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Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Computer Security Systems

Course type


Course Summary

On this GCHQ provisionally certified programme you will learn the essential skills to support cyber security within commercial and government organisations. This includes the technical side of encryption, authentication, biometrics, network security, etc as well as information security management and cyber security risk. This MSc is aimed at computing graduates with strong programming skills seeking careers as cyber security professionals or careers that need a systematic and deep understanding of the subject. It would also be an excellent starting point for those wishing to carry out further research in cyber security. Taught Master’s programmes are available with an optional industrial placement.

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. It is designed to equip our graduates with the skills and knowledge that make them highly attractive to potential employers, providing a good balance between theoretical studies and real-life applications.


This module covers: Email security. Spam: why? ; spam 'click through' rates; targeted spam; spam filtering systems. Phishing attacks; blocking fake sites; browser based defences. Email based malware and defences against this; Intrusion detection and prevention systems; honey pots; Denial of service; distributed denial of service; bot-nets; methods to detect complex denial of service attacks and defences against them; Problems of eavesdropping; security in wireless networks; Use of router based firewalls as a method to protect intranets: de-militarized zones, bastion hosts; internal intranet firewalls; personal firewalls; Proxy based firewall systems: control over which parts of the Internet are accessible; black-lists and white-lists; key-word based filtering; time based controls.

Tuition fees

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Course fees for UK / EU students

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Average for all Postgrad courses (per year)


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Course fees for non-UK / EU students

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Entry requirements

Students need to have a first, 2.1 or good 2.2 honours degree (or equivalent) in computing or a related subject with a strong background in programming. All applicants are considered on an individual basis and additional qualifications, and professional qualifications and experience will also be taken into account when considering applications.