Keeping computer systems secure is one of the most important challenges of our time. Heriot-Watt has created a programme which teaches the theory, methods and tools of computer network security. It’ll give you the knowledge to help you keep networks safe from attacks and threats by hostile parties, plus the skills to formulate policies, deploy network security solutions and validate their effectiveness. The course also offers a detailed understanding of contemporary issues in network security research areas. Our masters in Network Security is ideally suited for honours graduates with an IT background.
The full-time Network Security masters starts in mid September and lasts one year. The course can also be taken part-time over two years, or as a nine month Postgraduate Diploma.
8 taught courses (4 mandatory + 4 optional) plus a dissertation
Our specialist MSc Information and Network Security course teaches security aspects of information and networks to combat 21st century cyber threats.
You will develop practical and hands-on skills, underpinned by theoretical knowledge of the analysis, design and development of solutions for modern day technologies of the internet.
The course content of this programme is divided into four categories of Knowledge and Hands-on Skills, Supporting Knowledge and Competences, New Research Developments, and Application of Knowledge and Skills.
In each of these categories students will gain state-of-the-art knowledge, practical experience and continuous professional development supporting their career and make notable contribution in the growing area of cybersecurity or generally in ICT.
Our MSc Information and Network Security course is research-informed. It will build upon your computing and networking expertise which focuses on the understanding and development of information and network security solutions that meet the increasing business requirements of businesses today.
Our course content is carefully divided into four categories of:
In each of these categories you will gain state-of-the-art knowledge, practical experience and continuous professional development supporting your career and make notable contribution in the growing area of cybersecurity or generally in ICT.
Modules will focus on theoretical knowledge and practical skill development of:
Teaching & Assessment
The teaching and learning activities will support your comprehensive understanding of topics and their practical working through hands-on experience.
Our assessment methodology is influenced by the learning outcomes to be tested and employs a range of methods including:
With hands-on experience on state-of-the-art in network and information security methodologies, tools and techniques, you will graduate equipped for the job market within UK/EU and internationally.
Completion of our MSc will greatly enhance your potential to progress to a PhD in relevant areas of future networking technologies and services.
Remote surgery, driverless cars and smooth mobile HD streaming could all become a reality thanks to pioneering research taking place at UWS.
UWS computing researchers Jose Alcaraz-Calero and Qi Wang are the technical leads on the SELFNET project, which is developing a ‘self-healing’ mobile network. The new network is 1,000 times faster than 4G, delivering dramatic improvements to quality of user experience, reliability and security – and unlocking a wealth of new online opportunities.
”SELFNET will allow 5G networks to make possible things that would have been considered science fiction just a few years ago.” Dr. Alcaraz-Calero
As part of this course, you will hear from PhD students who are working on the 5G mobile project, and the course content will be updated to reflect the findings of this work.
Are you interested in a career in IT security? Our MSc in Cloud and Network Security is designed to provide the advanced skills and knowledge needed for a career in computer management, or for a leading technical or managerial role in a data dependent organisation.
The MSc in Cloud and Network Security offers graduates with a background in networking, system administration or cloud computing the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of security and operations of computer systems.
You’ll have the opportunity to study the latest methodologies and development techniques and develop a detailed understanding of computer operating systems, virtualisation and networking. We’ll support you as you acquire the capacity to adapt and learn new skills ready to respond as the computer industry evolves throughout your career.
The programme has been designed collaboratively with industrial partners, giving you to the chance to equip yourself with professional skills, and understand the ethical and environmental issues you’ll encounter in your professional life.
You’ll also be encouraged to prepare for your postgraduate career with coursework based on a series of realistic scenarios covering technical issues, proposals and reports.
For more information or guidance, please visit http://www.bolton.ac.uk/postgrad
The Networked Systems Security major subject gives its students profound and substantial education and expertise in the networked systems security and field of technology. The focus in this major subject is on secure network and communication systems and secure computing systems. Studies also include the fundamentals of information security management and the mathematical foundations of cryptography.
The Master’s Degree Programme in Information Security and Cryptography is a two-year programme. The Networked Systems Security major subject within this Master’s Programme focuses on information security technologies for networked systems and applications of the communication-intensive future. The covered topics include:
You will gain profound and substantial education and expertise in the field of networked systems security. The topic is approached in a multi-disciplinary fashion. You will also have compulsory studies both in the cryptographic and the management aspects of information security. All topical studies in the major subject are offered by departments and faculty members that are involved in on-going research in each of the respective covered disciplines.
System and network security research concentrates on studying information security technologies for networked systems and applications of the communication-intensive future. These are studied from the perspective of engineering as well as from the users’ point of view.
The goal of the research is to apply scientific and technological development in building the secure information society. The basic elements of people’s well-being are considered as the most fundamental drivers for pursuing this strategic goal. The aim is to make the technology-driven and human-driven directions of development meet. This is pursued with an interdisciplinary approach, where new innovations create active interaction between traditional fields of science.
The Master’s Programme in Information Security and Cryptography joins the EIT Digital Master School in Cyber Security starting fall 2018. The EIT Digital Master School is a two-year Master’s programme jointly run by 20 European top universities, renowned researchers and leading businesses. The programme leads to a double degree and an EIT labeled Certificate. The Master’s Degree Programme in Information Security and Cryptography acts as both an entry site and an exit site for the EIT Master School. The students start their cyber security studies in one of the universities offering the entry year studies, and move to another university in another country for the exit (specialization) year. In the field of cyber security, the Master’s Degree Programme in Information Security and Cryptography at UTU is the only degree programme in Finland to participate in the EIT Digital Master School. For more information please see https://masterschool.eitdigital.eu/programmes/cse/
In the Master’s thesis, you must prove your ability to conduct scientific research. You need to master the management of research methods, knowledge of the research field and skill of scientific writing.
The goal of the Master’s thesis is to
Examples of thesis topics:
In both Europe and Finland, the information intensive industry has become the most important business sector. Moreover, information has become one of the most relevant products in the information society. Securing this business sector and its products is vital in the modern era.
The degrees from this Programme cover the different areas of information security. Based on the personally planned expertise profiles, successful careers as information and cyber security experts in the IT sector are achievable in Finland and abroad. The education also benefits from co-operation with regional companies, especially in terms of optional Capstone projects.
A personal study plan made for each student creates an individual information security expertise profile. Possible job titles are:
This Master’s degree provides eligibility for scientific postgraduate degree studies. Postgraduate degrees are doctoral and licentiate degrees.
Graduates from this Programme are eligible to apply for a position in the University of Turku Graduate School, UTUGS. The Graduate School consists of 16 doctoral programmes which cover all disciplines and doctoral candidates of the university.
Together with the doctoral programmes, the Graduate School provides systematic and high quality doctoral training. UTUGS aims to train highly qualified experts with the skills required for both professional career in research and other positions of expertise.
On the MSc in Cyber Security course at Swansea University your studies will include themes including cryptography, blockchain, cryptocurrencies, the security and privacy of personal data, cyberterrorism, cybercrime and mobile security to name but a few. In the Cyber Security course, Swansea Computer Science takes a holistic and interdisciplinary approach, bringing together modules on diverse topics such as penetration testing, formal modelling, information security management, cryptography and AI in order to equip our students with a suitable mindset for a career in cyber security. The department's cyber security lab provides the perfect backdrop for exploring the security landscape, allowing Cyber Security students and staff to carry out experiments in network security, mobile security, and to explore threats and defence mechanisms in the context of the Internet of Things.
Our increasingly connected world presents continual new and serious security threats. From privacy violations (hacking, monitoring communications, leaking sensitive data, stealing and publishing private information) through to the drugs trade, sex trafficking and terrorism, Computer Science can provide the techniques required for mitigating such risks, in order to provide secure, reliable and trustworthy systems.
Taught component: The MSc in Cyber Security offers a range of modules, taught by internationally renowned researchers and covering topics such as: Cryptography and Network Security, Penetration Testing, Information Security Management, Embedded Systems Modelling and Verification Techniques, Web Application Development, Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies and Smart Contracts, Advanced Topics: AI and Cyber Security Invention and Innovation in Computing.
Dissertation component: A further four months duration is spent undertaking a substantial research project (60 credits), which will involve using and exploring cutting edge techniques for specifying, developing, verifying and accessing systems against security criteria. Cyber Security Students will benefit from our broad range of industrial partners and internationally leading research expertise.
Possible Future Pathways: Cyber Threat Analyst - Penetration Tester PhD Researcher - Data Security Analyst Secure Web Developer - Verification Engineer.
Modules on the Cyber Security course may include:
The Department is well equipped for teaching, and is continually upgrading its laboratories to ensure equipment is up-to-date – equipment is never more than three years old, and rarely more than two. Currently, students use three fully networked laboratories: one, running Windows; another running Linux; and a project laboratory, containing specialised equipment. These laboratories support a wide range of software, including the programming languages Java, C# and the .net framework, C, C++, Haskell and Prolog among many; integrated programme development environments such as Visual Studio and Netbeans; the widely-used Microsoft Office package; web access tools; and many special purpose software tools including graphical rendering and image manipulation tools; expert system production tools; concurrent system modelling tools; World Wide Web authoring tools; and databases.
As part of our expansion, we are building the Computational Foundry on our Bay Campus for computer and mathematical sciences. As a student on the MSc in Cyber Security, you will study at the Bay Campus in the new Computational Foundry, a dedicated £32 million building for computational studies, providing the latest labs, resources and ecosystems for world leading, interdisciplinary research.
All Computer Science courses including the MSc in Cyber Security will provide you the transferable skills and knowledge to help you take advantage of the excellent employment and career development prospects in an ever growing and changing computing and ICT industry.
94% of our Postgraduate Taught Graduates were in professional level work or study [DLHE 14/15].
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.