Developed with industry and certified by the NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre), this course directly addresses the unprecedented demand for cyber security expertise. It explores the underpinning technology of cyber domain and the role of linguistics, psychology and sociology in dealing with new cyber challenges.
You will study a diverse range of modules, including Cyber Threat Intelligence, Malware Analysis, and Penetration Testing and Incident Response, providing the fundamental knowledge needed to work in the sector. You will also produce a substantial piece of individual work in your third semester, with the support of your academic supervisor, investigating a topic tailored to your own area of interest.
The involvement of the Industrial Advisory Group (Airbus, BT, Deloitte UK and Rolls-Royce) in designing the course and supporting its delivery ensures the teaching remains current and supportive of the real challenges faced by cyber security specialists.
You will be taught by recognised experts in cyber security and will develop your professional skills within the Cyber Technology Institute (CTI), with its purpose-built cyber security and forensics laboratories.
We expect graduates to find employment as cyber security specialists within law enforcement, government, commercial IT departments and security consultancies. Previous graduates have gone on to work for cyber security specialist organisations including Capgemini.
- DMU has been named a gold standard ‘Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Education’ by the leading authority on cyber security in the UK, the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) – part of GCHQ. DMU is the first university in the East Midlands to achieve this prestigious status.
- This course is certified by the NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre). and DMU is recognised as an Airbus Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security, demonstrating the relevance of the course content and its value to the industry.
- Our CTI has been named as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research, thanks to its pioneering research in incident response and cyber threat intelligence, industrial control systems and sociotechnical security.
- Study on a course which is assessed 100% by coursework, where you will take part in group and individual assessments, written essays, presentations, projects and reports, all with a strong emphasis on real-world problems.
- Access our cyber security laboratories, equipped with 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 other hardware and software components.
- Boost your career prospects through an optional one-year placement* where you can build industry contacts and gain experience in your area of interest. Previous Cyber Security students have undertaken placements with McAfee, as well as local and national consultancy and accounting firms.
- Meet like-minded people and get hands-on experience by joining our student societies, including DMU Hackers, an ethical hacking society that meets weekly to share skills and enter competitions.
- The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) – a part of GCHQ – has fully certified DMU’s MSc in Cyber Security and MSc in Cyber Technology in recognition of their excellence in providing students with a broad foundation of skills.
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.
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