Cardiff Metropolitan University - Advanced Computer Security Masters Degree - MSc/PgD/PgC

Cardiff Metropolitan University

Advanced Computer Security Masters Degree - MSc/PgD/PgC

Often called Cyber security or Information Security, in this Masters degree in Advanced Computer Security you will explore the technologies and practices designed to protect sensitive data, computers and networks from both intentional and accidental access, alterations and damage by diverse threat actors. 

Developed in close collaboration with industry and aligned with National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) recommendations and CyBok framework, the course will give you the advanced knowledge and practical experience you need to respond successfully to cyber security threats. The content is structured into three main themes: offensive security, defensive security, and information security governance. This will allow you to become a well-rounded cyber security expert, capable of applying industry-standard tools and techniques to develop secure systems and design frameworks to reduce risks. 

Entry Requirements

Applicants should meet one of the following:

  • Possess, or expect to obtain, an undergraduate degree or equivalent, in a relevant area with a minimum of a 2:2 classification;
  • Hold a suitable professional qualification from an appropriate professional body.
  • Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard or equivalent.

Career Prospects

The specialist knowledge you will acquire through the course will place you in a strong position to pursue a wide range of careers involving the analysis of risk, including computer incident analyst, cyber security analyst, information security consultant, and managerial roles in the industry. The program also gives you a range of computing skills that could be widely applied to any role within the fields of data science and computing. 

You will be able to start careers in more technical roles such as ethical hacker or security incident handler, as well as management roles such as risk assessor, information security policy developer, data protection officer and compliance officer.

Course Details

The degree programme is comprised of 7 compulsory modules and a Dissertation project to develop your specific interests and expertise. All taught modules are 20 credits, unless specified.

You’ll learn to conduct penetration testing (ethical hacking) and vulnerability analysis, will explore forensics and applied cryptography concepts, and will get an in-depth understanding and ability to design policies and frameworks to identify and reduce risks and satisfy legal (e.g. GDPR) and compliance obligations (e.g. ISO27701). 

The course modules are integrated with professional certification contents such as Cisco Networking (CCNA) and Cyber Security (CyberOps), Certified Ethical Hacking (CEH) and ISO27001 ISMS Auditing. You will have the option to undertake these certifications alongside your studies at reduced or no additional cost. You can also get involved in professional cyber security groups and industry-relevant challenges and competitions to test your skills and develop your abilities. 

Information security - Risks, Threat and Attacks (20 Credits)
Human Centred Security (20 credits)
Forensics (20 credits)
Secure systems and software (20 credits)
Network Security (20 credits)
Applied Cryptography (20 credits)
Research Methods for Technology Dissertations (20 credits)
Cyber security dissertation (40 credits)

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