Cyber Security – MSc

Cyber Security – MSc

Specialism
Certification
GCHQ certification
Qualification level
MSc
Location
Lancaster
Study type
Classroom
Duration
12 months full-time; 24 months part-time
Price
UK/EU £9,000 - Overseas £19,500

About the course

Course content

Develop the skills, knowledge, and experience to face one of the modern world’s greatest challenges. This programme will prepare you for an exciting and rewarding career in cyber security, application and software security, and cyber law enforcement, among others.

Cyber security is one of the greatest challenges of contemporary society, and it will only become more complicated as we progress. As a result, our GCHQ accredited programme provides you with the depth of knowledge and wealth of skills required to engage with and overcome these challenges.

During your study, you will work within our world-class ICT Centre of Excellence, InfoLab21. Here you will study and explore eight taught modules and complete a substantial research project. These interdisciplinary modules will allow you to draw on expertise from four specialist departments: School of Computing and Communication; Law; Sociology; and Politics, Philosophy and Religion. Through studying these modules, you will develop a range of technical skills and gain specialist knowledge that will be invaluable as you progress in your career. Modules include: Information System Penetration and Countermeasures; Network and Systems Security; and Cybercrime.

In addition to the taught modules, you will also work on an individual research project, supervised by two academics from two of the four departments. Through this project, you will obtain an in-depth understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of cyber security and technology. You will put the skills and knowledge you have developed throughout the year into practice and gain experience of tackling real-world cyber security issues. Your study and research will be further supported as you draw upon world-leading research from Security Lancaster, our GCHQ and EPSRC recognised Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research.

Alongside this technical experience, you will develop practical skills, such as how to gather and analyse data, and how to accurately present and communicate your findings. Moreover, through our Knowledge Business Centre (KBC), which has links to over 500 ICT-centric businesses, you may be able to generate opportunities and valuable network links within industry. All of which will enhance your career prospects.

Course Structure

You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

Core

  • Information System Security Management
  • Information System Penetration and Countermeasures
  • Information System Forensic Investigation
  • Information System Risk Management
  • Network and Systems Security
  • Dissertation Communication and Information Systems (by Research)
  • Security and Conflict in the Digital Age
  • Cybercrime
  • Introduction to Law

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.

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