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Advanced Security and Cybercrime (MSc)

Course Description

Enhance your knowledge of cyber security and develop the skills to adapt to challenging situations across a global computing infrastructure.

This course is focused on the fast-developing areas of networking and cybersecurity, and allows a full-time employee to graduate with an MSc in 18 months.

The course awards significant credit for the application of course-derived knowledge to your employer’s systems or procedures.

Additionally you study modules designed to enhance your current skills using flexible learning material and practical activities which can be completed online or remotely. Finally, a dissertation project is undertaken which further strengthens your cybersecurity skillset.

See the website http://www.napier.ac.uk/en/Courses/MSc-Advanced-Security-and-Cybercrime-Postgraduate-PartTime

What you'll learn

The Masters degree in Advanced Security and Cybercrime focuses on extending your knowledge into leading-edge issues related to network and computer security technologies and processes, both generally and with a particular focus on the growing threats from cybercrime. The course blends hands-on technical knowledge with theoretical understanding, utilizing a range of remotely accessible resources to allow access to specialised computer configurations.

These remote systems allow you to engage with the practical activities of the course from home or work. We also have well-equipped labs, which you can use if you wish to attend the campus.

This course is designed for professionals already employed in the area of computing who wish to develop their skills into the areas of computer security and cybercrime. It allows employees to gain significant course credits by applying knowledge and skills gained from this course to their own company’s procedures and systems. Your knowledge is further enhanced via a number of taught modules, which are available on a distance-learning basis.

Some credits are derived from your employment activities, so you must be already employed in a company which allows you to demonstrate your developing course knowledge. Please discuss your current employment with the course leader before applying to ensure your role is suitable for the course.

Subjects included in the taught modules include:
- Host-Based Forensics
- Network Security
- Security Audit & Compliance

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.


Participation in this course will develop your technical and managerial skills and enhance your chances of promotion. It may also open doors to more specialist jobs including:

- security consultant
- forensic investigator
- audit/compliance consultant
- security advisor/auditor
- cybercrime consultant

School of Computing

The world of computing offers many different and rewarding career paths for specialists with the appropriate skills. With professional accreditation from the British Computer Society, our wide range of innovative courses is designed to meet industry needs.

Our courses are very practical and give you the necessary skills to join dynamic, hard working IT teams.

At Masters level, you can study anything from one module right up to a full MSc, full or part time. Modules include technologies such as .NET, Cisco, UML, SAP, Java, PHP, Ajax, all studied at Masters level. Choose to study full or part time.

There are also Executive Masters degrees available, including MSc Strategic ICT Leadership, MSc Advanced Security and Cybercrime, MSc Project and Programme Management and MSc Sound Design, where the majority of learning and study takes place at work or draws on your workplace experience. And the GCHQ accredited MSc Advanced Security and Digital Forensics can even be studied via distance learning.

The School of Computing is a member of a number of software alliance schemes which allows us to offer students of the school a large range of free software. Membership currently includes the Microsoft Academic Alliance (MSAA), the VMWare Academic Program (VMAP) and the iPhone Developer University Program. We are one of only two NVIDIA CUDA Teaching Centres in Scotland, a Cisco Academy Support Centre and an Encase Partner. Students benefit through access to the latest hardware, software and expertise.

Visit the Advanced Security and Cybercrime (MSc) page on the Edinburgh Napier University website for more details!

Entry Requirements

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above, or equivalent. We look for applicants to have a background in a Computing discipline and 2 years relevant work experience in order to be eligible for this programme. We may also consider lesser qualified applications if you have 5 years of sufficient work experience within the industry. Applicants with no qualifications but have 7 years of sufficient work experience may also be considered for this course.

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