City, University of London

Course Introduction

This degree is suitable for students who are looking for a successful career in technical computing, with interests in the various roles directly and indirectly connected to the world of computer, network and information security. It is fully accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT and fully meets the further learning academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.

You should be motivated to understand how computer systems are built and excited by the rapid pace of change in the field. There is an ever-growing need for sharp, code-literate, motivated graduates in an industrial sector that makes a multi-billion pound contribution to the UK economy.

The degree focuses on how software and programming work, together with specialist content in computer security. The course will prepare you for a successful career in the techincal areas of computer science and informatio security by developing skills in analysis, design and programming as well as specialisms in cyber security.

Starting with core foundational skills, such as programming, the course progresses to cover a range of computing topics with a focus on practical application, while maintaining a strong theoretical underpinning.

During the course you will become ethical hackers as you are challenged to identify flaws in computing devices and networks; to cryptanalyse classical and modern ciphers; and to trace attacks while auditing systems.

The School has its own dedicated placements team with over 20 years of experience in providing on-hand placement and internship support as well as guidance for students throughout their studies. Placements are highly encouraged at City. Students that complete a placement year benefit from gaining professional experience working on real-life projects and are also more likely to achieve higher grades, secure a graduate-level job and earn a higher salary. In recent years students from our computer science courses have been able to obtain placements at leading companies within their chosen field such as Accenture, Deloitte, Hewlett Packard, IBM and Xerox.

Course Modules

All Computer Science courses at City share a common first year. Students can select their final degree course at the end of the first year.

Core modules:

Introduction to Algorithms

Mathematics for computing

Operating Systems

Systems architecture

Programming in Java

Databases and Web Development

In year two, students take a further seven core modules, including a team project:

Core modules:

Data structures and algorithms

Programming in C++

Language processors

Computer Networks

Object-orientated analysis and design

Professional development in IT.

In year three, students take three core modules and five electives, mixing Computer Science with specialist

Cyber Security modules.

Core modules:

Information Security Fundamentals

Network security

Digital forensics

Alongside specialist core modules and elective modules, you will undertake a large individual project researching and developing systems in an area of your own specialist interest.

Core modules include:

Advanced Algorithms and Data Structures


Computational Cognitive Systems

Security Auditing and Certification

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
4 years
Full Time
Master of Science (with Honours) - Msci (Hon) Other Fees