Level of study: Postgraduate
Fee: £10,000 (UK/EU) £13,000 (International)
Entry requirements: Minimum 2:2 (second class) honours degree or equivalent from a recognised university in a related subject
English language requirements: IELTS 6.5 (or above) with no single element below 5.5 or equivalent
Mode of study: Full-time classroom
Duration: 1 year
Assessment methods: Coursework and exams
Scholarship or bursaries: Available
Student finance: Available
Payment plan: Available
Starts: September, January May
With the dramatic increase in high-profile cyber security incidents reported in the media, the demand for highly skilled security professionals is growing significantly as businesses across the globe seek to protect their networks and data. Our MSc Cyber Security provides you with a critical understanding of information governance and assurance, combined with technology risk management practices.
In addition to developing the key skills for handling security incidents, you will learn how to identify new and existing threats and the methods by which to reduce them.
- Develop key skills which are highly in demand by employers
- Enhance your ability to handle and minimise security threats and incidents
- Understand information governance and assurance
- Upon graduating, opt to join one of our Professional Pathways programmes, to further build your skills and employability with one of the UK’s leading IT and project management training providers, QA.
- Also available as a part-time programme
About this course
What will I study?
This full-time course is taught at our London Campus where you will be taught by our experienced academics, guiding you as you analyse and evaluate the theories, principles and applications associated with the field. They will encourage you to question current approaches and processes in the fields of information and cyber security.
You will be introduced to key theoretical and practical aspects using real world scenarios and case studies and will be expected to investigate new approaches, processes and solutions in this fast-moving environment.
You will learn how to professionally, systematically and critically understand information governance and assurance along with technology risk management practices. The course will develop and enhance your ability to handle security incidents as well as identifying new and existing threats and determining methods to minimise them.
How will I be taught and assessed?
Throughout the course, you will be able to trial new approaches and processes in a safe environment, working on real-life scenarios and case studies.
You will be assessed using a mix of coursework and exams.
Careers and further study
Upon successfully completing your course, you will be eligible to join one of our Professional Pathway programmes to continue your professional development and training. Each Pathway is worth a minimum of £3,000 and offered to our graduates for free, from our partner, QA.
Applicants should have the following:
- Minimum 2:2 (second class) honours degree or equivalent from a recognised university
If you don’t meet the academic requirements
Applicants with non-standard prior learning and or relevant work experience and training are encouraged to apply. A CV (curriculum vitae) made up of prior work experience and training would need to be submitted for consideration by our faculty alongside the standard application.
If you don’t meet these entry requirements, you may be eligible to study our BSc (Hons) Applied Computing (Top-Up) programme which is also taught at our London Campus. Successful completion of this Top-Up degree with a minimum of a 2:2 award will give you entry on to this Masters programme.
English language requirements
Students require IELTS 6.5 (or above) with no single element below 5.5 or equivalent.
Did you know that if your IELTS is within 1.0 of the required score for your programme, then taking Pre-Sessional English is an option for you.
All modules on this course are core.
Information Security and Governance (20 credits)
The aim of this module is to critically explore the governance, management and security principles that underpin the management of an organisation’s information assets. It will provide you with a comprehensive and in-depth knowledge and understanding of the key concepts, theories, standards and frameworks of information governance, information management and information security. Through the critical analysis of these principles and tools you will develop a solid practical foundation on which to evaluate a range of organisations’ approaches to information.
Network Security (20 credits)
The main objective of this module is to provide an in-depth coverage of the fundamental concepts, principles and technologies for network security. This module will provide students with a theoretical and practical understanding on two important aspects related to security namely, data security and network security. The module will cover a number of topics including cryptography, classical systems, IP protocol security, private and public-key cryptography, cryptographic protocols, hash functions, authentication, signature schemes, email and web security, viruses, and firewalls.
Wireless Networks (20 credits)
This module is designed to be suitable for a variety of networking professional roles including those wishing to gain a deeper understanding of 802.11 protocols, security and enterprise deployment. You will study enterprise wireless deployment elements and methodologies. Basic RF characteristics for mobile systems. 802.11 protocol operation and technologies wireless security issues and attack vulnerabilities.
Information Assurance and Risk Management (20 credits)
This module will provide students in-depth knowledge of the processes used in assuring the security of information during use, sharing, storage, transmission and disposal. It will cover the protection of the integrity, authenticity, availability and confidentiality of all classes of information. The module is designed to provide a comprehensive framework for ensuring the resilience of business activities during threats and disruptive events thus enabling the assessment of potential risks to the business which could result from disasters or emergency situations.
Ethical Hacking for Cyber Security (20 credits)
This module will enable learners to develop a deep understanding of both theoretical and practical aspects of Ethical Hacking. An essential part of a modern organisation’s e-security includes rigorous testing and analysis to determine vulnerabilities. Carrying out such work requires a special skill set, which crosses, legal issues, psychology, computer networks along with detailed understanding of system vulnerabilities and exploits. Additionally, you will be exposed to a collection of industry standard hacking tools and will learn how to apply these in an ethical manner to determine system vulnerabilities.
Research and Project Management (20 credits)
Throughout the world of science, engineering, technology and business, the ability to pursue research is seen as a requisite for continued career progression in the appropriate subject discipline. This module introduces students to the nature of research and the processes involved in carrying out research. General research approaches and methods for research will be introduced including literature searching, evaluation and reviewing. This general introduction will be followed by the inclusion of topics specifically designed to meet the requirements of the students’ programme of study.
Dissertation (60 credits)
The aim of this module is to enable you to undertake a substantial academic research project at Masters Level and present the results from this work in both written and oral forms. Your project itself will be a major piece of independent and original research centred at the forefront of your programme discipline within the wider sphere of the computer science and digital technologies field.
Fees and finance
- UK/EU students: £10,000
- International students: £13,000 – 2016/2017
Scholarships and bursaries for international students
If you are an international student and choose to study the full-time programme, you will be eligible for either our programme bursary, or a country bursary, whichever is greater. High performing students may be eligible for an academic scholarship in addition.
Available programme bursary: £1,000
Alternatively, depending on the country you are from, you may be eligible for one of our country bursaries and/scholarships to help finance your studies.
All of our scholarships and bursaries are automatically applied when we process your application and our team will be able to confirm your eligibility.
Payment plans for self-funded students
If you need to spread the cost of your tuition, you may be eligible for our payment plan.
How to apply or find out more
How to find out more
Enquire now to find out to find out more information about the course, studying with us, the application process, and to ask any other questions you may have.
How to apply
Once you’re ready to apply, you can apply online to study the MSc Cyber Security. This method allows you to upload your supporting documents at the time of application and automatically receive your student application number.
We strongly recommend that you submit your application as early as possible to allow you to complete all of the preparations needed to study your programme. After receiving an offer it can take time to arrange your finances and apply for your visa (if required) and it is important that you arrive in good time to enrol onto your course. Please refer to the Dates and Fees page.
If you are unable to apply online, then you can download a PDF application form and email it to admin.
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- Fully completed application form
- Personal email address must be included on the application form
- Transcripts and/or certificates (including a certified translation if not in English)
- Passport – copy of personal details page
- Proof of financial sponsorship if applicable
- Confirmation of immigration history including copies of previous and current visas if applicable
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