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Computer Science for Cyber Security
MSc or PGDip or PGCert
Our MSc Computer Science for Cyber Security course will equip you with the advanced technical skills needed to produce modern secure systems. The course builds on knowledge gained from your first degree. It is for recent graduates and those with substantial experience in the computing industry.
Our teaching staff have a wide range of expertise. We put an emphasis on live projects, alongside group work modelled on industry standard working patterns.
You will use industry standard tools in our security, server and networking laboratories. These labs provide a safe space for you to practice both offensive and defensive security techniques.
The UK government has highlighted cyber threats as one of the four main threats to the UK. There is an increasing need to protect people, business and data from malicious attacks. Individuals skilled in computer science and cyber security who can design and build secure software and systems are in demand.
We are proud to announce that this course has been awarded full GCHQ certification, the gold standard for courses in Cyber Security.
How to apply
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Financial support and scholarships
The Department of Computing and Communication Technologies awards a limited number of scholarships for its taught postgraduate programmes, which are awarded on a competitive basis to UK, EU and international postgraduates each year. Further information can be found at /ecm/courses/scholarships/
Learning and assessment
The MSc in Computer Science for Cyber Security has a modular course-unit design. This gives you flexibility and choice.
To qualify for a master’s degree you must pass modules amounting to 180 credits:
- six taught modules (20 credits each)
- dissertation (60 credits).
To qualify for the Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Science for Cyber Security you must pass modules amounting to 120 credits. In some cases, it may be possible for a student on a Postgraduate Diploma to do 3 taught modules (20 credits each) plus your dissertation (60 credits).
To qualify for a Postgraduate Certificate in Computer Science for Cyber Security you must pass modules amounting to 60 credits. This comprises three taught modules (20 credits each).
The School of Engineering, Computing and Mathematics is home to world-leading and award-winning research. Our focus is on user-inspired original research with real-world applications. And a wide range of activities from model-driven system design and empirical software engineering through to web technologies, cloud computing and big data, digital forensics and computer vision.
Staff and students collaborate on projects supported by the EPSRC, the EU, the DTI, and several major UK companies.
Computing achieved an excellent assessment of its UoA (Unit of Assessment) 11 return for REF 2014 (Research Excellence Framework).
Students on this course can be involved with research in the following research groups:
After you graduate
This programme allows graduates to undertake a wide range of roles in IT and cyber security. Common careers in this area are:
- IT security professionals
- penetration testers
- digital forensic investigators
- software developers
- systems engineers
- technical analysts
- IT managers
Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.
For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.