You can gain a broad education in the area of computer and Internet security, combining both technical and managerial aspects.
Building on a practical foundation comprising the understanding of operating systems, network protocols security and how to develop secured code, you will learn how to critically assess the security risks to IT organisations and how to evaluate the information security solution to mitigate them. In addition, you will gain the research skills necessary to investigate the continually changing issues in computer forensics and security in Cloud infrastructures.
If you’re looking to work in computing and technology industries, this is a great fast-track conversion course for graduates from disciplines unrelated to IT and computing.
For full module descriptions, which include Information Security Management, Computer Forensics and Internet Programming, scroll down to the ‚What you’ll study’ section.
What you’ll study
Throughout the course you will develop a critical understanding of IT security-related processes and procedures. You will be able to critically analyse software requirements and apply appropriate tools to design and develop innovative solutions. You will acquire the skills to investigate and appraise new and existing technologies and adapt these to specific purposes.
Language support for international students
If you are an international student whose first language is not English, language support will be provided where appropriate by the School to enhance your learning experience and to improve your presentation skills. If necessary, you may be required to attend advanced English language classes as a supplementary module.
How you’re taught
You will need to study six taught modules in your first three terms and by the fourth term you will be conducting your research project. The course offers an excellent combination of theoretical studies and practical experience through coursework assignments, software development and group projects culminating in a significant and practical master’s project individually tailored to meet your career aspirations.
You will learn through:
- guided reading supported by the University’s virtual learning portal
- workshops and laboratories
- case studies and project work
You will be assessed by a variety of methods including:
- research project
- vivas and demonstrations
- written assignments
- case studies
- oral presentations
- coursework reports
Careers and employability
There is a wide range of career opportunities in the Computing and IT sector, and The School of Science and Technology at Nottingham Trent University has an enviable graduate recruitment record. This IT Security Masters course will prepare you for roles as a technical security specialist together with a range of technical development and implementation roles. You will also have the potential to develop into security consultancy and technical management roles.
Some graduates choose to venture into other sectors – such as project management or financial forecasting – where they are likely to be equally successful in gaining employment because of the transferable skills gained on the course. Other graduates go on to study for a PhD.
Recent graduates have secured roles with employers such as Railway Survey Design Institute Group Corp, Bouygues Telecom and Penpec Group, as:
- Software developers
- Web designers
- System administrators
The University Employability Service is available to all students, offering individual consultation.
NTU is one of the most employment-focused universities. Increasingly, employers want to recruit graduates who have real-world work experience. That’s why all of our courses, across every subject area, offer you a work experience opportunity. Our experts help build and support your future with a range of career programmes and events.
The school of Science and Technology will work closely with you to help find a placement and strengthen your CV and interview techniques. You’ll be supported and assessed throughout your placement year and will write a reflective report and diary at the end of your placement. When you successfully complete your placement and submit your placement report, you will be eligible to receive an additional award of a Postgraduate Diploma in Professional Practice.
Please note that placements are not guaranteed and the process is competitive through an application and interview process.
If you take the sandwich route, you will take a one-year work placement after the first three terms before returning to NTU the following year to start your research project.
Our recent students have taken placements across a wide range of companies including ASAP Data Solutions, ARM (Cambridge) and Stirling Infrastructure Partners. They secured varied roles such as Front End Developer, Information Security Assistant, Information Technology Assistant and Digital Infrastructure Engineer.
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