Computer Science (Cyber Security) - MSc

In a world with more smart devices than people and an increasing reliance on connectivity across the Internet, cyber threats are a growing concern for organisations, governments and individuals. Acquiring skills in Cyber Security has, therefore, become an advantage for a range of professions and roles across different sectors and disciplines.

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  • A first, 2.1 or good 2.2 honours degree (or equivalent) in any subject. You should also have mathematical skills equivalent to a grade C or above in GCSE Mathematics.
  • The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Some typical requirements are listed below. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact us for further advice.
  • The University requires all non-native speakers of English to reach a minimum standard of proficiency in written and spoken English before beginning a postgraduate degree. Certain subjects require a higher level.
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Course structure

Duration: 1 year full-time

Each of our taught MSc courses is available in several formats to accommodate students from different backgrounds and to provide maximum flexibility.


The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This list is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation. Most programmes will require you to study a combination of compulsory and optional modules.

Compulsory modules currently include

CO823 - Introduction to Digital Forensics (15 credits)

CO834 - Information Security Management (15 credits)

CO883 - Systems Architecture (15 credits)

CO880 - Project and Dissertation (60 credits)

If you are appropriately experienced in programming, you must take CO871, otherwise you will be required to take CO881 and CO882.

CO871 - Advanced Java for Programmers (15 credits)

CO881 - Object-Oriented Programming (15 credits)

CO882 - Advanced Object-Oriented Programming (15 credits)

Optional modules may include

CO582 - Computer Interaction and User Experience (15 credits)

CO841 - Cyber Law (15 credits)

CO874 - Networks and Network Security (15 credits)

PO691 - Governance and War in Cyber Space (15 credits)

SO760 - The Sociology of Cybercrime (15 credits)

CO664 - Secure Programming (15 credits)

CO832 - Data Mining and Knowledge Discovery (15 credits)

CO838 - Internet of Things and Mobile Devices (15 credits)

CO884 - Algorithms and Logic (15 credits)

CO886 - Software Engineering (15 credits)

CO887 - Web-Based Information Systems Development

ENLA6001 - Advanced English for Academic Study in the Applied Sciences (15 credits)

Teaching and assessment

Assessment is through a mixture of written examinations and coursework, the relative weights of which vary according to the nature of the module. The final project is assessed by a dissertation.

Programme aims

This programme aims to:

  • enhance the career prospects of graduates seeking employment in the computing/IT sector
  • prepare you for research and/or professional practice at the forefront of the discipline
  • develop an integrated and critically aware understanding of one or more areas of computing/IT and their applications (according to your degree title)
  • develop a variety of advanced intellectual and transferable skills
  • equip you with the lifelong learning skills necessary to keep abreast of future developments in the field.
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