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Computer and information security is a vital issue in today’s IT environment. This programme will provide you with the necessary skills to understand and apply specialised security knowledge in the identification and resolution of IT security threats facing modern organisations. Develop a rounded view of key security domain topics such as security management and computer forensics, and gain the hands-on skills to confidently implement, configure and manage the tools you’ll face in practice.

Key features

  • Be confident studying a degree accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT*. The University has been awarded Academic Partner status by the Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP), in recognition of the significant base of security-related expertise within the institution. This link encourages and enables a dialogue between academia and the wider community of security practitioners.
  • Pursue industry recognised certifications, such as AccessData Forensic Examiner (ACE), and EC Council's Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH).
  • Learn from research-active staff at the forefront of knowledge, conducting research within the Centre for Security, Communications and Network Research.
  • Put your skills into practice in our high specification security, networking and digital forensic laboratories.
  • Active Computer and Information Security Society (CISS) provide opportunities for networking, problem solving, speakers from industry as well as a valuable source of contacts.
  • Build on the foundation which this course offers and take the opportunity to progress onto a research degree at MPhil or PhD level.
  • Benefit from the courses extensive links with major professional bodies and societies such as the BCSISACAIFIP Technical Committee 11 and the Institute for Information Security Professionals (IISP).
  • Take the opportunity to make career inroads through strong industrial links with major organisations such as Kaspersky LabsSymantecOrange, France-Telecom, and various UK government departments.
  • Engage with the Secure South West branch programme, who hold many of their sessions at the University of Plymouth. The branch has a rich programme of events that contributes to broadening the knowledge and experience of the students.
  • Continually under review to ensure all content is relevant and timely the programme has recently begun to offer AccessData Certification as a part of the cybercrime and investigation module, enabling you to achieve professional recognition as well as academic credit.

Course details

A good first degree in computing or a computing-related discipline. A lower degree classification may be considered if you can demonstrate a significant level of experience in the security area, with competence in computer programming. Professional experience may also be taken into consideration.

Dedicated laboratory facilities

As well as accessing our standard computing laboratories, you’ll be able to make extensive use of a 42-seat dedicated security and digital forensics laboratory, purpose-built to represent a range of network topologies and monitoring conditions.


Visit the Cyber Security - MSc page on the University of Plymouth website for more details!

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