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Published: 06 October 2016

DCMS Bursaries for GCHQ-Certified MSc Information Security Programme

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS) is offering bursaries to the University of Surrey for covering tuition fees for up to 4 students undertaking the Department of Computer Science’s GCHQ-certified MSc Information Security programme. These students will need to begin their studies in the 2016/17 academic year and have their MSc applications submitted by 9th September 2016.

Eligible students will be selected by the University of Surrey and must meet the following criteria:

  • Be a UK or EU citizen who is normally resident in the UK other than for the sole purpose of education.
  •  Be undertaking the course specified above and not undertaking any other forms of formal education.
  • Not applying for this course straight from an undergraduate degree.
  • Not previously held employment as a cyber security professional (cyber security was not a significant part of any previous job function – i.e. less than 50% of a previous job role).

In selecting the students for the bursaries, the University of Surrey will prioritise students meeting these additional preferred criteria:

  • Persons looking to retrain into the cyber security profession, for example, returners-to-work after parental leave, those who are currently unemployed, and mid-career transitioners
  • Ex-armed forces personnel not already covered by any armed forces grant
  • Ex-police officers not already covered by any police service grant
  • General IT practitioners looking to specialise in cyber security
  • Demographics currently underrepresented in the cyber security profession

All students selected for this bursary scheme are expected to meet the usual minimum entry requirements for the course.

If you as an applicant feel you are qualified for the bursary scheme, please highlight this in your application so that we will not miss your application for considering the award. For any questions and enquiries, please contact our MSc Admissions Tutor.

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