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RGU Cyber Security Degree receives UK Government certification

Friday 09 April 2021

Robert Gordon University’s Master’s degree in Cyber Security has been certified by the National Cyber Security Centre - a part of the UK Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ).

As one of only three universities in Scotland to receive the certification, it is a significant recognition that confirms the course meets the ‘NCSC Certified Master's degree in General Cyber Security' standard.

Students graduating with this degree from RGU’s School of Computing will now receive a second certificate, jointly issued by the NCSC and RGU, upon successful completion of the course.

Dr John Isaacs, Head of School of Computing said, “It is a fantastic achievement for our MSc Cyber Security degree to have gained full NCSC certification.

Across the globe there is a continued rise in cyber attacks and general security concerns, with these becoming particularly prominent during the pandemic and subsequent rise in home working. This highlights, now more than ever, that there is a real need for graduates with cyber security expertise.”

Our Cyber security degree provides a vital opportunity for students in the North East of Scotland to gain essential, industry focused, skills and expertise. This certification emphasises the relevancy of the content and standard of our degree”

Chris Ensor, NCSC Deputy Director for Cyber Growth said, “I am delighted that RGU’s Master’s degree in Cyber Security is now certified by the NCSC. Offering a certified degree helps prospective students make more informed choices about their future career prospects in cyber security and employers can rest assured that graduates will be well-taught and have valued industry skills.”

RGU has established extensive engagement with industry and professionals in the design, approval, and delivery of its courses to ensure that it satisfies the demands of practitioners and future employers, thereby setting up our students for a successful career in the field.

Cyber security is one of the fastest-growing careers in the world and the MSc Cyber Security degree at RGU equips students for an exciting future in this fast-paced and rapidly evolving field. Students enrolled in the course learn how to design and maintain secure information systems and networks, and will gain the knowledge and skills to prevent, protect and minimise cyber security threats and incidents.

The course has also been accredited by the British Computer Society, the Chartered Institute for IT and the EC Council, the leading IT and e-Business certification awarding body.

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