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Studying master of Cyber Defense and Information Assurance at Cranfield University in the United Kingdom:
The Master of Cyber Defense and Information Assurance focuses on understanding and articulating strategic and executive level responses to current and future information threats. This course is designed to train defense and military industry experts to take on leadership roles in a defense cyber environment and to take advantage of cyber opportunities and threats at the organizational level. In addition to providing a technical understanding, this course covers the larger aspects of cyber. Thus, students acquire the necessary skills to make decisions in relation to cyber in an organization. This course welcomes a variety of individuals: leaders or managers who are working in the field of cyber and need to understand respond to cyber threats, and information risk, procurement staff who launch critical projects, policy and planning staff who are interested in security operations and computer networks. This course is suitable for those who are responsible for evaluating and validating security measures. This course is related to those who want to improve their skills and knowledge as a CISO or CIO. After graduation, students will become one of the next generation of managers who will be able to understand the opportunities and threats of cyberspace at the organizational level as well as exploit and manage them. They can also raise cyber issues to the executive or senior management level. An external advisory panel leads the course. The training is provided by Cranfield’s leading experts as well as external speakers from industry and defense. Students will be evaluated via presentations, group practices, coursework, and an individual thesis project (MSc only). This course consists of compulsory modules and a dissertation. The provided modules may be modified or canceled due to research advances, changes in rules or for various other reasons. The dissertation project provides an opportunity for students to prove their critical assessment skills, independent learning abilities, and expertise on an agreed subject.
Admission requirements of master degree in Cyber Defense and Information Assurance:
The course offers three degrees: MSc, PgDip and PgCert. Students can enter the course to take any of these qualifications, which are held full-time and part-time. The successful completion period of the course is as follows:
MSc: one year full-time and up to five years part-time/ PgDip: up to four years part-time/ PgCert: up to three years part-time.
To study this field, students need a first or second class honours degree or 3rd class degree with 3 years’ related experience, or pass degree with 5 years’ related experience, or HND/C with 7 years’ related experience. Applicants with 10 years’ relevant experience may be accepted, provided the experience is gained in information risk, information operations, information security, or a related role.
Shrivenham Security clearance
Some courses of the Cranfield are offered at the British Defense Academy, so applicants must complete the BPSS or have a security clearance up to this level or higher before enrolling in the course.
MSc Full-time: £20,100
MSc Part-time: £20,100
PgDip Full-time: £16,175
PgDip Part-time: £16,175
PgCert Full-time: £8,100
PgCert Part-time: £8,100
Language requirements of master degree in Cyber Defense and Information Assurance:
IELTS Academic: 6.5 overall and 5.5 in all skill components.
TOEFL IBT: 92 total and minimum skill component scores of 18 reading, 17 listening, 20 speaking and 17 writing.
PTE Academic: 65 overall and 59 in all skill components.
Cambridge Assessment English tests: Cambridge English Scale score of 180 overall and 160 in all skill components.
Trinity College London Integrated Skills in English III: Pass
Language Cert: High pass overall and 33 in all skill components
* You can apply for one of the Cranfield’s EAP courses, if you do not meet expectations of the English language arrival.
The expiration date for the exams is only two years of the course start date. Combination of scores in two or more tests is not accepted, all elements of test results must be shown in one test. All test scores are checked with test providers.
Other living expenses needed for studying master of Cyber Defense and Information Assurance:
- Accommodation: £500-£1000/Month
- Food: £260-£325/Month
- Travel: £40-£50/Month
- General expenses*: £150-£200/Month
Couples and families:
- Couple: £2,500
- Couple with one child: £2,700
- Couple with two children: £3,000
- Couple with three children: £3,200
- Food: £70-£80/weakly per one person
- Clothing and laundry:
Weekly launderette for one person: £5-£8
Winter clothing estimate for one person: £350-£450
- Television: £159/year
There is no set time for applying to study in this field. Hence, applicants can apply any time. If accepted, they will be able to study in the next semester.
Start date: September 2022
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University & General Expenses
The School of Water, Energy and Environment, the School of Aerospace, Transport and Manufacturing, and the School of Management are located on the Cranfield Campus, as well as many industrial-scale facilities for research.
There are many facilities on Cranfield Campus, including: student accommodation options, two hotels with full accommodation and conference and banqueting facilities, sports and recreation facilities, and a private airport. Cranfield Campus sports facilities include several tennis courts sports pitches, playing fields, an aerobics stadium, and a fitness center.
Students admitted to a full-time course can apply for on-campus accommodation. They will also be able to find private housing off campus in nearby areas. Cranfield Campus has 1,466 single rooms, 75 studio apartments for couples, and 97 family homes including two-bedroom, three-bedroom, and four-bedroom houses. All dormitories have Wi-Fi internet connection. All students will benefit from Endsleigh insurance, which covers the risks that may occur while living in student accommodation.
Cranfield University provides many opportunities for students to participate in a various range of societies and clubs, such as the Musicians Society, Astronomical Society, and Basketball Club. The Cranfield Student Association is managed by a team of selected students. It is also supported by a small team of staff. Its purpose is to promote student welfare and to organize cultural, social, and sporting activities.
Cranfield has a wealthy collection of library resources and services to support students’ academic work. This collection has nearly 200 academic and leading commercial databases which provide access to in-depth application topics and current information related to the subject under study. It also has more than 22,000 e-journals, as well as core collections of reports, magazines, books, and a range of current awareness services.
Cranfield provides support, services and systems, whether industry-leading software and high-performance computing capabilities or network access. It offers a high-speed, wireless network to provide students with the opportunity to access a wealth of online services. Cranfield IT services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, on and off campus, and gives students access anytime, anywhere.
Students will benefit from Cranfield Career Development Services, which have a variety of aspects and functions, from providing 1: 1 coaching to connecting with employers. Students will have access to some key resources before entering the university to prepare their resume for the recruitment season. Upon arrival they will be able to join workshops to create their own professional profile and start applying for vacancies. During the year, Cranfield organizes events, careers fairs, and client presentations to present job opportunities and networking, where students attend interviews and negotiate proposals.
From 1 July 2021, the British Government has launched a new route for international graduates to increase their employment opportunities in the UK. This route welcomes all international students who have successfully completed their course at Cranfield. This visa allows MSc graduates for two years and doctoral graduates for three years to work or search in any position or job they wish and it can be converted to a skilled work visa after finding a job in