This masters degree course in Cyber Security is being offered by the School of Computing and Engineering and has been developed in response to a high demand for cyber security professionals with systematic understanding of the principles and technologies underpinning today's IT systems.
The School of Computing and Engineering has partnered with leaders within the security industry to provide you with a course which will enable you to gain comprehensive knowledge and critical skills in computer security. This course will enable you to pursue a career as a cyber security professional in either the public or the private sector.
This course is offered with a 6 months internship. The internship on the course will allow you to gain first hand work experience within the industry, it will enable you to improve and acquire new skills. Throughout the internship you will be encourages to explore various career opportunities, network and work with others as part of a team. It will also enhance your understanding of the world and what constitutes professional practice in the workplace.
In today’s digital world cyber security plays an integral role, people trained in this field are greatly sought after and the course is designed to meet the huge market demand for cyber security professionals. Partnering with leading security industry, this course combines theory and practice, balancing cutting-edge security technologies and solutions with concepts and principles of cyber security.
The course aims to develop your ability to analyse the legal, social, ethical and professional issues involved in the human aspects of cyber security and be guided by the adoption of appropriate professional, ethical and legal practices.
The course aims to develop your critical skills and techniques to appropriately solve typical cyber security problems, enabling you to choose from a range of security related jobs/roles in a rapidly evolving and diverse environment.
This course provides routes into a diverse range of career opportunities in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry and in organisations that are data and knowledge intensive. Employers require information security officers at all levels including:
You will have access to laboratories and dedicated ICT suites with specialist networks and software as well as excellent resources for study space and meetings.
The security industry includes government and law enforcement as well as providers of equipment and services, such as the:
The School of Computing and Engineering also has a growing research and enterprise culture with thirty PhD students as well as a diversity of research groups.
Outstanding graduates can continue their studies at the level of MPhil and PhD at UWL.
Click the following link for information on how to apply to this course.
Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here.
Protecting digital information from unauthorised access and use, and ensuring the resilience of the underlying network infrastructure and systems, are key challenges for the continued technological development of our society.
The science behind our Information Security MSc connects various disciplines; from computer science, electronic engineering and mathematics, to design concepts, mechanisms and technologies for effective protection of digital information, communication infrastructures and computing systems.
Focused on key information security concepts, mechanisms and technologies, our programme examines fundamental and advanced topics in important areas of modern information security, striving to achieve a balance between theoretical foundations and practical experience.
This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time over three academic years. It consists of eight taught modules and a dissertation.
Example module listing
The following modules are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that not all modules described are compulsory and may be subject to teaching availability and/or student demand.
The programme will:
Knowledge and understanding
Students will gain:
Intellectual / cognitive skills
Students will leave the programme with the ability to:
Professional practical skills
Students will gain the ability to:
Key / transferable skills
Students will have:
We often give our students the opportunity to acquire international experience during their degrees by taking advantage of our exchange agreements with overseas universities.
In addition to the hugely enjoyable and satisfying experience, time spent abroad adds a distinctive element to your CV.
The computing industry's next decade will be dominated by advances in cloud computing. That's because today's businesses increasingly prefer cloud computing platforms for powerful, flexible IT infrastructures. With GCU's MSc Cloud Computing, available full-time or part-time, you can develop the knowledge and skills to lead the way in this cutting-edge field.
Our career-focused curriculum emphasises relevant, practical skills for the real world.
When you study at GCU, you'll join a welcoming community of smart, entrepreneurial professionals who care about making real change - both in their own lives and careers, and in their workplaces and industries.
As a cloud computing expert, you'll possess the skills to connect colleagues and collaborations across the globe. And as a GCU graduate, you'll bring a socially driven perspective to your work, enabling connections that support the common good.
The MSc Cloud Computing programme equips you with the skills necessary to fully understand cloud computing and associated technologies such as Big Data and IoT. You will also learn about cloud security, cloud software engineering, project management and research methods. In addition to gaining an understanding of the fundamental principles underpinning these areas, you will gain essential skills in developing software applications using these technologies. The MSc study culminates with a three month individual dissertation project and is underpinned by the wide range of interesting research and knowledge transfer work carried out by the School of Engineering and Built Environment.
Full-time students complete six taught modules; three in trimester A and three in trimester B and an MSc dissertation in trimester C. Part-time students complete six taught modules; three in Year 1, three in Year 2 and an MSc dissertation in Year 3.
Cloud Computing and Web Services
This module provides analytical and practical coverage of cloud computing and web services. It focuses on the technology, frameworks and associated standards: cloud models, cloud platforms and scalability. It also provides coverage of current web service technology and data transport representations, and integrated cloud and web service application development. Current examples from industry technology are used throughout.
Cloud Virtualisation Security
This module provides a systematic study of the techniques and practices of protecting systems level security in cloud computing, i.e. virtualisation, which, in the event of being compromised, would cause catastrophic consequences for cloud infrastructures and service customers.
The module covers major techniques of cloud virtualisation security, including big data analytics for cyber security, which is important for virtualised environments of cloud computing.
Big Data Landscape
This module covers the process of managing Big Data throughout its lifecycle, from requirements through retirement. The lifecycle crosses different application systems, databases and storage media. Students will gain an understanding of the full Big Data value chain. They will be able to analyse the challenges and opportunities associated with the different stages that Big Data passes through.
Cloud Software Engineering
This module is concerned with the approach taken to software engineering when developing modern cloud hosted software systems. The module covers the cloud computing design patterns that govern the architecture of typical cloud platforms. In addition, software engineering techniques and the approach taken to developing software including Application Lifecycle Management (ALM)and the use of Development Operations (DevOps) services is covered.
Internet of Things
This module provides fundamental and practical coverage of the set of converging technologies known as the Internet of Things (IoT). It focuses on representative IoT applications, technologies, frameworks and associated standards that support and underpin IoT applications, such as sensor networks, messaging protocols, security, data storage, analytics, services and human interaction. The module provides indepth practical coverage of representative IoT implementation frameworks including cloud-based service delivery models.
IT Professional Issues and Project Methods
This module seeks to develop understanding and practical skills in advanced project methods which are inline with industry regulations, standards and practices and are applicable to complex IT projects. Study is undertaken in an integrated fashion to ensure that the professional frameworks within which such projects are developed, deployed and managed are fully understood.
Students will investigate a topical or emerging theme in Cloud Computing or related technologies. The dissertation acts as a vehicle for extending the knowledge and understanding of the student and the technical community in some specialist technical area. It serves through its length, complexity and rigour as a suitable vehicle for extending students' range of personal, interpersonal and communication skills. In addition it serves to develop and extend a range of high-level thinking skills, including analysing and synthesising skills and affords the opportunity for the student to demonstrate initiative and creativity in a major piece of technical work.
Students will be made aware of placement opportunities provided by our industry partners. Typically a placement would be undertaken after graduating from the MSc programme but opportunities can sometimes be made available for students to undertake their MSc Dissertation in partnership with a commercial company.
Assessment is used to demonstrate achievement of learning outcomes. The methods of assessment include class tests, coursework assignments, practical tests and technical reports. Practical implementation and evaluation form a significant part of the assessment for the taught modules and for the work of the MSc dissertation.
Cloud computing is a fast-expanding field, and expert professionals are in high demand. That need will only continue to grow. As a graduate of GCU's MSc Cloud Computing programme, you'll be ideally positioned to find a rewarding role.
The job options in this industry include cloud software architect, cloud software engineer, cloud services developer, cloud sales consultant, cloud engineer, cloud management or cloud security professional. You will also be prepared to pursue a career in research.
This course has been developed in response to the demand from industry for cyber security professionals who have a systematic understanding of the principles and technologies underpinning today's IT systems.
Cyber security is a key problem in the provision of services, from the application layer through to the basic building blocks of computer and network systems. People trained in cyber security are greatly sought after and in the UK analysts expect that there will be a shortage of security professionals for the next 10 years or more.
The digital world is a complex place, varied in form and distributed, serving different types of stakeholder who use a variety of devices to access information. Specialists who recognise the diversity of business needs and the breadth of technologies and techniques to combat cyber threats, and have a systematic approach to understanding the impact of technology on organisations, are essential to the success of today's and tomorrow's cyber systems.
Equal in importance to securing cyber systems and their supporting technologies, is the management and delivery of content and services through to the users. These systems are in reality socio-technical-economic systems incorporating people, technologies, service providers, content providers, governments (laws, regulations, policies) through to law enforcement. The cyber security specialist is a broadly based professional able to work with technologists, senior management, service providers and suppliers, through to the end users, with their aim to provide secure services and investigate breaches.
This course builds on typical undergraduate computing courses, or those degrees with a high degree of computing content, whose graduates are looking to develop new knowledge and skills in cyber security. This course is designed to help the student gain an understanding of how cyber security systems are designed and constructed, and of the impact of technology into an organisation. The course will also give you the skills you need to work effectively in a business environment, and provide a solid basis for cyber security research. The course is supported by several research groups within the School of Computing and Engineering and the school has received research funding in cyber security.
The course will also give you the skills you need to work effectively in a business environment, and provide a solid basis for cyber security research and development. The course is supported by several research groups within the School of Computing and Engineering and the School has received research funding in cyber security.
Teaching consists of lectures, seminars and laboratory work to provide a basis for the intensive individual study you need to undertake to maximise your achievements and the potential outcomes from taking the course.
Diverse methods are used to explore all aspects of the field. A strong supportive culture exists amongst the course tutors which enables students to achieve their potential.
Assessed work is a significant part of the total assessment in the masters. There is practical work, report writing, presentations, critical academic writing and the skills and knowledge gained in these contribute to a capacity to deliver a high quality dissertation.
There are a number of end of module exams. Course tutors provide appropriate support throughout the module to ensure candidates are well prepared.
Graduates in cyber security have a good record of achieving employment and progressing in their professional work. The security industry is wide, including companies that need to protect themselves, government and law enforcement through to the providers of equipment and services, such as the:
• anti-virus, security software vendors (such as McAfee, Kaspersky, Symantec, Sophos, EMC/RSA, Entrust, etc.),
• network and computer vendors (such as Cisco, Juniper, Palo Alto, HP, Barracuda, etc.),
• network and service providers (such as British Telecom, Vodafone, Rackspace, Amazon, etc.),
• consultancies (such as KPMG, IBM, Fujitsu, HP, etc.)
• services companies and in government and law enforcement.
Outstanding graduates have gone on to further study at the level of MPhil and PhD at UWL and at other institutions.
We actively encourage students with potential for research to make their interest known early on in their course.
Click the following link for information on how to apply to this course.
Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here.
The Computing & Security MSc course aims to provide graduates with the knowledge and practical expertise to evaluate, design and build computer security systems that protect networks and data from cyber-crime or terrorist attack. This course is an ideal study pathway for graduates who already possess a good foundation in computer science.
The Computing & Security MSc programme responds to the growth in interest in advanced security methods for solving a huge range of problems, including combating crime and terrorism. You will study Cryptography and Information Security, Security Engineering, Network Security, and Computer Forensics and Cybercrime. There are also opportunities to explore a broad range of optional modules allowing you the freedom to develop your study pathway to reflect your interests. You will complete the course in one year, studying September to September and taking a combination of required and optional modules totalling 180 credits, including 60 credits that will come from an individual project of around 15,000 words.
For graduates in computer science, science, or engineering, this MSc will provide specialised training in computing and security. Completing research for your individual project will provide valuable preparation for a career in research or industry.
We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.
The primary method of assessment for this course is a combination of written examinations, essays, coursework and individual or group projects and oral presentations. The individual project will be assessed through a 15,000 word report.
Some graduates work in general software consultancy companies, specialised software development businesses and the IT departments of large institutions (financial, telecommunications and public sector). Recent employers include Hang Seng Bank, Lloyds Banking Group and Merrill Corporation. Other graduates have entered into the field of academic and industrial research in areas such as software engineering, algorithms and computer networks.