Level of study: Postgraduate
Fee: £9,950 (UK/EU)
Entry requirements: 2:2 or above undergraduate degree from a recognised university in a relevant field or professional qualifications that are equivalent to an honours degree
Mode of study: Part-time classroom
Duration: 2 years
Assessment methods: Coursework and exams
Scholarship or bursaries: Not available
Student finance: Available
Payment plan: Available
Starts: January, May, September
The issue of cyber security continues to be a major issue for both individuals and large corporations with a reported 117,339 incoming cyber-attacks every day (The Global State of Information Security Survey 2015).
For businesses it is no longer a question of if a cyber-attack will occur but rather when, and as such the demand for qualified IT security professionals has risen exponentially. Northumbria University’s part-time MSc Cyber Security has been designed to give you the skills to meet this increased demand, including how to handle security incidents, identify new and existing threats, and determining methods to minimise them.
- Part-time Masters degree based in Central London
- Continue working while you study with lectures delivered on weekends spread throughout the 2 year course
- Build a critical understanding of governance and assurance, along with technology risk practices
- Learn how to handle security incidents, identify new and existing threats and determine methods to minimise them
- Undergraduate degree not essential for entry
- Also available as a full-time programme
About this course
What will I study?
Incidents of cyber-crime have increased in the UK by 48% from 2013-14 according to PwC’s Global State of Information Security Survey 2015, costing the UK up to £27bn a year. While their 2016 survey has reported a significant shift in the way organisations are taking action, including their willingness to invest in security.
Our MSc Cyber Security will teach you how to handle security incidents, identify new and existing threats and determine methods to minimise them. We will also provide an in-depth coverage of the fundamental concepts, principles and technologies for network security. Going beyond just theoretical theory, you will be given a practical understanding of governance and assurance, along with technology risk practices.
How will I be taught and assessed?
Our MSc Cyber Security is designed to allow you to fit your studies around your working life and is assessed through modular assignments, exams and a final dissertation. All taught lectures are delivered on a series of weekends spread throughout the 2 year programme.
Each module builds upon your understanding of information governance and assurance, along with technology risk management practices. You will study with a diverse group like-minded IT professionals, and will be able to trial new approaches and processes in a safe environment, working on real world scenarios and case studies.
We offer extensive student support in and outside of the classroom with a dedicated student support team based in London.
Applicants should have:
Standard entry requirements
- Minimum 2:2 or above from a recognised university in a relevant field (IT/Computer Science/related field) or
- Professional qualifications that are equivalent to an honours degree
Non-standard entry requirements
- 3 years’ demonstrable IT or cyber security experience
Did you know that if your IELTS is within 1.0 of the required score for your programme, then taking Pre-Sessional English is an option for you.
All modules on this course are core.
Information Security and Governance
The aim of this module is to critically explore the governance, management and security principles that underpin the management of an organisation’s information assets. It will provide you with a comprehensive and in-depth knowledge and understanding of the key concepts, theories, standards and frameworks of information governance, information management and information security. Through the critical analysis of these principles and tools you will develop a solid practical foundation on which to evaluate a range of organisations’ approaches to information.
The main objective of this module is to provide an in-depth coverage of the fundamental concepts, principles and technologies for network security. This module will provide students with a theoretical and practical understanding on two important aspects related to security namely, data security and network security. The module will cover a number of topics including cryptography, classical systems, IP protocol security, private and public-key cryptography, cryptographic protocols, hash functions, authentication, signature schemes, email and web security, viruses, and firewalls.
Wireless Networks (from September 2016)
This module is designed to be suitable for a variety of networking professional roles including those wishing to gain a deeper understanding of 802.11 protocols, security and enterprise deployment. You will study enterprise wireless deployment elements and methodologies. Basic RF characteristics for mobile systems. 802.11 protocol operation and technologies wireless security issues and attack vulnerabilities.
Information Assurance and Risk Management
This module will provide students in-depth knowledge of the processes used in assuring the security of information during use, sharing, storage, transmission and disposal. It will cover the protection of the integrity, authenticity, availability and confidentiality of all classes of information. The module is designed to provide a comprehensive framework for ensuring the resilience of business activities during threats and disruptive events thus enabling the assessment of potential risks to the business which could result from disasters or emergency situations.
Ethical Hacking for Cyber Security
This module will enable learners to develop a deep understanding of both theoretical and practical aspects of Ethical Hacking. An essential part of a modern organisation’s e-security includes rigorous testing and analysis to determine vulnerabilities. Carrying out such work requires a special skill set, which crosses, legal issues, psychology, computer networks along with detailed understanding of system vulnerabilities and exploits. Additionally, you will be exposed to a collection of industry standard hacking tools and will learn how to apply these in an ethical manner to determine system vulnerabilities.
Research and Project Management
Throughout the world of science, engineering, technology and business, the ability to pursue research is seen as a requisite for continued career progression in the appropriate subject discipline. This module introduces students to the nature of research and the processes involved in carrying out research. General research approaches and methods for research will be introduced including literature searching, evaluation and reviewing. This general introduction will be followed by the inclusion of topics specifically designed to meet the requirements of the students’ programme of study.
The aim of this module is to enable you to undertake a substantial academic research project at Masters Level and present the results from this work in both written and oral forms. Your project itself will be a major piece of independent and original research centred at the forefront of your programme discipline within the wider sphere of the computer science and digital technologies field.
Fees and finance
Tuition fees: £9,950
This is the total fee for your 2 year programme including tuition, all course materials and examinations.
We offer an interest free monthly payment plan available to all self-funded students after payment of your deposit.
If you submit your application and pay your holding deposit for our June or September intake early, you could receive an Early Application Discount of up to £1000.
Government Loan for Masters study
For the Academic Year 2016/17, the Government will be providing a Postgraduate Loan (PGL) up to the value of £10,000 for UK and EU students. If you enter either full-time or part-time postgraduate study after the 1st of August 2016, you could be eligible to receive this funding.
How to apply or find out more
How to find out more
Enquire now to find out more information about the course, studying with us, the application process, and to ask any other questions you may have.
How to apply
Once you’re ready to apply, you can apply online to study the part-time MSc Cyber Security programme. This method allows you to upload your supporting documents at the time of application and automatically receive your student application number.
We strongly recommend that you submit your application as early as possible to allow you to complete all of the preparations needed to study your programme. Please refer to the Dates and Fees page.
If you are unable to apply online, then you can download a PDF application form and email it to admin.
For us to assess your application in a timely manner, it is important that you provide us with the following documents:
- Fully completed application form
- Personal email address must be included on the application form
- Transcripts and/or certificates (including a certified translation if not in English)
- Passport – copy of personal details page
- Proof of financial sponsorship if applicable
- Details of two referees
- Confirmation of immigration history including copies of previous and current visas if applicable
- An attached CV is desirable
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