City, University of London

Course Introduction

Who is it for?

This course is designed for graduate students and IT/ICT professionals who want to prepare for a successful career in computer, network and information security. It will help you to develop your specialist analytical, operational and development skills in both technical and socio-technical areas of cyber security.

This Masters programme will particularly suit students who have completed a first degree in a computing subject, such as computer science or business computing. It will also suit graduates who have completed a numerate subject with a significant computing component, such as applied mathematics, engineering or physics.

Objectives:

The Cyber Security MSc aims to help you:

* Specialise in advanced aspects of cyber security (including cryptography and network security) and information security management and security audits

* Investigate penetration-testing techniques using Metasploit

* Engage with researchers to develop your scientific knowledge and skills

* Explore and specialise in the socio-technical aspects of security, cybercrime and digital forensics

* Critically evaluate the technical, social and management dimensions of computing systems and technologies from a security perspective

* Gain tangible experience that extends across all the security specific core modules

* Acquire the knowledge, skills and techniques needed as a professional in computer science.

The course features real-life scenarios and a cyber-security challenge to provide you with hands-on experience in testing and analysing computing systems:

* Semester 1 - become an ethical hacker. Your challenge: to identify flaws in a computer system by breaking its crypto components and retrieving sensitive information from an e-commerce company.

* Semester 2 - become an investigator. Your challenge: to analyse network traffic, logs and detect attacks in a company's network. You must trace hackers and bring them to justice with concrete proof and reporting.

Career prospects:

This MSc is geared towards preparing you for a successful career in the field of cyber security, providing you with highly sought-after specialist analytical, operational and development skills in both technical and socio-technical areas.

As a result, our graduates move into a range of careers in the IT/ICT sector, as well as the telecommunications and banking industries.

Careers in information security are particularly popular with course alumni.

Start Date:

Duration: 12 months (15 months with option of three month internship).

Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
2 years
Full Time
MSc £10,000 Home Fees
2 years
Full Time
MSc £20,000 Overseas Fees
2 years
Full Time
MSc £10,000 European Fees

Qualifications required:

  • Domestic entry requirements: Students should hold at least a lower second class honours degree from a UK institution or the equivalent from an international institution in Computer Science or a related discipline with some mathematical content. Relevant industrial experience may also be considered for entry to this course.
  • International entry requirements: Students should hold at least a lower second class honours degree from a UK institution or the equivalent from an international institution in Computer Science or a related discipline with some mathematical content. Relevant industrial experience may also be considered for entry to this course. Students whose first language is not English, the following qualification is required: IELTS: 6.5 (minimum of 6.0 in all four components).