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MSc Cyber Security

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    MSc 1 Year Full-time, Part-time route available

Course Description

Cyber security is essential for all organisations, with hacking, malicious code and social engineering ever present threats to data. This programme provides holistic coverage of cyber security, from governance and policy, to cryptography, penetration testing and digital forensics. Grounded in core computer science, the programme develops the knowledge and skills to design, develop and manage secure systems to produce highly employable cyber security professionals.

Key features

  • Refreshed and updated curriculum for 2020/21, reflecting the changes to the cyber security industry, including a brand new Cyber Physical Systems Security module.
  • Curriculum, facilities and staff certified by the UK National Cyber Security Centre.
  • Benefit from world-leading research-active staff at the forefront of knowledge, conducting research within the Centre for Cyber Security, Communications and Network Research (CSCAN). 
  • Strong alignment of learning to industry recognised certifications, such as AccessData Forensic Examiner (ACE), and EC-Council's Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH).
  • A significant focus upon practical laboratories using state-of-the-art security and forensic facilities.
  • You will spend a significant proportion of your time in our Security and Forensics Laboratory putting theory in practice whilst working alongside world-leading academics.
  • Access to our new engineering and design facility. Students in engineering, science and the arts have access to a range of specialist equipment and innovative laboratories. You'll also have access to specialist laboratories  equipped with various hardware and software configurations.
  • Active Computer and Information Security Society (CISS) provide opportunities for networking, problem solving, speakers from industry as well as a valuable source of contacts.
  • Benefit from the courses extensive links with major professional bodies and societies such as the BCS, ISACA, IFIPTechnical Committee 11 and the Chartered Institute of Information Security. 
  • Take the opportunity to make career inroads through strong industrial links with major organisations such as Kaspersky, Microsoft, IBM, National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), and various UK government departments.
  • Build on the foundation which this programme offers and take the opportunity to progress onto a research degree at MPhil or PhD level. 
  • The University has been awarded Academic Partner status by the Chartered Institute of Information Security, in recognition of the significant base of security-related expertise within the institution. This link encourages and enables a dialogue between academia and the wider community of security practitioners. 
  • Be confident studying a degree accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.

Entry Requirements

A 2:1 degree in computing or technical discipline. A lower degree classification may be considered if you can demonstrate a significant level of experience in the security area, with competence in computer programming. Professional experience may also be taken into consideration.

Unfortunately due to modular similarities between our undergraduate and postgraduate courses, we are not permitted to consider any graduates.

We welcome applicants with international qualifications. Applicants with overseas qualifications can check their comparability with Ecctis, which provides an advisory service.

English language requirements

The minimum IELTS score for acceptable English proficiency for entry is 6.5 (with a minimum of 5.5 in each element).

If your first language is not English then evidence of English proficiency is required. The level of proficiency that is required can vary with the type of programme for which you are applying. 

Fees

For fees and funding options, please visit website to find out more.

Programme Funding

From scholarships and loans, to grants from charitable trusts, you can fund your postgraduate study at Plymouth in a number of ways.

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