Executive MBA in Cyber Security

Designed with experienced managers and Cyber Security professionals in mind, this Executive MBA in Cyber Security will help develop your organisational and management skills and equip you with the knowledge to tackle both the technological and managerial aspects of your role.

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Executive MBA in Cyber Security

In an increasingly digital world, the need for skilled Cyber Security professionals is skyrocketing, creating an ever-expanding skills gap in the job market.

Demand for the right personnel is dramatically outweighing supply - the current pandemic is shifting more and more businesses online with many workers going remote, creating more and more potential targets for cybercriminals. The need for talented Cyber Security staff to manage and mitigate looming cyberthreats has never been greater.

Cybercriminals don’t discriminate; they go wherever the money is - which means targeting companies of all sizes. Managers industry-wide will benefit from the extensive knowledge provided by our Executive MBA in Cyber Security.

Managers generally lack formal education in the fundamentals of technological Cyber Security, and many Cyber Security graduates will find themselves out of their depth when faced with managerial tasks. The Executive MBA in Cyber Security bridges that gap and fulfills the need for managers and Cyber Security professionals to have a grasp of both technological and managerial aspects of their roles.

Key Facts

Awarding University

University of Gibraltar

Duration

18 months


Commitment

20 hours/per week


Format

100% Online


Class Size

15-20


Career Stage

Middle management


Application Deadline

5th February 2021


Fees


Promotion

Up to £500 off early bird (See T&Cs)


Why Study an Executive MBA in Cyber Security

This Executive MBA in Cyber Security is for mid-level managers who want to step up and stand out. If you can’t stop learning and want to stay at the top of your game, this course will help you:

Transform Your Career

45% of students who successfully complete an EMBA receive a pay rise.

Opportunity to move into a higher-level post within your current employment or professional area.

Set up your own business and venture into self-employment.

Increase Your Confidence

Step up and stand out by demonstrating to employers your capability and self-motivation to learn at a higher level.

Stay at the top of your game by gaining a deeper understanding of management and business.

Boost Your Knowledge

Across the board - Intellectual skills, Practical skills, Transferable skills.

Advance your existing leadership, industry and management experience in the context of business management.

Who is an Executive MBA in Cyber Security for?

Our Online Executive MBA in Cyber Security has been designed and developed with experienced managers and Cyber Security professionals in mind.

The programme aims to develop students’ knowledge of both technological and managerial aspects of their roles. It is designed for those who are self-motivated, have a desire to learn, and the drive to keep learning.

We like students who challenge the status quo, who wake up ambitious and love working with other professionals.

It will provide students with:

  • Contemporary knowledge and understanding of management theory with technology in mind.
  • Theoretical and applied perspectives.
  • The ability to apply knowledge and skills in Cyber Security.
  • An understanding of the fundamentals of information systems, including digital business models, IS architecture and nascent technologies.
  • An understanding of the principals of Cyber Security, including cybercrime theory, basic security, and Cyber Security auditing and assessment.

How Will I Learn?

We take an andragogical approach to learning. The 18-month course is self-directed - this means there are no lectures, no video-based classes or slideshows, and no dedicated study times, giving you optimum flexibility and putting you in control of your learning. Your studies will instead focus on tutor-led discussions, module assignments, and reflective practice to help you develop the skills needed at post-graduate level.

This groundbreaking style of learning is inspired by real-life scenarios that you will contribute from your own experience. You will challenge other students and be challenged. We do not use pedagogical methods (where a student relies entirely on a teacher).

  • Business experience is built upon real-life scenarios and challenges therefore you will develop skills such as leadership, adaptability, critical thinking and self-reflection.
  • You will participate in a combination of module activities that may be group and/or individual based, dependent on the module. This usually occurs within multidisciplinary groups of 15-20 students.

These innovative teaching methods will allow you to seamlessly translate your studies into your everyday challenges.

Our dedicated Student Services Team is also available to help with any problems you may face. From navigating our online platform to advising you on deadlines, our team can assist with any questions or challenges you may have along the way.

Executive MBA in Cyber Security Course Structure

The full Executive MBA in Cyber Security will be formed of six 20 credit modules (120 credits in total) and a 60 credit student /organisation specific research/capstone project. This is an 18-month programme.

Module 1: Strategic Management (20 credits)

Module Aims

The module aims to develop your understanding and application of the principles, practices, models and tools called upon to ensure a holistic, responsible approach to strategic management. It engages students in the selection and application of relevant conceptual tools and models to assist them in interpreting both the business environment and the organisation's resource base to solve problems and presenting novel, sustainable business level strategies.

Module Summary

  • Strategic management philosophies and schools of thought
  • Business environment analysis
  • Competitive positioning/rivalry
  • Core Competencies/resource-based strategies
  • Generic business strategies
  • Strategies for growth/sustainability
  • Stakeholder engagement positioning
  • Value chain analysis
  • Strategic change

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate an organisation's management of its approach to strategic function and develop informed plans to improve it.
  2. Diagnose strategic opportunities or problems and critically evaluate strategic choices and viable strategic options to assist them.

Module 2: Leadership and Behaviour (20 credits)

Module Aims

The aim of the module is to introduce you to the nature and functioning of organisations and the behaviour of individuals and groups within them. It seeks to encourage you to use this knowledge to inform and improve your leadership and management skills and practices.

Module Summary

  • The individual at work
  • Motivation, satisfaction and productivity
  • Group behaviour and leadership
  • Power, authority and conflict in organisations
  • Organisational structure and design
  • Organisational culture
  • Organisational change
  • Wellbeing
  • Employee engagement

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate relevant theories and empirical evidence relating to organisational behaviour.
  2. Critically appraise and evaluate different strategies for management and leadership.

Module 3: Financial Management (20 credits)

Module Aims

This module aims to develop your understanding and interpretation of sound financial management to almost all business decisions in order to understand the impact of this function on the principles and practices of executive management decision making.

Module Summary

  • The terminology of accounting and the structure and content of the main financial statements used by business organisations.
  • The role and use of different financial statements.
  • The use of management accounting techniques for business planning and decision making.
  • Sources of business finance and the role of financial information in the financing of a business.
  • Business budgeting and budgetary control.
  • The use of investment appraisal techniques in retail management.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate, present and prepare financial information in a clear and accurate way.
  2. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the use of financial information for management decision making and control.

Module 4: Marketing Management (20 credits)

Module Aims

The module aims to introduce students to the principles and practices of marketing. It engages students in the selection and application of relevant marketing theories, conceptual tools and models to assist them in interpreting and solving marketing problems and presenting novel applications of marketing to improve the organisation's value propositions. Primarily it seeks to develop students’ capabilities to effectively direct and manage an organisation's marketing function.

Module Summary

  • Understanding marketing management
  • Developing marketing strategies and plans
  • Creating customer value, satisfaction, and loyalty
  • Analysing consumer and business markets
  • Identifying market segments and targets
  • Creating brand equity and crafting the brand positioning
  • Marketing through the life cycle
  • Consumer behaviour
  • Relationships loyalty and co-creation
  • Service dominant logic
  • Management of the original and extended marketing mix

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of the module, you will be able to:

  1. Critically evaluate an organisation's management of its marketing function and develop informed plans to improve it.
  2. Critically reflect upon the application of rapidly emerging marketing practices by various organisations.

Module 5: Fundamentals of Information Systems (20 credits)

Module Aims

This module aims to provide students with an understanding of the fundamental composition and operation of information systems.

Module Summary

  • Data-Information-Knowledge, DIKAR/RAKID models, actionable knowledge etc.
  • (Digital) business models - E-Business, E-Commerce, M-Commerce, and the types of data used in organizations and functions.
  • E-adoption models.
  • IS Architecture, hardware, software, data architectures - centralised vs decentralised.
  • IS Project Management, linear vs non-linear.
  • Nascent technologies – Programmatic Advertising, Blockchain, Quantum Computing, Industry 4.0 etc, and their implications for IS.

Learning Outcomes

Critically analyse and evaluate a variety of information systems and their role and operation in organisations.

Module 6: Principles of Cyber Security (20 credits)

Module Aims

To provide students with a critical understanding of Cyber Security and its relation to crime, the law and organisations.

Module Summary

  • Cybercrime Theories and Forms of cybercrime – hacking, phishing, social engineering etc.
  • Law and Governance, Data Protection Act (1998) GDPR etc.
  • Basic security, 5 pillars of system security, encryption etc.
  • Cyber Security 1
  • Cyber Security 2
  • Cyber Security auditing and assessment, and accreditations etc.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of Cyber Security.
  2. Formulate and critically evaluate a Cyber Security management decision.

Final Assessment: Capstone Project (60 credits)

Module Aims

The aim of this module is to provide you with the opportunity to work independently to consolidate the learning acquired through your executive MBA programme into a single capstone project.

You will carry out an independent study on a management topic of your choice in an area of interest within your own workplace setting (or a company of your choosing) and compile a comprehensive report, applying the knowledge, understanding and skills obtained throughout the executive MBA

You will be supported by a dedicated tutor and expected to deliver your previous knowledge and skills gained on the prior Executive MBA programme to evaluate and solve a specific business problem or opportunity

Module Summary

You will be expected to apply the key concepts learned through the Executive MBA and demonstrate their real-world application.

Before you start your project, you will work with your tutor to draw up a project and then interact with them weekly to update on the project's progression. During this time you will:

  • Recap the key learning outcomes of the module you have studied.
  • Evaluate suitable collection, analysis and interpretation of different types of data and evidence.
  • Determine effective / evidence-based decision making in organisations for business case development.
  • Develop a suitable executive human resource management capstone project proposal.
  • Produce a capstone project report.

You will be expected to consider your capstone project throughout the preceding modules, after which you will present your idea to your tutor. The tutor will discuss the project with you and, once the title has been established, you will draft the proposal within the first month. You will then interact with your tutor weekly. After each contact, you will be expected to record notes on your discussion in the learning journal as a record of contact and progress.

On completion of the capstone project, you will be expected to complete a report describing your activity, detailing with appropriate critical evaluation, feedback, and referencing.

Learning Outcomes

  1. Synthesise knowledge gained during executive MBA studies and apply these in solving specific Cyber Security management problems.
  2. Develop conceptual understanding of Cyber Security theory and constructs in a way that facilitates systematic search, justification and evaluation of competing courses of action.
  3. Critically evaluate information and data (evidence) to inform management decisions.
  4. Apply the principles and practices of Cyber Security to solve a specific management problem or develop new opportunities for growth.

Assessment Methods

There are three components of assessment to assess the learning outcomes of each taught module. These test different elements of learning including critical analysis, management skills, professional reflection and independent / community of practice based study.

Scenarios and Discussion

Scenarios reflective of day-to-day work situations will be presented for students to consider and answer every week. Students critically discuss the concepts within their online group discussion forum facilitated throughout the module by their tutor and marked by them at the end of the module.

Students learn by finding relevant literature, reading and critically appraising it; discussing it within the discussion forum and applying it critically to real world examples and your own practice. The content of the scenario is based on the learning outcomes for the module.

The scenarios, reflective portfolio and the group work is carried on as the module progresses which ensures engagement throughout the module.

Reflective Practice

The online learning portfolio requires students to record and critically reflect on their learning. Reflection is an important aspect of the programme since the business executive/manager will be able to spend time considering how their practice compares to the themes being discussed in the module. The tutor provides weekly feedback and marks your work at the end of the module.

Module Activity

At the beginning of each module, students are presented with a module assignment. The module activity may take the form of an individual piece of work, such as an essay on a relevant topic, or it may be a group activity such as the creation of a marketing plan.

Entry Requirements

Our digital doors are open to both local and international students from diverse educational and social backgrounds. We offer no international surcharge and believe having a multi-disciplinary and multi-national cohort is best for student development. Typically, applicants for the Executive MBA in Cyber Security will:

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Course Fees

Total Course Fees for UK & International Students: £7,500

Fee payments may be made via the following options:

Date
Instalments
Deposit payable on acceptance†£836
1st May 2021£833
1st July 2021£833
1st September 2021£833
1st November 2021£833
1st January 2022£833
1st March 2022£833
1st May 2022£833
1st July 2022£833

† Deposits are non-refundable