The course aims to provide students with the skills to design, implement and manage computer-based systems security, using software and networking technologies. This title also includes the basic, key elements of forensic computing: forensics and the legal and ethical issues involved in any digital investigation.
Students will gain a broad understanding of the different levels of computer and network security together with the basic phases of a forensic investigation and of computing in general. They will examine wireless communication systems; networks; operating systems and interfacing socket programming; servers and their security implications; and the planning and implementation of network security management, including security, risk analysis and disaster recovery planning.
Features and benefits of the course
- The School has an extensive range of equipment in our own specialist laboratories which is supported by a dedicated team of technical staff.
- Research in the School was rated 'internationally excellent' with some rated 'world-leading' in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF).
- Our online virtual learning platform Moodle provides access to lectures, course materials and assessment information.
- Classes are concentrated on certain days of the week to facilitate part-time students’ attendance and allow full-time students to undertake part-time employment if necessary.
- The School of Computing, Mathematics and Digital Technology is a member of the Oracle Academy.
- We are an academic partner of the Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP). This partner status recognises our expertise in the field of information and cybersecurity.
- We are also an Academy of the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) and deliver their partner programme which provides a pathway for students towards a rewarding, high-growth IT career.
You will study advanced topics in computer networks and operating systems, focusing on principles, architectures and protocols used in modern large-scale networked systems.
Cryptography and encryption studies cover classical cryptography, key encryption algorithms, how to code algorithms and their variants in a modern programming language and implement cryptosystems over a computer network.
You will develop skills to design and implement advanced security mechanisms in a network environment, considering in depth wired and wireless network security and the best practice in the field.
All course units combine with a flexible approach, which allows students to undertake practical project work while attending work placements. With one-third of the course project-based, it may be possible to undertake yours in collaboration with an external organisation or within the School.
The Master's project will involve practical system creation or experimentation work. Where appropriate, the implementation or experimentation may be work-based.
- Advanced Computer Networks and Operating Systems.
- Advanced Network Security.
- Cryptography and Encryption.
- Introduction to Computer Forensics and Security.
- Masters Project.
You will normally have at least a second-class UK Honours degree (or international equivalent) in a computing-related subject, or exceptionally, a good sub-degree qualification in computing and very substantial work experience in computing or a closely-related area.