About the course
As our reliance on, and our use of, internet-facilitated working continues to become ever more pervasive, the uninvited targeting and misuse of the technology has also become ever more pervasive. As consequence, companies and organisations of all kinds need to address this challenge and keep up-to-date in what has been described as an “arms race”.
The Cyber Security MSc programme is aimed principally at graduates who are already in IT-related employment who seek to enhance their abilities in the rapidly expanding field of cyber security. The programme will provide students with a comprehensive but critical understanding of the theory and techniques of cyber security, and the practical application of these techniques in the context of business information and real-world problems.
Why study this subject?
On completion of the programme, you should have gained a comprehensive understanding of the theoretical underpinning that supports the domain of cyber security. You will have developed a critical understanding of the challenges in assessing and managing security risks within the modern workplace, and a good understanding of the tools and techniques that may be deployed to prevent and limit cyber-crime. You will also be equipped with an in-depth understanding of the processes available to investigate suspected cyber-attacks
During your studies, you will develop your ability to work independently, and with others, to research, design, implement and deploy creative cyber security solutions, and to subject your work and that of others to critical analysis and evaluation.
You will also have an opportunity to create a professional development plan and, throughout the course of the programme, build an e-portfolio that exhibits your understanding of the domain of cyber security and its practical application.
The Cyber Security MSc consists of the following taught modules and a final dissertation project.
There is a brief break scheduled between modules to allow students to refresh themselves and reflect on what they have learned.
Shorter postgraduate diploma (120 credits) and postgraduate certificate (60 credits) awards are also available in this subject.
• Global Trends in Computer Science (15 credits)
• Security Engineering and Compliance (15 credits)
• Applied Cryptography (15 credits)
• Cyber Crime Prevention and Protection (15 credits)
• Cyber Forensics (15 credits)
• Security Risk Management (15 credits)
• 1 elective module from (15 credits):
o Deep Learning
o Machine Learning in Practice
o Multi-Agent Systems
o Natural Language Processing and Understanding
o Reasoning and Intelligent Systems
• Research Methods in Computer Science (15 credits)
• Computer Science Capstone Project (60 credits)
Teaching methods and style
This programme is designed to be studied wholly online and part-time. Teaching is delivered through our state-of-the-art virtual learning environment, which provides students with access to all resources required for interactive study online. On this platform you will be encouraged to work collaboratively with classmates and actively read around your topic through our comprehensive library of ebooks and journals.
Methods of assessment
Assessment is exclusively through online activities carried out in the VLE rather than examinations. You will be assessed through a range of activities, including discussion forum participation, practical assessment and group work.
Practical assessment adopts the principle of authentic assessment where the assessment tasks to be undertaken are aligned with the kinds of task that students would be expected to undertake in a professional setting. Examples could include presentations, reports, software, system demonstrations, reviews and/or essays.
Cyber security experts can find roles in many different sectors, including IT, finance, healthcare, government agencies and technology. Organisations across these sectors, both commercial and non-commercial, are experiencing a significant recruitment challenge and employment opportunities are expected to outstrip the supply of qualified cyber security graduates.
The skills that graduates will acquire during the programme should provide them with a solid foundation for furthering their career development towards senior technical and managerial positions.
Job opportunities are wide and varied; examples include: Cyber Security Analyst/Consultant, Cyber Security Engineer, Computer Network Architect, Computer Information Systems Manager and Chief Information Security Officer.
Applicants should possess either:
• A degree in computer science or a closely related subject, equivalent to a UK bachelor’s degree, coupled with two years’ relevant IT professional experience; or
• Professional work experience in IT or a related field and/or other prior qualifications, which will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
All applicants must have reached a minimum required standard of English language and are required to provide evidence of this. Successful applicants from outside the UK must have an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 overall or equivalent.
Full tuition fee – £18,000* (2020/2021 academic year)
• The tuition fee is fully inclusive of all costs: teaching materials, core textbooks, assessments and resits.
• If you live in England, you may be eligible for a postgraduate loan to cover some of the costs of your degree. If you are not eligible for a student loan, you will be offered a simple monthly payment plan to spread the cost of your tuition over the duration of your studies.
• You will receive a 5% discount if you choose to pay the full tuition fee upfront.
• Scholarships of up to 15% of your tuition fee may be available. For more details speak to the University of Liverpool Online Programmes admission team.
*All tuition fees shown are net of any applicable sales tax payable by you in your country of residence. Where we are required to add sales tax at the local statutory rate, this will be added to the tuition fees shown and confirmed during the payment process.