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MSc Critical Infrastructure Security

  • Study Mode: Part Time
  • Location: Distance Learning
  • Duration: Two Years
  • Start Date: September 2023
Applications for September 2023 will be opening soon.
Designed as a flexible learning programme, you can study this course alongside your work or other commitments. Industry and sector contributions and guest lectures provide the immediacy and currency that are essential for education in a changing risk landscape. We also encourage you to relate your current, or former, workplace observations and experiences to the material, allowing you to put the theory into practice and bolster your career prospects.
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Fees and funding

There’s a range of ways you can secure funding for your course, including sponsorship, scholarships and loans. And if you recently graduated from BNU, you may be eligible for a fee discount.

Applications for September 2023 will be opening soon.

Why study this subject?

Critical infrastructure supports all societies, and encompasses the ‘facilities, systems, sites, information, people, networks and processes, necessary for a country to function and upon which daily life depends. It also includes some functions, sites and organisations which are not critical to the maintenance of essential services, but which need protection due to the potential danger to the public (civil nuclear and chemical sites for example).’ (UK Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure – CPNI).  

Whilst different countries may identify the infrastructure sectors in different ways, all of them will be deemed fundamental to maintenance of societal stability.

Why study at Buckinghamshire New University?

The UK government’s official definition of Critical National Infrastructure is: ‘Those critical elements of national infrastructure (facilities, systems, sites, property, information, people, networks and processes), the loss or compromise of which would result in major detrimental impact on the availability, delivery or integrity of essential services, leading to severe economic or social consequences or to loss of life.’

With the constant threat of terrorism; the growth of cyber-crime and the prevalence of activism, it is really important to ensure that our infrastructures are protected from attack, disruption and damage. Maintaining that protection is challenging and requires those engaged in the analysis, planning and management of it to be highly capable and knowledgeable. 

Our MSc Critical Infrastructure programme is designed to develop high level capability and knowledge in professionals responsible for Critical Infrastructure protection.

Critical infrastructure incorporates chemical, nuclear, commercial facilities, communications, critical manufacturing, defence and associated industrial base, emergency services, energy, food and agriculture, financial services, government facilities, healthcare and public health, information technology, transportation systems, water and wastewater systems.

Throughout the course, the links between academic theory and practical outcomes for you and your organisations will be examined and emphasised.

Buckinghamshire New University is a signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant and supports the Armed Forces Community. We recognise the value Serving Personnel, both Regular and Reservists, Veterans, and military families contribute to our business and country.

This programme is eligible for funding under the UK Ministry of Defence Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) scheme. Our ELCAS number is 1682.

What will I study?

On this course, you will study a range of modules, which will help:

  • prepare you for a senior leader career through the development of enhanced personal and interpersonal skills and, in particular, leadership capability and skills in critical infrastructure sector security and resilience
  • equip you with an advanced understanding of concepts and current issues in critical infrastructure security
  • enable you to anticipate and address risks that may adversely affect your organisation, helping to ensure future organisational resilience and sustainability
  • develop the reflective and critical thinking as well as analytical and research skills needed to make logical arguments and creative contributions to improve critical infrastructure security and resilience management and leadership practice
  • develop a strategic, integrated and holistic perspective on critical infrastructure security through a study of organisations, risks and mitigation.

How will I be taught and assessed?

This programme will allow you to study alongside your work or other commitments. Online learning will be complemented by two, two-day workshops, which are designed to foster discussion and development of ideas in a group setting.

Throughout the course, there will be emphasis on applying the various principles, theories and practices to your individual business, work role and employment requirements or aspirations.

You will be able to get support throughout the programme and can contact tutors through email, telephone, our virtual learning environment, and face-to-face.

Useful Information

MSC Critical Infrastructure Security Programme Specification

What are the course entry requirements?

Entrants to the programme will normally have an Honours degree or equivalent. Recent graduates would generally have achieved an upper second class honours degrees in any field. It is anticipated that this degree will also evoke interest from students overseas for whom such qualification is not available in their home country. Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate English language skills to IELTS 6.0 or equivalent. Applicants who are in employment may qualify for entry without holding a first degree.


This provides a guide of the modules that make up your course. You can find more information about how your course is structured on our Academic Advice section.

Year 1 Modules

Threat, Risk and Impact Perspectives

Areas of Critical Infrastructure

Year 2 Modules

Critical Infrastructure Connectivity and Vulnerability

Critical Infrastructure Security Strategies

Research and Dissertation

What are the tuition fees


Home, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£5,350 per year


Overseas/International, Academic Year 2022 - 2023

£5,350 per year

The University is unable to accept any new applications from students who require sponsorship for a student visa to start in September 2022. This is due to the overwhelming popularity of our courses and visa processing timeframes.  Applications are still being taken from students who are already in the UK and hold the right to study.

From September 2022, those students living in the UK or Republic of Ireland, and EU nationals with settled status in the UK, will be considered Home students.

Most courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees.

You could benefit from financial support through a bursary or scholarship during your time as a student. For more details visit our financial support, bursaries and scholarships section.

Questions about fees?

Contact our Enquiries Team:

0330 123 2023


On successful completion of this award, you will find your employment prospects enhanced and your understanding of the multiple facets of critical infrastructure security and resilience significantly deepened.  

If you’re working at manager level, you will have gained the requisite knowledge and analytical skills to enable you to perform at a higher management level in your organisation.

Recent graduates or people employed outside the resilience sector are more likely to be able to obtain employment in the component industries; and current employees will be better equipped to seek promotion.

All graduates will have developed transferable skills that can be used in a wide range of jobs.