MSc in Cyber Security

General

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Program Description

Become a digital crime fighter.

Overview

Networked computers run our world. From homes to hospitals, airports to banks and all stops in between, everything is connected – but these systems are susceptible to infiltration and attack. Study our MSc Cyber Security and you’ll gain the expertise to become part of the defence.

By learning to design, implement and manage computer-based systems security, you’ll develop the skills and confidence to succeed in a wide range of cyber-security roles, including security designer, ethical hacker, and digital forensics officer.

Starting with the fundamentals, you’ll gain a broad understanding of the different levels of computer and network security. As you progress, you’ll explore both the technical aspects and the logistics of planning and implementing network security management. You’ll also learn how to investigate systems after a breach.

Throughout, you’ll be supported by highly professional staff with practical experience at the forefront of this dynamic landscape. And working in our specialist labs with the latest hardware and software will give you hands-on project experience in real-world network security scenarios.

The result? You’ll become a specialist in a field with opportunities in virtually every sector – with everything that means for your future career prospects.

Non-means-tested loans of up to a maximum of £10,000 will be available to postgraduate masters students.

Length

  • 1 year: full-time
  • 2 years: part-time

Features and Benefits

  • Excellent facilities – The School has an extensive range of equipment in our own specialist laboratories, together with the support of our dedicated technical staff.
  • Cutting-edge research – Our research is rated 'internationally excellent', with some rated 'world-leading' in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
  • Excellent standards – Recognised for our expertise, the school is a member of the Oracle Academy and an academic partner of the Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP).
  • Professional focus – As an Academy of the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), we deliver their partner programme which provides a pathway for students towards a rewarding, high-growth IT career.
  • Thriving technology sector – Being in Manchester puts the largest creative and digital technology sector outside the capital on our doorstep.
  • Digital city – Manchester is aiming to be one of the world’s top 20 digital cities by 2020 and has invested £350bn in its digital and technology infrastructure to support growth.
  • Athena SWAN award – Manchester Metropolitan University’s commitment to promote and advance gender equality in STEM subjects has been recognised with a Bronze Athena SWAN award.

Career Prospects

The advanced skills and understanding you’ll develop on our MSc course can take you into cybersecurity roles across a range of industries, in both the public and private sectors. You could apply for jobs like information security specialist, software engineer for information security, ethical hacker, security designer or security tester, to name a few.

Your masters could also provide a foundation for further studies – going on to do a PhD –whether staying on at Manchester Met or going elsewhere.

You’ll have the specialist support of our careers service from day one, and for three years after you leave us. Between the services available through the School of Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology and the University’s Career Service, you’ll have access to everything from employer events and careers fair to employability skills workshops and dedicated advisors.

Professional Accreditation

The School is an educational affiliate of the British Computing Society, the Chartered Institute for IT in the UK (BCS), a member of the Oracle Academy and an Academy for the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA). Many of the School's degree programmes are accredited by BCS.

The School is also an academic partner of the Institute of Information Security Professionals who recognise our expertise in the field of information and cybersecurity. Mathematics degree courses are approved by the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications.

Entry Requirements

You’ll need a good UK honours degree – at least a 2:2 – or the international equivalent, in a computing-related subject with knowledge of programming and networks. We might also consider your application if you have a different kind of computing qualification, together with substantial experience in a computing-focused role.

Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.

Pre-sessional English courses are available to support you in meeting the English language requirements.

Please note: to apply for this course, you only need to provide one reference.

Course Details

You’ll study five core units, covering areas like Advanced Network Security, Cryptography and Encryption, and Computer Forensics and Security. You’ll then move on to tackle an in-depth masters project.

Our research in Informatics

Manchester Metropolitan University's Department of Computing and Mathematics is home to the Informatics Research Centre (IRC), an interdisciplinary hub that conducts leading work on fundamental and applied computer science. Areas of research include intelligent systems, image and sensory computation, logic, peer-to-peer computing, computation, novel and natural computing, informatics and computational fluid dynamics. Research in the School was rated internationally excellent with some rated world-leading in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework.

The Centre is characterised by its distinctive mix of expertise, research strengths and cross-discipline working. Its overarching aim is to use computer science to address societal challenges and ensure research has a significant impact in areas such as healthcare, future cities and security.

Year 1

This course can be taught full-time over 1 year, or part-time 2 years. If taught full-time all units will be taken within 1 year.

Core Units:

  • Introduction to Computer Forensics and Security
  • Advanced Network Security
  • Cryptography and Encryption
  • Advanced Computer Networks and Operating Systems
  • Masters Project
Assessment Weightings and Contact Hours

10 credits equate to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A Masters qualification typically comprises of 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits and an MFA 300 credits. The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Study

  • Full-time: 50% lectures, seminars or similar; 0% placement; 50% independent study

Assessment

  • Full-time: 75% coursework; 0% practical; 25% examination
Additional information about this Course

Students are expected to behave in a professional and business-like manner when on placement or conducting projects with external partners.

Placement Options

This MSc course is a short, intensive programme, which doesn’t leave much room for a placement. But there are employers who might offer short-term internship opportunities. With our regular ‘meet the employer’ events, together with the support of our careers team, we’ll be there to help you make the most of any available opportunities.

Department of Computing and Mathematics

Our Department of Computing and Mathematics is a vibrant community of staff and students, which prides itself on internal and external collaboration.

The department is committed to teaching and research that addresses societal challenges through disciplines like artificial intelligence, big data, computational fluid dynamics, cyber security, dynamical systems, the internet of things, smart cities, robotics and virtual reality.

Fees

UK and EU Students
  • UK and EU students: Full-time fee: £8,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
  • UK and EU students: Part-time fee: £1417 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Non-EU and Channel Island Students
  • Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £15,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
  • Non-EU international and Channel Island students: Part-time fee: £2584 per 30 credits studied per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).
Additional Information

A Masters qualification typically comprises 180 credits, a PGDip 120 credits, a PGCert 60 credits, and an MFA 300 credits. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of study provided the course is completed in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional Costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5 pence per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop, up to £100 for books and printing. Total optional cost: £400.

Professional Costs

Students can choose to join the BCS at any point in their study. It is not required but is useful. The annual charge is identified for every year there is also an option to take course membership for £57.

Last updated Sep 2019

About the School

Manchester Met has a proud heritage dating back to 1824. We are also one of the largest universities in the UK with over 38,000 students. We have over 3,500 international students from more than 140 c ... Read More

Manchester Met has a proud heritage dating back to 1824. We are also one of the largest universities in the UK with over 38,000 students. We have over 3,500 international students from more than 140 countries. We are ranked amongst the world’s top 200 universities under 50 years old according to the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2019 which is a measure of our commitment to delivering and supporting quality research and teaching. Read less