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  • Study Type

    Full time & Part time available

  • Subject Areas

    Computer Science

  • Start Date

    September

  • Course Duration

    1 year full-time; 2 years part-time; 3 years part-time

  • Course Type

    MSc

  • Course Fees

    Please visit our website for the Cyber Security course fee information.

  • Last Updated

    01 July 2019

The MSc in Cyber Security covers critical modern technology issues from the security and privacy of personal data, to cyberterrorism, cybercrime and mobile security.

In this branch of Computer Science at Swansea a holistic and interdisciplinary approach brings together modules on penetration testing, formal modelling, information security management, cryptography and artificial intelligence.

Our brand new £32.5m Computational Foundry lies at the heart of this course. Sophisticated teaching and research equipment include a Vision and Biometric Lab, a Maker Lab, a TechHealth Lab, a Theory Lab, a Cyber Security/Networking Lab, a User Lab and a Visualisation Suite.

The cyber security lab enables you to explore the security landscape, undertake experiments in network security, mobile security, and investigate threats in the context of the Internet of Things.

You will complete the Cyber Security course with an informed and alert mindset suitable for a career in cyber security.

Why Cyber Security at Swansea?

Computer Science at Swansea University is widely acknowledged as a leading UK department, with a raft of impressive rankings reflecting teaching and research excellence. The College is ranked:

  • 8th in the UK overall [Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019]
  • In the UK Top 20 for Research Excellence [Research Excellence Framework 2014]
  • 14th in the UK for research [Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019]
  • UK University of the Year Runner-up and Welsh University of the Year [Times and Sunday Times University Guide 2019]

Computer Science and Engineering at Swansea is world ranked 401-500 in the 2017 Global Ranking of Academic Subjects (GRAS).

Your Cyber Security experience

You will first undertake a series of 15-credit modules, a number of which will be compulsory and others you will choose. The next stage of the MSc is shaped by a 60-credit project module.

Over the course of this degree in Cyber Security you will be taught by staff from internationally renowned research groups. Their knowledge of constant developments in computer science helps to keep your learning fresh and relevant to the wider industry.

After the taught stage of the MSc a further four months is spent on a substantial cyber security research project. This involves cutting edge techniques for specifying, developing, verifying and accessing systems against security criteria. You will benefit from our range of industrial partners and world-leading research expertise.

Our commitment to keeping up with the technological curve is reflected in the hardware you will be working with every day. Laboratories at Swansea are continually upgraded to ensure equipment is never more than three years old, and rarely more than two.

The new Computational Foundry on our Bay Campus is the nucleus of a vibrant community for world-class research leaders in computer science.

Cyber Security employment opportunities

Completing this MSc in Cyber Security will considerably enhance your cyber security career prospects. Your future pathway might include any of the following:

  • Cyber threat analyst
  • Penetration tester
  • PhD researcher
  • Data security analyst
  • Secure web developer
  • Verification engineer

Cyber Security modules

You will first complete 120 credits from a compulsory set and an optional set of 15-credit modules. Subjects include information security management, critical systems, cryptography, embedded system design, cryptocurrencies and smart contracts. In the second stage of the course you take a 60-credit project module.

Modules on the Cyber Security course may include:

  • Information Security Management
  • Computer Science Project Research Methods
  • Critical Systems
  • IT-Security: Cryptography and Network Security
  • Security Vulnerabilities and Penetration Testing
  • Invention and Innovation in Computing
  • Designing-in Trust, Understanding and Negotiation
  • Blockchain, Cryptocurrencies and Smart Contracts
  • Advanced Topics: Artificial Intelligence and Cyber Security
  • Web Application Development
  • Embedded System Design

How you're taught on the Cyber Security course

On the course you will be assessed by a combination of written examinations, coursework and a Dissertation.

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Visit the Cyber Security MSc page on the Swansea University website for more details!

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