MSC CYBER SECURITY (WITH ADVANCED PRACTICE)

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About the course

 

Overview

This programme has been designed for those who have an undergraduate degree in any discipline and wish to study for a qualification that focuses on cyber security in order to develop a career path in this discipline. The MSc in Cyber Security Technology is ideally suited to those who have no prior learning in cyber security, the modular content is reflective of this strategy.

This Masters programme has been developed in consultation with partners from the industry to ensure you learn up-to-date cyber security knowledge required by employers across the industry. Graduates from the programme will be equipped to work in a variety of careers at an entry or junior level in the cyber security sector and IT industry or to progress to academic or research-orientated careers.

Key facts

  • Enhance your theoretical and applied knowledge expertise in the rapidly growing cyber security industry
  • Demonstrate your security capabilities in important, emerging technologies such as the cloud and big data
  • Develop your business intelligence and leadership capabilities
  • Northumbria University is recognised as a Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research (ACEs-CSR) by the National Cyber Security Centre
  • Also available as a part-time programme
  • Upon graduating, opt to further develop your skills and employability with Professional Pathways programmes through one of the UK’s leading IT and project management training providers, QA
  • The Advanced Practice includes an Internship, Group Consultancy Project or Research Project, enhancing your employability with all-important work experience

What will I study?

By completing the MSc in Cyber Security Technology, you will be able to demonstrate capabilities in the areas of Digital Leadership, Information Governance and Cyber Security, Cloud and Big Data Security, Introduction to Computer Networks Security, Computer Network Security, Research Methods for Professional Practice and Computing and Digital Technologies Project.

Alternatively, you can study the MSc Cyber Security Technology Part-Time.

The modular content has been designed to allow you to develop both a theoretical and applied knowledge of core specialisms essential for a cyber security expert. For example, the digital leadership module is designed to support future career progression into roles where there is a requirement to manage other cyber specialists. It also provides a useful foundation for those seeking to pursue a career in cyber security in a role where you are required to perform security vulnerability assessments and penetration testing for networked information systems. Knowledge gained from studying the programme will enable you to conduct threat intelligence analysis to keep up to date with the changing threat landscape.

As you progress through the programme you develop as an up to date, well rounded and outward-looking professional capable of taking responsibility for and effectively leading cyber security and technology projects and people, capable of making good decisions and improving the performance of yourself, your people, your areas of responsibility and your organisation.

How will I be taught and assessed?

  • Teaching is delivered through a mix of lectures, workshops, labs, seminars and tutorials, totalling between 10-12 hours per week.
  • You’re expected to engage in independent study and self-directed learning, around 30-32 hours per week.
  • The programme is 100% assessed through coursework, including critical report writing, portfolio, projects and a physical artefact such as a programme or a database.
  • Taught by experienced lecturers and academics who use their industry experience to demonstrate how theories translate into real-life situations.
  • Technology-enhanced learning is embedded throughout the course to guide your preparation for seminars and independent research
  • Benefit from weekly academic support sessions designed to build your ability and confidence as an academic learner
  • You will be assigned a guidance tutor at induction who you will meet with regularly during your studies

Careers and further study

This master’s programme has been designed to ensure that graduates from the programme will be equipped to work in a variety of careers in the cyber security/IT industry or to progress to academic or research-orientated careers. The qualification is designed to accelerate your skills and competence in a range of job roles, including:

  • Cyber Security Engineer
  • Cyber Security Analyst
  • Cyber Security Consultant
  • IT Security and Support Manager
  • Information Security professional
  • Business Analyst.

Advanced Practice stage

The Advanced Practice version of this course offers you a valuable opportunity to secure a 12-15 week internship, Group Consultancy Project or complete a Research Project, giving you the experience of the workplace environment or live computing issues, and an excellent way to put your learning into practice.

Upon successfully completing your course, you may undertake further professional development and training through Professional Pathways programmes. These are offered to our graduates for free, from our partner, QA. Find out more about Professional Pathways and your eligibility.

Entry requirements

Academic entry requirements

  • Minimum 2:2 honours degree from a UK university or equivalent, in any subject
  • Professional qualifications with equivalent standing which had a significant requirement for academic study may also be considered

English language requirements

  • IELTS 6.5 (or above) with no single element below 5.5 or equivalent.

If you don’t meet the academic requirements

Applicants who do not meet the academic requirements but who do have substantial experience of working in a business organisation and/or possess a relevant professional qualification will also be considered. If you are unsure if you meet the entry criteria, please contact us and our team will be able to advise you.

International entry equivalencies

We accept a wide range of international qualifications. Please visit our entry requirements page for country-specific qualifications.

Please note that if your qualifications are not in English, we might need certified translations in order to proceed with your application.

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