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Ethical Hacking and Cyber Security - MSc/PGDip

Course content

This postgraduate course builds on your existing graduate skills by providing detailed knowledge of electronic attacks and how to defend against the methods used to gain access and exploit a system.

Postgraduate funding (tuition fee and living cost loan) may be available from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland for those who meet the eligibility criteria.

Why choose this course?

-Abertay is the only university in the UK that offers a Masters programme in Ethical Hacking.
-It provides the core skills to allow you to take positions in a variety of companies where computer security is a major issue.
-Graduates will be at the forefront of new developments in security.
-Benefit from an active teaching group with a growing reputation based on industry links and Knowledge Transfer projects.
-It is delivered in a project based, entrepreneurial and enterprise culture.

Our students are passionate about their subject area and developing their knowledge. Ethical Hacking is the process of evaluating the security of a computer system by simulating an attack by a malicious hacker. The course is designed to teach students how to think like a hacker, providing them with a deep understanding of security issues and concerns.

We aim to change the way you think. We encourage lively debates about pertinent ethical and security issues. Students develop the hacker mindset, determined to ‘do their bit’ to improve security in the world of Computing.

Join our Graduate School

Our Graduate School is a dedicated facility providing support, training and professional development opportunities to our vibrant postgraduate community. Specially designed to promote integration and inculcation of interdisciplinary working in our next generation of researchers, postgraduates study and learn together at Abertay - from Environmental Management to Law, Psychology, Bioscience, Economics and Business, Cybersecurity and Computer Games Development.

When you join us as a postgraduate student or researcher, you’ll be joining a community of creative like-minded scholars and will automatically be provided with access to our dedicated study and social spaces – a forum in which you can meet, work and learn with other researchers and postgraduates from across the University. You’ll benefit from training and professional development opportunities as well as support with funding applications, placement opportunities, teaching support, public engagement and outreach activity.

What you study

From forensic computing to network security, the course covers a wide range of subjects. Within these, you will learn about web hacking, password cracking, malware analysis, port scanning, buffer overflows and much more.

You also learn how to evaluate the impact of security problems and recommend improvements to a network’s security within a legal and ethical framework. You will also conduct a masters project within an area of cybersecurity that will allow you to build on your existing skills.

How you learn

Teaching is focused on lectures and practical sessions in dedicated classrooms. Lectures are used to present the key concepts, while practicals increase your understanding of the subject and allow you to develop your competence in technological and theoretical work. The course is taught using a problem-based learning approach. You will spend about 12 hours per week attending classes and about 30 hours a week of private study.

How you are assessed

The taught course will be assessed using a combination of written coursework, presentations and seminars, with a written dissertation at MSc level.

Visit the Ethical Hacking and Cyber Security - MSc/PGDip page on the Abertay University website for more details!

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