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MSc Cyber Security Engineering

Course Description

Develop a different set of skills with this new one year conversion masters course.

Fascinated by cybercrime and want to learn how to tackle it? As organisations and government departments are becoming increasingly more reliant on computer networks and virtual environments for their business functions, cyber security is now realised to be of critical importance. Southampton Solent University’s essential cyber security engineering conversion masters degree is well suited to students from a wide range of backgrounds, helping you to develop new skills and gain advanced theoretical and practical proficiencies in dealing with computer, network and information security.

‌•Computing students have full access to the University’s state-of-the-art IT and networking facilities.
‌•Students will learn the latest techniques in tackling cybercrime and managing security systems.
‌•To complement studies, students can benefit from enhancement activities, such as industry talks, code jams, and employability support.
‌•Southampton Solent hosts regular lectures given by the British Computer Society (BCS), which computing students are encouraged to attend.
‌•Small group teaching allows for tailored support, helping students to shape the course to their own interests.
‌•The course comes to a close with students conducting their own research projects. This can be an excellent way to specialise knowledge, or act as a springboard for PhD study.

The industry

Recent research conducted by the UK government suggests that the costs of cybercrime to the UK could be in the order of £27 billion per year. To combat this, the Government has invested in a National Cyber Security programme which aims to make the UK one of the most secure places in the world to do business in cyberspace.

The cyber security sector has grown to over £17 billion in the UK, employing over 100,000 people. With the increasing importance for organisations to ensure their computer networks are robust against attempted security breaches, this sector is likely to grow, with high demand for skilled cyber security engineers.

A postgraduate qualification can put you at the forefront of this demand, demonstrating your commitment to the industry and your ability to carry out in-depth computing research.
This is echoed from reports and comments from industry-

“As a small software house, dealing with a group of international corporates, we have a regular need for graduates with strong software engineering and database skills. Given that we design systems that link to e-commerce, a good understanding of cyber security engineering is also key. Over the years we have found the pool of graduates with the required technical skills has seriously diminished so the more technical graduates from Solent University are an important source for us.”
John Noden, Managing Director/Executive Director Technical Design, Zentive

The programme

Southampton Solent’s cyber security engineering master’s conversion degree will help equip students with the essential skills and knowledge to become cyber security specialists, learning how to tackle cybercrime and manage security systems.

As well as gaining a firm grounding in web and software development, students on this course will learn the necessary skills to become ethical hackers, penetrate test networks, and prevent and eradicate malware. Students will also develop their problem-solving skills and explore research methods.

The course curriculum is developed with input from a variety of sources, including an industrial liaison panel, to ensure students are studying the latest technology and working practices employed by industry experts.

To aid study, students have full access to the University’s specialist networking labs equipped with industry-standard networking equipment from Cisco, Fluke and HP, as well as high-fidelity simulation systems, including the market-leading Opnet. Using Alienware computers and CISCO Packet Tracer, students can practice their software development skills and test their web applications.

The course has a strong focus on employability, and hosts regular industry speakers and events by the BCS to help students build their professional network.

Next steps

Think you’ve got what it takes to enter the challenging world of cyber security? Using the latest methods and technology, Southampton Solent’s cyber security engineering master’s conversion degree will help provide you with the skills to tap into this fast-growing industry. Apply today.http://www.solent.ac.uk/courses/2016/postgraduate/cyber-security-engineering-msc/course-details.aspx#tab1

Visit the MSc Cyber Security Engineering page on the Southampton Solent University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Honours degree in any discipline, or extensive industrial experience in this area. Applicants should be able to show an interest in learning to code and transform data.

Course Fees

UK and EU full-time fees: £7,210 International full-time fees: £12,380

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