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The Master in Digital Security is designed for those wishing to become experts in the growing field of Digital Security in a comprehensive range of applications (System and Sotfware Security, Embedded systems Security, Forensics, Biometrics...). Read more

The Master in Digital Security is designed for those wishing to become experts in the growing field of Digital Security in a comprehensive range of applications (System and Sotfware Security, Embedded systems Security, Forensics, Biometrics...)

OBJECTIVES

  • Provide a solid background in the design and management of security in major areas of communications and computer science.
  • The professional training in security will be offered as a complement to an advanced program in computer networking, mobile services and imaging.
  • Get the skills to tackle security problems encountered in networking, distributed software applications and image processing. 
  • The paid 6-month internship provides a cutting-edge professional experience and a future competitive asset.

COURSE DESCRIPTION



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Computers are central to all aspects of our daily lives; as industries ranging from communications to banking have come to rely on them, the need for improved computer security has never been greater. Read more

Computers are central to all aspects of our daily lives; as industries ranging from communications to banking have come to rely on them, the need for improved computer security has never been greater. This course focusses on two aspects of Cyber Security: analysis and assessment of risk plus how to minimise it, and, how to extract and use digital information from a wide range of systems and devices. The course is structured so that all students cover the same introductory material, but then choose to specialise in either Cyber Security or Digital Forensics.

Students taking the course will gain an understanding of the nature of the security threats that face computer systems and the type of information that is stored on digital devices (and how it can be extracted from them). They will benefit from a broad and varied array of state-of-the-art technologies, including:

  • EnCase, FTK and open-source forensic tools, and a dedicated forensics computer laboratory
  • Specialist input from guest lecturers
  • Over 20 university computing laboratories providing access to Unix, Novell and NT servers, all supported by high-bandwidth networks
  • Specialist technicians to ensure you can get the most out of these technologies.

All students will take the core modules which are designed to give a comprehensive introduction to this specialist field. They will cover basic digital forensics and network security, and also cover computer system tools and the UNIX operating system. Dealing with digital evidence in a professional manner (that includes adhering to appropriate legal guidelines) is also covered. You will then follow either the Cyber Security or Digital Forensics pathway within the course (though each lead to the same named degree: the pathways are simply opportunities to specialise within the field). In addition, all students will take a Research Methods module and complete a project module.

The course offers the opportunity to examine a variety of tools available on the open market, and the use of forensic tools to retrieve data from electronic sources. It will also consider the analysis of professional and ethical issues relating to computer security and forensics, and the development of professional competencies, such as report writing and presenting evidence in court.

Teaching methods include lab-based sessions, student-led tutorials and lectures by internal staff and guest speakers from industry. Our courses are offered by friendly, highly experienced staff, and benefit from the diverse specialist knowledge and skills within the departments of the Faculty. Assessments will be carried out mostly through practical or research-based course work.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course. For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the full course document.

Core modules

Digital Forensics pathway

Cyber Security Pathway

Professional accreditation

This programme is accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, for fully meeting the further learning educational requirement for Chartered IT Professional (CITP) status and for partially satisfying the underpinning knowledge requirements set by the Engineering Council in the UK Standard for Professional Engineering Competence (UK-SPEC) and the Science Council for Chartered or Incorporated Engineer (CEng or IEng) status. Note that there are additional requirements, including work experience, to achieve full CITP, CEng, or IEng status. Graduates of this accredited degree will also be eligible for professional membership of BCS (MBCS).

The BCS accreditation is an indicator of the programme’s quality to students and employers; it is also an important benchmark of the programme’s standard in providing high quality computing education, and commitment to developing future IT professionals that have the potential to achieve Chartered status. The programme is also likely to be recognised by other countries that are signatories to international accords.

Career path

The course has two pathways, namely Cyber Security, and Forensics that can provide you with all the necessary skills for the following jobs:

  • Researcher in Applied Cryptography;
  • Researcher in Network/Computer Security;
  • IT Security Engineer;
  • Computer Security Incident Responder;
  • Source Code Auditor;
  • IT Security Operations Specialist;
  • Cyber Security Manager;
  • Information Security Analyst;
  • Information Security Consultant;
  • Information Security Assurance Officer;
  • Information Security Assurance Analyst;
  • Information Security Risk Officer;
  • Security Officer;
  • Penetration Tester (also known as Ethical Hacker);
  • Vulnerability Assessor;
  • Computer Forensics Analyst;
  • Anti-Piracy/Content Protection Analyst;


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Computer security is one of the key challenges in contemporary computing. You will gain critical knowledge within the cyber security and digital forensic domains, combining academic principles and industrial practice. Read more
Computer security is one of the key challenges in contemporary computing. You will gain critical knowledge within the cyber security and digital forensic domains, combining academic principles and industrial practice. The course is informed by current research in security and digital forensics, and is underpinned by our experience with external partners in law enforcement, financial institutions, and other knowledge transfer activities. Course specialisms include network security, penetration testing, incident response, malware analysis, cryptography, audit and compliance, and host and mobile digital forensics. The specialisation you gain in the taught modules is further developed through an extensive research-based MSc dissertation project, leading towards a mastery of a subject area and enhancing your particular specialism.

This MSc is also one of a very small number of courses certified by GCHQ, recognising UK universities which are excellent in Cyber Security.

What you’ll learn

This course focuses on the areas of securing computer, network and communications systems, incident response, and the forensic investigation of digital devices and networks. Computer security is a growth industry, and is vital in modern computing environments. You will gain foundation knowledge in all the key areas of computing cyber security, both defensive and offensive, as well as post incident response. The digital forensic aspects of the course include network and computer forensics, allowing you to develop the knowledge required to conduct computer-related investigations across networks, systems, and other digital devices. Cyber security and digital forensics are becoming significant computing disciplines, with an acknowledged skill shortage coupled with growing employment opportunities.

Our industry informed course combines thorough coverage of academic theory aligned with extensive hands-on practical activities, supported by online and blended materials with virtualised lab environments that complement our on-campus specialist facilities.

The School of Computing has developed close ties with industry, law enforcement, and the public sector, through partnerships with organisations such as Cisco Systems, Guidance Software, Dell Secure Works, NCA, NCC, Police Scotland, and many others. The course benefits from this by including many guest lecturers by industry experts. Through the dedicated cyber security and forensic research group extensive cutting edge research is also carried out in key domains by an ever growing cohort of Phd students. The programme also has an affiliation with The Cyber Academy here at Edinburgh Napier, which integrates formally with a range of international initiatives including into a European Centre of Excellence, along with the EU-funded DFET project, which is building a world class virtualised infrastructure for Cyber Security teaching and training, with strong links into law enforcement industry and academia across the World.

Modules

• Host-Based Forensics
• Network Security
• Security Audit and Compliance
• e-Security
• Incident Response and Malware Analysis
• Computer Penetration Testing
• Dissertation

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

Careers

The continued growth in the current requirement for cyber security and digital forensics professionals means there are a wide range of careers which can be followed after graduating from the course, such as security consultant/analyst, penetration tester, network security analyst, forensic investigator, audit/compliance consultant, security certification engineer, incident response analyst, cisco security engineer/architect, sys admin, network engineer.

The programme develops a range of key skills currently needed in industry, covering areas such as network security, penetration testing, security monitoring, incident response, malware analysis, operating systems, network and computer forensics, virtualisation and malware analysis. Materials from many professional courses are integrated into the curriculum, towards helping students prepare for sought after professional certification such as Cisco Security Certifications, CISSP, and CREST.

Study mode

This is a full-time course studied over one year. It requires an intensive period of study, involving lectures, tutorials, laboratory sessions and independent study.As a full-time student you'll take three 20 credit modules per trimester for the first two trimesters, and then complete a Project.
http://www.napier.ac.uk/courses/msc-advanced-security-and-digital-forensics-postgraduate-fulltime

This course is also available part-time, with one or two modules studied per trimester.
http://www.napier.ac.uk/courses/msc-advanced-security-and-digital-forensics-postgraduate-parttime

This course is also available distance learning , with one or two modules studied per trimester.
http://www.napier.ac.uk/courses/msc-advanced-security-and-digital-forensics-postgraduate-distance-learning-part-time

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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Cyber security is a topic of growing importance, as ICT affects ever more aspects of our daily lives Businesses and government rely on ICT to an ever larger degree. Read more

Cyber security is a topic of growing importance, as ICT affects ever more aspects of our daily lives Businesses and government rely on ICT to an ever larger degree. Both assessing the security of existing ICT solutions and developing more secure solutions for the future pose major scientific and societal challenges.

This Master specialisation covers a broad range of topics that is important for computer security. This includes topics in computer science (software, computer networks, and hardware, esp. smart-cards and RFID), but also mathematical aspects (cryptography and security protocols), as well as organisational and management issues, legal aspects, and societal issues (in particular privacy).

Master's specialisation in Cyber Security

The Digital Security group at Radboud University is the largest research group in computer security in the Netherlands, with a strong international reputation. Several times, research by the group made the news headlines. For example, in 2008 students revealed security flaws in the chipcard used for public transport in the Netherlands (the ov-chipkaart) and as the London Oyster card. In 2013, two researchers of the Digital Security group found security vulnerabilities in car immobiliser systems used by various car manufacturers.

This master specialisation is offered in a collaboration with the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and the University of Twente (UT), through a virtual institute called the Kerckhoffs Institute (http://www.kerckhoffs-institute.org/). Mandatory courses offered at the TU/e and UT can be followed by video connections, but following optional courses at these institutes may require traveling to Eindhoven or Enschede. Such courses are always scheduled back-to-back at one location to minimise travel time. While this does incur a cost in time and travel expenses, it does offer a unique opportunity to choose courses from the broad range of specialties at the three universities.

Cyber Security is a specialisation in the Master's programme in Computing Science and available for students with a Bachelor's degree in Computing Science or Mathematics.

Admission requirements for international students

1. A completed Bachelor's degree in Computing Science or related area

In order to get admission to this Master’s you will need a completed Bachelor’s degree in Computing Sciences or a related discipline.

2. A proficiency in English

In order to take part in the programme, you need to have fluency in English, both written and spoken. Non-native speakers of English without a Dutch Bachelor's degree or VWO diploma need one of the following:

- TOEFL score of >575 (paper based) or >232 (computer based) or >90 (internet based)

- IELTS score of >6.5

- Cambridge Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) or Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE), with a mark of C or higher

Career prospects

ICT security is a hot topic, with excellent job opportunities. Some students join companies that specialise in security, such as security evaluation labs, consultancy companies, or ICT companies that develop security solutions. Students with security expertise are also in strong demand by the (growing) number of organisations that heavily rely on ICT security, both in the private and public sector. Finally, some graduates go on to pursue a career in scientific or industrial research.



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About the course. Developed in conjunction with Deloitte UK, our Cyber Security MSc provides you with knowledge of the very latest cyber security principles, practices, tools and techniques. Read more

About the course

Developed in conjunction with Deloitte UK, our Cyber Security MSc provides you with knowledge of the very latest cyber security principles, practices, tools and techniques. The programme is provisionally certified by GCHQ, taught by a team of specialist staff in purpose-built cyber security computer laboratories. The involvement of the Industrial Advisory Group (Airbus, BT, Deloitte UK and Rolls-Royce) in designing the course and supporting its delivery and development ensures the teaching remains current and supportive of the real challenges cyber security specialists face in the rapidly changing cyber domain. You will gain a holistic perspective of cyber security, including the underpinning technology of the cyber domain and the role of linguistics, psychology and sociology in dealing with new cyber challenges. If you are interested in a challenging and worthwhile career in a rapidly expanding and vitally important area of computing then this is the course for you.

Reasons to study:

• Taught by Industry Experts

developed and delivered in collaboration with cyber security professional from Deloitte and DMU teaching staff you will gain the knowledge and skills in the latest cyber security principles, practices and tools

• Purpose built Cyber Security Centre

access to our dedicated Computer Security and Forensics laboratories will give you the opportunity to work in industry standard facilities which will allow you to develop and enhance your skills in cyber security

• Specialise your learning to your area of interest

combine modules from across Cyber Security, Cyber Technology, Digital Forensics and Software Engineering, allowing you to tailor the course to your areas of interest

• Industry placement opportunity

you can chose to undertake a yearlong placement opportunity gaining valuable experience and skills as well as networking opportunities to build your industry contacts

• Graduate prospects

employed as cyber security specialists in a range of roles within organisations including IBM, Deloitte, Airbus and BT

Course Structure

Modules

• Foundations of Cyber Security

• Cyber Threat Intelligence

• Host and Network Security

• Penetration Testing and Incident Response

• Cyber Engineering

• Digital Forensics Principles and Practice

• Malware Analysis

• Legal, Ethical and Professional Practice

• Cyber Security Project/Dissertation

Teaching and Assessment

Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials and laboratory work. A strong emphasis is given to real world problems. Assessment is by a combination of coursework, projects and laboratory-based assessments.

You will be taught and supported by experts in cyber security including staff from DMU's Cyber Security Centre, as well as professionals from Deloitte. We will need to expand on this later on when we can get more info from academics

Contact and learning hours

The time allocated to study is around 30 hours per week, carried out in block teaching.

Academic Expertise

The course teams within the Cyber Security Centre have unrivalled expertise in cyber security. The team includes former Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) of large telecommunications companies, internet banks and cloud service providers, an ex vice president of one of the largest cyber security companies in the world, information assurance specialists with extensive experience working in various UK defence organisations, leading digital forensics experts and respected government advisors. Several of the team are regular media commentators on forensics and security. Professional input throughout the course will come from Deloitte and their cyber security professionals.

Facilities

The Cyber Security Laboratories are among the best equipped facilities of this type in the UK. Developed in consultation with leaders in the industry, they are designed to meet the highest forensics and security standards.

The laboratories contain 65 high-spec, specially customised PCs configured with multiple operating systems, virtualisation and removable hard drives, as well as specialised servers, wired and wireless networking equipment and a wide variety of other hardware and software components.

Cyber Security Centre

The laboratories are also the base for our Cyber Security Centre (CSC), a multidisciplinary group of academics and industry experts who focus on a wide variety of cyber security and digital forensics issues. Their mission is to provide the full benefits to all of a safe, secure and resilient cyberspace.

The laboratories play a vital role in the group's research and development work. Whether you are a first year undergraduate or a PhD student, within the laboratories you will be working with the latest tools and techniques at the forefront of computer forensics and security research.

To find out more

To learn more about this course and DMU, visit our website:

Postgraduate open days: http://www.dmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-study/open-evenings/postgraduate-open-days.aspx

Applying for a postgraduate course:

http://www.dmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-study/entry-criteria-and-how-to-apply/entry-criteria-and-how-to-apply.aspx

Funding for postgraduate students:

http://www.dmu.ac.uk/study/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-funding-2017-18/postgraduate-funding-2017-18.aspx



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Why study Cyber Security?. "There are over one million unfilled cyber security jobs in the world!!" (Forbes). At EIT Digital we see cybersecurity as one of the cornerstones of creating a safe and inclusive digital society. Read more

Why study Cyber Security?

"There are over one million unfilled cyber security jobs in the world!!" (Forbes)

At EIT Digital we see cybersecurity as one of the cornerstones of creating a safe and inclusive digital society. The omnipresence of digital technology has made that cybersecurity has even become an essential ingredient in defending our democratic values, as this recent article in politico.eu illustrates nicely.

Our Master School Programme Cyber Security has been developed to equip responsible cybersecurity specialists with the right knowledge and skills to be able to contribute to make the digital world a safer place.

The programme focuses on the study of the design, development and evaluation of secure computer systems, which are also capable of ensuring privacy for future ICT systems. The aim is to provide students with an understanding of the concepts and technologies for achieving confidentiality, integrity, authenticity, and privacy protection for information processed across networks.

Students will learn the fresh hot topics of the field including blockchain technologies, crypto currencies, practical (ethical) hacking, and quantum cryptography.

What are the career opportunities?

Graduates from the Cyber Security (CSE) master’s programme will qualify for jobs in international and local organisations in both technical and business roles. Typical titles are:

  • Cyber Security consultant
  • Security Analyst
  • Information Security Architect
  • Cyber Security Specialist
  • Computer forensics expert
  • Privacy-by-design consultant
  • Security Auditor

Cyber Security is also a burgeoning field for the design and development of new products and services. Graduates will easily find jobs within companies that provide value-added products and services, such as telecom companies, game companies, e-learning, web developers, and the entertainment industry.

Through their multidisciplinary attitude graduates are valuable in open innovation settings where different aspects (market, users, social aspects, media technologies) come together.

An entrepreneurial path is also open to those who seek to start their own company to provide product or technology development, media content, business development or consultancy services.

Why choose Cyber Security at EIT Digital?

The EIT Digital Cyber Security (CSE) Master’s degree offers:

  • Cutting edge technical content within the field of Cyber Security
  • Studies at two of Europe´s foremost technical universities leading to a double degree
  • A close integration with tailored business courses in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • A thesis work well grounded in industrial security and privacy problems
  • Access to the competence of eight EIT Digital innovation action lines, not least through a summer school between the two years.
  • Access to the co-location centres and innovation ecosystems of the EIT Digital nodes.

How is the programme structured?

All EIT Digital Master School programmes follow the same scheme:

  • Students study one year at an ‘entry’ university and one year at an ‘exit’ university in two of EIT Digital’s hot spots around Europe.
  • Upon completion, graduates receive degrees from the two universities and a certificate awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
  • The first year is similar at all entry points with basic courses to lay the foundation for the chosen technical programme focus. Some elective courses may also be chosen. At the same time, students are introduced to business and management. During the second semester, a design project is combined with business development exercises. These teach how to turn technology into business and how to present a convincing business plan.
  • In between the first year and the second year, a summer school addresses business opportunities within a socially relevant theme.
  • The second year offers a specialisation and a graduation project. The gradation project includes an internship at a company or a research institute and results in a Master thesis with a strong innovation and entrepreneurship dimension.

To learn more about the structure of the programme, please click here.

To learn more about the I&E minor please click here.

About EIT Digital Master School

EIT Digital Master School offers two-year, European Masters in computer science and information technology, with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. Students study two years in two leading European universities. They earn two Masters degrees from those universities together with a certificate awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Students enjoy an array of benefits which includes European mobility, a three-day business challenge, a two-week Summer School, an internship and access to the EIT Digital community. Upon graduation, students are equipped with the tools to become digital innovators.

Scholarship:

·        European citizen: No tuition fees. Up to 750 Euros monthly allowance

·        Non-European citizen: tuition fee waiver of up to 50% and 750 Euros monthly allowance

Application deadline to begin studying in September 2018:

·        15 April 2018 (Open to EU/EEA/CH citizens/ Non-EU citizens*.)

*Please note that this application period is not recommended for applicants who require a visa due to time constraints. If you require a visa to study in an EU country, we recommend you delay your application to November 2018 when the application portal opens again, to start in Autumn 2019.

How should you apply?

To apply, you need to register and submit your application on the EIT Digital Application Portal. You don’t need to do your application all at once. You can access the list of required documents for your application here.

Need more information?

Master School Office: , we will be happy to help.



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Why study Cyber Security?. "There are over one million unfilled cyber security jobs in the world!!" (Forbes). At EIT Digital we see cybersecurity as one of the cornerstones of creating a safe and inclusive digital society. Read more

Why study Cyber Security?

"There are over one million unfilled cyber security jobs in the world!!" (Forbes)

At EIT Digital we see cybersecurity as one of the cornerstones of creating a safe and inclusive digital society. The omnipresence of digital technology has made that cybersecurity has even become an essential ingredient in defending our democratic values, as this recent article in politico.eu illustrates nicely.

Our Master School Programme Cyber Security has been developed to equip responsible cybersecurity specialists with the right knowledge and skills to be able to contribute to make the digital world a safer place.

The programme focuses on the study of the design, development and evaluation of secure computer systems, which are also capable of ensuring privacy for future ICT systems. The aim is to provide students with an understanding of the concepts and technologies for achieving confidentiality, integrity, authenticity, and privacy protection for information processed across networks.

Students will learn the fresh hot topics of the field including blockchain technologies, crypto currencies, practical (ethical) hacking, and quantum cryptography.

What are the career opportunities?

Graduates from the Cyber Security (CSE) master’s programme will qualify for jobs in international and local organisations in both technical and business roles. Typical titles are:

  • Cyber Security consultant
  • Security Analyst
  • Information Security Architect
  • Cyber Security Specialist
  • Computer forensics expert
  • Privacy-by-design consultant
  • Security Auditor

Cyber Security is also a burgeoning field for the design and development of new products and services. Graduates will easily find jobs within companies that provide value-added products and services, such as telecom companies, game companies, e-learning, web developers, and the entertainment industry.

Through their multidisciplinary attitude graduates are valuable in open innovation settings where different aspects (market, users, social aspects, media technologies) come together.

An entrepreneurial path is also open to those who seek to start their own company to provide product or technology development, media content, business development or consultancy services.

Why choose Cyber Security at EIT Digital?

The EIT Digital Cyber Security (CSE) Master’s degree offers:

  • Cutting edge technical content within the field of Cyber Security
  • Studies at two of Europe´s foremost technical universities leading to a double degree
  • A close integration with tailored business courses in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • A thesis work well grounded in industrial security and privacy problems
  • Access to the competence of eight EIT Digital innovation action lines, not least through a summer school between the two years.
  • Access to the co-location centres and innovation ecosystems of the EIT Digital nodes.

How is the programme structured?

All EIT Digital Master School programmes follow the same scheme:

  • Students study one year at an ‘entry’ university and one year at an ‘exit’ university in two of EIT Digital’s hot spots around Europe.
  • Upon completion, graduates receive degrees from the two universities and a certificate awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
  • The first year is similar at all entry points with basic courses to lay the foundation for the chosen technical programme focus. Some elective courses may also be chosen. At the same time, students are introduced to business and management. During the second semester, a design project is combined with business development exercises. These teach how to turn technology into business and how to present a convincing business plan.
  • In between the first year and the second year, a summer school addresses business opportunities within a socially relevant theme.
  • The second year offers a specialisation and a graduation project. The gradation project includes an internship at a company or a research institute and results in a Master thesis with a strong innovation and entrepreneurship dimension.

To learn more about the structure of the programme, please click here.

To learn more about the I&E minor please click here.

About EIT Digital Master School

EIT Digital Master School offers two-year, European Masters in computer science and information technology, with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. Students study two years in two leading European universities. They earn two Masters degrees from those universities together with a certificate awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Students enjoy an array of benefits which includes European mobility, a three-day business challenge, a two-week Summer School, an internship and access to the EIT Digital community. Upon graduation, students are equipped with the tools to become digital innovators.

Scholarship:

·        European citizen: No tuition fees. Up to 750 Euros monthly allowance

·        Non-European citizen: tuition fee waiver of up to 50% and 750 Euros monthly allowance

Application deadline to begin studying in September 2018:

·        15 April 2018 (Open to EU/EEA/CH citizens/ Non-EU citizens*.)

*Please note that this application period is not recommended for applicants who require a visa due to time constraints. If you require a visa to study in an EU country, we recommend you delay your application to November 2018 when the application portal opens again, to start in Autumn 2019.

How should you apply?

To apply, you need to register and submit your application on the EIT Digital Application Portal. You don’t need to do your application all at once. You can access the list of required documents for your application here.

Need more information?

Master School Office: , we will be happy to help.



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Why study Cyber Security?. "There are over one million unfilled cyber security jobs in the world!!" (Forbes). At EIT Digital we see cybersecurity as one of the cornerstones of creating a safe and inclusive digital society. Read more

Why study Cyber Security?

"There are over one million unfilled cyber security jobs in the world!!" (Forbes)

At EIT Digital we see cybersecurity as one of the cornerstones of creating a safe and inclusive digital society. The omnipresence of digital technology has made that cybersecurity has even become an essential ingredient in defending our democratic values, as this recent article in politico.eu illustrates nicely.

Our Master School Programme Cyber Security has been developed to equip responsible cybersecurity specialists with the right knowledge and skills to be able to contribute to make the digital world a safer place.

The programme focuses on the study of the design, development and evaluation of secure computer systems, which are also capable of ensuring privacy for future ICT systems. The aim is to provide students with an understanding of the concepts and technologies for achieving confidentiality, integrity, authenticity, and privacy protection for information processed across networks.

Students will learn the fresh hot topics of the field including blockchain technologies, crypto currencies, practical (ethical) hacking, and quantum cryptography.

What are the career opportunities?

Graduates from the Cyber Security (CSE) master’s programme will qualify for jobs in international and local organisations in both technical and business roles. Typical titles are:

  • Cyber Security consultant
  • Security Analyst
  • Information Security Architect
  • Cyber Security Specialist
  • Computer forensics expert
  • Privacy-by-design consultant
  • Security Auditor

Cyber Security is also a burgeoning field for the design and development of new products and services. Graduates will easily find jobs within companies that provide value-added products and services, such as telecom companies, game companies, e-learning, web developers, and the entertainment industry.

Through their multidisciplinary attitude graduates are valuable in open innovation settings where different aspects (market, users, social aspects, media technologies) come together.

An entrepreneurial path is also open to those who seek to start their own company to provide product or technology development, media content, business development or consultancy services.

Why choose Cyber Security at EIT Digital?

The EIT Digital Cyber Security (CSE) Master’s degree offers:

  • Cutting edge technical content within the field of Cyber Security
  • Studies at two of Europe´s foremost technical universities leading to a double degree
  • A close integration with tailored business courses in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • A thesis work well grounded in industrial security and privacy problems
  • Access to the competence of eight EIT Digital innovation action lines, not least through a summer school between the two years.
  • Access to the co-location centres and innovation ecosystems of the EIT Digital nodes.

How is the programme structured?

All EIT Digital Master School programmes follow the same scheme:

  • Students study one year at an ‘entry’ university and one year at an ‘exit’ university in two of EIT Digital’s hot spots around Europe.
  • Upon completion, graduates receive degrees from the two universities and a certificate awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
  • The first year is similar at all entry points with basic courses to lay the foundation for the chosen technical programme focus. Some elective courses may also be chosen. At the same time, students are introduced to business and management. During the second semester, a design project is combined with business development exercises. These teach how to turn technology into business and how to present a convincing business plan.
  • In between the first year and the second year, a summer school addresses business opportunities within a socially relevant theme.
  • The second year offers a specialisation and a graduation project. The gradation project includes an internship at a company or a research institute and results in a Master thesis with a strong innovation and entrepreneurship dimension.

To learn more about the structure of the programme, please click here.

To learn more about the I&E minor please click here.

About EIT Digital Master School

EIT Digital Master School offers two-year, European Masters in computer science and information technology, with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. Students study two years in two leading European universities. They earn two Masters degrees from those universities together with a certificate awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Students enjoy an array of benefits which includes European mobility, a three-day business challenge, a two-week Summer School, an internship and access to the EIT Digital community. Upon graduation, students are equipped with the tools to become digital innovators.

Scholarship:

·        European citizen: No tuition fees. Up to 750 Euros monthly allowance

·        Non-European citizen: tuition fee waiver of up to 50% and 750 Euros monthly allowance

Application deadline to begin studying in September 2018:

·        15 April 2018 (Open to EU/EEA/CH citizens/ Non-EU citizens*.)

*Please note that this application period is not recommended for applicants who require a visa due to time constraints. If you require a visa to study in an EU country, we recommend you delay your application to November 2018 when the application portal opens again, to start in Autumn 2019.

How should you apply?

To apply, you need to register and submit your application on the EIT Digital Application Portal. You don’t need to do your application all at once. You can access the list of required documents for your application here.

Need more information?

Master School Office: , we will be happy to help.



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Why study Cyber Security?. "There are over one million unfilled cyber security jobs in the world!!" (Forbes). At EIT Digital we see cybersecurity as one of the cornerstones of creating a safe and inclusive digital society. Read more

Why study Cyber Security?

"There are over one million unfilled cyber security jobs in the world!!" (Forbes)

At EIT Digital we see cybersecurity as one of the cornerstones of creating a safe and inclusive digital society. The omnipresence of digital technology has made that cybersecurity has even become an essential ingredient in defending our democratic values, as this recent article in politico.eu illustrates nicely.

Our Master School Programme Cyber Security has been developed to equip responsible cybersecurity specialists with the right knowledge and skills to be able to contribute to make the digital world a safer place.

The programme focuses on the study of the design, development and evaluation of secure computer systems, which are also capable of ensuring privacy for future ICT systems. The aim is to provide students with an understanding of the concepts and technologies for achieving confidentiality, integrity, authenticity, and privacy protection for information processed across networks.

Students will learn the fresh hot topics of the field including blockchain technologies, crypto currencies, practical (ethical) hacking, and quantum cryptography.

What are the career opportunities?

Graduates from the Cyber Security (CSE) master’s programme will qualify for jobs in international and local organisations in both technical and business roles. Typical titles are:

  • Cyber Security consultant
  • Security Analyst
  • Information Security Architect
  • Cyber Security Specialist
  • Computer forensics expert
  • Privacy-by-design consultant
  • Security Auditor

Cyber Security is also a burgeoning field for the design and development of new products and services. Graduates will easily find jobs within companies that provide value-added products and services, such as telecom companies, game companies, e-learning, web developers, and the entertainment industry.

Through their multidisciplinary attitude graduates are valuable in open innovation settings where different aspects (market, users, social aspects, media technologies) come together.

An entrepreneurial path is also open to those who seek to start their own company to provide product or technology development, media content, business development or consultancy services.

Why choose Cyber Security at EIT Digital?

The EIT Digital Cyber Security (CSE) Master’s degree offers:

  • Cutting edge technical content within the field of Cyber Security
  • Studies at two of Europe´s foremost technical universities leading to a double degree
  • A close integration with tailored business courses in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • A thesis work well grounded in industrial security and privacy problems
  • Access to the competence of eight EIT Digital innovation action lines, not least through a summer school between the two years.
  • Access to the co-location centres and innovation ecosystems of the EIT Digital nodes.

How is the programme structured?

All EIT Digital Master School programmes follow the same scheme:

  • Students study one year at an ‘entry’ university and one year at an ‘exit’ university in two of EIT Digital’s hot spots around Europe.
  • Upon completion, graduates receive degrees from the two universities and a certificate awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
  • The first year is similar at all entry points with basic courses to lay the foundation for the chosen technical programme focus. Some elective courses may also be chosen. At the same time, students are introduced to business and management. During the second semester, a design project is combined with business development exercises. These teach how to turn technology into business and how to present a convincing business plan.
  • In between the first year and the second year, a summer school addresses business opportunities within a socially relevant theme.
  • The second year offers a specialisation and a graduation project. The gradation project includes an internship at a company or a research institute and results in a Master thesis with a strong innovation and entrepreneurship dimension.

To learn more about the structure of the programme, please click here.

To learn more about the I&E minor please click here.

About EIT Digital Master School

EIT Digital Master School offers two-year, European Masters in computer science and information technology, with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. Students study two years in two leading European universities. They earn two Masters degrees from those universities together with a certificate awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Students enjoy an array of benefits which includes European mobility, a three-day business challenge, a two-week Summer School, an internship and access to the EIT Digital community. Upon graduation, students are equipped with the tools to become digital innovators.

Scholarship:

·        European citizen: No tuition fees. Up to 750 Euros monthly allowance

·        Non-European citizen: tuition fee waiver of up to 50% and 750 Euros monthly allowance

Application deadline to begin studying in September 2018:

·        15 April 2018 (Open to EU/EEA/CH citizens/ Non-EU citizens*.)

*Please note that this application period is not recommended for applicants who require a visa due to time constraints. If you require a visa to study in an EU country, we recommend you delay your application to November 2018 when the application portal opens again, to start in Autumn 2019.

How should you apply?

To apply, you need to register and submit your application on the EIT Digital Application Portal. You don’t need to do your application all at once. You can access the list of required documents for your application here.

Need more information?

Master School Office: , we will be happy to help.



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Why study Cyber Security?. "There are over one million unfilled cyber security jobs in the world!!" (Forbes). At EIT Digital we see cybersecurity as one of the cornerstones of creating a safe and inclusive digital society. Read more

Why study Cyber Security?

"There are over one million unfilled cyber security jobs in the world!!" (Forbes)

At EIT Digital we see cybersecurity as one of the cornerstones of creating a safe and inclusive digital society. The omnipresence of digital technology has made that cybersecurity has even become an essential ingredient in defending our democratic values, as this recent article in politico.eu illustrates nicely.

Our Master School Programme Cyber Security has been developed to equip responsible cybersecurity specialists with the right knowledge and skills to be able to contribute to make the digital world a safer place.

The programme focuses on the study of the design, development and evaluation of secure computer systems, which are also capable of ensuring privacy for future ICT systems. The aim is to provide students with an understanding of the concepts and technologies for achieving confidentiality, integrity, authenticity, and privacy protection for information processed across networks.

Students will learn the fresh hot topics of the field including blockchain technologies, crypto currencies, practical (ethical) hacking, and quantum cryptography.

What are the career opportunities?

Graduates from the Cyber Security (CSE) master’s programme will qualify for jobs in international and local organisations in both technical and business roles. Typical titles are:

  • Cyber Security consultant
  • Security Analyst
  • Information Security Architect
  • Cyber Security Specialist
  • Computer forensics expert
  • Privacy-by-design consultant
  • Security Auditor

Cyber Security is also a burgeoning field for the design and development of new products and services. Graduates will easily find jobs within companies that provide value-added products and services, such as telecom companies, game companies, e-learning, web developers, and the entertainment industry.

Through their multidisciplinary attitude graduates are valuable in open innovation settings where different aspects (market, users, social aspects, media technologies) come together.

An entrepreneurial path is also open to those who seek to start their own company to provide product or technology development, media content, business development or consultancy services.

Why choose Cyber Security at EIT Digital?

The EIT Digital Cyber Security (CSE) Master’s degree offers:

  • Cutting edge technical content within the field of Cyber Security
  • Studies at two of Europe´s foremost technical universities leading to a double degree
  • A close integration with tailored business courses in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • A thesis work well grounded in industrial security and privacy problems
  • Access to the competence of eight EIT Digital innovation action lines, not least through a summer school between the two years.
  • Access to the co-location centres and innovation ecosystems of the EIT Digital nodes.

How is the programme structured?

All EIT Digital Master School programmes follow the same scheme:

  • Students study one year at an ‘entry’ university and one year at an ‘exit’ university in two of EIT Digital’s hot spots around Europe.
  • Upon completion, graduates receive degrees from the two universities and a certificate awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
  • The first year is similar at all entry points with basic courses to lay the foundation for the chosen technical programme focus. Some elective courses may also be chosen. At the same time, students are introduced to business and management. During the second semester, a design project is combined with business development exercises. These teach how to turn technology into business and how to present a convincing business plan.
  • In between the first year and the second year, a summer school addresses business opportunities within a socially relevant theme.
  • The second year offers a specialisation and a graduation project. The gradation project includes an internship at a company or a research institute and results in a Master thesis with a strong innovation and entrepreneurship dimension.

To learn more about the structure of the programme, please click here.

To learn more about the I&E minor please click here.

About EIT Digital Master School

EIT Digital Master School offers two-year, European Masters in computer science and information technology, with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship. Students study two years in two leading European universities. They earn two Masters degrees from those universities together with a certificate awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Students enjoy an array of benefits which includes European mobility, a three-day business challenge, a two-week Summer School, an internship and access to the EIT Digital community. Upon graduation, students are equipped with the tools to become digital innovators.

Scholarship:

·        European citizen: No tuition fees. Up to 750 Euros monthly allowance

·        Non-European citizen: tuition fee waiver of up to 50% and 750 Euros monthly allowance

Application deadline to begin studying in September 2018:

·        15 April 2018 (Open to EU/EEA/CH citizens/ Non-EU citizens*.)

*Please note that this application period is not recommended for applicants who require a visa due to time constraints. If you require a visa to study in an EU country, we recommend you delay your application to November 2018 when the application portal opens again, to start in Autumn 2019.

How should you apply?

To apply, you need to register and submit your application on the EIT Digital Application Portal. You don’t need to do your application all at once. You can access the list of required documents for your application here.

Need more information?

Master School Office: , we will be happy to help.



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Why study Cyber Security?. "There are over one million unfilled cyber security jobs in the world!!" (Forbes). At EIT Digital we see cybersecurity as one of the cornerstones of creating a safe and inclusive digital society. Read more

Why study Cyber Security?

"There are over one million unfilled cyber security jobs in the world!!" (Forbes)

At EIT Digital we see cybersecurity as one of the cornerstones of creating a safe and inclusive digital society. The omnipresence of digital technology has made that cybersecurity has even become an essential ingredient in defending our democratic values, as this recent article in politico.eu illustrates nicely.

Our Master School Programme Cyber Security has been developed to equip responsible cybersecurity specialists with the right knowledge and skills to be able to contribute to make the digital world a safer place.

The programme focuses on the study of the design, development and evaluation of secure computer systems, which are also capable of ensuring privacy for future ICT systems. The aim is to provide students with an understanding of the concepts and technologies for achieving confidentiality, integrity, authenticity, and privacy protection for information processed across networks.

Students will learn the fresh hot topics of the field including blockchain technologies, crypto currencies, practical (ethical) hacking, and quantum cryptography.

What are the career opportunities?

Graduates from the Cyber Security (CSE) master’s programme will qualify for jobs in international and local organisations in both technical and business roles. Typical titles are:

  • Cyber Security consultant
  • Security Analyst
  • Information Security Architect
  • Cyber Security Specialist
  • Computer forensics expert
  • Privacy-by-design consultant
  • Security Auditor

Cyber Security is also a burgeoning field for the design and development of new products and services. Graduates will easily find jobs within companies that provide value-added products and services, such as telecom companies, game companies, e-learning, web developers, and the entertainment industry.

Through their multidisciplinary attitude graduates are valuable in open innovation settings where different aspects (market, users, social aspects, media technologies) come together.

An entrepreneurial path is also open to those who seek to start their own company to provide product or technology development, media content, business development or consultancy services.

Why choose Cyber Security at EIT Digital?

The EIT Digital Cyber Security (CSE) Master’s degree offers:

  • Cutting edge technical content within the field of Cyber Security
  • Studies at two of Europe´s foremost technical universities leading to a double degree
  • A close integration with tailored business courses in Innovation and Entrepreneurship
  • A thesis work well grounded in industrial security and privacy problems
  • Access to the competence of eight EIT Digital innovation action lines, not least through a summer school between the two years.
  • Access to the co-location centres and innovation ecosystems of the EIT Digital nodes.

How is the programme structured?

All EIT Digital Master School programmes follow the same scheme:

  • Students study one year at an ‘entry’ university and one year at an ‘exit’ university in two of EIT Digital’s hot spots around Europe.
  • Upon completion, graduates receive degrees from the two universities and a certificate awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology.
  • The first year is similar at all entry points with basic courses to lay the foundation for the chosen technical programme focus. Some elective courses may also be chosen. At the same time, students are introduced to business and management. During the second semester, a design project is combined with business development exercises. These teach how to turn technology into business and how to present a convincing business plan.
  • In between the first year and the second year, a summer school addresses business opportunities within a socially relevant theme.
  • The second year offers a specialisation and a graduation project. The gradation project includes an internship at a company or a research institute and results in a Master thesis with a strong innovation and entrepreneurship dimension.

To learn more about the structure of the programme, please click here.

To learn more about the I&E minor please click here.

About EIT Digital Master School

EIT Digital Master School offers two-year, European Masters in computer science and information technology, with a focus on innovation and entrepreneurship.Students study two years in two leading European universities. They earn two Masters degrees from those universities together with a certificate awarded by the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). Students enjoy an array of benefits which includes European mobility, a three-day business challenge, a two-week Summer School, an internship and access to the EIT Digital community. Upon graduation, students are equipped with the tools to become digital innovators.

Scholarship:

·        European citizen: No tuition fees. Up to 750 Euros monthly allowance

·        Non-European citizen: tuition fee waiver of up to 50% and 750 Euros monthly allowance

Application deadline to begin studying in September 2018:

·        15 April 2018 (Open to EU/EEA/CH citizens/ Non-EU citizens*.)

*Please note that this application period is not recommended for applicants who require a visa due to time constraints. If you require a visa to study in an EU country, we recommend you delay your application to November 2018 when the application portal opens again, to start in Autumn 2019.

How should you apply?

To apply, you need to register and submit your application on the EIT Digital Application Portal. You don’t need to do your application all at once. You can access the list of required documents for your application here.

Need more information?

Master School Office: , we will be happy to help.



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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. Read more

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.

Programme structure

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.

Educational aims of the programme

The programme will:

  • Provide students with advanced knowledge and understanding of information security theory and concepts
  • Teach foundations and methods from several information security disciplines such as data security, network security, cryptography, formal security analysis, secure systems and web applications, multimedia security, digital forensics, privacy-enhancing technologies, and human-centred security
  • Teach students to apply their knowledge of scientific methods and gained information security skills in practice through lab sessions and individual dissertation projects where students will be offered an opportunity to analyse, evaluate and interpret existing information security mechanisms and/or carry out their own research activities
  • Support students in carrying out their own scientific investigation under the guidance and advice of their supervisor. Students will be able to identify information security problems and find suitable information security protection mechanisms based on their skills and relevant literature sources

Programme learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

Students will gain:

  • Knowledge and understanding of the general information security aims and challenges
  • Knowledge and understanding of technical and mathematical concepts and mechanisms for the protection of digital data and information
  • Knowledge and understanding of technical concepts and mechanisms for securing network communications and infrastructures
  • Knowledge and understanding of technical concepts and mechanisms for digital forensics
  • Knowledge and understanding of technical concepts and mechanisms for the development of secure computing systems and applications
  • The ability to critically evaluate information security mechanisms and technologies with respect to their functionality, security properties and application challenges
  • The ability to implement or apply existing information security mechanisms and technologies in practice
  • The ability to design, develop and analyse secure systems and applications by taking into account both technical and non-technical perspectives
  • The ability to critically evaluate new ideas, develop own ideas and conduct supervised research in information security

Intellectual / cognitive skills

Students will leave the programme with the ability to:

  • Analyse and solve problems of technical nature under consideration of various risks and constraints
  • Make effective and efficient decisions in an environment of conflicting interests
  • Think strategically 
  • Synthesise and critically evaluate the work of others
  • Apply fundamental knowledge to investigate new and emerging technologies
  • Carry out an independent research investigation aiming to improve the state-of- the-art knowledge in the field

Professional practical skills

Students will gain the ability to:

  • Come up with technical solutions to a range of problems
  • Use concepts and theories to make judgements on the suitability of solutions, their advantages and disadvantages
  • Implement mechanisms and apply them in a wider context of more complex systems
  • Present their opinions and findings and to produce a high-quality report

Key / transferable skills

Students will have:

  • The ability to communicate concepts and results in a clear and effective manner
  • The time and resource management planning
  • The ability to work with available resources, to collect and analyse research-oriented material

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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The creation, transmission and storage of huge volumes of electronic data is one of the defining features of our age. Read more

The creation, transmission and storage of huge volumes of electronic data is one of the defining features of our age. Whilst these technologies bring us untold benefits, they also expose businesses, governments and individuals to repeated threats, such as fraud through data manipulation, deliberate sabotage and blackmail. As a result, businesses, governments and individuals around the world rely on the expertise and innovations of information security specialists, without which global communications systems would grind to a halt.

Want to join this expanding field and learn from the very best? Our flagship Information Security programme was the first of its kind in the world. It is certified by GCHQ, the UK Government Communications Headquarters, and taught by academics and industrial partners in one of the largest and most established Information Security Groups in the world. We are a UK Academic Centre of Excellence for cyber security research, and an Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) Centre for Doctoral Training in cyber security. We work closely with industry, and much of our curriculum and research is informed and audited by the industry itself. Our teachers are specialists in the field, with backgrounds in computer science, engineering, mathematics, statistics and the social sciences.

Our broad curriculum encompasses cryptography, fraud detection, system security, network security, device security and the study of how security itself should be managed. You will learn about the technical, legal and commercial aspects of the industry and have the chance to complete a supervised dissertation on a topic of your choice. In a typical year you could benefit from lectures and seminars given by as many as 50 different guest speakers. You will also have access to our virtualisation software, for experimenting with network security settings and ideas, as well as to our Penetration Testing Laboratory and industry-sponsored Smart Card Centre.

We offer a friendly, supportive learning environment and you will have a dedicated personal adviser to guide you through your studies. The skills you gain will open up a range of high-level career options and provide a solid foundation if you wish to progress to a PhD. Our graduates are in demand for their cutting-edge grasp of the field as well as their technical expertise and transferrable skills such as data handling, analysis, problem solving and research. The programme can be completed in one year full-time, two years part-time, three to seven years through Continuous Professional Development (CPD), or two to four years through distance learning.

  • Join a world-class Information Security Group, recognised as an Academic Centre of Excellence by the UK Government.
  • Learn from an interdisciplinary team of renowned information security specialists who are involved in pioneering research in the field.
  • Benefit from our close ties with the information security industry.
  • Enjoy the flexibility to tailor your degree to your particular interests and complete a supervised research project of your own.

The programme can be completed in one year full-time, two years part-time, three to seven years through Continuous Professional Development (CPD), or two to four years through distance learning.

Course structure

Core modules

  • Security Management
  • Introduction to Cryptography and Security Mechanisms
  • Project
  • Network Security
  • Computer Security (Operating Systems)
  • Security Technologies
  • Secure Business Architectures

Optional modules

In addition to these mandatory course units there are a number of optional course units available during your degree studies. The following is a selection of optional course units that are likely to be available. Please note that although the College will keep changes to a minimum, new units may be offered or existing units may be withdrawn, for example, in response to a change in staff. Applicants will be informed if any significant changes need to be made.

  • Legal and Regulatory Aspects of Information Security
  • Advanced Cryptography
  • Database Security
  • Cyber Crime
  • Smart Cards, RFIDs and Embedded Systems Security
  • Software Security
  • Digital Forensics
  • Security Testing - Theory and Practice
  • Cyber Security

Teaching & assessment

We use a range of teaching methods, including seminars, lectures and practical lab work. There is a strong focus on small group teaching. The programme has a flexible, modular structure, combining a sueprvised dissertation and mandatory courses that together make up 120 of the 180 credits required to pass, with a range of optional modules on specialist topics, worth 20 credits each.

During your studies you will be invited to attend an intensive, two-day revision course to prepare for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exams, which you will then be able to sit on campus, through an established arrangement with (ISC)2.

Assessment is through a combination of end-of-year examinations sat in May or June and the written dissertation, which has to be submitted in September.

Your future career

By the end of this programme you will possess the knowledge and skills to pursue a career as a cyber security professional, and an ideal basis for moving on to further postgraduate research if you prefer. You will have an advanced knowledge and understanding of the latest breakthroughs and techniques, as well as key challenges and opportunities in the field. This programme will also give you valuable transferable skills such as advanced IT skills, data handling, analysis, research, communication, problem solving, time management, adaptability and self-motivation.

Our graduates are highly employable and in recent years they have gone on to forge successful careers in a wide range of sectors, including: banking, telecommunications, security consultancies, the civil service, public utilities and the retail sector.

You will be assigned a personal advisor to guide you through your studies and advise you on further postgraduate opportunities. The campus Careers team will be on hand to offer advice and guidance on your chosen career and the University of London Careers Advisory Service runs regular sessions on finding summer internships or vacation employment and securing employment after graduation.



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Interest in computer security is booming. From whistle-blower Edward Snowden to the NHS ransomware attack, the increase in cybercrime has led to a strong demand for security experts in this area. Read more

Interest in computer security is booming. From whistle-blower Edward Snowden to the NHS ransomware attack, the increase in cybercrime has led to a strong demand for security experts in this area. This online course will teach you how to protect and safeguard the information stored on digital devices around the world.

With an in-depth focus on penetration testing and the implementation of defensive measures, your course will enhance your existing computing knowledge and develop your security expertise. We will teach you how to break systems in order to tighten their security and stop others from breaking into them, and you will develop new methods to protect a company's security.

You will gain hands-on experience in a Virtual Learning Environment. Connecting to a remote machine from your PC or laptop, you will discover how to 'hack' and defend machines in order to test their security using safe and legal training procedures.

Research Excellence Framework 2014

Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University demonstrated strength in five emerging areas of research which it entered into the assessment for the first time, including computer science.

Course Benefits

To successfully protect organisations you're going to learn how to hack into machines, introduce viruses, and break systems. However, for legal, ethical, and moral reasons we don't want you doing this on your own machines. That's why we provide you with a learning environment that will allow you to connect to a remote machine, providing you with a virtual environment to practise what you learn.

This is a course that can be studied from the comfort of your own home. It is taught entirely online, providing you with practical scenarios in which you can role-play as an IT security professional.

A virtual learning environment is provided which will host all the relevant material for the course and, where appropriate, weekly online lectures or tutorials will be given.

Resources via our Library Online will also be available to you, such as online journals and ebooks.

Core modules

  • Principles of Digital Security
  • Incident Response & Investigation
  • Network Security, Firewalls & Virtual Private Networks
  • Hacker Techniques, Tools & Incident Handling
  • Security Strategies for Web Applications & Social Networks
  • Research Practice
  • Project Management
  • Dissertation

Job prospects

Whether you are already in computing and looking to move into security or you are a student who has just finished a computing-related degree, this course will give you the skills to protect the information held by businesses across every sector, giving your career global potential. Your future roles could include penetration tester (system, network, web, and application), security architect, malware analyst, security analyst or security auditor.

  • Penetration tester (System, network, web, application)
  • Security architect
  • Malware analyst
  • Director of security


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The executive master’s programme in Cyber Security takes a multidisciplinary approach that helps you develop effective and sustainable solutions for cyber risks and threats. Read more

The executive master’s programme in Cyber Security takes a multidisciplinary approach that helps you develop effective and sustainable solutions for cyber risks and threats.

Why study Cyber Security?

The programme, which is for working professionals, will teach you to make connections between the technical, legal, administrative, economic and psychological aspects of digital security. Being able to look at a security problem from all angles will help you develop sound strategies to protect both organisations and individuals.

During this programme, you will learn to:

  • Identify the complexities and interdependencies in cyber space
  • Contribute solutions to cyber risks, both from a technological and a policy and administrative approach
  • Relegate cyber threats to acceptable risks
  • Build a bridge between largely technical and more administrative-oriented professionals in organisations
  • Translate technical and operational issues to a strategic level
  • Reflect critically on new developments and results of research into cyber security
  • Offer independent contributions to cyber security research

This programme is offered by Leiden University, Delft University of Technology and The Hague University of Applied Sciences and various private partners, under the umbrella of the Cyber Security Academy.

Reasons to choose Cyber Security at Leiden University?

As a student in the Cyber Security programme, you will benefit from:

  • Expert instructors: The programme is taught by top experts from Leiden University, TU Delft and The Hague University of Applied Sciences. You will also have guest lectures from professionals such as management consultants (KPMG, VKA, KPN) and technical specialists (NFI, ENCS, FOX-IT).
  • Ties to the industry: You will learn at the The Hague Security Delta campus, which is the leading European security cluster of private and public organisations and knowledge institutions in the broad field of security.
  • Advanced facilities: You will have access to multifunctional spaces with modern IT facilities such as a Real Time Intelligence Centre and a Serious Gaming Lab

Is Cyber Security the right programme for you?

Are you a professional who deals with cyber security issues in the public or private sector? Do you have a background in administration, law or IT? Would you like to further your expertise in cyber security, improving your ability to meet the challenges of today and tomorrow?

This programme is designed for highly educated professionals (computer scientists, lawyers, policy makers) with several years of professional experience in and/or affinity with issues in the field of cyber security.



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