Qualification level
Study type
1 year full time, 2 years part time
£6,900 per year for UK/EU Full Time 2018 entry

About the course

Course content

On our highly regarded MSc Cyber Security, you will work with internationally renowned experts from our Centre for Cyber Security.

What's covered in the course?

This course provides a broad foundation for Cyber Security concepts while delivering advanced knowledge and skills in key technical areas. Designed to meet the growing demand from global business and industry for robust cyber security systems, this course underpins the principles and practical professional skills you’ll need to meet the future challenges faced by organisations, particularly when it comes to strategic security planning. 

This course provides future Cyber Security professionals with the knowledge and skills needed by the employers. Our strong links with industry enable us to teach the most demanding topics. You will develop state of the art technical knowledge, intellectual know-how, management capabilities and hands-on practical skills to succeed in meeting the Cyber Security challenges faced by modern organisations. 

Our academic staff members are actively engaged with government and industry to help solve their complex problems. These strong links provide you with plenty of professional opportunities that will help you to acquire valuable exposure to the real life challenges of Cyber Security.

Why choose us?

-Our Centre for Cyber Security is at the forefront of advancing information security. 
-We provide research-led, practice-driven teaching underpinned by our research projects and strong industrial links. 
-Our teaching staff have rich professional experience and are engaged with government and industry, helping to solve complex problems. 
-You will have access to state-of-the-art, industry-standard equipment and laboratories with forensic software, network security software for penetration testing, and Cloud software. 
-We are home to a Cisco Systems, Oracle academy, and the Microsoft Academy Centre. We are one of Microsoft’s top UK university-based academies and we are a member of the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance. We are also a Cisco ASC (Academy Support Centre) and Cisco Instructor Training Centre (ITC) – one of only 10 such instructor training centres in the UK.

Course in depth

The MSc is normally studied over one year full-time or two years part-time. 

The course is divided into taught modules of 20 credits and a Master’s project of 60 credits. Students complete 60 credits for Postgraduate Certificate, 120 credits for Postgraduate Diploma and 180 credits for the full MSc. Each credit represents 10 notional hours of student learning and assessment. 

A range of assessment methods are employed, assessment criteria being published in each assignment brief. Knowledge and skills are assessed, formatively and summatively, by a number of methods: coursework, examinations (seen and unseen, open and closed-book), presentations, practical assignments, vivas, online forums, podcasts and project work. 

-Information Security Management 20 credits 
-Industrial Control Systems Security 20 credits 
-Digital Forensics 20 credits 
-Software Security and Cloud Security 20 credits 
-Advanced Ethical Hacking 20 credits 
-Research Methods and Project Management 20 credits 
-Individual Project 60 credits

Enhancing your employability skills

This course is designed to ensure that you are a very sought-after graduate with the necessary first-hand, practical expertise of cyber security issues as well as a rigorous academic understanding of the sector. 

Globally there is a shortage of experts who can work in cyber security at this very high level, so you will focus on the important technical material you will need for effective decision-making in a highly demanding career. 

You will be equipped for a range of careers requiring advanced skills, such as: 
-Security architect 
-Security analyst 
-Security administrator 
-Security manager 
-Incident response manager 
-Risk and compliance analyst. 

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