Ethical Hacking and Cyber Security – MSc/PGDip

Provided by Abertay University
Qualification level
Study type
1 year full time

About the course

Why Study Ethical Hacking and Cyber Security?

This fascinating and practical postgraduate degree builds on your existing graduate skills and teaches an offensive approach to cybersecurity, providing you with detailed knowledge of electronic attacks and how to defend against the methods used to gain access and exploit a system.

Join the only university in the UK to offer a master’s programme in Ethical Hacking and gain a deep understanding of security issues and concerns as you learn to think like a hacker, evaluating the security of a computer system by simulating a malicious attack.

We aim to change the way you think. We encourage lively debates about pertinent ethical and security issues, developing your hacker mindset and instilling you with a determination to ‘do your bit’ to improve security in the world of computing.

In addition, this programme will: 

  • Provide the core skills to allow you to take positions in a variety of companies where computer security is a major issue
  • Put you at the forefront of new developments in security
  • Give you the benefit of an active teaching group with a growing reputation based on industry links and Knowledge Transfer projects.
  • Allow you to learn in a project based, entrepreneurial and enterprise culture.

From forensic computing to network security, this programme covers a wide range of subjects. Within these, you’ll learn about

  • Web hacking
  • Password cracking
  • Malware analysis
  • Port scanning
  • Buffer overflows

...and much more. 


How the Course Works

You’ll learn how to evaluate the impact of security problems and recommend improvements to a network’s security within a legal and ethical framework. You’ll also conduct a master’s project within an area of cybersecurity that’ll allow you to build on your existing skills.


This programme is accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, as meeting the educational requirement for CITP Further Learning and partially meeting the educational requirement for CEng/CSci registration.


Teaching is focused on lectures and practical sessions in dedicated classrooms. Lectures are used to present the key concepts, while practicals increase your understanding of the subject and allow you to develop your competence in technological and theoretical work.

You’re taught using a problem-based learning approach. You’ll spend around 12 hours per week attending classes and around 30 hours a week of private study.


The taught course will be assessed using a combination of written coursework, presentations and seminars, with a written dissertation at MSc level.

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