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Ethical Hacking and Cyber Security MSc/PGDip

Ethical Hacking and Cyber Security MSc/PGDip

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Ethical Hacking Internet Security Systems

Course type


Course Summary

This course in ethical hacking. We want to change the way you view cyber security so adopt an offensive approach. The best way to beat a hacker is to be able to think like one! Aimed at Computing/IT graduates, our MSc Ethical Hacking and Cyber Security covers a wide range of subjects, including penetration testing, digital forensics, information security management, Malware analysis, port scanning, buffer overflows and password cracking. Our research-active teaching staff are at the forefront of new developments, allowing the programme to evolve to cover the latest techniques and guidelines. In recent years, class sizes have been around 10-15 people, and they’re unlikely to go higher than 20. This allows for closer relationships with academic staff and fellow postgraduates. Certified by the National Cyber Security Centre - part of GCHQ - this Masters degree develops the skills and mind set needed to tackle the growing threat of computer hackers. Computer security is a growing concern for organisations of all sizes. This Masters will put you in the ideal position to pursue a successful and often lucrative career. It’s not unusual for the salaries of graduates from this programme to start at £35,000-£40,000. The industry is currently experiencing a major skills gap and global demand for ethical hackers is expected to rise to six million by 2019.

Teaching is focused on lectures and practical sessions in dedicated classrooms. Lectures are used to present the key concepts, while practicals increase your understanding of the subject and allow you to develop your competence in technological and theoretical work. You’re taught using a problem-based learning approach. You’ll spend around 12 hours per week attending classes and around 30 hours a week of private study. The taught course will be assessed using a combination of written coursework, presentations and seminars, with a written dissertation at MSc level. Students can exit at Postgraduate Diploma level.

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Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



An examination of the many forms of threats to information systems and appropriate countermeasures. This provides you with an understanding of the architecture and management of modern computer networking and of the security implications of the many possible architectural structures.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)


Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


Entry requirements

Students should have a minimum of a lower second-class (2:2) Honours degree in the field of Computing. The course is designed for students whose degree comprises a significant component of software development or networking.