University of Portsmouth

University of Portsmouth

Computer and Information Security

Suitable for current and training security professionals, this course provides a detailed and contemporary education in computer and information technology security. It covers security at various stages of the software development process as its specification, implementation and its capability of digital forensics analysis, resulting in your deep understanding of the value of security.

Entry requirements

A second class honours degree in a relevant subject such as Computer Sciences, Information Security, Software Engineering, Forensics or equivalent professional experience and/or qualifications in IT security. English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Course modules

You will study four key topics which will collaboratively increase your knowledge and ability to develop security solutions for computer systems and analyse security risks in existing systems. You will also get to build your own test system as part of your final project or perform an extensive study into existing and emergent security solutions.

Here are the units you will study:

Computer Security: Introducing computer and information security concepts and their practical application in both closed and interconnected systems, this unit aims to develop your critical analysis skills required for building secure systems.
Computer Forensic Investigation and Cryptography: This unit covers the practical aspects of conducting forensic investigation and includes an introduction to cryptographic and steganalysis methods and techniques necessary for the discovery and recovery of hidden information.
Formal Approaches to Software Development: This unit will develop your knowledge in mathematically rigorous approaches to system specification and development.
Risk Management and Data Analysis: This unit will provide you with the necessary analytical skills for assessing levels of risk in complex computer systems, as well as learning data mining techniques using machine learning, expert systems and statistical methods in making sense of Big Data, with applications to areas of business, science and government.
Master's Project: In the final part of the course, you will undertake a substantial project, which will be either engineering-based; where you will apply the skills and knowledge from the taught part of the course to build and test a system in response to a practical computer and information security problem, or study-based; where you will perform an extensive study generating new insights into existing and emergent security solutions and technologies.

Assessment methods

Teaching and Assessment:

You will be taught using a combination of formal lectures, tutorials and lab sessions. You'll also be required to spend a significant amount of time in private study, which may involve additional software development or research as appropriate to the topic you are currently studying.

How are you assessed?

You will encounter a range of assessment styles depending on the content and nature of the unit topic. This can include written assignments, presentations as well as group and individual lab-based assessments. However, the most significant assessment element is the final dissertation, which reports and reflects on your final project.

Qualifications

Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,100 per Year 1 (England) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 13,100 per Year 1 (International) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,100 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,100 per Year 1 (Scotland) 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2016 GBP 5,100 per Year 1 (Wales) 1 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 4,370 per Year 1 (International) 3 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 1,700 per Year 1 (Northern Ireland) 3 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 1,700 per Year 1 (Scotland) 3 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 1,700 per Year 1 (Wales) 3 years
MSc Part-time September 2016 GBP 1,700 per Year 1 (England) 3 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Main Site Portsmouth PO1 2UP South East

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Key information

Contact: 
Admissions Team - Faculty of Technology
Telephone number: 
023 9284 2555