The MSc in Cyber Security aims to provide you with the knowledge and necessary skills in several core areas of cyber security. The course aims to provide a comprehensive and deep understanding of security principles, as well as the practical techniques used in solving security problems and addressing relevant issues.
Provisionally certified by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the course has been designed to give you the opportunity to equip yourself to work at a professional level, developing a range of industry-informed knowledge and skills in areas such as network security, secure design, cryptography, risk assessment, ethical hacking, digital forensics and incident response. Running in a research-driven environment, the course also aims to build foundations for further research at Doctoral level in cyber security for students from a wide range of undergraduate degrees.
The course will also provide the opportunity for recent graduates and early to mid-career practitioners in the computing industry to enhance their knowledge or move into cyber security.
Work placement option
This master’s programme provides you with the additional option to apply for a ‚work placement’ opportunity during your first semester with us. The ‚work placement’, which if secured, is designed to further develop your skills, knowledge and professional experience with the aim of maximising your employability prospects. Please note that the optional placement modules incur an additional tuition fee of £4,000.
Find out more about the work placement option.
The Cyber Security MSc seeks to provide a postgraduate education covering the main theoretical and practical aspects of the field.
The overall aim of the course is to provide:
- A deep and comprehensive understanding of current cyber security issues, concepts and technologies;
- Technical skills in assessing systems security, detecting and mitigating security incidents; and
- An understanding of the changing cyber threat landscape and the developments in cyberspace.
Why choose this course?
The delivery is based on a combination of face-to-face sessions and online learning with a substantial element of practical ‘hands-on’ activities. This is supported by specialist Ethical Hacking, Digital Forensics and Networking laboratories, as well as a virtual Cyber Security lab which are accessible 24/7, providing you the opportunity to apply the theoretical aspects you learn across the course’s modules, as well as to design, implement and evaluate a variety of real-world examples and case studies.
A key strength of the Cyber Security course at Coventry University is the positive interaction between students and staff, and the supportive environment that allows you to develop. Our academic team specialises in several areas of cyber security and is committed to providing academic and technical support to students. You will be a part of a large community of peers at Coventry University with over 200 undergraduate and postgraduate students studying Cyber Security, Ethical Hacking and Digital Forensics, and have the opportunity to participate in activities run by the student-led ‘ComSec’ club or take part in frequent local and international Capture-the-Flag (CTF) competitions.
Research project opportunities are available for you to further develop your skills. Current work covers a range topics such as security for low-powered embedded systems, software defined networking, enhancing security through machine learning, protocol analysis, IoT security, Crypto algorithms, vehicle security and security Industry 4.0 environments.
The Cyber Security group has strong links with a number of industries and government bodies, including companies in Cyber Security and Forensics, Automotive, Internet-of-Things (IoT) and others, both in supporting our curriculum and learning, as well as research and development addressing real world problems.
International experience opportunities
Throughout the programme, we will refer to international case studies and examples such as, for example, Edward Snowden, Julian Assange or Russian involvement in the US election. You will also have opportunities to collaborate with students from other international universities on online international learning (OIL) projects and be given an opportunity to apply to participate in an international internship (subject to application and additional costs).
The course will provide opportunity for recent graduates and early- to mid-career practitioners in the computing industry to enhance their knowledge or move into cyber security.
It is designed to equip you to work at a professional level and develop a range of industry-informed knowledge and skills. The Cyber Security group also has strong links with a number of industries and government bodies.
Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.
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