MSc Cyber Security with Professional Postgraduate Year
University of Surrey
Guildford, United Kingdom
GBP 26,500 / per year *
01 Jul 2024
Earliest start date
* full-time overseas students / UK students : 11900 GBP
Why Choose This Course
Safeguarding our data is crucial in today’s era of digital growth. Our Cyber Security with Professional Postgraduate Year MSc sits within our renowned School of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering and our outstanding Surrey Centre for Cyber Security.
The Surrey Centre for Cyber Security is an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research. Simultaneously, the University has attained the prestigious gold standard as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Education. Both accreditations were awarded by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), which is a part of the Government Communications Headquarters. Therefore, your teaching will be informed by world-class research conducted by world-leading experts in the subject. You& squall also benefit from our strong links with local and international industries.
This course is fully certified by the NCSC. It will equip you with the theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience necessary to pursue a successful career in this sector.
What You Will Study
Protecting digital information against unauthorised access and ensuring the strength of supporting network infrastructure and systems present major challenges for the ongoing technological progress in our society.
The science behind this MSc connects various disciplines, from computer science, mathematics and business to design and critical analysis of concepts, mechanisms and technologies used in the depth and breadth of cyber security.
You’ll learn the foundations of systems and information security such as cryptography, and you’ll also be educated on advanced and state-of-the-art concepts linked to electronic payments or distributed ledgers. You will apply your knowledge in practice, for example through interacting with and programming secure applications using trusted platform modules (TPMs), which are mounted on Raspberry Pi devices in our labs.
The MSc with a placement year will allow you to get experience in cyber security applied in research and development in the real world.
The University has strong, established links with many national and international businesses and institutions. These include:
- BAE Systems
- CGI Group
- Sky TV
Modules listed are indicative, reflecting the information available at the time of publication. Please note that modules may be subject to teaching availability, student demand and/or class size caps.
The University operates a credit framework for all taught programmes based on a 15-credit tariff. Modules can be either 15, 30, 45, 75 and 120 credits, and additionally for some masters dissertations, 90 credits.
The structure of our programmes follows clear educational aims that are tailored to each programme. These are all outlined in the programme specifications which include further details such as the learning outcomes:
Year 1 (Full-time with placement - 2 years)
- Architectural thinking for security
- Asymmetric cryptography
- Database systems
- Information security management
- Symmetric cryptography
- Cloud computing
- Information and network security
- Information security for business and government
- Multimedia security and digital forensics
- Secure systems and applications
Year 2 (Full-time with placement - 2 years)
- Professional postgraduate year (information security)
- Msc dissertation
Program Tuition Fee
We offer career information, advice, and guidance to all students whilst studying with us, which is extended to our alumni for three years after leaving the University.
This course leads to a huge range of career opportunities across the cybersecurity and IT sectors. Recent graduates have secured jobs at:
- Ernst and Young
- Hewlett Packard Enterprise
- IBM UK
- RGA Consulting
94 percent of our computer science postgraduate students go on to employment or further study (Graduate Outcomes 2023, HESA).
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