Cyber security is essential for all organisations, with hacking, malicious code and social engineering ever present threats to data. This programme provides holistic coverage of cyber security, from governance and policy, to cryptography, penetration testing and digital forensics. Grounded in core computer science, the programme develops the knowledge and skills to design, develop and manage secure systems to produce highly employable cyber security professionals.

Being very applied in nature, you will spend a significant proportion of your time in our Security and Forensics Laboratory putting theory in practice whilst working alongside world-leading academics.

Key Features

  • Refreshed and updated curriculum from 2020/21, reflecting the changes to the cyber security industry, including a brand new Cyber Physical Systems Security module.
  • Benefit from world-leading research-active staff at the forefront of knowledge, conducting research within the Centre for Cyber Security, Communications and Network Research.
  • Strong alignment of learning to industry recognised certifications, such as AccessData Forensic Examiner (ACE), and EC-Council’s Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH).
  • A significant focus upon practical laboratories using state-of-the-art security and forensic facilities.
  • Active Computer and Information Security Society (CISS) provide opportunities for networking, problem solving, speakers from industry as well as a valuable source of contacts.
  • Benefit from the courses extensive links with major professional bodies and societies such as the BCSISACAIFIP Technical Committee 11 and the Chartered Institute of Information Security.
  • Take the opportunity to make career inroads through strong industrial links with major organisations such as KasperskyMicrosoftIBMNational Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), and various UK government departments.
  • Build on the foundation which this programme offers and take the opportunity to progress onto a research degree at MPhil or PhD level.
  • The University has been awarded Academic Partner status by the Chartered Institute of Information Security, in recognition of the significant base of security-related expertise within the institution. This link encourages and enables a dialogue between academia and the wider community of security practitioners.
  • Be confident studying a degree accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT* (accreditation pending).

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 degree in computing or technical discipline. A lower degree classification may be considered if you can demonstrate a significant level of experience in the security area, with competence in computer programming. Professional experience may also be taken into consideration.

Career Opportunities

This programme offers excellent career prospects, especially in light of the current shortage of cyber security skills in the marketplace. Graduates from this programme can pursue a wide variety of roles, some of which include: Security Analyst, Forensics Examiner, Security Engineer, Penetration (Pentest) Tester, System Administrator, Web Developer, IT Support Engineer.

Funding Information

Find out more about what funding options are available to you as a taught postgraduate student.

For more information, including details of how to apply please visit our website

Postgraduate open evening

Our Postgraduate Open Evenings are designed to help you find out about the range of postgraduate and professional development opportunities. Both academic and professional support staff from the University will be available to answer your questions and give you advice, guidance and information about our programmes.

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Funding Information

Funding applies to:

UK, EU and International applicants.

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