Cyber security is about designing systems that resist attack. As computers become ever more prevalent and ever more connected with each other, the opportunities for attackers become even greater, and the need to resist them becomes more urgent. Computing infrastructure is now vital for communication, government, commerce, and control of our physical environment, and is a potential target of terrorist and criminal attacks. Graduates who understand the technologies that underpin products and practices to secure it will be in great demand.
This is a one-year full-time degree programme for graduates in a computing-related discipline. It will allow students to obtain the knowledge and expertise to evaluate, designand build secure computer systems, processes and people that are involved in cyber security. It covers the theory and practice of designing and building secure systems and gives you a firm grounding in cryptography, network security and secure programming, as well as optional modules in topics such as hardware and embedded system security, operating systems and incident management and forensics.
The programme also gives you practical experience with technologies and toolkits for building internet-based software. All students undertake a large, personally supervised project in the final months of the course.
Our curriculum has been developed with the involvement of key individuals in the cyber security industry. As well as advising us on the skills they seek when recruiting graduates, they also contribute directly to the MSc programme through guest lectures and project supervision. In recent years, we have had guest lecturers from Microsoft, Vodafone, Siemens, IBM and Hewlett Packard.
The programme has received provisional GCHQ accreditation and the University has been officially established as an ‘Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research’ (ACE-CSR) by the UK government.
After completing a Masters degree in Computer Security, Funmilola obtained a scholarship to study for a PhD in Computer Science. On completion of her studies at Birmingham, she returned to work in the industry for some time and is currently consulting in the area of information security.
Funmilola is a postgraduate mentor, you can contact her online with questions or read further about her experience at the University of Birmingham on her mentor page: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk/mentor/olufunmilola-onolaja/
Sebastian was born in Romania and is currently studying a postgraduate course in Cyber Security. Having finished his undergraduate degree in Computer Science in the UK and working as an intern for a few months, he decided to continue his studies, choosing a security path in IT.
Sebastian is a postgraduate mentor, you can contact him online with questions or read further about his experience at the University of Birmingham on his mentor page: http://www.pg.bham.ac.uk/mentor/sebastian-vasile/
The minimum entry requirement is an upper second-class degree or overseas equivalent in Computer Science or a closely related discipline and a solid foundation in programming and knowledge of data structures and algorithms. In particular, knowledge of object-oriented programming will be a strong asset.
Recipient: University of Birmingham
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