University of Birmingham

University of Birmingham

Cyber Security

This programme covers the theory and practice of designing and building secure systems and a firm grounding in cryptography, network security and secure programming, with optional refresher modules in topics such as operating systems, safety-critical systems, distributed systems and databases, it also gives students practical experience with technologies and toolkits for building internet-based software. All students undertake a large, personally supervised project in the final months of the course. Graduates of this degree gain the knowledge to become leaders in the field of computer security and to shape the technologies that will be developed in the future; they are equipped to work on secure software development within the software and IT industry, or to become computer security consultants; they may also choose to move on to PhD research.

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is an 2.1 Honours degree or overseas equivalent in computer science or a closely related discipline and a solid foundation in programming and knowledge of data structures and algorithms. In particular, knowledge of object-oriented programming will be a strong asset. Students who have not studied in English must pass a recognised English test.

Course modules

Compulsory modules: Secure system management; designing secure systems; anonymity, privacy and cybercrime; network security; cryptography; secure programming; project; incident management and forensics; penetration testing; hardware and embedded system security; compilers and languages (extended); individual study 2; networks (extended); operating systems (extended).

Sponsorship information

Scholarships may be available to home and international students.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,700 per Year 1 (EU) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,700 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 19,200 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,700 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,700 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 7,700 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Edgbaston Campus Birmingham B15 2TU West Midlands

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