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MSc/PgDip Cyber Security, Threat Intelligence and Forensics

MSc/PgDip Cyber Security, Threat Intelligence and Forensics

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Full time | University of Salford | 1 year | JAN-21

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Full time


1 year

Start date


Key information

Qualification type

MSc - Master of Science

Subject areas

Forensic Science (Non-Medical) Internet Security Systems

Course type


Course Summary

Data breaches are on the rise, but you can become part of the solution. With this specialised postgraduate 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 both attack(red team) and defence (blue team). You'll consider established attack surfaces (networking, social engineering) and modern issues (IoT, Cloud). You will also examine trade-offs between security and availability, and between privacy and audit.

Salford is a leading regional study centre for computer science and cyber security. We are part of the recently announced GM Cyber Foundry, the Greater Manchester city 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.

You will:

  • Develop practical and real-world skills in all major areas of cyber security
  • Have contact with industry experts and active cyber security researchers
  • Build cyber threat intelligence to learn how to fight against Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs)
  • Gain advanced knowledge of penetration testing, cyber forensics, malware reverse engineering, privacy, and risk management


The majority of teaching and learning is delivered through tutorial and seminar groups. You will benefit from the supply of a range of high-quality teaching materials and software. Interaction is face-to-face wherever practical, but we also use web-based learning support packages (databases of materials, discussion boards etc.) and there is a strong focus on guided self-learning.

Group activities develop your team working and professional skills (though all assessment is individual). Supervised work in computer laboratories puts into practice principles you have covered in supporting lectures.


Salford leads an industrial liaison committee to gain advice on our computing programmes and course content. Companies involved in this initiative rely on IT and data for their operations. This approach ensures we understand industry needs from multiple perspectives and helps us to nurture graduates with strong employability and transferable skill sets.

This course has contacts with local industry such as software companies (such as Web Applications UK), infrastructure providers (such as UKFast) and security consultants (such as KPMG). These companies will provide you with a real-world perspective to help you appreciate the barriers that exist and the compromises that must be made to manage conflicting demands (known as the C-I-A triad).


You will study how the applied use of cryptography can provide enhanced security for networked systems (including emerging systems such as blockchain, cloud and IoT), and enhanced privacy for users of networked systems (including social networks and vehicular networks) but that all design decisions are subject to multiple trade-offs that balance the different needs of diverse views of the systems.

Tuition fees

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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. We also welcome applications from industry professionals with relevant security experience who might not have formal qualifications. We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully.

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