A Sheffield Hallam University masters programme which trains the next generation of cyber security experts has been certified by the National Cyber Security Centre.

The University’s Master’s degree in Cyber Security is one of only 16 that have been fully certified by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which is a part of GCHQ.

The course helps meet the UK’s growing demand for cyber security experts, who can help develop and test robust computer networks and implement security measures against evolving threats.

NCSC certified courses help students make informed choices when looking for a highly valued qualification, and employers to recruit skilled staff and develop the cyber skills of existing employees.

NCSC certification also boosts universities’ efforts to attract high-quality students (from the UK & overseas) helping make the UK resilient to cyber-attack and one of the safest places to do business online.

Gregg Ibbotson, course leader for MSc Cyber Security, said: “Cyber security and being safe online – whether an individual, a business, or a country – is growing into one of the major focuses for security agencies and governments. Our course is designed to provide the next generation of experts who will go on to assist governments, businesses, charities and individuals.

“The NCSC certification highlights the quality of our academic practice, superb facilities and the talent of our graduates and students. As an institution, we are committed to helping to build stronger communities; using our research, practice and partnerships to create a more equal, just and safe society. This certification adds to our commitment to this pledge.”

Chris Ensor, NCSC deputy director for cyber growth, said: “I’m really pleased that Sheffield Hallam’s MSc in Cyber Security has been fully certified.  This will be a valuable addition to our certified degree programme, and offers opportunities for all students, particularly in a region where there hasn’t previously been a certified degree.

“Certified degrees give assurance to students, potential employers and are part of our programme to help set the standard for good cyber security education in the UK.”

Professor Sir Chris Husbands, Vice-Chancellor at Sheffield Hallam University, said: “Sheffield Hallam University has a strong tradition of developing courses that have industrial, commercial and social relevance as well as being of high academic quality and scholarly integrity.

“This certification from the National Cyber Security Centre for the MSc Cyber Security course, provides recognition of the University’s excellence in the growing field of cyber security and further establishes the University’s position as a leader in this technically challenging and highly relevant discipline.”