Get the latest knowledge and understanding of the threats associated with the use of technology in business and how best to deal with them. As the number of sophisticated cyber attacks increase across the world, so too does the demand for graduates with the necessary skills and expertise to support an organisations ability to protect themselves against security threats and digital incursion.
The MSc Cyber Security course will equip you with the latest knowledge and understanding of the threats associated with the use of technology in business and how best to deal with them. You will cover both the technical and management/governance areas required to operate in the cyber security profession, allowing you to develop a range of key transferable skills valued by employers in both the public and private sectors.
You will study the following modules:
- Network Security (20 credits)
To enable students to evaluate, synthesize and validate the identification of security issues and their associated impacts against devices and protocols that make up networks and distributed systems.
- Security Management (20 credits)
To provide a knowledge of the tools and techniques available to secure and manage, in a meaningful manner, an information system. To develop the students’ ability to manage the security of an information system at a strategic, tactical and operational level.
- Incident Response and Incident Management (20 credits)
To evaluate, analyse and synthesize the capability to perform incident management and incident response.
- Cyber Law (20 credits)
To develop a critical understanding of UK and EU legislation and organisational responsibility in relation to Cyberspace and Information Technology.
- Strategic Management and IT Governance (20 credits)
To develop a critical understanding of strategic management tools and IT Governance frameworks.
- MSc Project (60 credits)
To provide the opportunity for students to employ autonomy and originality in the application of their computing, award and research skills to a complex problem. To provide an opportunity for the student to investigate a topical, award relevant issue of their choice in some depth. To produce a justified solution to a significant problem that is informed by a critical review of research. To further develop the student’s investigative, research, writing and presentation skills as a self-directed, autonomous learner.
- Project Management and Research Methodology (20 credits)
To understand current developments in project management, its techniques and tools, and to determine and use appropriate ones in contexts where there are many interacting factors.
The MSc Cyber Security course is delivered in four major blocks to offer an intensive but focused learning pattern, with two start points every year – February and September. The course typically begins in September and finishes the following September. Full-time students will typically spend 12 hours in classes each week. You will study through lectures, tutorials, practical sessions, seminars and projects.
You will need to spend a significant amount of time working independently, reading and preparing for assessments. While the style of coursework may vary, research-style papers or essays of around 4,000 words in length are typical. You will also work on a significant research project and a major project of your choice, where strong independent thinking, critical analysis and project management skills will be important.
Career opportunities for those with a cyber security qualification continue to grow with many roles offering an interesting, challenging and rewarding environment to work in. From implementing security policies and managing protective measures in network systems, to advising organisations on how to reduce risks and their vulnerability, there are a variety of opportunities throughout the computer industry.
Typical roles commonly associated with cyber security include information security and risk analysts, IT security managers and network security consultants.