Cyber Security


For an informal discussion contact:

Dr Radu Calinescu

Admissions Team Leader

Tel: +44 (0)1904 325386
Fax: +44 (0)1904 325599

For general enquiries contact:

Heather Taylor

CPD & Postgraduate Programmes Administrator

Tel: +44 (0)1904 325402
Fax: +44 (0)1904 325599

Security of systems and data is one of the most challenging topics of our time. There is an international consensus that the level of security skills will have to be increased in order to respond to the number and sophistication of threats we face. The UK governament declared cyber security a tier 1 priority in 2010, on the same level as international terrorism.                               

Reviewing the 2011 Government Cyber Security Strategy, worth £650m, in February 2013, the National Audit Office identified a large skills gap in this area. Our short courses cover the core topics you need to know about in order to make effective cyber security decisions.

Modules from our MSc in Cyber Security are available to take individually as part of your continued professional development (CPD). These include:

  • Identity, Trust Reputation and their Applications;
  • Cryptography Theory and their Applications;
  • Rigour in the Development of High Assurance Systems;
  • Networks and Communications Security: Threats, Attacks and Countermeasures;
  • Malware and other Malfeasance;
  • Cyber Security Research Skills;
  • Principled Approaches to Security;
  • Software Measurement and Testing.

Each module is taught over one week at York. The week consists of a mixture of practicals and lectures, but we expect you to complete around 30 hours of private study.

Those who attend can do so on a one-off basis allowing attendees to further develop an understanding in a specific area, or attend multiple modules as part of professional development and education activity. Alternatively, students can attend modules and then choose to register for the MSc in Cyber Security  and the credits awarded from your short course(s) will be transferred to the masters programme.

The aim of taking these modules as part of your CPD is to allow you to renew, refresh and extend your understanding within specific fields related to cyber security.


Our short courses are suited to a variety of individuals, looking to renew, refresh and extend their knowledge in the area of cyber security.  You may be:

  • a practitioner across all domains including aerospace, military, railway, automotive, civil nuclear, civil maritime, medical devices, healthcare, and so on;
  • cyber security consultants;
  • risk analysts/risk managers;
  • those responsible for threat and incident manangers;
  • research analysts.

Learning Outcomes

The main objective of each course is to significantly extend your abilities to address current and forthcoming challenges in the techniques and application of cyber security.  Each individual module provides an individual perspective of the challenges facing cyber security today and in the future.

The Cyber Security short courses enable you to taylor your learning to suit both your interests and the needs of the industry in which you work.

Application & Fees

For 2018/19 the Short Course fee for a module will be £1625

Fees include all relevant course materials, tuition, examinations, and refreshments, and are payable in advance.

For more information, please contact the course administrator.

Before booking please read our Booking Conditions (PDF  , 104kb).

To book your place, please complete the booking form: CPD Booking Form (MS Word  , 92kb) and the accompanying payment form: CPD Payment Form (MS Word  , 50kb) and return to Heather Taylor, our CPD & Postgraduate Programmes Administrator. 

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