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Computer Science for Cyber Security
MSc or PGDip or PGCert
Our Computer Science for Cyber Security course builds on the knowledge gained in a first degree. It will equip you with advanced computer science and cyber security skills needed to produce modern secure systems.
Our teaching staff have a wide range of expertise in computer science and cyber security. We put an emphasis on live projects, alongside group work modelled on industry standard working patterns. This allows you to develop skills that are directly applicable to the workplace.
You'll use industry standard tools and techniques in our dedicated 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. And there is an increasing need to protect people, business and data from malicious attack. As a result individuals skilled in computer science and cyber security who can design, build and maintain secure software and systems are in demand.
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Fees quoted are for the first year only. If you are studying a course that lasts longer than one year your fees will increase each year.
Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.
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 without placement you must pass modules amounting to 180 credits:
- six taught modules (20 credits each)
- dissertation (60 credits).
To qualify for a master's degree with placement you need to undertake a one-year placement in between the taught component and the dissertation.
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.