Qualification level
Study type
12-18 months full time, 36 months part time
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About the course

Course content

MSc IT Security helps you to develop your computing skills in the theory and practice of computer security and forensic technology. This requires an understanding of hardware, operating systems, communications software, attention to detail, creative problem-solving, investigative skills and an appreciation of computer threats and security counter-measures. You will also have the opportunity to work on a substantial project of your own choice. These skills can lead to a range of careers in systems management and computer security.


The School of Physical Sciences and Computing provides an 'electronic learning' environment to facilitate flexible learning. This environment combines traditional face-to-face lecture/tutorial and practical sessions with additional, resource-rich, online materials allowing you to continue independent learning through a variety of approaches. 

Assessment methods will include individual and group assignments, presentation, seminars and examinations.


We aim to explore the concept and principles of IT Security which will enable you to develop skills in critical evaluation and the tools and techniques that are used within IT Security and management. You will investigate the current trends and research that is relevant to IT Security which will enable you to develop a systematic approach to security policy and planning. You will plan, undertake and evaluate a substantial IT Security related project in which you will put into practice and develop your self-management, communication, critical evaluation and technical skills. 

Our degree is designed to equip you with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills that are needed within industry.


To enhance your work experience you will have an opportunity to undertake an industrial placement as part your MSc. This will extend your study time by six or twelve months depending on the length of the placement. Alternatively there are opportunities to choose an industry-based project. 

The University will support you to seek employment as a security specialist. The skills developed by the course are also valuable in a range of computing environments. 

There are opportunities to continue with your studies to MPhil or PhD.


As organisations become more dependent on sophisticated computers and communications to support their operations and to store valuable data, they become more vulnerable to IT-based attacks. The expertise of the information security professional is in managing corporate IT resources, protecting servers and computers, and tracking intruders on their networks. On this course you will learn about the tools and procedures that can be used to identify computer security weaknesses that could lead to the loss of sensitive computer data. You will develop the necessary skills to become an IT security problem-solver in order to meet the growing demand for specialists in this area. 

You will develop transferable skills in evaluation of ideas and concepts, effective communication, synthesis of ideas and become a reflective practitioner. You will have the opportunity to plan and carry out a supervised project in the field of computer security or computer forensics. 

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