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