MSc in Network Security and Pen Testing
Students on this programme will gain an understanding of the fundamental importance of computer networks, and communication systems security within an organisation. They will learn to involve management and user in awareness, decision-making and implementation with regard to network security and pen testing.
Students will develop the skills and knowledge required to analyse security risks within a communication system and to propose or devise solutions; to evaluate new threats to authentication, confidentiality and privacy, and to implement solutions to combat them; to make a functional security design for a communication system and implement it successfully; and they will acquire the skills to test systems' ability to withstand risks whilst undertaking test analysis and performing security management.
The course offers a balance of theory, advanced practical skills and experience to enable students to develop a sound knowledge and analytical ability to facilitate their intellectual and professional development.
- Security Architecture and Mechanisms
- Penetration Testing and Forensics
- Computer Networks and Internetworking
- Operating Systems and Applications Environment
- Cyber Security and Legal Regulations
- Network security and Services
- Project Research and Communication Skill
- Postgraduate Project in Computer Communications
As a full time student you take 7 modules in the academic year, and as a part time student you take 3 modules in the first year and 4 modules in the second year. The academic year comprises 24 weeks of teaching spread over two terms. Students' progress to the project/dissertation module upon successful completion of all taught modules.
Each module is assessed through a combination of group and/or individual coursework, presentations and an unseen examination or a major piece of coursework. In general, the coursework component of each module accounts for 30%-50% of the module grade, while the unseen examination accounts for 50%-70% depending on the nature of the module. The Postgraduate Project in Computer Communications, undertaken at the end of the programme, gives the student the opportunity to demonstrate in a practical way the knowledge and skills acquired from the programme as a whole, including the student's own self-directed learning and research.
To be accepted to study on the MSc Computer Networks and Pen Testing course, we normally require graduates with a good honours degree, or equivalent qualification, in an appropriate subject. We also consider candidates with other relevant qualifications and individuals with a minimum of three years' work experience. Those without formal qualifications need to demonstrate relevant work experience and the ability to study at postgraduate level.
English language requirements
You must have competence in English language. The most common English Language requirement for international students is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum grade 6.0 in all four components), or equivalent.
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Last updated December 8, 2016