GCHQ has certified six more cyber security Master's degrees, bringing the total to 12 offered by universities across England.
The second wave of certifications builds on the six Master's degrees last year, and is part of GCHQ's attempt to support cyber security education in Britain.
Universities were required to submit their degrees to GCHQ to get its seal of approval. Earlier this year, 18 degrees were put forward by 16 universities, which resulted in six universities getting six degrees certified.
The universities and degrees to receive full GCHQ certification are listed below.
• Royal Holloway University of London and University of London International Academy - MSc in Information Security - Distance Learning
• University of York - MSc in Cyber Security
The other universities received provisional certification for their Master's degrees, which are listed below.
• University of Birmingham - MSc in Cyber Security
• University of Southampton - MSc in Cyber Security
• University of Warwick - MSc in Cyber Security Engineering
• University of Warwick - MSc in Cyber Security and Management
GCHQ's assessment of the Master's degrees was carried out with the help of the cyber security industry, academia, professional bodies and other government departments.
Chris Ensor, deputy director for the National Technical Authority for Information Assurance (NTAIA) at GCHQ, said he was delighted that another six Master's degrees had received certification, and offered hope for those who had not been successful.
"As the NTAIA, GCHQ recognises the critical role academia plays in developing the UK's skill and knowledge base," he said.
"I'd encourage those who were not successful to explore how best to invest in order to be able to maximise the chances of success in future calls."
GCHQ has a proactive approach to assisting with the development of cyber security skills and education, having recently launched a Cyber Insiders programme to bolster the UK's security skills.
The need for cyber security skills has also been highlighted by the technology industry as a major concern. Microsoft predicted that a huge skills shortage by 2025 will put the world's cyber security in danger.
The need to develop more security skills is also a concern of the government, which recently launched the Cyber First programme designed to recruit the next generation of security professionals.
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