About the course
Cyber Technology MSc
This programme provides flexibility and a range of module choices to practitioners and relevant organisations in the telecom, consultancy and software/system engineering sectors, which enables them to tailor their training/education needs.
- Reasons to study Cyber Technology at De Montfort University: Develop skills required for a rapidly changing sector gain the latest skills, techniques and knowledge required in one of the most exciting areas of computing
- Developed in conjunction with industry experts modules are developed with Deloitte UK, Airbus, BT and Rolls-Royce ensuring that you explore issues relevant to industry
- Dedicated Cyber Security Centre access to our dedicated Computer Security and Forensics laboratories will give you the opportunity to work in industry standard facilities which will allow you to develop and enhance your skills in digital forensics
- Taught by expert academic staff taught by expert staff within our Cyber Security Centre and Software Technology Research Laboratory who recognised leaders in the cyber security domain
- Specialise your learning to your area of interest combine modules from across Cyber Security, Cyber Technology, Digital Forensics and Software Engineering, allowing you to tailor the course to your areas of interest
- Excellent career prospects graduates are prepared for roles such as consultancy, software houses or project management within organisations that are cyber security specialists within law enforcement, government; in commercial IT departments and security consultancies
Cyber Technology MSc consists of four main themes; Cyber Security, Software Engineering, Digital Forensics, and Management. It can be studied by combining modules from all four themes allowing you to specialise in your chosen area of interest. You have the opportunity to choose mixed pathways, for example the choices of modules could lead to a degree in Cyber Security with Management. This programme is developed in conjunction with our Industrial Advisory Group which includes: Deloitte UK, Airbus, BT, and Rolls-Royce.
Cyber Security: Constantly in the news, whether it is the theft of a laptop containing secret information, high-profile hacking incidents or an attack on the national critical infrastructure, it is impossible to ignore the importance of cyber security.
The Cyber Security modules are developed to provide the most up-to-date cyber security principles, practice, tools and techniques, taught by a team of ten experienced, specialist staff in a purpose-built computer security and forensics laboratory at DMU.
Software Engineering: The overall aim of this theme is to consider software engineering as the systematic application of tools and techniques to the various stages of the software development process. In particular, to the specification, design, implementation, testing, deployment, and evolution stages of dependable, scalable and robust software systems within constraints of cost, time, available resource and pre-existing systems. The major focus of the course is the formal specification of such critical systems at every stage of development.
Digital Forensics: One of the fastest growing areas in the IT industry. The growing need for companies and governments to comply with regulations concerning data protection and adequate incident response means that all organisations now need computer security and/or digital forensics specialists.
Management: Designed to equip students with the necessary skills and abilities to enable them to undertake complex business planning that is of great relevance to the modern global business environment. Management has developed as an academic discipline and profession, whereby the skills that it has been traditionally associated with have expanded beyond construction and engineering workplaces. Today, management is of relevance to all business fields, from the financial sector through to healthcare and information technology. New product development, change management, software development and event management are examples of the type of projects benefitting from a structured management approach. Management is only available as a mixed pathway.
Some of the modules within this programme are delivered in partnership with 7Safe (Cambridge) and InfoSec Skills, who deliver a set of well-established and respected professional training courses. For each of those hands-on modules DMU provides an academic assessment opportunity that explores and examines in an intellectually rigorous manner the wider academic context of the hands-on course content. In this way you will acquire both the professional practical skills and meet the international intellectual standards required for an MSc award.
Find out about available scholarships and country specific fee discounts for international students.
Our Cyber Technology/Security MSc programme is provisionally certified by GCHQ
Our Cyber Technology MSc programme is provisionally certified by GCHQ
The Cyber Technology Institute is proud to be an Airbus Centre of Excellence in SCADA cyber security and forensics and an invited member of RITICS (Research Institute in Trustworthy Inter-Connected Cyber-Physical Systems), funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).
Key facts for UK/EU students
Institution code: D26
Duration: One year full-time (with optional one year placement available), 18 months for January starts or a minimum of two years part-time
Start date: January and September
Fees and funding: £14,660
Per module - £1,645 per 15 credits except for project = £1,500
Module pricing list
Students choosing to study the 7safe modules and InfoSecSkills will incur additional charges, please contact us for up to date information
EU Students: Find out about student loan information and scholarships.
Apply for the Vice-Chancellor's Sports Scholarship, worth up to £6,000.
Find out more about course fees and available funding.
Additional costs and optional extras associated with this course
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How to apply
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 English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 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.
If you have no formal academic qualifications but do have extensive industry experience we will consider your application on an individual basis.
If you feel you would like to talk to us about your qualifications before submitting an application please do not hesitate to call or email using the contact details below.
Whilst the University tries to ensure that all of its programmes run as advertised it is sometimes necessary to make significant changes to the structure of the programmes or to discontinue a programme entirely if for instance there are insufficient student numbers or staff changes. This will sometimes happen between an offer being made and enrolment.
Where changes are made the University will endeavour to inform applicants as early as possible to minimise the potential disruption to the application process. Where possible an alternative programme will be offered in a similar subject area.
In cases where programmes are changed or discontinued the University will send a communication to you electronically and/or by hard copy outlining your options.
Structure and assessment
Course modules Teaching and assessments Academic expertise
Legal, Ethical and Professional Practice and Research Methods
Foundations of Cyber Security
Cyber Threat Intelligence
Host and Network Security
Penetration Testing and Incident Response
Digital Forensics Principles and Practice
Information Assurance Architecture - InfoSec
Information Security Management Principles - InfoSec
Information Risk Management - InfoSec
Advanced Research Topics in Cyber Technology
Internet of Things
Software Quality Assurance and Testing
Requirements Analysis and Cloud-based System Design
High Assurance System Design
Modern Programming Techniques
Alternative Operating Systems Forensics
Current Issues for Practitioners
Network Security and Ethical Hacking 1 - 7safe
Network Security and Ethical Hacking 2 - 7safe
Wireless Security - 7safe
Forensic Tools and Processes - Forensic Investigations - 7safe
Applied Forensics - Malware Investigation - 7safe
Advanced Forensics and Incident Response - 7safe
Security Strategy and Standards - 7safe
Agile Project Management
Business Continuity Management - InfoSec
Responsible Research and Innovation in ICT
Facilities and features
The Cyber Security Laboratories are among the best equipped facilities of this type in the UK. Developed in consultation with leaders in the industry, they are designed to meet the highest forensics and security standards.
The laboratories contain 65 high-spec, specially customised PCs configured with multiple operating systems, virtualisation and removable hard drives, as well as specialised servers, wired and wireless networking equipment and a wide variety of other hardware and software components.
Cyber Security Centre
The laboratories are also the base for our Cyber Security Centre (CSC), a multidisciplinary group of academics and industry experts who focus on a wide variety of cyber security and digital forensics issues. Their mission is to provide the full benefits to all of a safe, secure and resilient cyberspace.
The laboratories play a vital role in the group's research and development work. Whether you are a first year undergraduate or a PhD student, within the laboratories you will be working with the latest tools and techniques at the forefront of computer forensics and security research.
Our Learning Zones and the The Greenhouse also provide space for group or individual work and study.
There are 1,600 study places across all library locations, more than 700 computer stations, laptops to borrow, free wi-fi and desktop power outlets.
You can also book rooms with plasma screens, laptops and DVD facilities for group work and presentations, secure an individual study room with adjustable lighting or make use of our assistive technology.
The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year (other than in exceptional circumstances) and offers a huge range of online resources, all of which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose.
The library is run by dedicated staff who offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching and reference management and assistive technology, and mathematical skills for non-maths students. There is also a Just Ask service for help and advice, available via email or telephone.