Studies Programme, part of the unrivalled range of expertise and activity in the fields of government and politics, political theory, and international study in the department.

The Blavatnik School of Government offers a full-time Master of Public Policy, for those wishing to acquire the key cross-disciplinary knowledge and professional skills to address the complex public policy challenges of the twenty-first century.