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Master of Cyber Security

A Master of Cyber Security (MCS) introduces students to the frontiers of knowledge and trains them in the relevant techniques of cyber security. Students will gain an advanced understanding and knowledge of cyber security from the point of view of preventative security, detection of security breaches, and offensive security (such as computer system penetration testing). At the same time, students will gain an advanced understanding and knowledge of cloud computing technologies, computer infrastructure, legal aspects of cyber security and a capacity to think innovatively and be able to use research-led knowledge to advance professional practice.

MCS structure

For students with an undergraduate degree, the Master of Cyber Security requires a total of 180 points consisting of 75 points of compulsory 500 level taught papers, a 60 point dissertation, and another 45 points of appropriate 500 level taught papers. Students with an honours degree or a postgraduate diploma are required to do the compulsory taught papers and the 60 point dissertation.

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MCS entry requirements

For admission into a Master of Cyber Security, students will need to have completed a relevant bachelor's degree or postgraduate diploma, normally in computer science or computer engineering. They will need an average of at least B+ in their 300 level or higher computer science papers.

MCS enrolment information

Apply to enrol in the Master of Cyber Security online.

Contact us

If you are interested in studying a Master of Cyber of Security, call us on 0800 WAIKATO (+64 7 856 2889 if calling from outside New Zealand) or email us

For more information on cyber security researchers of Waikato, please refer to the CROW website.


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