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Designed for. CSE is designed for Computer Science, Informatics, IT or other STEM graduates, looking to become a cyber security professional, or take a leading technical role in an organisation critically dependent upon data and information communication. Read more

Designed for

CSE is designed for Computer Science, Informatics, IT or other STEM graduates, looking to become a cyber security professional, or take a leading technical role in an organisation critically dependent upon data and information communication.

What will this course provide?

Cyber security is not simply about protecting the internet. As our world becomes ever more dependent upon digital systems, our vehicles, infrastructure, industrial controls, finances, and medical devices all exist within the cyber domain.

Studying Cyber Security with us will deepen your cyberspace knowledge, so you’ll understand the nature of this evolving cyber environment, and how to protect and enhance the human experience within it.

This MSc focuses on the technical aspects of cyber security and how these may be implemented in a multidisciplinary way. Throughout the course the practical applications of topics are emphasised, as well as developing your abstract and analytical skills.

Through studying Cyber Security at Warwick, you will gain unparalleled exposure to industry. All taught modules contain valuable input from industry experts who, through case studies and guest lectures, contribute to the design and delivery of material and make for a very rich learning environment.

GCHQ Certification

GCHQ, the UK government's National Technical Authority for Information Assurance, identified the shortage of cyber professionals as a concern that needed to be addressed. Part of their strategy was to identify cyber security master's courses that would "... help prospective students make better informed decisions when looking for a highly valued cyber security qualification".

At the University of Warwick, we specifically designed MSc Cyber Security Engineering to meet GCHQ's demanding requirements. MSc Cyber Security Engineering received provisional certification by GCHQ in 2015.

If you are an EU or international student, you should value GCHQ certification, just as much as any UK student. The content of the course is internationally applicable.

Course modules

CSE currently comprises eight compulsory 15-credit taught modules and a 60-credit dissertation. For 2018 entry, additional modules may be added.

  • Security Architectures and Network Defence Cyber Intelligence and Operations 
  • Cryptosystems and Data Protection Cyber-Physical Systems 
  • Information Risk Management and Governance Enterprise Cyber Security 
  • Industrial Espionage and Counterfeiting 
  • Digital Forensics 

The curriculum is divided in eight taught modules and the project. Each module is taught in a one week blocks. Typically these are spaced approximately three weeks apart. It is during this time between modules that you will complete assessed assignments.

The individual project commences in February. By June it will fully occupy your study time with taught modules typically finished in May.

The number of taught modules and the weighting of the project in MSc Cyber Security Engineering is different from most other programmes in the WMG taught Master's portfolio.

Teaching style

Tutors adopt their own distinctive style within their taught weeks. Most modules are taught by more than one tutor, which, together with the wide range of guest speakers, gives real breadth of insight into any topic. The external input is especially evident in the Enterprise Cyber Security module where colleagues from IBM make a substantial contribution to the week's activities.

After you graduate

Graduates can expect rapid career progression in within a wide range of organisations relating to cyber security in a range of roles. 



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As organisations and government departments become increasingly reliant on virtual environments, cyber security has become an important part of day-to-day life. Read more

As organisations and government departments become increasingly reliant on virtual environments, cyber security has become an important part of day-to-day life. Southampton Solent University’s essential cyber security engineering conversion degree is well suited to students from a wide range of backgrounds, helping you to develop new skills and gain an advanced knowledge of computing, networking and information security.

Southampton Solent’s cyber security engineering master’s conversion degree will help equip students with the essential skills and knowledge to become cyber security specialists, learning how to tackle cybercrime and manage security systems. 

As well as gaining a firm grounding in web and software development, students on this course will learn the necessary skills to become ethical hackers, penetrate test networks, and prevent and eradicate malware. Students will also develop their problem-solving skills and explore research methods.

The course curriculum is developed with input from a variety of sources, including an industrial liaison panel, to ensure students are studying the latest technology and working practices employed by industry experts.

To aid study, students have full access to the University’s specialist networking labs equipped with industry-standard networking equipment from Cisco, Fluke and HP, as well as high-fidelity simulation systems, including the market-leading Opnet. Using Alienware computers and CISCO Packet Tracer, students can practice their software development skills and test their web applications.

What does this course lead to?

Graduates from this course could consider roles in: IT project management, security management. 

The course comes to a close with students conducting their own research projects. This can be an excellent way to specialise knowledge, or act as a springboard for PhD study.

Who is this course for?

This conversion master’s course is ideally suited to students from a number of academic backgrounds who have a strong interest in tackling cybercrime and managing security systems.

The course is also suited to those with extensive industry experience in IT or data systems, and who wish to gain an academic qualification.

What you will study

Core units and CATS points:

  • Research Methods (15)
  • Professional Issues and Practice (15)
  • Pilot Project (15)
  • Research Project (45)
  • Computer Fundamentals (15)
  • Cyber Security (15)
  • Cyber Security Management (15)
  • Networking (15)
  • Security (15)
  • Web Technologies (15)

Facilities

We have up-to-date IT laboratories and a usability lab with eye-tracking facilities, used to test and refine interfaces. Students also have the opportunity to learn to program robotic devices, and can develop apps for android devices.

You will also have access to modern computer labs set up for various programming languages and using the latest design and development software, including Adobe Creative Cloud and GNS3.

We also have specialist networking labs with a wide variety of real-world networking equipment from Cisco, Fluke and HP, plus high-fidelity simulation systems, including the market-leading Opnet.

You’ll use Alienware computers, CISCO Packet Tracer, and test your web applications in our new device laboratory. This is a special test area integrated within one of our existing software development spaces. It consists of a range of mobile devices mounted on flexible tethers. This arrangement allows you to test your website designs and apps on real equipment, ensuring they perform as expected on the target platforms.

Industry links

Course content is developed with input from a variety of sources, including an industrial liaison panel, making sure that your studies include the latest technology and working practice from industry experts.

You’ll also have the chance to work directly with real-world companies on live briefs, events and projects, while regular BCS meetings hosted at the University are your chance to build professional connections and secure valuable work experience opportunities.



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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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The Networked Systems Security major subject gives its students profound and substantial education and expertise in the networked systems security and field of technology. Read more

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.

Programme structure

  1. Advanced-level studies in the major subject 50 ECTS credits
  2. Language, intermediate level and optional studies 40 ECTS credits
  3. Thesis for the Master of Science or Master of Science in Technology degree 30 ECTS credits

Academic excellence and experience

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:

  • system and network security
  • security of communication systems and applications
  • security in system design

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/

Master's thesis and topics

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

  • train students in independent problem solving for demanding research questions
  • train students in presentation and argumentation skills, both oral and written
  • train students in search and critical evaluation of information
  • develop an ability to engage in a constructive dialogue with related disciplines
  • gain insight into actual research and development work as well as the possibilities and constraints of information security methods in the application domain and in the society at large.

Examples of thesis topics:

  • Internal Anomaly Detection System for Enhancing Security of IPv6-enabled Wireless Sensor Networks
  • Mitigating modern organization-wide network threats and data leakages
  • Usability and Security in Medication Administration Applications
  • Enhancing Security of Linux OS Against Administrators
  • Threat modeling a factory environment using Microsoft Security Development Lifecycle methodology
  • Evaluation of Machine Learning Classifiers for Mobile Network Intrusion Detection Systems
  • Software Based Malware Analysis and Mitigation in Virtual Machines
  • Frequent Attack Dictionary Decision Tree Method for Advanced Signature-Based Intrusion Detection

Job options

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:

  • cryptography engineer
  • network security engineer
  • information security manager
  • chief information officer

Career in research

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.



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Study computer and information systems security on a course that combines academic teaching, industry input and practical skills development. Read more

Study computer and information systems security on a course that combines academic teaching, industry input and practical skills development.

The course has four main focuses

  • information security management
  • ethical hacking
  • system hardening
  • computer forensics

This course is ideal if you are already working in an information technology environment or if you wish to specialise in the field of information security. After successfully completing it, you gain industry-recognised certifications that will assist you in progressing further in this field.

You focus on both the technical and managerial aspects of information security. The technically-focused modules involve you exploring a range of systems, tools and techniques at the cutting edge of technology. The managerial-focused modules give you an appreciation of the role information security has in an organisation and how it can be implemented and managed.

On this course you

  • develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to work as a computing security professional.
  • learn the concepts, principles, techniques and methodologies you need to design and assess complex networks, systems and applications.
  • develop the practical experience you need to plan, perform and direct security audits of information systems to the level required by standard security frameworks.
  • develop the effective and appropriate communication skills you need to be a security professional.

Free training and certification exam

Thanks to our association with BSI Learning, you are entitled to attend the BSI ISO27001 Lead Auditor course and take the official exam which allows you to become accredited as a BSI certified lead auditor.

Our ethical hacking module is aligned with the CREST Practitioner Security Analyst (CPSA) syllabus providing graduates with industry recognised and desired skills.

BSI lead auditor qualification

• ISO27001 Lead Auditor

BSI courses are delivered by approved BSI trainers and qualified ISO27001 lead auditors. As part of the course you receive the same course material as the official BSI training courses.

Guest Speakers from industry

Due to our strong ties with industry we regularly have special guest speakers. Recent speakers have included industry professionals from Mozilla, South Yorkshire Police, RSA and Blackberry.

Ethical Hacking

In 2014 Sheffield Hallam hosted the North of England's first Ethical Hacking Conference Steelcon. This is set to be an annual event with 2015's event already booked.

Course structure

We developed this course along two main lines.

The first covers the principles and issues of security design concerning systems and systems integration, web and operating system based applications and communication networks.

The second addresses the methodologies and development of skills required to perform security assessments of complex information systems.

Semester one modules

  • Information security concepts and principles
  • Network security
  • Systems and application security
  • Web applications and e-commerce security

Semester two modules

  • BSI ISO27001 lead auditor
  • Group-based case study with capture the flag

Options

  • Computer forensics and incident response
  • Information security management
  • Incident handling and hacking techniques (ethical hacking)

Semester three modules

You study research methods and do a substantial research project leading to a dissertation.

Assessment

Group and individual coursework. You also do a range of

  • problem solving assignments
  • workshops
  • practical projects
  • research activities.

Employability

On this course, you gain the knowledge, skills and experience you need to work in many different positions, from technical to management roles.

The Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP) has highlighted the following specialisms in the area.

Strategy, policy, governance

• strategist • policy manager • information technology services officer (ITSO) • department security officer (DSO) • chief information security officer (CISO)

Risk management, verification and compliance

• risk analyst • risk assessor • business information security officer • reviewer • auditor

Incident and threat management and response

• incident manager • threat manager • forensics (computer analyst, mobile and network analyst) • computer security incident response team (CSIRT) • attack investigator • malware analyst • penetration tester • disaster recovery • business continuity

Operations and security management

• network security officer • systems security officer • information security officer • crypto custodian • information manager

Engineering, architecture and design

• architect • designer • development • secure coding • software design and development • applications development • security tools • implementation

Education, training and awareness

• security programme manager

Research

• security researcher

Successful graduates of this course have gone on to work for companies such as HSBC, Citrix, and Price Waterhouse Coopers.



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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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Your programme of study

Have you ever wanted to invent something mechanical, prevent environmental damage to a building from floods, fire, explosions, landslides and other natural disasters, understand risks and reliability across buildings, renewables, and other areas? Do you want to improve quality of life across environmental remediation, farming, smart grid, green technology, food production, housing, transportation, safety, security, healthcare and water? Do you find it fascinating to try to make things work from what you have available? There will be plenty of major challenges to get involved with in the coming years crossing over into Nano technologies, advanced materials, electronic printing, grapheme technologies, wearable's, 3d printing, renewables and recycling and biotechnologies. Technology now means that you can design and engineer from anywhere in the world, including your home. Advanced Mechanical Engineering looks at computational mechanics, response to materials and reliability engineering. The Victorians set up some of the most advanced mechanical engineering of our times and in many ways they were the biggest mechanical engineering innovators ever.

This programme specialises in mechanical engineering so you are becoming proficient in designing anything that has background moving parts to allow it to work such as engines, motor driven devices and the effects of nature on mechanical objects and their ability to perform. You also look at how material composition can alter performance issues and provide new innovative methods to solve challenges in every day life and natural and other risks to machinery in all situations.  Your employment options are very varied, you may want to work within consumer goods to design and improve everyday objects like white goods, or you may like to be involved in very large scale hydro electric and power driving machinery in energy , manufacturing or large scale developments, or you may decide to get involved in innovation and enterprise yourself.

Courses listed for the programme

SEMESTER 1

  • Compulsory Courses
  • Computational Fluid Dynamics
  • Numerical Simulation of Waves
  • Advanced Composite Materials

Optional Courses

  • Fire and Explosion Engineering
  • Structural Dynamics

SEMESTER 2

  • Compulsory Courses
  • Finite Element Methods
  • Mathematical Optimisation
  • Engineering Risk and Reliability Analysis

Optional Courses

  • Project Management
  • Risers Systems Hydrodynamics
  • Renewable Energy 3 (Wind, Marine and Hydro

SEMESTER 3

  • Project

Find out more detail by visiting the programme web page

Why study at Aberdeen?

  • Your skills and knowledge can have huge application potential within newly disruptive industries affecting life and work
  • You can improve employability in Aerospace, Marine, Defences, Transport Systems and Vehicles
  • Some of the knowledge you build directly relates to industries in Aberdeen such as the energy industry.
  • Mechanical Engineering cuts into high growth Industry 4.0 and IOT related areas across many areas disrupted by climate, population growth, and quality of life
  • We ensure close links with industries to attend industry events, visits and teaching by professionals from the industry
  • Graduates are very successful and many work in senior industry roles

Where you study

  • University of Aberdeen
  • 12 Months Full Time
  • September start

International Student Fees 2017/2018

Find out about international fees:

  • International
  • EU and Scotland
  • Other UK

Find out more about fees on the programme page

*Please be advised that some programmes also have additional costs.

Scholarships

View all funding options on our funding database via the programme page and the latest postgraduate opportunities

Living in Aberdeen

Find out more about:

Your Accommodation

Campus Facilities

Find out more about living in Aberdeen and living costs

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Course Overview. This masters degree course in Cyber Security is being offered by the School of Computing and Engineering and has been developed in response to a high demand for cyber security professionals with systematic understanding of the principles and technologies underpinning today's IT systems. Read more

Course Overview

This masters degree course in Cyber Security is being offered by the School of Computing and Engineering and has been developed in response to a high demand for cyber security professionals with systematic understanding of the principles and technologies underpinning today's IT systems.

The School of Computing and Engineering has partnered with leaders within the security industry to provide you with a course which will enable you to gain comprehensive knowledge and critical skills in computer security. This course will enable you to pursue a career as a cyber security professional in either the public or the private sector.

Why choose this course?

This course is offered with a 6 months internship. The internship on the course will allow you to gain first hand work experience within the industry, it will enable you to improve and acquire new skills. Throughout the internship you will be encourages to explore various career opportunities, network and work with others as part of a team. It will also enhance your understanding of the world and what constitutes professional practice in the workplace.

In today’s digital world cyber security plays an integral role, people trained in this field are greatly sought after and the course is designed to meet the huge market demand for cyber security professionals. Partnering with leading security industry, this course combines theory and practice, balancing cutting-edge security technologies and solutions with concepts and principles of cyber security.

The course aims to develop your ability to analyse the legal, social, ethical and professional issues involved in the human aspects of cyber security and be guided by the adoption of appropriate professional, ethical and legal practices. 

The course aims to develop your critical skills and techniques to appropriately solve typical cyber security problems, enabling you to choose from a range of security related jobs/roles in a rapidly evolving and diverse environment.

This course provides routes into a diverse range of career opportunities in the information and communications technology (ICT) industry and in organisations that are data and knowledge intensive. Employers require information security officers at all levels including:

  • Chief Information Security Officer
  • Network and Computer Security Engineers
  • Security Managers and Consultants
  • Penetration Testers
  • Cybersecurity Analysts
  • Security Investigators
  • Security Researchers.

You will have access to laboratories and dedicated ICT suites with specialist networks and software as well as excellent resources for study space and meetings.

Modules

  • Fundamentals of Cyber Security
  • Security Management
  • Network and Systems Security
  • Research Methods
  • Learning and Professional Development 
  • Employability Skills and Employment
  • Dissertation

Optional Modules:

  • Distributed Application Development 
  • Mobile Web Component Development 
  • Principles of Project Management 
  • Consultancy and Technical Innovation 
  • Security Operations and Assurance 
  • Data Architecture
  • Knowledge Management

Career and study progression

The security industry includes government and law enforcement as well as providers of equipment and services, such as the:

  • anti-virus, security software vendors (such as McAfee, Kaspersky, Symantec, Sophos)
  • network and computer vendors (such as Cisco, Juniper, Palo Alto, HP, Barracuda)
  • network and service providers (such as British Telecom, Vodafone, Rackspace, Amazon)
  • consultancies (such as KPMG, IBM, Fujitsu, HP)

The School of Computing and Engineering also has a growing research and enterprise culture with thirty PhD students as well as a diversity of research groups.

Outstanding graduates can continue their studies at the level of MPhil and PhD at UWL.

How to apply

Click the following link for information on how to apply to this course.

Scholarships and bursaries

Information about scholarships and bursaries can be found here.



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The Information Security MSc offers a specialist programme designed to provide a fundamental understanding of information security and to convey practical engineering skills. Read more

The Information Security MSc offers a specialist programme designed to provide a fundamental understanding of information security and to convey practical engineering skills. There are good prospects for highly trained information security professionals and there is a shortage of trained personnel in this area.

About this degree

Students develop an advanced knowledge of information security and an awareness of the context in which information security operates in terms of safety, environmental, social and economic aspects. They gain a wide range of intellectual, practical and transferable skills, enabling them to develop a flexible professional career in IT.

Students undertake modules to the value of 180 credits.

The programme consists of four core modules (60 credits), four optional modules (60 credits) and a research project (60 credits).

Core modules

  • Computer Security I (15 credits)
  • Computer Security II (15 credits)
  • Introduction to Cryptography (15 credits)
  • Research in Information Security (15 credits)

Optional modules

Students choose 60 credits from the following:

  • Applied Cryptography (15 credits)
  • Cryptanalysis (15 credits)
  • Cybercrime (15 credits)
  • Distributed Systems and Security (15 credits)
  • Information Security Management (15 credits)
  • Language Based Security (15 credits)
  • Malware (15 credits)
  • People and Security (15 credits)
  • Philosophy, Politics and Economics of Security and Privacy (15 credits)
  • Privacy Enhancing Technologies (15 credits)

Please note: the availability and delivery of optional modules may vary, depending on your selection.

Dissertation/report

All MSc students undertake an independent research project which culminates in a dissertation (maximum length of 120 pages) and an oral presentation.

Teaching and learning

The programme is delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars, problem classes, tutorials, laboratory classes and projects. Assessment is through written examinations, presentations, vivas, tests, coursework, written reports, formal presentations and the research project.

Further information on modules and degree structure is available on the department website: Information Security MSc

Careers

UCL graduates are keenly sought after by the world's leading organisations. UCL Computer Science graduates are particularly valued as a result of the department's strong international reputation, strong links with industry, and ideal location close to the City of London. Our graduates secure careers in a wide variety of organisations, e.g. with global IT consultancies, as IT analysts with City banks, or as IT specialists within manufacturing industries.

Recent career destinations for this degree

  • Information Security Expert, State Oil Company of Azerbaijan Republic
  • IT Risk and Cyber Security Associate, PwC
  • PhD Research Student in Computer Science, UCL
  • Security Engineer, Morgan Stanley
  • Technical Analyst, The Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS)

Employability

Some of the brightest alumni of the degree go on to careers in academia. The majority of our students take jobs in the software and consultancy industries, usually in a security-related role such as security standards compliance, secure software design or security consultancy. Students have the opportunity to do industrially based projects with companies such as BT and McAfee. The department is recognised as an academic centre of excellence on cyber security and further opportunities to expand both academic and industrial contacts arise through the ACE-CS guest lecture series integrated into the degree.

Careers data is taken from the ‘Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education’ survey undertaken by HESA looking at the destinations of UK and EU students in the 2013–2015 graduating cohorts six months after graduation.

Why study this degree at UCL?

UCL Computer Science is recognised as a world leader in teaching and research.

UCL received the highest percentage (96%) for quality of research in Computer Science and Informatics in the UK's most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF2014).

This MSc is taught by academics who conduct world-leading research, most notably in cryptography and human-centred approaches to security, privacy and trust. Access to industry-led projects and guest lecturers from academia and industry will enhance post-graduation opportunities for careers in security-related research, or employment in cyber security roles. 

UCL's central London location enables students to enjoy the full benefits of life in a vibrant world city with easy access to excellent scientific and cultural centres.

Accreditation

Information Security has been successfully awarded full certification from the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC). Students who wish to gain the certification with their degree need to choose COMPGA14 Information Security Management as one of their optional modules.

Research Excellence Framework (REF)

The Research Excellence Framework, or REF, is the system for assessing the quality of research in UK higher education institutions. The 2014 REF was carried out by the UK's higher education funding bodies, and the results used to allocate research funding from 2015/16.

The following REF score was awarded to the department: Computer Science

96% rated 4* (‘world-leading’) or 3* (‘internationally excellent’)

Learn more about the scope of UCL's research, and browse case studies, on our Research Impact website.



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Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Communications Engineering at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017). Read more

Visit our website for more information on fees, scholarships, postgraduate loans and other funding options to study Communications Engineering at Swansea University - 'Welsh University of the Year 2017' (Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2017).

As a student on the MSc in Communications Engineering, you will be provided with an in-depth understanding of the technology and architecture of computer communications, photonics and telecommunication networks, wireless telecommunications and related wireless information technologies.

Key Features of MSc in Communications Engineering

The practical knowledge and skills you will gain as a student on the MSc Communications Engineering course include being presented with the essential element of modern optical communication systems based on single mode optical fibres from the core to the access, evaluating bandwidth-rich contemporary approaches.

The MSc Communications Engineering course also covers advanced networking topics including network performance and network security. This is supported with some practical knowledge and skills for project and business management principles.

As a student on the MSc Communications Engineering course, you will also be introduced to technologies underlying the compressions and transmission of digital video over networking platforms, gain knowledge on the channel models and associated impairments that typically limit the performance of wireless systems, and learn to design optimum digital communication receivers for some basic communications channel models.

The MSc in Communications Engineering is modular in structure. Communications Engineering students must obtain a total of 180 credits to qualify for the degree. This is made up of 120 credits in the taught element (Part One) and a project (Part Two) that is worth 60 credits and culminates in a written dissertation. Students on the Communications Engineering course must successfully complete Part One before being allowed to progress to Part Two.

Part-time MSc in Communications Engineering Delivery mode:

The part-time scheme is a version of the full-time equivalent MSc in Communications Engineering scheme, and as such it means lectures are spread right across each week and you may have lectures across every day. Due to this timetabling format, the College advises that the scheme is likely to suit individuals who are looking to combine this with other commitments (typically family/caring) and who are looking for a less than full-time study option.

Those candidates seeking to combine the part-time option with full-time work are unlikely to find the timetable suitable, unless their job is extremely flexible and local to the Bay Campus.

Timetables for the Communications Engineering programme are typically available one week prior to each semester.

Modules

Modules on the MSc Communications Engineering course can vary each year but you could expect to study:

RF and Microwave

Signals and Systems

Entrepreneurship for Engineers

Nanophotonics

Micro and Nano Electro-Mechnical Systems

Lasers and applications

Wireless Communications

Digital Communications

Optical Communications

Optical Networks

Communication Skills for Research Engineers

Research Dissertation

MSc Dissertation - Communications Engineering

Facilities

Our new home at the innovative Bay Campus provides some of the best university facilities in the UK, in an outstanding location.

Engineering at Swansea University has extensive IT facilities and provides extensive software licenses and packages to support teaching which benefit students on the MSc in Communications Engineering course. In addition the University provides open access IT resources.

Links with Industry

At Swansea University, Electronic and Electrical Engineering has an active interface with industry and many of our activities are sponsored by companies such as Agilent, Auto Glass, BT and Siemens.

This discipline has a good track record of working with industry both at research level and in linking industry-related work to our postgraduate courses. We also have an industrial advisory board that ensures our taught courses maintain relevance.

Our research groups work with many major UK, Japanese, European and American multinational companies and numerous small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to pioneer research. This activity filters down and influences the project work that is undertaken by all our postgraduate students.

Careers

The MSc Communications Engineering is suitable for those who have a career interest in the field of communication systems, which has been fundamentally changing the whole world in virtually every aspect, and would like to gain lasting career skills and in-depth knowledge to carry out development projects and advanced research in the area of communication systems.

Communications Engineering graduates can seek employment in wireless communication systems and network administration, and mobile applications development.

Student Quotes

“I was fascinated by the natural beauty of Swansea before I came here. Swansea University is near the beach so you can walk around the beach at any time. This Master’s is very useful to enhance your ability and enrich your principle of the academic knowledge.”

Zhang Daping, MSc Communication Systems (now Communications Engineering)

Research

The Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 ranks Engineering at Swansea as 10th in the UK for the combined score in research quality across the Engineering disciplines.

The REF assesses the quality of research in the UK Higher Education sector, assuring us of the standards we strive for.

World-Leading Research

The REF shows that 94% of research produced by our academic staff is of World-Leading (4*) or Internationally Excellent (3*) quality. This has increased from 73% in the 2008 RAE.

Research pioneered at the College of Engineering harnesses the expertise of academic staff within the department. This ground-breaking multidisciplinary research informs our world-class teaching with several of our staff leaders in their fields.

With recent academic appointments strengthening electronics research at the College, the Electronic Systems Design Centre (ESDC) has been re-launched to support these activities.

The Centre aims to represent all major electronics research within the College and to promote the Electrical and Electronics Engineering degree.

Best known for its research in ground-breaking Power IC technology, the key technology for more energy efficient electronics, the Centre is also a world leader in semiconductor device modelling, FEM and compact modelling.



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The Computing & Security MSc course aims to provide graduates with the knowledge and practical expertise to evaluate, design and build computer security systems that protect networks and data from cyber-crime or terrorist attack. Read more

The Computing & Security MSc course aims to provide graduates with the knowledge and practical expertise to evaluate, design and build computer security systems that protect networks and data from cyber-crime or terrorist attack. This course is an ideal study pathway for graduates who already possess a good foundation in computer science.

Key benefits

  • Located in central London, giving access to major libraries and leading scientific societies, including the Chartered Institute for IT (BCS) , and the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET).
  • You will learn advanced practical techniques and implementation skills for solving complex computational problems.
  • Opportunities to address a growing interest in advanced security methods by providing theoretical and practical knowledge of a broad range of techniques for developing security solutions.
  • Flexible study pathway that covers a broad range of security and related computing topics
  • Frequent access to speakers of international repute through seminars and external lectures, enabling you to keep abreast of emerging knowledge in advanced computing and related fields.
  • The Department of Informatics has a reputation for delivering research-led teaching and project supervision from leading experts in their field.

Description

The Computing & Security MSc programme responds to the growth in interest in advanced security methods for solving a huge range of problems, including combating crime and terrorism. You will study Cryptography and Information Security, Security Engineering, Network Security, and Computer Forensics and Cybercrime. There are also opportunities to explore a broad range of optional modules allowing you the freedom to develop your study pathway to reflect your interests. You will complete the course in one year, studying September to September and taking a combination of required and optional modules totalling 180 credits, including 60 credits that will come from an individual project of around 15,000 words. 

Course purpose

For graduates in computer science, science, or engineering, this MSc will provide specialised training in computing and security. Completing research for your individual project will provide valuable preparation for a career in research or industry.

Course format and assessment

Teaching

We use lectures, seminars and group tutorials to deliver most of the modules on the programme. You will also be expected to undertake a significant amount of independent study.

Assessment

The primary method of assessment for this course is a combination of written examinations, essays, coursework and individual or group projects and oral presentations. The individual project will be assessed through a 15,000 word report. 

Career prospects

Some graduates work in general software consultancy companies, specialised software development businesses and the IT departments of large institutions (financial, telecommunications and public sector). Recent employers include Hang Seng Bank, Lloyds Banking Group and Merrill Corporation. Other graduates have entered into the field of academic and industrial research in areas such as software engineering, algorithms and computer networks.

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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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This sandwich course will provide knowledge of the latest cyber security principles, practices, tools and techniques, taught by a team of specialist staff in purpose-built cyber security laboratories. Read more
This sandwich course will provide knowledge of the latest cyber security principles, practices, tools and techniques, taught by a team of specialist staff in purpose-built cyber security laboratories. Graduates will be Cyber-operators, able to use ‘information’ as a defensive or offensive weapon.

Today, Cyber-Operators are required to have an ‘enriched’ background drawing elements of practical experience from fields as diverse as sociology, psychology, networks and network security, computer science and computer security, information management and information security, software engineering and reverse engineering, and of course, the law.

We have a diverse number of placements with companies from the security industry, high tech crime units and government organisations.

In January 2014 Staffordshire University announced exciting plans to create one main city campus in Stoke-on-Trent. This course will be based at our Stoke-on-Trent Campus from Summer 2016.

Course content

Throughout the course you will be invited to attend guest lectures, the guest will also be delivering workshops and conducting seminars with the students. Our visiting tutors are national and international security experts.

You will also have an opportunity to achieve industry recognised certification in Certified Ethical hacking.

Our purpose-built state of the art security laboratory offers each student a unique experience in enhancing your skills and knowledge in Cyber Security. As a result of winning a recent £5 million STEM bid, you will benefit from state of the art hardware resources, which will enhance your learning.

You will gain:
-Sound understanding of the computer science.
-Sound understanding of TCP-IP networks, the TCP-IP suite and its supporting protocols.
-Sound understanding and practical knowledge of digital forensics incidence response.
-Understanding and practical knowledge of managing information at all levels.
-Practical knowledge of the different types of computer crime.
-Ability to use with competency cyber-security toolkits.
-Ability to follow strict policies and procedures with meticulous record keeping.
-Good understanding of people and their motivational catalysts.
-Knowledge of evidence law and legal procedures.
-Ability to write reports on technical issues in a non-technical manner.
-Ability to address large audiences in a formal manner and affect their decision making process.

Core Modules
-Computer Security – Low Level
-Cyber Operations
-Malware analysis and Reverse Engineering
-Research Methods
-Operating Systems Security
-Digital Forensics & Incidence Response

Option Modules*
-Network Security with CISCO
-Network Security
-Penetration Testing
-Computer Security – High Level

*If you have CCNA certification (or an equivalent CISCO background), there will be the option of doing Network Security with the CISCO curriculum. Those of you who are not CCNA certified (or without an equivalent CISCO background), will do a less practical module of similar learning outcomes. After Teaching Block 2 you will have an option, again based on your prior knowledge on ethical hacking (and/or background, qualifications), for doing either Computer Security – High Level, which focuses on ethical hacking, or a more technical module on Penetration Testing.

Graduate destinations

The award will provide you with the knowledge of the latest cyber security principles, practices, tools and techniques, taught by a team of specialist staff in purpose-built cyber security laboratories. Graduates will be Cyber-operators, equipped with the skills to work in the security industry.

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On our highly regarded MSc Cyber Security, you will work with internationally renowned experts from our Centre for Cyber Security. Read more
On our highly regarded MSc Cyber Security, you will work with internationally renowned experts from our Centre for Cyber Security.

What's covered in the course?

This course provides a broad foundation for Cyber Security concepts while delivering advanced knowledge and skills in key technical areas. Designed to meet the growing demand from global business and industry for robust cyber security systems, this course underpins the principles and practical professional skills you’ll need to meet the future challenges faced by organisations, particularly when it comes to strategic security planning.

This course provides future Cyber Security professionals with the knowledge and skills needed by the employers. Our strong links with industry enable us to teach the most demanding topics. You will develop state of the art technical knowledge, intellectual know-how, management capabilities and hands-on practical skills to succeed in meeting the Cyber Security challenges faced by modern organisations.

Our academic staff members are actively engaged with government and industry to help solve their complex problems. These strong links provide you with plenty of professional opportunities that will help you to acquire valuable exposure to the real life challenges of Cyber Security.

Why choose us?

-Our Centre for Cyber Security is at the forefront of advancing information security.
-We provide research-led, practice-driven teaching underpinned by our research projects and strong industrial links.
-Our teaching staff have rich professional experience and are engaged with government and industry, helping to solve complex problems.
-You will have access to state-of-the-art, industry-standard equipment and laboratories with forensic software, network security software for penetration testing, and Cloud software.
-We are home to a Cisco Systems, Oracle academy, and the Microsoft Academy Centre. We are one of Microsoft’s top UK university-based academies and we are a member of the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance. We are also a Cisco ASC (Academy Support Centre) and Cisco Instructor Training Centre (ITC) – one of only 10 such instructor training centres in the UK.

Course in depth

The MSc is normally studied over one year full-time or two years part-time.

The course is divided into taught modules of 20 credits and a Master’s project of 60 credits. Students complete 60 credits for Postgraduate Certificate, 120 credits for Postgraduate Diploma and 180 credits for the full MSc. Each credit represents 10 notional hours of student learning and assessment.

A range of assessment methods are employed, assessment criteria being published in each assignment brief. Knowledge and skills are assessed, formatively and summatively, by a number of methods: coursework, examinations (seen and unseen, open and closed-book), presentations, practical assignments, vivas, online forums, podcasts and project work.

Modules
-Information Security Management 20 credits
-Industrial Control Systems Security 20 credits
-Digital Forensics 20 credits
-Software Security and Cloud Security 20 credits
-Advanced Ethical Hacking 20 credits
-Research Methods and Project Management 20 credits
-Individual Project 60 credits

Enhancing your employability skills

This course is designed to ensure that you are a very sought-after graduate with the necessary first-hand, practical expertise of cyber security issues as well as a rigorous academic understanding of the sector.

Globally there is a shortage of experts who can work in cyber security at this very high level, so you will focus on the important technical material you will need for effective decision-making in a highly demanding career.

You will be equipped for a range of careers requiring advanced skills, such as:
-Security architect
-Security analyst
-Security administrator
-Security manager
-Incident response manager
-Risk and compliance analyst.

You will have the opportunity to get support for obtaining industry recognised Professional Certifications.

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Who is it for?. This course is designed for graduate students and IT/ICT professionals who want to prepare for a successful career in computer, network and information security. Read more

Who is it for?

This course is designed for graduate students and IT/ICT professionals who want to prepare for a successful career in computer, network and information security. It will help you to develop your specialist analytical, operational and development skills in both technical and socio-technical areas of cyber security.

This Masters programme will particularly suit students who have completed a first degree in a computing subject, such as computer science or business computing. It will also suit graduates who have completed a numerate subject with a significant computing component, such as applied mathematics, engineering or physics.

Objectives

The Cyber Security MSc aims to help you:

  • Specialise in advanced aspects of cyber security, including cryptography and network security
  • Information security management and security audits
  • Engage with researchers to develop your scientific knowledge and skills
  • Explore and specialise in the socio-technical aspects of security, cybercrime and digital forensics
  • Critically evaluate the technical, social and management dimensions of computing systems and technologies from a security perspective
  • Gain tangible experience that extends across all the security specific core modules
  • Acquire the knowledge, skills and techniques needed as a professional in computer science.

The course features real-life scenarios and a cyber-security challenge to provide you with hands-on experience in testing and analysing computing systems:

  • Semester 1 - become an ethical hacker. Your challenge: to identify flaws in a computer system by breaking its crypto components and retrieving sensitive information from an e-commerce company.
  • Semester 2 - become an investigator. Your challenge: to analyse network traffic, logs and detect attacks in a company's network. You must trace hackers and bring them to justice with concrete proof and reporting.

Accreditation

Accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of fully meeting the further learning academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional, and on behalf of the Science Council for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered Scientist and a Chartered Engineer.

Internships

As a postgraduate student on a Computing and Information Systems course, you will have the opportunity to complete up to six months of professional experience as part of your degree.

Our longstanding internship scheme gives you the chance to apply the knowledge and skills gained from your taught modules within a real business environment. An internship also provides you with professional development opportunities that enhance your technical skills and business knowledge.

Internships delivered by City, University of London offer an exceptional opportunity to help you stand out in the competitive IT industry job market. The structure of the course extends the period for dissertation submission to January, allowing you to work full-time for up to six months. You will be supported by our outstanding Professional Liaison Unit (PLU) should you wish to consider undertaking this route.

Teaching and learning

The MSc in Cyber Security is a one year full-time course. On completion of eight taught modules and an individual project you will be awarded a Master of Science (MSc) degree.

The teaching and learning methods used increase the levels of both specialisation of content and autonomy of learning as you progress through the programme. This progress will be guided by active researchers in cyber security, culminating in an individual project, an original piece of research, conducted largely independently with appropriate academic supervision.

The standard format is that taught modules are delivered through a series of 20 hours of lectures and 10 hours of tutorials/laboratory sessions.

Lectures are normally used to:

  • Present and explain the theoretical concepts underpinning a particular subject
  • Highlight the most significant aspects of a module's syllabus
  • Indicate additional topics and resources for private study.

Tutorials are used to help you develop skills in applying the concepts covered in the lectures of the relevant module, normally in practical problem-solving. Laboratory sessions serve a similar purpose as the tutorials, helping to demonstrate application of concepts and techniques through the use of state-of-the-art software development tools and environments.

You will be expected to undertake independent study and substantial coursework assignments for each module, amounting to approximately 120 hours per module. The coursework takes many forms, including programs, theoretical work, and essays, and is primarily formative, but also contributes to module assessment.

Coursework will be used across all of the security specific modules to ensure that you get appropriate hands-on operational experience of relevant aspects of cyber security, including testing and analysis. Some of the coursework may be organised in ways that shadow larger scale exercises, such as the Cyber-Security Challenge.

The individual project (full time) is carried out over the summer period, and if done without a placement, lasts approximately 14 weeks or 600 hours. If undertaken within an industrial or research placement, the project period extends by up to six months.

The assessments focus on activities that you need to undertake either as part of your role or to support you in developing your professional practice. The assessment for the project module is in the form of a traditional dissertation reporting your work.

Modules

You will cover areas of Masters-level computer science, such as research methods and scientific presentation and analysis skills. There are eight taught modules in total, comprising five core modules, two security elective modules and one general elective module. In addition, there is a full-time individual project completed over the summer.

The taught modules are delivered through 20 hours of lectures and 10 hours of tutorials/laboratory sessions.

Coursework assignments for each module, amount to approximately 120 hours per module.

The individual project (full time) is carried out over the summer, and if done without a placement, lasts approximately 14 weeks or 600 hours.

Career prospects

This MSc is geared towards preparing you for a successful career in the field of cyber security, providing you with highly sought-after specialist analytical, operational and development skills in both technical and socio-technical areas.

As a result, our graduates move into a range of careers in the IT/ICT sector, as well as the telecommunications and banking industries.



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