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MBA with Cybersecurity

Develop cutting-edge skills to help
defend businesses against cyber crime

Apply By

19 August 2024

To Start

02 September 2024

  • icon_timer_white Minimum programme length: 12 months
  • icon_money_white Fees: £7,500

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Become the first line of defence against cyber crime with an MBA Cyber Security

As our increasingly data-driven business world takes shape so too does a growing external threat to data security. Against this backdrop, all managers have a responsibility to learn how to keep their information secure.

This MBA programme will develop your capacity to lead in modern business, as well as help you come to grips with how to keep modern businesses safe from cyber harm. You will examine business management basics including data and finance, leadership in a changing environment, marketing and much more, and evaluate organisational information to determine how it can be best used for success. Looking through a managerial lens, you will also complete a consultancy-style project, developing a solution to an organisational cyber security problem.

With six starts per year, you can start your studies within weeks, unrestricted by the traditional academic year. You will also study completely online and either full-time or part-time, with the flexibility to develop your career prospects, without taking an employment break.

MBA CyberSecurity

What you'll learn

This MBA degree combines skills and knowledge critical to management and leadership, including problem-solving and strategic management, with the capacity to understand, identify and help mitigate cyber security risks.

You will boost your career with exposure to real-world business challenges, as well as the fundamental computing and programming skills sought by today’s employers and learn defensive and offensive cyber security solutions to protect data and information.

On successful completion of this MBA programme, you will be able to:
1

Demonstrate critical understanding and integration of management and leadership knowledge within a local and international context.

2

Select and apply appropriate tools and techniques to different problem situations in meeting strategic organisational aims.

3

Critically appraise complex business, financial and cyber security risks and provide recommendations for managing these risks.

4

Synthesise multifaceted information and communicate in a concise, professional manner to inform decision making.

5

Recognise the responsibilities of the professional manager operating within a changing technological and global marketplace.

6

Evaluate and use complex and large data sets and interpret analytical findings for a range of business decision making situations.

Modules

This module introduces the core ideas of computer architecture and programming. You will build a mental model of the functioning of a typical computer system that can be used to reason about system (hardware/software) behaviour. You will explore fundamental programming constructs, using the Python scripting language. You will use a problem-based approach to develop skills fundamental to programming.

This module equips you with an understanding of the complex nature of leading and managing people when implementing and evaluating change in organisations. The relationship between task, people and technology will be analysed in the context of organisational change. Factors that necessitate change and the main indicators of change are critically analysed. Different approaches to leadership are examined, as are alternative models of organisational change.

This module enables you to gain an in-depth understanding of and critically evaluate contemporary issues in marketing, from a theoretical and practical perspective. Given the fast-changing nature of contemporary digital marketing practice and of the context in which it takes place, the module explores recent developments and emerging issues in the field to provide you with an up-to-date, evidence-based perspective on digital marketing and its broader societal implications.

You will explore current cyber security challenges and how defensive and offensive techniques can be used to improve resilience to an attack or breach. You will explore various threat modelling techniques to understand a system's weak point and understand how solutions that bring together technology, people and policies can be used to improve defences.

The three pillars of sustainable business are social fairness, environmental protection and economic viability. While the last of these has always been a concern for organisations, the first two are rising in their prominence and, regardless of where your organisation is, they are ignored at your peril. This module will help you to understand aspects of all three pillars and to consider the strategies taken to improve key performance indicators in each area.

To succeed in the future, managers must develop the resources and capabilities needed to gain and sustain advantage in competitive markets. The way in which organisations attempt to develop such competitive advantage constitutes the essence of their strategy. This module considers the impact of current and emerging economic, political, digital and cultural factors and the relationship between strategy, stakeholder expectations and organisational performance. The strategic implications of e-business and the resulting digital transformation is also discussed.

Within this module, you will learn how to critically analyse the accounting approaches that go towards the creation of financial accounts and budgeting. You will also develop the skills necessary to evaluate common financial control mechanisms and tools to help with financial decision making.

Generating useable data for decision making is a task that needs an awareness of many factors. To be able to do this you need to firstly understand the question being asked and then the data that you possess. Do you have all the data you need? If not, how will you find it? How will you clean it? How will you process it and present it in a way that is beneficial to the decision maker? All these technical questions will be answered in this module.

This is the capstone to the MBA programme. The focus of this capstone will be directly related to any pathway you have studied. Regardless of which MBA you have taken, what you are assured of is a project which will be directly related to an authentic business challenge and you will be able to deepen your knowledge in the area you want to concentrate on.

This module is designed to introduce you to research methods and statistical analysis. Theoretical, historical and statistical concepts are taught using both quantitative and qualitative techniques that allow you to put theory into practice and conduct an in-depth research project.

This is your opportunity to shape the project you will undertake in the capstone module. In the research methods module, you will have learnt different approaches to undertaking a research project and these will help guide you in your management investigation.

Would you suit our
MBA Cyber Security programme?

Our MBA Cyber Security programme is designed to fit the lives of working professionals looking to develop careers in this important growth area. It combines fundamental management and leadership skills with the capabilities needed to help businesses and individuals protect their digital information and environments.

Delivered fully online and offered part-time, you will have the flexibility to work alongside your studies and fit them around other important life responsibilities such as family and friends.

MBA CyberSecurity

Potential career paths for this MBA

The MBA Cyber Security prepares graduates for careers in data and information security roles across a wide range of sectors.

  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Security Analyst
  • Information Security Analyst
  • IT Security Analyst
  • Cyber Defence Analyst

Entry requirements for home and international students

To study this MBA, you must have:
  • An undergraduate or postgraduate degree (or equivalent qualification), plus at least two years of relevant work experience in a professional, managerial, or supervisory role
  • At least three years of relevant work experience in a professional, managerial, or supervisory role
English language requirements:
  • IELTS 6.0 and equivalents

Start dates

We have six start dates a year, so you can begin your studies within weeks.