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MSc Cyber Security

Course Description

Key Facts
Our Centre for Cyber Security is at the forefront of advancing information security.

We are home to a Cisco Systems and the Microsoft Academy Centre – one of Microsoft’s top UK university-based academies – and we are a member of the Microsoft Developer Network Academic Alliance. We are also a Cisco ASC (Academy Support Centre) and Cisco Instructor Training Centre (ITC) – one of only 10 such instructor training centres in the UK.

You’ll have access to state-of-the-art, industry-standard equipment and laboratories with forensic software, network security software for penetration testing, and cloud software.

There is a global shortage of cyber security experts and this course meets the demands of business and organisations.
You’ll take part in scenario-based activities as part of a specially funded project that focuses on forensics and legal aspects of cyber security.

Course Overview
You’ll be working with internationally renowned experts from our Centre for Cyber Security when you study for our highly regarded MSc cyber security programme.

Designed to meet the growing demand from global business and industry for robust cyber security systems, this course underpins the principles and practical professional skills you’ll need to meet the future challenges faced by organisations, particularly when it comes to strategic security planning.

You will need to hold a minimum Second Class Honours degree or equivalent in an appropriate discipline such as computing, engineering or information management, but if you have the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully complete the course, we will consider your application without standard entry qualifications.

Course Structure
The course is divided into taught modules of 15 credits and a Masters project of 60 credits. You’ll complete 60 credits for Postgraduate Certificate, 120 credits for Postgraduate Diploma and 180 credits for MSc. Each credit represents 10 notional hours of student learning and assessment.

We think it’s important that you are assessed in a number of different ways during your course. Most modules will be assessed via written exam and coursework. Emphasis is placed on the development of a broad range of relevant skills because this will enable us to appraise your all-round ability and it also gives you the best opportunity to excel.

You start this Master’s course in September and you can opt to study on a full-time (one year) or part-time basis, which will take two years to complete.

This course is designed to ensure that you are a very sought-after graduate who has the necessary first-hand, practical expertise of cyber security issues as well as the rigorous academic understanding of the sector.

Globally there is a shortage of experts who can work in cyber security at this very high-level so you will focus on the important technical material that you will need for effective decision-making in a highly demanding career.

You will be equipped for a range of careers requiring advanced skills, such as incident and threat manager, risk analyst, security architect, security administrator and security analyst.

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

Entry Requirements

We would normally expect you to hold at least a Second Class Honours degree or equivalent in Computing, Engineering or Information Management discipline.Applicants without standard entry qualifications but with extensive industrial experience could be considered if they provide evidence of the necessary knowledge and skills to successfully complete the course.

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