De Montfort University

MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert Cyber Security

Developed with industry and certified by the NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre), this course directly addresses the unprecedented demand for cyber security expertise. It explores the underpinning technology of cyber domain and the role of linguistics, psychology and sociology in dealing with new cyber challenges.

You will study a diverse range of modules, including Cyber Threat Intelligence, Malware Analysis, and Penetration Testing and Incident Response, providing the fundamental knowledge needed to work in the sector. You will also produce a substantial piece of individual work in your third semester, with the support of your academic supervisor, investigating a topic tailored to your own area of interest.

The involvement of the Industrial Advisory Group (Airbus, BT, Deloitte UK and Rolls-Royce) in designing the course and supporting its delivery ensures the teaching remains current and supportive of the real challenges faced by cyber security specialists.

You will be taught by recognised experts in cyber security and will develop your professional skills within the Cyber Technology Institute (CTI), with its purpose-built cyber security and forensics laboratories.

We expect graduates to find employment as cyber security specialists within law enforcement, government, commercial IT departments and security consultancies. Previous graduates have gone on to work for cyber security specialist organisations including Capgemini.

Entry Requirements

You should have the equivalent of a British Honours degree (2:1 minimum) in a relevant subject.

We are happy to consider equivalent qualifications from anywhere in the world. 

If you have no formal academic qualifications but do have extensive industry experience we will consider your application on an individual basis.

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band, or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council-accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

Career Prospects

Placements

During this course you will have the option to complete a work placement*, an invaluable opportunity to put the skills developed during your degree into practice. This insight into the professional world will build on your knowledge in a real-world setting, preparing you to progress onto your chosen career.

Our Cyber Security  MSc students have secured placements with companies such as McAfee.

Our careers programme DMU Works can help to hone your professional skills with mock interviews and practice aptitude tests, and an assigned personal tutor will support you throughout your placement. 

DMU Global

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

While overseas DMU Global opportunities are not currently possible, DMU will continue to review government advice and if travel is permitted, we hope to offer a small number of extra-curricular opportunities in the summer of 2021. 

Graduate careers

Cyber security is one of the fastest-growing careers in the country with vacancies often outstripping available talent. The National Cyber Security Centre – a part of GCHQ – has fully certified DMU’s MSc in Cyber Security in recognition of its excellence in providing students with a broad foundation of skills.

Dr Ali Al-Bayatti, Associate Professor, said: “It will help  prospective students to make the right  choice when looking for a  highly-valued qualification that will give them the edge when seeking a career in cyber security.”

Course Details

Semester 1

Foundations of Cyber Security
Cyber Threat Intelligence
Host and Network Security
Penetration Testing and Incident Response

Semester 2

Cyber Engineering
Digital Forensics Principles and Practice
Malware Analysis
Legal, Ethical and Professional Practice

Semester 3

MSc Cyber Security Project/Dissertation

*The information’s are correct at the time of publishing, however it may change if university makes any changes after we have published the information. While we try our best to provide correct information, It is advisable to call us or visit university website for up to date information.

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