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Cyber Security - MSc


Course Description

This Masters course provides you with the professional skills for practising Cyber Security in the Digital World.

Who is it for?

The course is designed for those who wish to extend their capability for an accelerated early career in cyber/information security. It will prepare you for a successful career in the various roles directly and indirectly connected to the world of computer, network and information security.

The course would suit students who have 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.

Objectives

The primary 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 become an ethical hacker. You are challenged to identify flaws in computer system by breaking its crypto components and retrieve sensitive information of an e-commerce company.
-In semester 2 you become an investigator. You are challenged to analyse network traffic, logs and detect attacks in a company's network. It is essential to trace hackers and bring them to justice with concrete proofs and reporting.

Academic facilities

The Department of Computer Science has invested in the design and implementation of a virtual laboratory (CybSec) for the purpose and needs of the cyber security course. In particular, CybSec is a virtual networked lab where hacking, penetration testing, malware analysis, security monitoring are taking place in a controlled and isolated environment without violating City's IT Policy. In addition, the security analysis of practical cryptosystems requires high computational power and resources that are used for code breaking. CybSec lab supports our teaching efforts and enhances our research strengths.

Placements

You will be offered the opportunity to complete up to six months of professional experience as part of your degree.

Our longstanding internship scheme gives you the chance to apply the knowledge and skills gained from your taught modules within a real business environment. An internship also provides you with professional development opportunities that enhance your technical skills and business knowledge.

Internships delivered by City, University of London offer an exceptional opportunity to help you stand out in the competitive IT industry job market. The structure of the course extends the period for dissertation submission to January, allowing you to work full-time for up to six months. You will be supported by our outstanding Professional Liaison Unit (PLU) should you wish to consider undertaking this route.

The Cyber Security programme also offers internships in collaboration with our alliance of companies in security related jobs.

Teaching and learning

The MSc in Cyber Security is a one year full-time course. On completion of eight taught modules and an individual project you 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 you 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 you 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.

You 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 you 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.

Modules

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 with modules such as cryptography, network security, information security management, security audit and certification. You will engage with researchers to develop your scientific knowledge and skills. We offer options within the programme that allows you to develop your expertise in cyber crime, digital forensics, socio-technical aspects of security.

There are in total eight taught modules; six core and two elective modules with a full time individual project completed over the summer. You will choose electives to tailor the programme to your chosen career path.

In particular, the project component gives you 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.

Core modules
-Information security management
-Network security
-Security auditing and certification
-Cryptography
-Readings in Computer Science
-Research methods and professional issues
-Individual project (June to September or December)

Elective modules
-Digital forensics
-Cyber crime
-Sociotechnical systems security
-Advanced algorithms and data structures
-Data visualisation

Career prospects

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

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.

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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.

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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 at least a lower second class honours degree from a UK institution 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. If you do not qualify for direct entry, you may wish to follow a Graduate Diploma pathway to the programme through one of our partners.

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