About the course
An increasing number of organisations store, manipulate and communicate valuable and confidential information electronically. However, a number of threats compromise the security of this information.
The MSc Cyber Security aims to produce computing specialists who are able to design and maintain secure information systems and networks.
This course is designed to satisfy the demands of industry and IT providers for computing practitioners who:
- know the legal requirements of information security and are able to implement current information security standards;
- are proficient in the use of state-of-the-art principles, techniques, tools and methodologies for& the design, implementation and maintenance of secure information systems;
- are able to design and maintain secure computer networks;
- can safely recover an information system or network from a successful security attack.
What you will study
- Information Security Management
- Security Testing
- Network Switching and Routing (based on CISCO CCNA)
- Systems Programming and Security
- Network Security (based on CISCO CCNA Security)
- Incident Management and Forensics
- Database and Web Security
- Professional Development and Research Skills
How you will learn
Throughout the course, content is complemented by practical work, allowing you to support your theoretical development by providing real-life simulation. You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, labs and external speakers. You will also be supported through our online virtual learning environment where you can access a wide variety of resources and other support materials.
The course will include industry sessions.
The individual project provides an opportunity for applying specialist knowledge together with analytic, problem-solving, managerial and communication skills to a particular area of interest within the secure information systems and networks. Working with the full support and guidance of an allocated project supervisor, you will be given the opportunity to propose, plan, specify, develop, evaluate, and present a substantial project.
Course Duration for Part-time Students
Part-time September start students
- A) Part-time September start students who would like to work on their project during the summer start their project in May of their second year and complete in December of their third year. (approximately 28 months)
- B) Part-time September start students who would like to avoid working on their project during the summer start their project in September of their third year and complete in May that year. (approximately 33 months)
Part-time January start students
- C) Part-time January start students who would like to work on their project during the summer will start their project in January of their third year complete their project in August that year. (approximately 32 months)
- D) Part-time January start students who would like to avoid working on their project during the summer will start their project in January of their third year, have a break during the summer semester and continue their project September-December that year. (approximately 36 months)
- Applicants normally hold a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in Computing or related subject such as Electronics and Information Systems.
- Applicants with a lower degree classification and / or relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.
International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.
Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.
We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:
English Language requirements
* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.