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MSc Computer Security


Course Description

Computer security remains a hot topic in the media and there is strong demand for graduates with technical skills in this area. The programme addresses computer and information security holistically because vulnerability in any one component can compromise an entire system.

This includes computer architectures, operating systems, network technologies, data storage and software development processes. A wide range of threats and other security issues (for example, denial-of-service attacks, hacking, viruses and worms) are covered along with defences and countermeasures.

The programme is aimed at computing graduates who are seeking careers as computer security professionals or who are interested in research. All taught Master’s programmes at Canterbury are available with an optional industrial placement.

Visit the website https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/254/computer-security

About the School of Computing

Our world-leading researchers, in key areas such as systems security, programming languages, communications, computational intelligence and memory management, and in interdisciplinary work with biosciences and psychology, earned us an outstanding result in the most recent national research assessment.

In addition, two of our staff have been honoured as Distinguished Scientists by the ACM and we have also held Royal Society Industrial Fellowships.

As an internationally recognised Centre of Excellence for programming education, the School of Computing is a leader in computer science teaching. Two of our staff have received the ACM SIGCSE Award for Outstanding Contribution to Computer Science Education. We are also home to two National Teaching Fellows, to authors of widely used textbooks and to award-winning teaching systems such as BlueJ.

Modules

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also have the option to take modules from other programmes so that you may customise your programme and explore other subject areas that interest you.

CO834 - Trust, Security and Privacy Management (15 credits)
CO874 - Networks and Network Security (15 credits)
CO876 - Computer Security (15 credits)
CO880 - Project and Dissertation (60 credits)
CO885 - Project Research (15 credits)
CO899 - System Security (15 credits)
CO894 - Development Frameworks (15 credits)
CO889 - C++ Programming (15 credits)
CO846 - Cloud Computing (15 credits)
CO882 - Advanced Object-Oriented Programming (15 credits)
CO883 - Systems Architecture (15 credits)
CO836 - Cognitive Neural Networks (15 credits)
CO837 - Natural Computation (15 credits)
CO838 - Internet of Things and Mobile Devices (15 credits)
CO841 - Computing Law, Contracts and Professional Responsibility (15 credits)
CO528 - Introduction to Intelligent Systems (15 credits)
CO545 - Functional and Concurrent Programming (15 credits)
CO645 - IT Consultancy Practice 2 (15 credits)
CO832 - Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery (15 credits)
CO847 - Green Computing (15 credits)
CO890 - Concurrency and Parallelism (15 credits)
CO892 - Advanced Network Security (15 credits)
EL846 - Industrial Context of Biometrics (15 credits)
CO871 - Advanced Java for Programmers (15 credits)
CO881 - Object-Oriented Programming (15 credits)

Assessment

Assessment is through a mixture of written examinations and coursework, the relative weights of which vary according to the nature of the module. The final project is assessed by a dissertation.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

- enhance the career prospects of graduates seeking employment in the computing/IT sector

- prepare you for research and/or professional practice at the forefront of the discipline

- develop an integrated and critically aware understanding of one or more areas of computing/IT and their applications (according to your degree title)

- develop a variety of advanced intellectual and transferable skills

- equip you with the lifelong learning skills necessary to keep abreast of future developments in the field.

Careers

Students can gain practical work experience as part of their degree through our industrial placements scheme and KITC (see above). Both of these opportunities consolidate academic skills with real world experience, giving our graduates a significant advantage in the jobs market. Our graduates go on to work for leading companies including Cisco, GlaxoSmithKline, IBM, Intel, Lilly, Microsoft, Morgan Stanley, Thomson Reuters and T-Mobile. Many have gone on to develop their careers as project leaders and managers.

Find out how to apply here - https://www.kent.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/apply/

Visit the MSc Computer Security page on the University of Kent website for more details!

Student Profiles
(Scholarship)

School of Computing Scholarships (UK/EU) - 3 Awards

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit as evidenced by your application form (including transcripts and references) and the online funding request form.The award covers full tuition fees at UK/EU rate (currently worth about £4900).

Value of Scholarship(s)

4900

Eligibility

Requests for funding will be considered for students who are:- UK or European Union citizens (i.e. paying tuition fees at UK rate)
- and funded privately (i.e. not sponsored by their employer)
- and applying for a qualifying course and format (see web page below for list).Other terms and conditions may apply - see web page below for further details.

Application Procedure

Online via web form (see link below).
Deadline 31 July in year of entry.

Further Information

http://www.cs.kent.ac.uk/teaching/pg/gen-info/funding/sources.html


(Scholarship)

School of Computing Scholarships (overseas) - 3 Awards

Scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic merit as evidenced by your application form (including transcripts and references) and the online funding request form.

Value of Scholarship(s)

2000

Eligibility

Requests for funding will be considered for students who are:- paying tuition fees at the overseas rate
- and funded privately (i.e. not sponsored by their government or employer)
- and applying for a qualifying course and format (see web page below for list).Funding is guaranteed for all eligible overseas students with the equivalent of a UK First Class Honours degree. Some applicants with good Second Class degrees also receive funding and are encouraged to apply.Other terms and conditions may apply - see web page below for further details.

Application Procedure

Online via web form (see link below).
Deadline 31 July in the year of entry.

Further Information

http://www.cs.kent.ac.uk/teaching/pg/gen-info/funding/sources.html


(Scholarship)

University International Scholarship - 3 Awards

The University of Kent has a long tradition of welcoming international students from around the world and is pleased to be able to offer a number of scholarships for entry at taught masters level.The scholarships will be worth £5000 (for one year of study) towards the cost of tuition fees and are offered to nationals of any country paying international fees.

Value of Scholarship(s)

5000

Eligibility

Open to applicants for any taught postgraduate course at Kent who will be paying international fees.

Application Procedure

See web link below for further details.

Further Information

http://www.kent.ac.uk/scholarships/postgraduate/international/Taught_Masters.html



Entry Requirements

1, 2.1 or good 2.2 in computing or a related subject.

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