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. The MSc Critical Infrastructure programme is designed to develop high-level capability and knowledge in professionals responsible for CI protection.
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 the maintenance of societal stability.
The UK government’s official definition of CNI 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 a major detrimental impact on the availability, delivery or integrity of essential services, leading to severe economic or social consequences or to loss of life.’
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.
This programme is eligible for funding under the UK Ministry of Defence Enhanced Learning Credits (ELC) scheme. Our ELCAS number is 1682.
Buckinghamshire New University is a signatory of the Armed Forces Covenant and supports the Armed Forces Community. We recognise the value of Serving Personnel, both Regular and Reservists, Veterans, and military families contribute to our business and country.
What are the course entry requirements?
Entrants to the programme will normally have an Honours degree or equivalent. Recent graduates would generally have achieved 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.
What are my career prospects?
On successful completion of this award, you will find your employment prospects enhanced and your understanding of the multiple facets of CI 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.