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 information technology 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: MSc project; independent study; project management and research methodology; network security; practical unix security; practical windows security; vulnerability development; postgraduate project management and research methods.

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 Fee Course duration
MSc Full-time £ 4,750 per Academic year (home fees) 1 years
MSc Full-time £ 12,000 per Academic year (overseas fees) 1 years
MSc Part-time £ 1,333 per Academic year (home fees) 3 years

Campus details

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

Key information

Enquiries and Admissions Unit
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