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MSc Cyber Security

Course Description


The course aims to provide students with the skills to design, implement and manage computer-based systems security, using software and networking technologies. This title also includes the basic, key elements of forensic computing: forensics and the legal and ethical issues involved in any digital investigation. Students will gain a broad understanding of the different levels of computer and network security together with the basic phases of a forensic investigation and of computing in general. They will examine wireless communication systems; networks; operating systems and interfacing socket programming; servers and their security implications; and the planning and implementation of network security management, including security, risk analysis and disaster recovery planning.


- Advanced Computer Networks and Operating Systems
- Introduction to Computer Forensics and Security
- Advanced Network Security
- Cryptography and Encryption
- MSc Computer and Network Security Project

All course units combine with a flexible approach, which allows students to undertake practical project work while attending work placements. With one-third of the course project based, it may be possible to undertake yours in collaboration with an external organisation or within the School. The part-time route is especially suitable if you have industrial experience and wish to update your knowledge. Especially useful in the case of missed classes, the online virtual learning environment, Moodle, provides extensive access to lectures, course materials and assessment information. Assessment will be through coursework, examination and dissertation.

Career prospects

This course will equip you for a range of IT positions in the private and public sectors and is also a good foundation for further study. Our MSc graduates have entered a wide range of industries or gone onto PhDs, including in the School of Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology. MMU is an academic partner of the Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP). This partner status recognises our expertise in the field of information and cyber security. We are also an Academy of the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) and deliver their partner programme which provides a pathway for students towards a rewarding, high-growth IT career.

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

Entry Requirements

You will normally have at least a second-class UK Honours degree (or international equivalent) in a computing-related subject, or exceptionally, a good sub-degree qualification in computing and very substantial work experience in computing or a closely-related area.

Course Fees

Full-time UK/EU £6,030. Non-EU international £12,200. Part-time UK/EU £1,005 per 30 credit unit. MSc = 180 credits.

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