City, University of London

City, University of London

Cyber Security

The course would suit students who have completed a first degree in a computing subject (e.g. computer science, business computing) or a numerate subject (e.g. applied mathematics, engineering, physics) if that covered a significant computing component. The primary objective of MSc Cyber Security is to practise security with an interdisciplinary shared coursework that spans across all security related modules. In semester 1, you become an ethical hacker. You are challenged to identify flaws in computer system by breaking its crypto components and retrieve sensitive information of an e-commerce company. In semester 2 you become an investigator. You are challenged to analyse network traffic, logs and detect attacks in a company's network. It is essential to trace hackers and bring them to justice with concrete proofs and reporting.

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold at least a lower second class honours degree from a UK institution or the equivalent from an international institution in Computer Science or a related discipline with some mathematical content. Relevant industrial experience may also be considered for entry to this course.

Other suitable qualifications
If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City, University of London offers academic preparation programmes which focus on the skills you need. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Science and Engineering at INTO City, University of London means guaranteed progression to this degree.

Course modules

Core modules:
Information security management;
Network security;
Security auditing and certification;
Readings in Computer Science;
Research methods and professional issues; and
Cryptography.

Elective modules:
Digital forensics;
Cyber crime;
Data visualisation;
Sociotechnical systems;
Advanced algorithms and data structures; and
Individual project..

Assessment methods

The standard format is that taught modules are delivered through a series of 20 hours of lectures and 10 hours of tutorials/laboratory sessions.

Tutorials are used to help students develop skills in applying the concepts covered in the lectures of the relevant module, normally in practical problem solving contexts. Laboratory sessions serve a similar purpose as the tutorials but their strategy is to demonstrate application of concepts and techniques through the use of state-of-the-art software development tools and environments.

Students will be expected to undertake independent study and do substantial coursework assignments for each module, amounting approximately to 120 hours per module. The coursework takes many forms, including programs, theoretical work, and essays, and is primarily formative, but also contributes to module assessment.

Coursework will be used in a coherent manner across all of the security specific modules to ensure that students will also get appropriate hands-on operational experience of relevant aspects of cyber-security, including testing and analysis. Some of this course work may be organised in ways that shadow larger scale exercises, such as the Cyber-Security Challenge. The individual project (full-time) is carried out over the summer period, and if done without a placement, lasts approximately 14 weeks or 600 hours. If undertaken within an industrial or research placement, the project period extends to up to six months.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 9,000 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 15,000 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 9,000 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 9,000 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 GBP 9,000 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Northampton Square Islington EC1V 0HB South East

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