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Cyber Security, Threat Intelligence and Forensics MSc

Cyber Security, Threat Intelligence and Forensics MSc

Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Computer Forensics Computer Cybernetics

Course type


Course Summary

Data breaches are on the rise but you can become part of the solution. With this specialised postrgraduate degree, you can enhance your existing computer science and IT knowledge, and gain in-depth skills ready to build a career in cyber security, cyber threat intelligence and digital forensics. Criminals are using more sophisticated techniques to infiltrate IT systems, organisations need talented people to reduce their risk and help to keep systems secure. In response, there is huge demand for talented computing and IT graduates and professionals who can help organisations of all shapes and sizes mitigate their data risks.

This industry-aligned course provides specialist cyber security knowledge, and a hands-on ethos, so you gain the skills and knowledge ready to fight cyber-crime. You’ll learn about the inner workings of programmes, operating systems and networks, so you can understand cyber-attacks. You’ll examine network security, data structures, and network penetration testing. You’ll explore cyber investigation and malware and exploit analysis. Salford is a leading regional study centre for computer science and cyber security. We are part of the recently announced GM Cyber Foundry, part of the region's blueprint to be a global leader in cyber and digital research and intelligence, a plan which will also see GCHQ open operations in Manchester.

There is a significant worldwide skills shortage in this area, particularly for graduates with the in-depth cyber security technical knowledge. Course graduates will be ready to find work in a wide variety of technical security roles within business, banking, software, networking, government, consultancy, etc. Typical roles could include malware analyser, penetration tester, information security manager, security consultant or security programmer. Some of our graduates progress to postgraduate and doctoral research in our Salford Innovation and Research Centre (SIRC). The Centre aims to build on our world-class research and provide industries with guidance and expertise in the advancement of technology for business success and economic growth.

Different course options

Full time | University of Salford | 1 year | JAN-20

Study mode

Full time


1 year

Start date



In this module, you will study threats to information security, technologies used to detect and combat them, and techniques and tools used to manage and investigate incidents. This module prepares you to complete the Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) exam.

Tuition fees

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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

The minimum entry requirement is a 2.2 honours in Computer Science or other related computing discipline with knowledge of programming and networking. Other students with a strong cyber security background are welcome to apply and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

University information

The University of Salford’s campus is based across three sites, with Peel Park within walking distance of Manchester. More than 3,000 postgraduate students study taught and research degrees each year, contributing to some of Salford’s nationally and internationally-recognised research projects. There are four academic schools at the University of Salford: School of Arts and Media School of Health and Society Salford Business...more