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Computer Security (MSc)

Course Description

Interest in computer security is booming - from whistle-blower Edward Snowden to the News of the World phone-hacking scandal, the increase in cybercrime has led to a demand for experts in this area.

That's why we've designed this online course - it's your opportunity to learn how to protect and safeguard the information stored on digital devices around the world.

You will gain hands-on experience in a virtual environment, learning how to hack into machines to test their security in a safe and legal system, connecting to a remote machine from your PC or laptop.

Our course will take your existing computing knowledge and develop your security expertise, with in-depth focus on penetration testing and ethical hacking. We'll teach you how to break systems in order to tighten the security and stop others from breaking into them, and develop new ways of protecting a company's security.

You will also study other key areas of computer security such as authentication, access control, malware, vulnerabilities, secure coding, sandboxing and virtualisation.

- Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University demonstrated strength in five emerging areas of research which it entered into the assessment for the first time, including computer science.

Visit the website http://courses.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/computer_security

Mature Applicants

Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website (http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/studenthub/recognition-of-prior-learning.htm).

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.


Whether you are already in computing and looking to move more into security, or a student who has just finished a computing related degree, our course will give you the skills to protect the information held by businesses across every sector, giving your career global potential.

Computer security is essential in enabling the protection and trust required for business and society to effectively operate. As a graduate who can devise, develop, manage, and implement computer security, your expertise will be in demand.

- Penetration tester (System, network, web, application)
- Security architect
- Malware analyst
- Director of security

Careers advice:
The dedicated Jobs and Careers team offers expert advice and a host of resources to help you choose and gain employment. Whether you're in your first or final year, you can speak to members of staff from our Careers Office who can offer you advice from writing a CV to searching for jobs.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/employability/jobs-careers-support.htm

Course Benefits

To successfully protect organisations you're going to learn how to hack into machines, introduce viruses, and break systems. However, for legal, ethical, and moral reasons we don't want you doing this on your own machines. That's why we provide you with a learning environment that will allow you to connect to a remote machine, providing you with a virtual environment to practise what you learn.

This is a course that can be studied from the comfort of your own home. It is taught entirely online, providing you with practical scenarios in which you can role-play as an IT security professional.

A virtual learning environment is provided which will host all the relevant material for the course and, where appropriate, weekly online lectures or tutorials will be given.

Resources via our Library Online will also be available to you, such as online journals and ebooks.


Research Practice
Develop the skills required in order to carry out Masters level research successfully, and to reflect on your own development.

An opportunity to engage in research in a subject area that is of particular interest to you and relevant to the course.

Project Management
Develop your ability to initiate, plan, execute, manage, and sign off a project.

Principles of Digital Security
Build your knowledge of security schemes and techniques for protecting and confining users, programs, systems, and networks.

Hacker Techniques Tools & Incident Handling
Examine the landscape, key terms, and concepts that security professionals need to know about hackers and computer criminals who break into networks, steal information, and corrupt data.

Security Strategies for Web Applications and Social Networks
Learn security monitoring techniques, methods for recovering from security breaches, and investigation methods to identify the specifics of what has occurred.

Network Security, Firewalls and VPN?s
A comprehensive look at the major business challenges and threats that are introduced when an organisation's network is connected to the internet.


- Library
Our libraries are two of the only university libraries in the UK open 24/7 every day of the year. However you like to study, the libraries have got you covered with group study, silent study, extensive e-learning resources and PC suites.

- Broadcasting Place
Broadcasting Place provides students with creative and contemporary learning environments, is packed with the latest technology and is a focal point for new and innovative thinking in the city.

Find out how to apply here - http://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/postgraduate/how-to-apply/

Visit the Computer Security (MSc) page on the Leeds Beckett University website for more details!

(Student Profile)

Kate Richardson

I'd been working in IT a few years and made the decision that I needed a qualification to get to where I wanted to be. Postgraduate study has had a huge impact on my career. Six months into the course I was already in a position to start a new role as a developer alongside experienced colleagues who had graduated from similar courses.

Kate Richardson
C# Net Software Engineer, JUST EAT


Entry Requirements

Please check our site for the most up-to-date entry requirements (View Website).

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