MSc in Networks and Security
In 1984, John Gage and Bill Joy of Sun Microsystems coined one of the most memorable phrases of the information age, “the network is the computer”. By making computing resources available to machines on a network, allowing them to exchange information from different locations, and by using them as collaborative team to work on a specific task has allowed networked computers to instigate the information age.
Networks form the basis of the Internet, make powerful distributed computing possible and are the basis for grid and cloud computing. Network computers are used in organisations at all scales ranging from schools and small businesses up to multi-national companies and governments. If the information transmitted on such networks becomes compromised this can have disastrous consequences.
Cyber-attack and countering this with cyber-security is being increasingly being recognised as vital by big businesses and governments; as such it is a ”hot” area of employment. This course equips student with the increasingly diverse range of cyber skills business and government needs. This includes virus defence, anti-eavesdropping techniques, counter measures to cyber-attack and denial of service attack, anti-Trojan horse techniques and disaster avoidance and recovery policies.
Creating and managing robust cryptosystems is not only a serious academic discipline; it has practical implications in countering cyber-threats. Students taking this course will learn the history, theory and practical skills in order to secure networks of all types and at all levels; by doing so they will gain the cyber-skills urgently being sought by businesses and governments.
The programme consists of 8 taught modules (4 compulsory, 4 elective) and a dissertation (final research project) totalling 180 credits. You will be assessed for each module. Assessment methods will vary and may include practical work, reports, presentations, examinations, a research proposal and research dissertation.
Location and Facilities
All classes are held at Liverpool Hope University’s main campus, Hope Park. The campus is situated just four miles from the city centre and offers superb academic and support facilities, including on-campus library with extended opening hours, free computer and wi-fi access, and a careers service for advice on part-time work opportunities and post-study careers.
The Department of Computer Science brings together multi-disciplinary research interests and substantial experience and expertise in the field of Computer Science and Informatics. Its aim is to facilitate research into Intelligent and Distributed Systems, Computer Simulation and Modelling, Data Engineering, Operations Research, Bioinformatics, Software Engineering, Human Computer Interactions (HCI), and Computer Supported Collaborative Word (CSCW). In the most recent Research Assessment Exercise (RAE 2008), 60% of the research submitted by the Department was judged to be of ‘international recognition and excellence’. The Department’s commitment to research includes an on-going research seminar and conference programme with speakers from around the globe; a state-of-the-art research facility, the Intelligent and Distributed Systems (IDS) laboratory; and opportunities for PhD bursaries for outstanding postgraduate students with demonstrated research potential.
Future Career Opportunities
There is strong predicted growth in for jobs in cyber security. The UK in particular has difficultly recruiting qualified people, and industry experts believe that the number of jobs will increase, whilst the number of people applying to the IT sector as a whole is decreasing. MSc Networks and Security graduates will be well placed to fill this need.
Award: MSc Networks and Security
Mode of Study: MSc Networks and Security is a full-time course, 35 hours per week which includes lectures, seminars, tutorials, and independent study.
Duration: The course duration is normally 12 months.
Study Pattern: Two intakes a year, September and January
- Normally an undergraduate degree (2nd class or above) in a relevant subject area (Computer Science, Information Technology or an Engineering Discipline). Industrial experience or other qualifications may also be considered where appropriate.
- The programme is taught in English. Students whose first language is not English are normally required to have an IELTS 6.5 (including reading 6, writing 6), TOEFL paper based 560, TOEFL ibt 83 or other equivalent recognised English language qualification.