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This course is subject to approval. Cybersecurity is a fast developing and exciting subject. There is an unprecedented rise in cybercrime, cyber attacks and cyber threats to individuals, businesses and society. Read more
This course is subject to approval.

Cybersecurity is a fast developing and exciting subject. There is an unprecedented rise in cybercrime, cyber attacks and cyber threats to individuals, businesses and society. Resilient cybersecurity systems and infrastructures attempt to prevent attack and protect individuals and businesses from such attacks.

Course overview

This newly developed Cybersecurity course will provide you with the technical and organisational skills to make a difference to society by providing safe and secure digital environments, allowing the public, business and industry, and the economy to function safely.

As a student studying Cybersecurity, you'll contribute to the wellbeing of society by raising awareness of threats and attacks and designing systems, structures and networks to identify attacks and recover from them allowing business continuity.

The course has been designed to cover a wide range of relevant, interesting and current topics in the cybersecurity field. You'll study industry-specific topics and specialise in areas such as network security, cybersecurity in organisations, big data security and breach and incident response.

Our close links to industry and businesses in the North East, as well as the research expertise of our academics makes this course unique and ensures that the course structure is developed according to the needs of the employment sector. We work alongside the following companies: Net Defence, PWC, Northumbria Police, SAGE, Accenture and Sapphire.

This course will provide you with a thorough grounding in the creation of cybersecurity solutions for information security, systems security and network security. You’ll develop the skills to determine, establish and maintain cybersecurity infrastructures, and you’ll examine the underlying technologies of secure systems and their inherent risks and privacy issues. You’ll also learn how to select appropriate tools and techniques to address and manage risks, threats, vulnerabilities and potential attacks, in order to deliver cyber resilience.

You’ll cover topics such as digital forensic tools, network technologies, security procedures and defensive programming. You’ll also choose an optional module that covers a particular specialism such as big data security, user experience design or artificial intelligence for cybersecurity.

Throughout the course you’ll develop skills and knowledge that give you the confidence to apply cybersecurity tools and techniques; to be innovative in using cybersecurity skills; to solve cybersecurity problems, identify breaches and attacks; to create opportunities for information security management, risk management and business continuity; and to enable effective and efficient implementation of cybersecurity systems and infrastructures.

You’ll be taught by research active academics that have a wealth of experience, and the research produced underpins the teaching you'll receive.

The course is pending accreditation from the British Computer Society, the UK’s Chartered Institute for IT.

Course content

The course mixes taught elements with independent research and supportive supervision. At Masters level, responsibility for learning lies as much with you as with your tutor.

Modules on this course include:
-Research Skills and Academic Literacy (15 Credits)
-Network Security (15 Credits)
-Cybersecurity in Organisations (15 Credits).
-Fundamentals of Cybersecurity (30 Credits)
-Breach and Incident Response (15 Credits)
-Principles of Cybersecurity and Cyber Resilience (15 Credits)
-Masters Project (60 Credits)

Optional Modules – (choose one module from the following)
-Big Data Security (15 Credits)
-Cybersecurity and User Experience Design (15 credits)
-Cybersecurity and Artificial Intelligence (15 credits)

Teaching and assessment

We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods which include lectures, group work, research, discussion groups and seminars.

Compared to an undergraduate course, you will find that this Masters requires a higher level of independent working. Assessment methods include written reports and research papers, practical assignments and the Masters project.

Facilities & location

The course is taught at the David Goldman Informatics Centre, based at the Sir Tom Cowie Campus at St Peter’s, it looks out over the River Wear and is less than a mile from the seaside.

Sunderland offers one of the most modern and best equipped computing environments in the UK. The open-plan David Goldman Informatics Centre is equipped with over 300 computers, which are continuously upgraded and have attracted praise in an independent evaluation by the BCS.

Join an accredited Cisco Academy department and have access to laboratories fully equipped with Cisco networking equipment, including: routers, switches, terminals and specialist equipment for simulating frame relay and ISDN links.

Benefit from the Remote Global Cisco Academy and have access to our software whether you’re using the WiFi in our halls of residence or you’re at home.

We host high-performance computing platforms, including a Beowulf cluster and a grid distributed system, for concurrent processing of complex computational tasks. You can also access the equipment and licences for our own public mobile cellular network.
Access hundreds of PCs, Apple Macs, or the free WiFi zones across the campus and find the best place for you to study in our unique and vibrant learning space. The University is very diverse with a strong international presence and provides you with the opportunity to explore different cultures.

Study at a uniquely designed library and have access to more than 430,000 books, 9,000 electronic journal articles and benefit from a £1 million annual investment in new resources.

Employment & careers

Progress in some of the most attractive fields and industries as we prepare you for a range of cyber security jobs, including roles such as: information security manager, security analyst, security architect, security administrator, incident responder, security engineer, security auditor, security software developer and vulnerability assessor.

Graduates studying Cybersecurity have gone on to secure employment with a range of companies and organisations including: GCHQ, (ISC)2, Accenture, HPE, BT, PWC, SAGE, Sunderland City Council, Northumbria and Durham Police forces and the Cybersecurity Workforce Alliance.

Businesses and industries across the UK have identified a skills gap in Cybersecurity and there is a demand for cybersecurity professionals in the public and private sectors as well as in the not profit and education sectors. You'll benefit from the University’s close links with businesses and employers in the North East and join an industry-driven programme.

The cybersecurity provision is underpinned by strong collaboration with employers. The provision is further enhanced by the contribution from cybersecurity employers and external experts in a number of ways including a series of guest lectures, master classes and seminars.

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The MSc in Criminology and Social Research (Cybercrime and Cybersecurity) has been created to meet the growing market demand for enhanced knowledge and practice in the area of cybercrime and its control and helps address the current gaps in cyber skills recently identified as a ‘. Read more

The MSc in Criminology and Social Research (Cybercrime and Cybersecurity) has been created to meet the growing market demand for enhanced knowledge and practice in the area of cybercrime and its control and helps address the current gaps in cyber skills recently identified as a ‘key challenge’ by the National Audit Office.

It offers the opportunity to work with leading theorists in the field of cybercrime and experts from the Surrey Centre for Cybersecurity – one of only 14 recognised as Academic Centres of Excellence in Cyber Security Research by GCHQ and the UK Government.

Building on our existing MSc in Criminology and Social Research, the programme will offer a particular focus into the areas of cybercriminality and cybersecurity to provide you with enhanced knowledge in this area and an increasingly wider range of related career options upon graduation.

The programme is aimed at graduates and practitioners who seek advanced knowledge about issues connected with cybercrime and cybersecurity, the criminal justice system and social research.

It will also suit graduates and practitioners considering a PhD in the area of cybercrime or cybersecurity, practitioners in the criminal justice system and related government and voluntary agencies who wish to develop their understanding of the wider issues connected to cybercrime.

Programme structure

This programme is studied full-time over one academic year and part-time over two 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.

Students are encouraged to take up opportunities for experiential learning in workplace settings, providing extended opportunities for work experience and career development in professional research settings.

The department supports students in finding three-to-four-week research placements during spring and summer vacation periods, and this approach has recently been supplemented to include strategies of support for students seeking a wider range of opportunities for professional development in the first-hand experience of research organisation – including such activities as part-time internships over longer periods, workplace visits, or shadowing research professionals.

This introduces further flexibility in a student-led process of professional development in light of increasing external pressures on students’ commitments and responsibilities. All, however, involve opportunities to consider issues in career development and professional skills.

The support process involves the department working closely with students on a one-to-one basis toward their goals and requirements, in association with the University’s Careers Service, to offer pastoral advice and support.

Organisations the department has worked with in the past have included the Office of National Statistics, Cabinet Office, HM Inspectorate of Prisons, Sussex Youth Offending team and Surrey Police.

In some cases, the work experience may also be with projects in academic contexts. Students seek experiential learning opportunities with the support of the department’s Senior Placement Tutor, and assistance from the Faculty Placement Office.

Educational aims of the programme

The MSc pathway in Cybercrime & Cybersecurity on the MSc Criminology and Social Research will combine grounding in the discipline of criminology and training in the full range of qualitative and quantitative methods of social research with specialised understanding of the key issues in cybercriminality and the cybersecurity measures being developed against this.

It is designed to meet the needs of students graduating from a first degree who have an interest in cybercrime, people who are currently employed and wish to apply knowledge of criminology and cybercrime within their present job, or those who wish to move into specialised research or practice in the fields of cybercrime and cybercriminality.

The degree provides an ideal foundation to undertake a part-time or full-time PhD.

The degree is suitable for a wide range of students in terms of age, professional background, and current occupation and circumstances. Because of this diversity of experience, students on the degree learn a great deal from each other, including at the residential Weekend Conference in the middle of the first semester, and the Day Conference at the end of the first semester.

The full-time MSc is taught over 12 months and the part-time course over 24 months. Students who do not wish to undertake the Masters dissertation can obtain the Postgraduate Certificate in Criminology and Social Research (Cybercrime & Cybersecurity) after gaining 60 credits, or the Postgraduate Diploma after gaining 120 credits.

Students studying for the MSc in full-time mode are required to submit their dissertation during the academic year in which they commenced registration.

It is expected that students studying part-time will have obtained a minimum of 60 credits by the end of the first 12 months of registration in order to proceed into the second year.

Placements

A distinctive component of the MSc is the opportunity to undertake a placement at a criminal justice agency or research institute for four weeks during the spring break. The practical experience and insights gained reinforce formal learning.

Conferences

A residential weekend conference is attended by all programme members, PhD students and teaching staff in November.

This provides a less formal atmosphere for discussions concerning criminology, research and related themes; it includes lectures from eminent guest speakers and members of staff, seminars and small group discussions.

The Department also organises a day conference for MSc students at the University, with student presentations and guest speakers.

Global opportunities

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.



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Taught at our Thornton Science Park, our Cybersecurity (Conversion) Master’s degree is aimed at both engineering and non-engineering students who wish to make the leap into the rapidly expanding field of cybersecurity. Read more
Taught at our Thornton Science Park, our Cybersecurity (Conversion) Master’s degree is aimed at both engineering and non-engineering students who wish to make the leap into the rapidly expanding field of cybersecurity.

Why Study Cybersecurity (Conversion) with us?

This course aims to provide both theory and real-world practical skills and expertise to an advanced level in the emerging field of cybersecurity. The Cybersecurity Facility is part of the Department of Computer Science, which was established in 1985 and is an innovative, forward-thinking Department.

The course is taught by experts in the field with years of expertise in industry, and has close links with industry and government. The course is taught at Thornton Science Park, which offers an excellent learning environment with dedicated specialist resources, including virtualisation facilities and an isolated cybersecurity lab for specialist workshops to take place.

The Department is also home to the Informatics Centre, a software development team where students can gain experience of commercial projects.

What will I learn?

Our course offers you an intensive introduction at Master’s level into the cybersecurity field. The course has an emphasis on real-world practice as well as supporting theory, to develop towards an expertise in digital forensics and penetration testing, software exploitation and system protection methods, as well as cybersecurity and business.

You will also have chance to perform novel and innovative research in the academic field with help and guidance from a supervisor.

How will I be taught?

This course is taught at Thornton Science Park, and comprises six 20-credit modules and a 60-credit supervised research module.
The core modules comprise workshops of three hours of face time each across ten weeks. You can expect a normal workload of 55-60 hours’ study and practice per week. In addition to this, you will have your own Personal Academic Tutor.

How will I be assessed?

The majority of work will be assessed by coursework.

Postgraduate Visit Opportunities

If you are interested in this courses we have a number of opportunities to visit us and our campuses. To find out more about these options and to book a visit, please go to: https://www1.chester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/postgraduate-visit-opportunities

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to know more about the University please request a prospectus at: http://prospectus.chester.ac.uk/form.php

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In recent years the number of companies that decided to invest in protecting against cyber attacks has increased by 33%. A recent report by the European Union plans to create almost 1 million jobs related to cybersecurity 2020. Read more

In recent years the number of companies that decided to invest in protecting against cyber attacks has increased by 33%. A recent report by the European Union plans to create almost 1 million jobs related to cybersecurity 2020. And in 2015 cybersecurity has been identified at the World Economic Forum as one of the major risks in the world economy.

Therefore, given the growing demand for skilled professionals, IMF Business School, Deloitte and the University Camilo Jose Cela, have developed this Master in Cybersecurity, who manages to accommodate the needs of stakeholders, opting for an online high-level training with the ease of do it from anywhere. It is the only fully online master market 60 ECTS and supported by a University Moreover, the best students will be selected by Deloitte to perform CyberSOC internship at Deloitte, with high rates of joining Deloitte after completion.

This Master enables you to:

  • Acquire the skills to obtain, maintain and process digital evidence using specific procedures and tools capabilities.
  • Develop techniques and use tools to fully exploit your skills and knowledge to perform penetration testing to systems and networks.
  • Get a general and introductory vision to the world of cybersecurity, explaining the most important attacks and how to mitigate them.
  • Knowing the world of reverse engineering and analysis of malicious code, assuming the processes to understand how files working at a low level in systems and networks.
  • Assimilate enough knowledge to manage and set clear security policies for mobile component of an information system.
  • Knowing the basics of monitoring and correlation of security events through the study, development and interpretation of actual reports.
  • Perform developments in secure programming and improve your skills in security audit in the analysis and evaluation of the application source code.

Objectives

Get a comprehensive and thorough knowledge in disciplines such as Cyber ​​Intelligence, malware analysis, technical audits of systems and networks (ethical hacking), forensic analysis and management of security incidents, secure web application development and monitoring and correlation of security events (SIEM through technologies).

Students:

  • You get a general and introductory vision to the world of cybersecurity, knowing the most important attacks and how to mitigate them.
  • It will acquire the necessary steps to obtain, maintain and process digital evidence using specific procedures and tools capabilities.
  • It will develop technical skills and learn to use tools to fully exploit their skills and knowledge to perform penetration testing to systems and networks.
  • You know the world of reverse engineering and analysis of malicious code, assuming the processes to understand how files working at a low level in systems and networks.
  • He assimilated enough knowledge to manage and set clear security policies for mobile component of an information system.
  • Learn the basics of monitoring and correlation of security events through the study, development and interpretation of actual reports.
  • He will qualify as a developer in secure programming skills and improve security auditors in the analysis and evaluation of the application source code.

Methodology and Evaluation

Methodology

MFI offers a flexible methodology adapted to your needs, whatever your geographical location or time availability. This master can be studied under:

  • Online Methodology: All the agenda will be on hand from our virtual campus 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
  • Distance methodology: have course material in book form.

All contents are fully updated and have great technical, easily understandable and with a clear practical vocation rigor. In addition, IMF offers you:

  • e-face tutoring staff (via forums, chat, phone, email).
  • Webinars.
  • Debates and discussion groups through forums and chats.
  • Self-assessment test.
  • Readings, case studies and documentation.

Evaluation

Continuous assessment as advances in the study of the Master.

Each module will be assessed by combining online and development of case examination; overcoming will free each subject.

Likewise, obtaining the titles of Master of IMF and Masters from the University Camilo Jose Cela, subject to overcoming the trials of each module (continuous assessment) without final examination, and conducting a Final Project Master.

Career prospects

Booming Sector

According to a recent report by the European Union, it is expected to create one million jobs in the area Cybersecurity 2020.

At the end of our master you will be ready to serve as:

  • Security Analyst
  • Malware analyst
  • forensic analyst
  • ethical hacker
  • Cyber ​​Intelligence expert and ciberfraude
  • Developers and analysts source
  • Cybersecurity consultant

Guaranteed internships in companies

IMF Business School, through its website and Employment Practices ensures students of the Masters in Cybersecurity, practices in companies. Query conditions.



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The MSc in Cybersecurity seeks to address the increasing demand in cybersecurity related domains in both academic vocational qualifications and projection for an increased shortage of cybersecurity professionals in the industry. Read more
The MSc in Cybersecurity seeks to address the increasing demand in cybersecurity related domains in both academic vocational qualifications and projection for an increased shortage of cybersecurity professionals in the industry.

The programme is delivered by a dedicated team of cybersecurity experts and active researchers in the area and gives also the opportunity to acquire certain units from the programme as dedicated credit-based short courses outside the normal MSc route.

Using cutting edge and leading teaching and training techniques the course helps the candidates to realise the unique complexity and challenges associated with cybersecurity in a highly dynamic and constantly evolving threat landscape in a blended programme that amalgamates both management and hands-on skills required by cybersecurity professionals.

The curriculum gives you skills that are valuable for a career within Information Security but it is also relevant for a much wider range of applications. The diverse skillset around management of security as delivered in the course will equip you with a meaningful GRC knowledge and relevant experience to excel your career prospects. This is quite prominent due to the problem recruiters have to get hold off security managers with these skills.

The systematic application of teaching and learning methods with the GIS goals and clear references made to the University’s employability framework should further help students to develop their career prospects throughout the programme.

Interactive sessions in the form of demos will also be delivered by the teaching staff and guest speakers to further leverage understanding and stimulate attention towards relevant and pragmatic issues in the area.

Visit the website: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/courses/postgraduate/next-year/cyber-security#entry

Course detail

Areas of study include:
• Cyber threat intelligence
• Ethical Hacking
• Network Security
• Information Governance and Compliance
• Research methodologies and project management
• Tactical and strategic cybersecurity management
• MSc thesis in cybersecurity

Modules

• Cyber Defence (Ptbm) (CIS098-6) Compulsory
• Information Governance And Compliance (Ptbm) (CIS102-6) Compulsory
• Msc Project - Cyber Security (CIS106-6) Compulsory
• Research Methodologies And Project Management (Ptbm) (CIS099-6) Compulsory
• Tactical And Strategic Cybersecurity Management (Ptbm) (CIS097-6) Compulsory

Assessment

The assessment strategy used is predominantly written assessments with only two (2) formal invigilated examinations throughout the course. The method used will depend on the nature of the subject matter being taught in each of the units, where the most appropriate method is chosen and analysed (See UIFs). Students will also have the opportunity to engage into formative assessment throughout the course, especially during exercises in the practical sessions where feedback on progress and performance will be given by their tutors for each of the tasks allocated.

The assessment strategy for this course is designed around a holistic evaluation on knowledge and skills acquired with strong emphasis on the requirements for this mode of delivery and diverse skills, background and expectations of the target audience. All assessments used in the course are in perfect alignment with University requirements, regulations and policies. Coursework assignments typically incorporate formative feedback so that students can gain an insight into whether their work is meeting the necessary thresholds and focus on meaningful remarks to improve both their performance and understanding in the subject matter. The assessment strategy has been designed with strong influence by the requirements and needs of the audience in PT mode of delivery for this course.

Careers

The Careers Service is there to support you throughout the duration of your study and beyond. The curriculum gives you skills that are valuable for a career within Information Security but it is also relevant for a much wider range of applications. The diverse skillset around management of security as delivered in the course will equip you with a meaningful GRC knowledge and relevant experience to excel your career prospects. This is quite prominent due to the problem recruiters have to get hold off security managers with these skills. The systematic application of teaching and learning methods with the GIS goals and clear references made to the Universitys employability framework should further help students to develop their career prospects throughout the programme. Interactive sessions in the form of demos will also be delivered by the teaching staff and guest speakers to further leverage understanding and stimulate attention towards relevant and pragmatic issues in the area.

The unit `Research Methodologies and Project Management in particular requires you to work in a team so as to apply a current project management methodology that embraces all of these knowledge areas in an integrated way while going through the stages of planning, execution and project control; you will work as part of a team, take responsibility and make autonomous decisions that impact on the project team performance.

In addition and somewhat complementary the final project fosters independent and autonomous study: typically derived from your own ideas, in collaboration with a dedicated member of the teaching staff as project supervisor. That gives the ability to initiate discussion and project ideas that enrich the academic context in your studies and provide the foundations for a solid, relevant and strong project delivered at the end of your course.

Funding

For information on available funding, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/money/scholarships/pg

How to apply

For information on how to apply, please follow the link: https://www.beds.ac.uk/howtoapply/course/applicationform

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With this master degree you will gain practical expertise to launch or accelerate your career in cybersecurity. Read more
With this master degree you will gain practical expertise to launch or accelerate your career in cybersecurity. The Master in Cybersecurity at IE University is an innovative degree designed to train a new generation of information security and cyberintelligence professionals who have the technical, organizational, and business skills necessary for success in the new digital world.

Quick Facts

Length: 10 Months

Language of Instruction: English

Campus: Madrid

Profile: Recent graduates and professionals (Professional experience is reviewed on a case-by-case basis)

Start Date: October

Format: Full Time

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IMF Business School and Deloitte, in collaboration with Camilo José Cela University, have developed the Executive Master in Cybersecurity in face-to-face mode, whose main objective is for the student to acquire a broad knowledge in computer security, cyber intelligence, audits, malware and hacking. Read more

IMF Business School and Deloitte, in collaboration with Camilo José Cela University, have developed the Executive Master in Cybersecurity in face-to-face mode, whose main objective is for the student to acquire a broad knowledge in computer security, cyber intelligence, audits, malware and hacking. .. to be able to mitigate the possible cyber attacks to their organizations.

This master's degree, aimed mainly at professionals with experience in systems engineering or in the world of programming, who seek to turn their career and specialize in the world of cybersecurity.

This program has 136 hours of face-to-face training in Madrid, which will work with a theoretical-practical methodology through real cases, conferences with professionals of the sector and seminars, enhancing Networking.

Students who successfully complete this program will obtain a Dual Degree from the Universidad Camilo José Cela and a Master's Degree from the IMF Business School. They will also get a Deloitte CyberSOC Degree and 3 Deloitte Associate level certifications for Safe Development, Ethical Hacking and Forensic Analysis. They will have at their disposal all the advantages of MFI:

  • Program Scholarships and Study Grants
  • Recruiters with over 12,000 vacancies posted in the last year
  • Unlimited tutoring
  • Financing up to 12 months without interest or bank intervention
  • Virtual library with over 30,000 references
  • Virtual library with access to any master classes
  • Access to the VIP Club with discounts on leisure, travel, restaurants ...

TEMARY:

  • MODULE I - Cyber ​​intelligence
  • MODULE II - Safe Development
  • MODULE III - Monitoring and Correlation of Security Events (SIEM)
  • MODULE IV - Ethical Hacking
  • MODULE V - Forensic Analysis
  • MODULE VI - Reverse Engineering
  • MODULE VII - Security in Mobile Environments
  • MODULE VIII - Final Master's Work


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The field of computer science has produced some of the most significant advances in modern technology over the last three decades and radically transformed business and industry practices on a global scale. Read more
The field of computer science has produced some of the most significant advances in modern technology over the last three decades and radically transformed business and industry practices on a global scale. There is a profound need for postgraduate-level practitioners in this discipline.

Why Study Advanced Computer Science with us?

Taught at our Thornton Science Park near Chester, this course focuses on the Department of Computer Science’s strengths, providing a cutting-edge curriculum in medical graphics, data visualisation, cybersecurity, discrete optimisation and image processing, in addition to core computer science topics such as algorithm design.

There is also a monthly seminar programme in which leading experts present recent findings and introduce contemporary developments in the above and other areas.

The Department’s commitment to part-time, evening delivery (as an additional alternative to full-time delivery) is particularly attractive to those in employment wishing to gain a postgraduate qualification. This provision is rare among competing institutions and one that has been successfully delivered at Chester for many years.

What will I learn?

The course has a core theme addressing advanced issues in software and algorithmic development, which will equip you to deal with complex problems using a wide range of contemporary techniques. Additionally, the development of a rigorous approach to research and original enquiry will be fostered in our Research Methods and Research Dissertation modules.

Optional modules cover a range of applied topics where the Department has expertise, including data visualisation, virtual reality, computer vision and cybersecurity.

How will I be taught?

The course will be delivered at our modern facilities at Thornton Science Park, which include a VR laboratory, high performance computing facility and cybersecurity laboratories.

You will be taught using a mixture of lectures, workshops, seminars and case studies.
There are 7½ contact hours per week, and you will be expected to undertake 30 hours of private study per week.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment takes place using roughly 30% exams and 70% coursework, although the precise ratio depends on module choices.

Postgraduate Visit Opportunities

If you are interested in this courses we have a number of opportunities to visit us and our campuses. To find out more about these options and to book a visit, please go to: https://www1.chester.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/postgraduate-visit-opportunities

Request a Prospectus

If you would like to know more about the University please request a prospectus at: http://prospectus.chester.ac.uk/form.php

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The Advanced Software Engineering MSc is a newly redesigned course that enables graduates enable students to extend their knowledge of, and gain valuable experience in, software engineering as it applies to a number of new and important areas of IT and computing. Read more
The Advanced Software Engineering MSc is a newly redesigned course that enables graduates enable students to extend their knowledge of, and gain valuable experience in, software engineering as it applies to a number of new and important areas of IT and computing.

Graduates will be able to follow a flexible program of study designed to lead to, and enhance, a career in software engineering with a focus on new technologies and areas of application, such as cybersecurity, big data, or mobile application development.

The rapid pace of technical change in software development is notorious and this has been accompanied and compounded by an increase in the complexity of the systems that are developed. Recently this has been most noticeable in the increase in mobile computing and the use of sophisticated hardware that require developer knowledge of new paradigms.

Many applications that run on these systems whether mobile or stationary are distributed in nature and will consume web services provided by service-oriented architectures and cloud-based platforms. There has also been an increase in the use of virtualisation techniques for providing flexible and maintainable systems. Businesses are now regularly using virtualised systems and techniques to lower cost and complexity and increase availability in computing environments.

The surge in cybersecurity issues and threats facing businesses and organisations that depend on IT systems has meant that software engineers need a thorough understanding of security when building and maintaining software applications and systems.

There is an acknowledged national shortage of IT and computing skills in the workforce. In the specific area of software development, a number of factors contribute to this. Most obviously, the rate of technological change means that an individual's specific knowledge frequently becomes out of date. Secondly, many significant technological developments originate in industry rather than academia, and are not yet firmly embedded in undergraduate curricula. Finally, many people enter the software industry without a specific educational background in computer science and acquire much vital knowledge in the workplace in relatively ad hoc ways.

In response to this, for many years the Department of Computer Science has been running courses that combine an emphasis on methodical approaches to the development of software applications and information systems with a determination to equip graduates with a portfolio of relevant research-oriented and practical skills and knowledge to compliment and expand their own knowledge.

The rationale behind the MSc in Advanced Software Engineering is to draw on this experience to provide an education that will cover in-depth specific skills and best current practice in software development where there is currently a significant skills shortage, whilst at the same time instilling important research-based skills that will equip students for independent lifelong learning in fast-changing and technically challenging environment.

Course content

The Masters of Science in Advanced Software Engineering takes into account the emerging needs of industry underpinned by theory and software engineering practices. As a consequence the modules emphasise both the critical conceptual underpinnings as well as the practical skills for each subject.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules
-ADVANCED SOFTWARE DESIGN
-ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT
-CONCURRENCY AND PARALLELISM
-RESEARCH METHODS AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
-ADVANCED SOFTWARE ENGINEERING PROJECT

Option modules - In addition you will pursue a pathway of your choice, selected with the guidance and advice of our academic staff. You can chose up to five of the following pathways modules:
-BIG DATA THEORY AND PRACTICE
-ADVANCED BIG DATA ANALYTICS
-CLOUD COMPUTING APPLICATIONS
-DATA MINING & MACHINE LEARNING
-DATA VISUALISATION AND DASHBOARDING
-CYBERSECURITY THREATS AND COUNTERMEASURES
-INTERNET SECURITY
-MOBILE APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT
-MOBILE AND UBIQUITOUS COMPUTING
-USABILITY AND USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN
-FREE CHOICE MODULE

Associated careers

Graduates will typically be part of a team working on sophisticated n-tier applications, as a designer, programmer, systems administrator or systems analyst (among others). Graduates will also find positions within new and established businesses that specialise in mobile applications. Other roles are possible in computer science research for either a commercial enterprise or academic institution. Further PhD study opportunities within the University of Westminster are also an option.

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The Advanced Software Engineering MSc is a newly redesigned course that enables graduates enable students to extend their knowledge of, and gain valuable experience in, software engineering as it applies to a number of new and important areas of IT and computing. Read more
The Advanced Software Engineering MSc is a newly redesigned course that enables graduates enable students to extend their knowledge of, and gain valuable experience in, software engineering as it applies to a number of new and important areas of IT and computing.

Graduates will be able to follow a flexible program of study designed to lead to, and enhance, a career in software engineering with a focus on new technologies and areas of application, such as cybersecurity, big data, or mobile application development.

The rapid pace of technical change in software development is notorious and this has been accompanied and compounded by an increase in the complexity of the systems that are developed. Recently this has been most noticeable in the increase in mobile computing and the use of sophisticated hardware that require developer knowledge of new paradigms.

Many applications that run on these systems whether mobile or stationary are distributed in nature and will consume web services provided by service-oriented architectures and cloud-based platforms. There has also been an increase in the use of virtualisation techniques for providing flexible and maintainable systems. Businesses are now regularly using virtualised systems and techniques to lower cost and complexity and increase availability in computing environments.

The surge in cybersecurity issues and threats facing businesses and organisations that depend on IT systems has meant that software engineers need a thorough understanding of security when building and maintaining software applications and systems.

There is an acknowledged national shortage of IT and computing skills in the workforce. In the specific area of software development, a number of factors contribute to this. Most obviously, the rate of technological change means that an individual's specific knowledge frequently becomes out of date. Secondly, many significant technological developments originate in industry rather than academia, and are not yet firmly embedded in undergraduate curricula. Finally, many people enter the software industry without a specific educational background in computer science and acquire much vital knowledge in the workplace in relatively ad hoc ways.

In response to this, for many years the Department of Computer Science has been running courses that combine an emphasis on methodical approaches to the development of software applications and information systems with a determination to equip graduates with a portfolio of relevant research-oriented and practical skills and knowledge to compliment and expand their own knowledge.

The rationale behind the MSc in Advanced Software Engineering is to draw on this experience to provide an education that will cover in-depth specific skills and best current practice in software development where there is currently a significant skills shortage, whilst at the same time instilling important research-based skills that will equip students for independent lifelong learning in fast-changing and technically challenging environment.

Course content

The Masters of Science in Advanced Software Engineering takes into account the emerging needs of industry underpinned by theory and software engineering practices. As a consequence the modules emphasise both the critical conceptual underpinnings as well as the practical skills for each subject.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Core modules
-ADVANCED SOFTWARE DESIGN
-ENTERPRISE DEVELOPMENT
-CONCURRENCY AND PARALLELISM
-RESEARCH METHODS AND PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE
-ADVANCED SOFTWARE ENGINEERING PROJECT

Optional modules - In addition you will pursue a pathway of your choice, selected with the guidance and advice of our academic staff. You can chose up to five of the following pathways modules:
-BIG DATA THEORY AND PRACTICE
-ADVANCED BIG DATA ANALYTICS
-CLOUD COMPUTING APPLICATIONS
-DATA MINING & MACHINE LEARNING
-DATA VISUALISATION AND DASHBOARDING
-CYBERSECURITY THREATS AND COUNTERMEASURES
-INTERNET SECURITY
-MOBILE APPLICATION DEVELOPMENT
-MOBILE AND UBIQUITOUS COMPUTING
-USABILITY AND USER EXPERIENCE DESIGN
-FREE CHOICE MODULE

Associated careers

Graduates will typically be part of a team working on sophisticated n-tier applications, as a designer, programmer, systems administrator or systems analyst (among others). Graduates will also find positions within new and established businesses that specialise in mobile applications. Other roles are possible in computer science research for either a commercial enterprise or academic institution. Further PhD study opportunities within the University of Westminster are also an option.

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This comprehensive, interdisciplinary program will prepare you as an expert in information assurance. You will be equipped with information security technologies and knowledge to support and protect the nation's information infrastructure and conduct advanced research. Read more
This comprehensive, interdisciplinary program will prepare you as an expert in information assurance. You will be equipped with information security technologies and knowledge to support and protect the nation's information infrastructure and conduct advanced research. You will develop skills in both management and technical areas.

Program Highlights

Students eligible to apply for the ​​Scholarship for Service ​scholarship from the National Science Foundation and the Department of Homeland Security, a two-year grant that includes a $64,000 stipend, tuition, books, health insurance and travel to a cybersecurity job fair.
Offered as a five year undergraduate/graduate combined program through the Information Systems Track.
Designed for part-time or full-time students.
Pre-requisite courses are available for those lacking an information systems or computer science background.
Offered through the Department of Information Systems together with the Department of Computer Science and Information Technology.
Five-year track students are eligible to apply for one of 45 National Science Foundation STEM scholarships, a two-year grant that includes a $12,000 stipend.

Program Distinctions

All faculty hold a Ph.D. in their field.
Designated as a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance/Cybersecurity by the National Security Agency and the Department of Homeland Security.
Designed using the Association for Computing and Machinery Model Curriculum and Guidelines and the National Security Agency Guidelines and Requirements.

Requirements and Details

A baccalaureate degree in information systems, computer science, computer engineering, computer networking, telecommunication or related programs is preferred.

Lack of an information systems or computer science background is usually not a major concern, since prerequisite courses are available if needed.

A background in the sciences and mathematics is essential.

Strong communication skills, verbal and written are needed for coursework demands.

Fully-qualified applicants will have taken courses that cover the following topics:

Database modeling, network structure/architecture
Operating systems, theory
Discrete structures and one year of programming
Statistics

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As you work towards your Master of Cyber Security (MCS), you'll develop a thorough understanding of the technical, legal, policy and management aspects of cyber security. Read more

As you work towards your Master of Cyber Security (MCS), you'll develop a thorough understanding of the technical, legal, policy and management aspects of cyber security. You'll learn about cloud computing technologies and computer infrastructure, as well as the law relating to cyber security.

You'll gain skills relating to detecting security breaches, preventative security and offensive security. This includes computer system penetration testing. You'll learn how to think innovatively and develop the ability to apply your knowledge so you can work at an advanced level as a professional in cyber security.

When you study cyber security at Waikato, you'll have the opportunity to work with, and learn from award-winning cyber security experts such as Dr Ryan Ko.  Our academics also have strong international connections with industry and government, such as the National Cyber Policy Office and INTERPOL.

Course Structure

For students with an undergraduate degree, this degree requires a total of 180 points consisting of 75 points of compulsory 500 level taught papers, a 60 point dissertation, and another 45 points of appropriate 500 level taught papers. Students with an honours degree or a postgraduate diploma are required to do the compulsory taught papers and the 60 point dissertation.

* Students are to choose at least one from the following three Infrastructure papers (15 points):

(a) COMP501 Topics in Operating Systems

(b) COMP513 Topics in Computer Networks

(c) COMP514 Carrier and ISP Networks

**45 points of appropriate 500 level computer science papers.

***Capable students may opt for COMP593 Computer Science Thesis (90 points) as an alternative to COMP592, subject to the Dean's approval. This will result in 15 points remaining for a relevant 500 level paper, on top of the compulsory 15 point Infrastructure paper

Computing facilities at Waikato

The computing facilities at the University of Waikato are among the best in New Zealand. You'll have 24 hour access to computer labs running the latest industry standard software.

The University of Waikato is also home to New Zealand’s first cyber security lab, where the Cybersecurity Researchers of Waikato (CROW) operate from – the creators of the annual New Zealand Cyber Security Challenge.

Build a successful career

Demand for trained professionals in cyber security is increasing globally at 3.5 times the rate of the overall job market. Once you've completed your training in this area, you'll be qualified to do a number of different types of roles in an industry with a 'near zero' unemployment rate.

Our graduates are in high demand and most of our alumni work in the top public and private organisations in New Zealand and internationally – like Sjoerd de Feijter, who is now a Junior Software Engineer for multinational corporation Gallagher.

Career opportunities

  • Chief Information Security Officer
  • Entrepreneurs of new security products and service
  • Penetration Testers/ Security Assessment Consultants
  • IT Security Consultant


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This course is focused on the fast-developing areas of networking and cybersecurity, and allows a full-time employee to graduate with an MSc in 18 months. Read more
This course is focused on the fast-developing areas of networking and cybersecurity, and allows a full-time employee to graduate with an MSc in 18 months. The course awards significant credit for the application of course-derived knowledge to your employer’s systems or procedures. Additionally you study modules designed to enhance your current skills using flexible learning material and practical activities which can be completed online or remotely. Finally, a dissertation project is undertaken which further strengthens your cybersecurity skillset.

See the website http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MSc-Advanced-Security-and-Cybercrime-Postgraduate-PartTime

What you'll learn

The Masters degree in Advanced Security and Cybercrime focuses on extending your knowledge into leading-edge issues related to network and computer security technologies and processes, both generally and with a particular focus on the growing threats from cybercrime. The course blends hands-on technical knowledge with theoretical understanding, utilizing a range of remotely accessible resources to allow access to specialised computer configurations.

These remote systems allow you to engage with the practical activities of the course from home or work. We also have well-equipped labs, which you can use if you wish to attend the campus.

This course is designed for professionals already employed in the area of computing who wish to develop their skills into the areas of computer security and cybercrime. It allows employees to gain significant course credits by applying knowledge and skills gained from this course to their own company’s procedures and systems. Your knowledge is further enhanced via a number of taught modules, which are available on a distance-learning basis.

Some credits are derived from your employment activities, so you must be already employed in a company which allows you to demonstrate your developing course knowledge. Please discuss your current employment with the course leader before applying to ensure your role is suitable for the course.

Subjects included in the taught modules include:

• Host-Based Forensics
• Network Security
• Security Audit & Compliance

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Careers

Participation in this course will develop your technical and managerial skills and enhance your chances of promotion. It may also open doors to more specialist jobs including: security consultant, forensic investigator, audit/compliance consultant, security advisor, cybercrime consultant.

How to apply

http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/how-to-apply

Fees and Funding

We have lots of funding options available such as the postgraduate tuition fee loan for Scottish & EU students, specifics scholarships for students from North or South America, Asia and Africa, as well as bursaries & grants for those closer to home in England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Please see our website for up-to-date information about fee and funding and what you could be eligible for.
http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/fees-and-funding

Nothing should get in the way of furthering your education. Student Awards Agency Scotland (SAAS) awards funding for postgraduate courses, and could provide the help you need to continue your studies. Find out more: http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/postgraduate/fees-and-funding/saas-funded-courses

Information for International Students

For applications whose first language is not English, the following is generally required: minimum IELTS 6.0, with no individual component score of less than 5.5 or equivalent. We also offer a range of pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme. Please see our website for up-to-date information.
http://www.napier.ac.uk/study-with-us/international-students/english-language/english-language-requirements

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You will have the opportunity to engage with the very latest Cyber Security principles, practices, tools, and techniques through practical application analysing and evaluating problems and responding to challenges in real time. Read more

INSTITUTE FOR DESIGN INNOVATION

You will have the opportunity to engage with the very latest Cyber Security principles, practices, tools, and techniques through practical application analysing and evaluating problems and responding to challenges in real time.

This programme will provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the challenges in Cyber Security faced by industry and society, and will help you to develop the necessary skills to address those challenges in the most effective way. This programme will enable you to build knowledge and develop expertise in network security in cryptography and through action-based learning to provide you with employment skills essential to the Cyber Security industries and related businesses, e-commerce, and governmental organisations.

See the website http://www.lborolondon.ac.uk/study/institutes-programmes/cybersecurity-and-big-data/

Programme Aims

a) Provide students with a comprehensive understanding of the challenges in cyber security faced by industry and society, and will help them to develop the necessary skills to address those challenges in the most effective way

b) Utilise both cyber security and big data analytics techniques to analyse and evaluate problems and respond to challenges with practical applications in real time

c) Build students’ knowledge and develop expertise in network security and cryptography, including big data analytics to combat malicious activities and to detect anomalies in the network

d) Provide individuals and teams with employment skills essential to the cyber security industries and related businesses, such as IT, e-commerce, and governmental organisations using action-based learning

Programme Structure

To complete the MSc Cyber Security and Big Data students must complete 8 x 15 credit modules. Students must also choose and complete 3 of the 6 optional modules. Students will pick a second subject from the list of nominated second subject modules offered by the other Institutes in the first semester. All students must complete a Dissertation worth 60 credits.

ASSESSMENT

Modules are assessed primarily by exams and also include a combination of group exercises, presentations and time-constrained coursework and assignments with varying levels of weighting depending on the nature of each module.

CAREER PROSPECTS

Graduates from this programme will be in a very strong position to take on digital technology posts in a wide range of industries, including Internet and cloud based businesses, finance firms, governmental organisations, consultancy companies operating in information, communication and network security, as well as those sectors dealing with massive personal data, such as health and well being, where users' privacy and trust needs safeguarding.

Graduates will also have the opportunity to enhance their knowledge and career prospects further by undertaking a PhD programme.

COMPULSORY MODULES

- Collaborative Project
- Dissertation
- Applied Cryptography

OPTIONAL MODULES

Choose three modules only:
- Media Processing and Coding
- Internet and Communication Networks
- Internet of Things and Applications
- Introduction to Programming and MatLab

SECOND SUBJECT MODULES

Choose one module only
- Design Thinking
- Principles of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management
- Sport Media and Marketing
- The Key Topics in Media and Creative Industries
- Introduction to Diplomacy
- Business Model Development

See here for information on modules: http://www.lborolondon.ac.uk/study/institutes-programmes/cybersecurity-and-big-data/

Scholarships

We are investing over half a million pounds (£0.5m) in our scholarship and bursary scheme to support your studies at Loughborough University London in 2017.

This package of support celebrates and rewards excellence, innovation and community. Our ambition is to inspire students of the highest calibre and from all backgrounds and nationalities to study with us and benefit from the wider Loughborough University experience and network. Our range of scholarships, bursaries and support packages are available to UK, EU and international students.View the sections below to discover which scholarship options are right for you.

What's on offer for 2017?
Inspiring Success Programme
-For unemployed and underemployed* graduates living in the East London Growth Boroughs of Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets or Waltham Forest
-Award value: 100% off your tuition fees
-We are joining forces with The London Legacy Development Company to offer a two day programme of specialist support for graduates, including workshops, skills seminars and networking opportunities to increase students' employability and support those looking to enter into postgraduate education.
-Eligibility: At the end of the programme, eight students will be selected for a 100% scholarship to study a masters course of their choice at our London campus in September 2017.

Dean's Award for Enterprise
-For students looking for the skills and support to launch a new business
-Award value: 90% off fees to launch your business idea
-Eligibility: The award will be given at the discretion of the Dean and the Senior Leadership Team, based on a one-page submission of your business idea.

East London Community Scholarship
-For any students who obtained their GCSE’s or A-levels (or equivalent qualifications) from The Growth Boroughs – Barking and Dagenham, Greenwich, Hackney, Newham, Tower Hamlets and Waltham Forest
-Award value: 50% off your tuition fees
-Eligibility: Competitive scholarship based on one-page submission showing your contribution to our community.

Alumni Bursary
-For all Loughborough University alumni
-Award value: 20% off your tuition fees
-Eligibility: International and UK/EU alumni holding a current offer for LoughboroughExcellence Scholarship
-For international and UK/EU high achieving students
-Eligibility: Any student holding a high 2:1 or first class undergraduate degree or equivalent from a recognised high quality institution will be considered

Find information on Scholarships here http://www.lborolondon.ac.uk/study/scholarships-and-bursaries/

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Our specialised MBA (Cyber Security) degree gives you the opportunity to not only develop your expertise in finance, marketing, leadership and other vital business areas, but also to learn about the growing field of cyber security. Read more
Our specialised MBA (Cyber Security) degree gives you the opportunity to not only develop your expertise in finance, marketing, leadership and other vital business areas, but also to learn about the growing field of cyber security. The modules include Cyber Security, Cybercrime and Cyber Security Management. You’ll study alongside MBA students from a variety of related disciplines and postgraduate students from courses in the computer sciences, providing you with an abundance of networking opportunities. Successfully complete the degree, and you’ll be ready to take on leadership of cyber security departments and organisations around the world.

More about this course

The London Met MBA (Cyber Security) gives you the opportunity to develop your understanding of key business functions as well as focus on cyber security. With increasingly sophisticated cyber attacks on both national governments and international corporations, this is a growing sector.

The modules on this course are related to accounting, marketing, leadership and other vital managerial functions within companies and organisations. They are designed to help you evolve into a successful leader in the business world.

The cyber security modules introduce you to the fundamentals of leadership and risk management within cyber security organisations, as well as specific challenges faced by all organisations, such as identity theft, scams, fraud and attacks on computer systems.

Our teaching staff and visiting academics, who you’ll meet both informally and formally through lectures and social events, are experts in areas including cybersecurity, management and leadership, ensuring you’ll develop the skills you need to steer a business to success.

You’ll collaborate alongside MBA students from a variety of professions and educational disciplines, such as specialist postgraduate computer science students. Your training will be supplemented with regular informal learning activities including the weekly student-led Business Breakfast, a monthly dinner, networking events, meetings with business leaders, entrepreneurs and consultants and lively charity fundraising events in the City.

We’ll provide regular coaching sessions to help improve your career potential, while you can also make use of our Careers and Employability Unit to help you find new roles for life after the MBA.

You’ll be assessed through individual and group work. This is likely to come in a variety of forms including reports, portfolios, presentations, videos, conferences and competitions, enabling you to develop the skills to master a multitude of situations in the world of cyber security.

Modular structure

Core modules:
-Accounting and Finance for Managers
-Leadership and Strategic Management
-People and Organisations: Principles and Practices in Global Contexts
-Marketing, Marketing Communications and Operations

Cyber security modules:
-Cyber Security Management
-Cybercrime and Cyber Security

Research-focused modules:
-Management Learning and Research
-Business Research Project

After the course

Graduates of the MBA may continue in their existing careers or choose to explore new opportunities. Recent graduates of our business related degrees are employed by companies including Oxademy, ALDI, Schwab Versand Hanau, Sapa, UBM plc, Carillion, Hanson Hispania SA, Triometric, BNP Paribas. They work in management roles in the fields of international sales, area management, business development and clients services.

Roles particularly relevant to the evolving field of cybersecurity management include application and security risk manager, security operations manager and information security manager.

Collaborative and international Llnks

The MBA programme has close links with ESoft, Sri Lanka’s largest education network and Islington College Nepal. London Met’s experience in delivering cultural variations of this MBA abroad means you’ll be learning from globally connected teaching staff in London.

Moving to one campus

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of- the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

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