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Study mode

Weekend

Duration

2 years

Start date

JUL

Key information
DATA SOURCE : IDP Connect

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Internet Security Systems

Course type

Taught

Course Summary

Overview

The issue of cyber security continues to be a major issue for both individuals and large corporations. It has been reported by the Cyber Security Breaches Survey 2018 that over four in ten businesses (43%) and two in ten charities (19%) experienced a cyber security breach or attack in the last 12 months.

For businesses it is no longer a question of if a cyber-attack will occur but rather when, and as such the demand for qualified IT security professionals has risen exponentially. Northumbria University’s part-time MSc Cyber Security has been designed to give you the skills to meet this increased demand, including how to handle security incidents, identify new and existing threats, and determining methods to minimise them.

What will I study?

Incidents of cyber-crime have increased in the UK by 48% from 2013-14 according to PwC’s Global State of Information Security Survey 2015, costing the UK up to £27bn a year. While their 2016 survey has reported a significant shift in the way organisations are taking action, including their willingness to invest in security.

Our MSc Cyber Security will teach you how to handle security incidents, identify new and existing threats and determine methods to minimise them. We will also provide an in-depth coverage of the fundamental concepts, principles and technologies for network security. Going beyond just theoretical theory, you will be given a practical understanding of governance and assurance, along with technology risk practices.

Careers and further study

Cyber security has become an increasingly recurring issue for businesses, governments and the public. Recent hacks include the US presidential election, Yahoo’s ‘biggest data breach in history’ and the continual release of information by WikiLeaks, the financial cost to business is estimated to be as high as $6 trillion by 2021. Given this, business and governments alike have significantly invested in their cyber security systems.

With all this investment, there are a plethora of career options following completion of this course, typical roles include:

Threat management & forensics
Risk analytics & management
Policy makers & Strategists
Operations & security management
Engineering, Architecture & Design
Chief Technology Officer.

Note - In light of Covid-19, start dates may vary and this course may initially be delivered online until a point where normal campus teaching can be resumed. Please check our website for the most up to date information regarding intakes and delivery.

Modules

The main objective of this module is to provide an in-depth coverage of the fundamental concepts, principles and technologies for network security. This module will provide students with a theoretical and practical understanding on two important aspects related to security namely, data security and network security. The module will cover a number of topics including cryptography, classical systems, IP protocol security, private and public-key cryptography, cryptographic protocols, hash functions, authentication, signature schemes, email and web security, viruses, and firewalls.

Tuition fees

UK fees
Course fees for UK / EU students

For this course (overall cost)

£7,170

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£5,202

International fees
Course fees for non-UK / EU students

This course is not open to international students.

Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)

£12,227

Entry requirements

Minimum 2:2 or above from a recognised university in a relevant field (IT/Computer Science/related field) or Professional qualifications that are equivalent to an honours degree. Non-standard entry requirements - Relevant qualifications and/or work experience will be taken into consideration where the applicant has the judged potential to benefit from the programme. Requests will be considered on an individual basis by the Programme Leader and relevant module tutors where appropriate.