University of South Wales

University of South Wales

Computer Systems Security

This course focuses on the technical aspects of computer systems security and systems administration, particularly penetration testing; it is accredited by the TIGER scheme and gives students exemption from some of its examinations.

Entry requirements

This course is designed for graduates with a minimum 2:2 Honours degree or equivalent. Candidates should have a computing background with very good IT skills or extensive experience of the relevant sector. The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.

Course modules

Modules include:

Network Security
Practical Windows Security
Practical UNIX Security
Vulnerability Development
Professional Skills Development
Advanced Research Methods
Project Management
Research Project: an investigation of your choice, related to the course
MSc Project: the development and evaluation of a significant application or task, related to the course

Assessment methods

Assessment is based on coursework, varying from a research-style paper or essay to programming assignments. Each module usually requires 2 essays or papers of around 3,500 words. The students also work on a significant project of their own choosing.

Sponsorship information


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time February 2017 - 1 years
MSc Full-time September 2017 - 1 years

Campus details

Campus name Town Postcode Region Main campus Campus Partner
Cardiff (Atrium) Campus Cardiff CF37 1DL Wales

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