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Royal Holloway, University of London are participating in The Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport’s (DCMS) postgraduate bursaries initiative to help adults retrain for a career in cybersecurity by taking a National Cyber Security Centre certified masters degree. This initiative is supported by the National Cyber Security Programme – the Government’s £1.9 billion investment to significantly transform the UK’s cybersecurity​.

The bursary funding will cover 2 campus-based students starting in academic year 18/19and cover tuition fees only (either full-time or part-time). There is a strong focus on encouraging more women into the sector to address the current under-representation in the cybersecurity workforce. This reflected in the criteria set out below. Eligible students will be selected by the university and must meet the following essential criteria:

  • Be undertaking the MSc In Information Security and not undertaking any other forms of formal education.
  • Not previously held employment as a cybersecurity professional (cybersecurity was not a significant part of any previous job function – i.e. less than 50% of a previous job role).
  • Must meet the nationality and residency requirements in the Masters Loan England eligibility criteria. 
  • Have not previously been awarded a bursary under the DCMS Cyber Security Postgraduate Bursaries Scheme
  • Be able to start the campus MSc programme during the Autumn 2018 term.

In addition, candidates must:  

  • Demonstrate a clear and credible intention to become a cybersecurity professional in the UK, and how the bursary materially assists achieve that. 

When deciding on bursary allocation, all participating institutions will take into account the strength of the original application for those accepted onto the course and give additional weighting to applications from women applying for the bursary

Applications should be made by email to “Application form for DCMS Bursary - 2018” as the subject. Applications should include the following:

  • Short CV.
  • Application form (download here).
  • Personal statement detailing the reasons why the applicant meets the bursary eligibility criteria and how they intend to become a cybersecurity professional.



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