MSc Cyber Security (Part-Time)

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If you are interested in doing a Masters, there are many ways you can fund this. We have the £10,609 Postgraduate Loan available for UK/EU students along with scholarships and employer sponsorships. Get in touch with us if you would like to find out more.

Overview

The issue of cyber security continues to be a major issue for both individuals and large corporations with a reported 117,339 incoming cyber-attacks every day (The Global State of Information Security Survey 2015).

For businesses it is no longer a question of if a cyber-attack will occur but rather when, and as such the demand for qualified IT security professionals has risen exponentially. Northumbria University’s part-time MSc Cyber Security has been designed to give you the skills to meet this increased demand, including how to handle security incidents, identify new and existing threats, and determining methods to minimise them.

Key facts

  • Part-time Masters degree based in Central London
  • Continue working while you study with lectures delivered on 15 weekends spread throughout the 2 year course
  • Build a critical understanding of governance and assurance, along with technology risk practices
  • Learn how to handle security incidents, identify new and existing threats and determine methods to minimise them
  • Undergraduate degree not essential for entry

What will I study?

Our MSc Cyber Security will teach you how to handle security incidents, identify new and existing threats and determine methods to minimise them. We will also provide an in-depth coverage of the fundamental concepts, principles and technologies for network security. Going beyond just theoretical theory, you will be given a practical understanding of governance and assurance, along with technology risk practices.

How will I be taught and assessed?

Our MSc Cyber Security is designed to allow you to fit your studies around your working life and is assessed through modular assignments, exams and a final dissertation. All taught lectures are delivered across 15 of weekends spread throughout the 2 year programme. This is based on 2 10am-4pm sessions over 15 weekends, you will also have an additional 6-hours of contact time through a workshop. You will also have 6-hours of contact time with your tutor as part of your final project, this can be on campus or online.

Careers and further study

Cyber security has become an increasingly recurring issue for businesses, governments and the public. Recent hacks include the US presidential election, Yahoo’s ‘biggest data breach in history’ and the continual release of information by Wikileaks, the financial cost to business is estimated to be as high as $6 trillion by 2021. Given this, business and governments alike have significantly invested in their cyber security systems.

With all this investment, there are a plethora of career options following completion of this course, typical roles include:

  • Threat management & forensics
  • Risk analytics & management
  • Policy makers & Strategists
  • Operations & security management
  • Engineering, Architecture & Design
  • Chief Technology Officer

Course information

Level of study:    Postgraduate
 
Fee: £7,650 (UK/EU)
 
Entry requirements: 2:2 or above undergraduate degree from a recognised university in a computing-related discipline or professional qualifications that are equivalent to an honours degree
 
Mode of study: Part-time classroom
 
Duration: 2 years (15 weekends)
 
Assessment methods: Coursework and exams
 
Scholarship or bursaries: Not available
 
Student finance: Available
 
Payment plan: Available
 
Starts: January, April, July, October
 
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