Reasons to study Cyber Security at De Montfort University:
It is impossible to ignore the importance of cyber security, which is recognised as a priority for governments and large or small organisations throughout the world.
If you are interested in a challenging and worthwhile career in a rapidly expanding and vitally important area of computing then this is the course for you.
- Taught by Industry Experts
developed and delivered in collaboration with cyber security professional from Deloitte and DMU teaching staff you will gain the knowledge and skills in the latest cyber security principles, practices and tools
- Purpose built Cyber Security Centre
access to our dedicated Computer Security and Forensics laboratories will give you the opportunity to work in industry standard facilities which will allow you to develop and enhance your skills in cyber security
- Specialise your learning to your area of interest
combine modules from across Cyber Security, Cyber Technology, Digital Forensics and Software Engineering, allowing you to tailor the course to your areas of interest
- Industry placement opportunity
you can chose to undertake a yearlong placement opportunity gaining valuable experience and skills as well as networking opportunities to build your industry contacts
- Graduate prospects
employed as cyber security specialists in a range of roles within organisations including IBM, Deloitte, Airbus and BT
Structure and assessment
First semester (September to January)
Foundations of Cyber Security
Covers four broad topic areas: programming, operating systems, encryption and networks. This module prepares the ground for other more tightly focused modules covering closely related topics
Cyber Threat Intelligence
Develops your ability to reason about threats to cyber security, in particular, understanding the strengths and limitations of methods to produce actionable intelligence.
Host and Network Security
Introduces the conceptual framework of hardware and software layers within a computer and common vulnerabilities and threats
Penetration Testing and Incident Response
Provides you with the knowledge and insight to what hackers may do, how to probe systems for exploitable vulnerabilities and how to react appropriately when an incident occurs
Second semester (February to May)
Introduces you to the core electronic and communication engineering concepts and devices that constitute the physical part of the cyber domain. The aim of this module is to make you aware of the physical constraints on systems and devices
Digital Forensics Principles and Practice
Provides you with the knowledge and understanding of how to preserve the evidential value of any digital artefacts that are relevant to the incident, then interpret them
Introduces you to the principles, tools and techniques used to reverse engineer binaries, including how to avoid anti reversing traps
Legal, Ethical and Professional Practice
Provides an insight into the ethical and professional context of cyber security, and in doing so addresses the theory of professionals in organisations; security management; project management; the legal framework; ethical issues in professional practice and their resolution; and the legal, moral and professional responsibilities of the computer forensic and security practitioner.
Third semester (June to September)
MSc Cyber Security Project/Dissertation
Opportunity to carry out a self-managed, in-depth study involving design, fact finding, analysis, synthesis and integration of complex ideas that are sometimes based on incomplete and contractor data or requirements.
Facilities and features
Our Cyber Security Laboratories are among the best equipped facilities of this type in the UK. Developed in consultation with leaders in the industry, they are designed to meet the highest forensics and security standards.
The laboratories contain high-spec, specially customised PCs configured with multiple operating systems, virtualisation and removable hard drives, as well as specialised servers, wired and wireless networking equipment and a wide variety of other hardware and software components.
Cyber Security Centre
The laboratories are also the base for our Cyber Security Centre (CSC), a multidisciplinary group of academics and industry experts who focus on a wide variety of cyber security and digital forensics issues. Their mission is to provide the full benefits to all of a safe, secure and resilient cyberspace.
The laboratories play a vital role in the group’s research and development work. Whether you are a first year undergraduate or a PhD student, within the laboratories you will be working with the latest tools and techniques at the forefront of computer forensics and security research.
Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.
There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.
You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.
Opportunities and careers
This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.
Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.
Graduates are likely to be employed as cyber security specialists within law enforcement, government or other related agencies, in commercial IT departments or security consultancies, or in other computing positions where cyber security is an issue. The involvement of Deloitte in designing the course and supporting its delivery and development will assure it remains current and supportive of the real challenges cyber security specialist face in the rapidly changing cyber domain. Opportunities also exist for further academic study towards a PhD and a career in research.