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Cyber Security (MSc)


Course Description

MSc Cyber Security will prepare you for a successful career in the various roles directly and indirectly connected to the world of computer, network and information security. It will develop your specialist analytical, operational and development skills in both technical and socio-technical areas of cyber security.

The primarily objective of MSc Cyber Security is to practise security with an interdisciplinary shared coursework that spans across all security related modules.

- In semester 1, you play the role of ethical hacker. You are challenged to identify flaws in an server by breaking its crypto components and retrieve the encrypted credit card that belong to the customers of an e-commerce company.

- In semester 2 you are challenged to analyse network traffic and logs from servers and detect attacks in the company’s network. You need to show proof of concept on what exactly attackers have accomplished. It is essential to trace the attackers and bring them to justice with concrete proofs and reporting. In addition, you must audit the attacked system and propose measures to meet certifications.

This course covers core areas of masters level computer science, such as research methods and scientific presentation and analysis skills. It will enable you to specialise in some aspects of the area of cyber security, and engage with researchers to develop your scientific knowledge and skills. We offer options within the programme that allows you to develop your expertise in the socio-technical aspects of security, (such as cyber-crime and security governance), or the more traditional technical aspects (such as cryptography and digital forensics).

The course is designed for those who wish to extend their capability for an accelerated early career in cyber security, and who have also completed a first degree in a computing subject (e.g. computer science, business computing) or a numerate subject (e.g. applied mathematics, engineering, physics) if that covered a significant computing component.

Visit the website http://www.city.ac.uk/courses/postgraduate/cyber-security

Course Content

There are in total eight taught modules, six core and two elective modules with a full time individual project completed over the summer.

Students will choose electives to tailor the programme to their chosen career path.

In particular, the project component gives students an opportunity to carry out an extended piece of work at the cutting edge of games technology under the supervision of one of our specialist academic and research staff. Internship-based projects are also available.

Course Structure

Core modules:

Information security management
Network security
Security auditing and certification
Readings in Computer Science
Research methods and professional issues
Cryptography

Elective modules:

Digital forensics
Cyber crime
Data visualisation
Sociotechnical systems
Advanced algorithms and data structures
Individual project.

Teaching and Assessment

The MSc in Cyber Security is a one year full-time course. On completion of eight taught modules and an individual project students will be awarded a Master of Science (MSc) degree.

The teaching and learning methods used are such that the levels of both specialisation of content and autonomy of learning increase as students progress through the programme. This progress will be guided by active researchers in cyber security, culminating in an individual project, an original piece of research, conducted largely independently with appropriate academic supervision.

The standard format is that taught modules are delivered through a series of 20 hours of lectures and 10 hours of tutorials/laboratory sessions.

Lectures are normally used to:

- Present and explain the theoretical concepts underpinning a particular subject
- Highlight the most significant aspects of a module's syllabus
- Indicate additional topics and resources for private study.

Tutorials are used to help students develop skills in applying the concepts covered in the lectures of the relevant module, normally in practical problem solving contexts. Laboratory sessions serve a similar purpose as the tutorials but their strategy is to demonstrate application of concepts and techniques through the use of state-of-the-art software development tools and environments.

Students will be expected to undertake independent study and do substantial coursework assignments for each module, amounting approximately to 120 hours per module. The coursework takes many forms, including programs, theoretical work, and essays, and is primarily formative, but also contributes to module assessment.

Coursework will be used in a coherent manner across all of the security specific modules to ensure that students will also get appropriate hands-on operational experience of relevant aspects of cyber-security, including testing and analysis. Some of this course work may be organised in ways that shadow larger scale exercises, such as the Cyber-Security Challenge. The individual project (full-time) is carried out over the summer period, and if done without a placement, lasts approximately 14 weeks or 600 hours. If undertaken within an industrial or research placement, the project period extends to up to six months.

Funding

For up-to-date information about tuition fees, living costs and financial support, visit Postgraduate Fees and Finance (http://www.city.ac.uk/study/postgraduate/funding-and-financial-support) .

Placements

As an IT postgraduate student at City, University of London, you have an unrivalled opportunity to gain up to six months of relevant professional experience as part of your MSc. This enables you to undertake your individual research project within an industrial setting, over an extended period.

You will be supported by our outstanding Professional Liaison Unit should you wish to consider undertaking this route.

Internships offer an exceptional opportunity to make you stand out in a competitive job market place. We have extensive experience in helping students to secure placement employment in the IT industry.

Career Prospects

The course is designed for those who wish to extend their capability for an accelerated early career in cyber security.

Students on MSc Cyber Security are supported by City's Careers, Student Development & Outreach service.

Visit the Cyber Security (MSc) page on the City, University of London website for more details!



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(Student Profile)

Tasnim Ahmed

After graduating, I hope to get a job in cyber security, focusing on risk management and forensic computer analysis.

Why did you choose to study at City University London?
I did my undergraduate course at City. I was pleased with the learning environment, quality of teaching on the course, location and the atmosphere I was in. Furthermore, I like the management within the university which was comforting and enabled me to adapt to university environment in a very natural and pleasant way. It is also extremely meritocratic by rewarding and penalising academics for their ability and talent.

What do you enjoy most about your course?
I enjoyed doing the practical work such as the ethical hacking coursework, it helped me to understand how the systems works, ways to bypass them and what could be done to avoid such flaws.

What has been your favourite module and why?
So far all the modules are enjoyable. My favourite would be Cryptography and Digital Forensics. Cryptography because I always had an interest in cryptanalysis and encryption methods both classic and modern. Digital Forensics because it's fascinating to know how criminally-minded people think and the ways to tackling such people.

What has been a highlight of your course so far?
The highlight of the course would be that I enjoyed doing most of the coursework, it certainly helped me to understand and implement theories and concepts. The lecturers were very helpful and proactive.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?
After graduating, I hope to get a job in cyber security, focusing on risk management and forensic computer analysis.

(Student Profile)

Kiran Sagar

I chose City University London because it is one of the leading universities in this area with exceptional research and teaching staff.

Why did you choose to study at City University London?
The reason I chose City University London is because it is one of the leading universities in this area with exceptional research and teaching staff.

What do you enjoy most about your course?
There is a high level of interaction between the teaching staff and students. Almost 95% of the course includes the latest developments in the field making it a very exciting course.

What has been your favourite module and why?
Cryptography has been my favourite module due to my inclination towards mathematics. The course leader Dr Nikos Komninos is very passionate about this subject and delivers with a high level of enthusiasm with is contagious.

What has been a highlight of your course so far?
The highlight of the course has been the practical part of Cryptography, which is ethical hacking. It is an essential and indispensable part of coursework in order to learn different perspectives of the security issue we are facing in the world currently.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?
I am looking into working in the industry for a few years and then work towards a PhD.

(Student Profile)

Mohammed Nizamuddin

I have come to realise the importance of cyber security as well as the various techniques required to make the internet a safer place.

Why did you choose to study at City University London?
City University London is a well-known university with notable alumni. It was an obvious choice. Situated in London, with access to many reputable professors, City allowed for the perfect environment to learn, understand and integrate what we learnt from the book materials.

What do you enjoy most about your course?
The MSc in Cyber Security is a unique course. With the developments in technology, there is a requirement to acquire the knowledge that this course offers. Although I just completed a semester, I already feel that I'm on the right track. This course keeps me updated with the latest in technology and the measures used to stop the cyber crimes taking place around the world.

What has been your favourite module and why?
My favourite module was Digital Forensic. This subject pushed my thinking capacity to its edges allowing me to look into things from a different perspective - in simple words, it makes us detectives and super cops in the digital world.

What has been a highlight of your course so far?
A highlight for me was the day I realised the importance of cyber security and how the IT industry requires various techniques in making the internet a safer place. This course has helped me fulfill those requirements with both practical and theoretical knowledge.

What do you plan to do after you graduate?
As of today I plan to work and pursue MBA as a part-time student.


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Entry Requirements

Applicants should hold a second class honours degree from a UK university or the equivalent from an international institution in Computer Science or a related discipline with some mathematical content. Relevant industrial experience may also be considered for entry to this course.

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