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Cyber Security

MSc |
This Masters course provides you with the professional skills for practising Cyber Security in the Digital World.

Key Information

Start date

Autumn 2016

Duration

Full-time: 12 months

UK/EU

Full-time: £9,000

Non-EU

Full-time: £15,000

Who is it for?

The course is designed for those who wish to extend their capability for an accelerated early career in cyber/information security. It will prepare you for a successful career in the various roles directly and indirectly connected to the world of computer, network and information security.

The course would suit students who have completed a first degree in a computing subject (e.g. computer science, business computing) or a numerate subject (e.g. applied mathematics, engineering, physics) if that covered a significant computing component.

Objectives

The primary objective of MSc Cyber Security is to practise security with an interdisciplinary shared coursework that spans across all security related modules.

  • In semester 1, you become an ethical hacker. You are challenged to identify flaws in computer system by breaking its crypto components and retrieve sensitive information of an e-commerce company.
  • In semester 2 you become an investigator. You are challenged to analyse network traffic, logs and detect attacks in a company's network. It is essential to trace hackers and bring them to justice with concrete proofs and reporting.

Requirements and how to apply

Entry requirements

Applicants should hold at least a lower second class honours degree from a UK university or the equivalent from an international institution in Computer Science or a related discipline with some mathematical content. Relevant industrial experience may also be considered for entry to this course.

Other suitable qualifications

If you do not qualify for direct entry, our partner INTO City University London offers academic preparation programmes which focus on the skills you need. Successful completion of the Graduate Diploma in Science and Engineering at INTO City University London means guaranteed progression to this degree.

English requirements

For those students whose first language is not English, the following qualifications is also required:

  • IELTS: 6.5 (minimum of 6.0 in all four components).

Please note that due to changes in the UKVI's list of SELTs we are no longer able to accept TOEFL as evidence of English language for students who require a CAS as of April 2014.

INTO English Language Programmes

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this course, our partner, INTO City University London offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for entry to this degree. Please click the links below for more information.

English for Postgraduate Study

Pre-sessional English

Visa requirements

If you are not from the European Economic Area / Switzerland and you are coming to study in the UK, you may need to apply for a visa or entry clearance to come to the UK to study.

The way that you apply may vary depending on the length of your course. There are different rules for:

  • Students on courses of more than six months
  • Students on courses of less than six months
  • Students on a pre-sessional English language course.

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study in the UK, you cannot undertake any City courses on a part-time basis.

For more information see our main Visa page.

How to apply

Thank you for having decided to apply to study a postgraduate course at the School of Mathematics Computer Science and Engineering. Please note that the deadline for application is 31st August 2016.

  • Apply online
  • Guidance on Personal Statements for Postgraduate study
  • Contact Postgraduate enquiries.
  • In order for your application to be given a full consideration, please ensure that you upload the following documentation with your application:

    • For all applicants, please upload your degree certificate and transcript of marks from your first degree (if you do not have your final results at the time of making your application please upload a provisional certificate/interim transcript of marks).
    • If you are not a native English speaker, or you have not been taught in English for your first degree subject, please upload Proof of English proficiency if you have already obtained it.
    • If you would require a Tier 4 student visa to undertake master studies in the UK, please upload a detailed personal statement outlining why you wish to study this specific course, at City University London, as well as explaining how your past studies have prepared you for this course and how it will help you to progress in your career.

    If you are applying online you should note that confidential references are only acceptable as originals sent in signed and sealed envelopes by post to the address below. References attached as supporting documentation to an online application cannot be considered.

    International students: it is important you submit your application to us in sufficient time for you to arrange your visa before the start of the course.

    Postal applications and supporting documents

    Alternatively, please send a completed paper application form, together with supporting documents, to:

    Postgraduate Courses Offices
    School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering
    City University London
    Northampton Square
    London
    EC1V 0HB

    Tel: +44 (0) 20 7040 0248
    Email: smcsepg@city.ac.uk

    Experience
    Practising Cyber Security while gaining hands on experience.

    Funding

    Explore up-to-date information about funding options, available financial support and typical living costs.

    More about funding

    Scholarships, bursaries and prizes

    The School offers a range of generous scholarships, bursaries and prizes to applicants for this course:

    Future Finance Loans

    Future Finance offers students loans of between £2,500 and £40,000 to help cover tuition fees and living expenses. All students and courses are considered. All loans are subject to credit checks and approval for further details please visit the City Finance website.

    Placements

    Postgraduate students on a Computing and Information Systems course are offered the opportunity to complete up to six months of professional experience as part of their degree.

    Our longstanding internship scheme gives students the chance to apply the knowledge and skills gained from their taught modules within a real business environment. An internship also provides students with professional development opportunities that enhance their technical skills and business knowledge.

    Internships delivered by City University London offer an exceptional opportunity to help students stand out in the competitive IT industry job market. The structure of the course extends the period for dissertation submission to January, allowing students to work full-time for up to six months. Students will be supported by our outstanding Professional Liaison Unit (PLU) should they wish to consider undertaking this route.

    Benefits of completing an internship at City are:

    • Develop new skills - Internships offer on-the-job learning that will help enhance your skill set and add to your CV.
    • Exclusive opportunities - The PLU is a dedicated team of internship and professional development specialists. We hold longstanding relationships with a large range of employers and proactively seek out exclusive internship opportunities to suit your needs and interests.
    • Central point of contact - You will be assigned a Work-Based Learning Advisor who will provide help and support throughout the internship process, from applying to roles through to completion of your Masters.
    • Enhance your employability - Organisations are very keen to employ graduates with existing professional experience. It is common for internship providers to offer interns full-time positions on completion of their Masters.
    • Gain an insight into an organisation and industry - This will help you with future career planning.
    • Give you a head start in your chosen field - With the experience you gain, you may be able to enter an organisation at a higher level on completion of your studies.
    • Develop your network of professional contacts - This will be useful when you come to apply for positions and roles within your preferred area.
    • Earn while you learn - The majority of internships provide a competitive salary.

    More information on postgraduate internships.

    Academic facilities

    The Department of Computer Science has invested in the design and implementation of a virtual laboratory (CybSec) for the purpose and needs of the cyber security course. In particular, CybSec is a virtual networked lab where hacking, penetration testing, malware analysis, security monitoring are taking place in a controlled and isolated environment without violating the IT University Policy. In addition, the security analysis of practical cryptosystems requires high computational power and resources that are used for code breaking. CybSec lab supports our teaching efforts and enhances our research strengths.

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    Teaching and learning

    The MSc in Cyber Security is a one year full-time course. On completion of eight taught modules and an individual project students will be awarded a Master of Science (MSc) degree.

    The teaching and learning methods used are such that the levels of both specialisation of content and autonomy of learning increase as students progress through the programme. This progress will be guided by active researchers in cyber security, culminating in an individual project, an original piece of research, conducted largely independently with appropriate academic supervision.

    The standard format is that taught modules are delivered through a series of 20 hours of lectures and 10 hours of tutorials/laboratory sessions.

    Lectures are normally used to:

    • Present and explain the theoretical concepts underpinning a particular subject
    • Highlight the most significant aspects of a module's syllabus
    • Indicate additional topics and resources for private study.

    Tutorials are used to help students develop skills in applying the concepts covered in the lectures of the relevant module, normally in practical problem solving contexts. Laboratory sessions serve a similar purpose as the tutorials but their strategy is to demonstrate application of concepts and techniques through the use of state-of-the-art software development tools and environments.

    Students will be expected to undertake independent study and do substantial coursework assignments for each module, amounting approximately to 120 hours per module. The coursework takes many forms, including programs, theoretical work, and essays, and is primarily formative, but also contributes to module assessment.

    Coursework will be used in a coherent manner across all of the security specific modules to ensure that students will also get appropriate hands-on operational experience of relevant aspects of cyber-security, including testing and analysis. Some of this course work may be organised in ways that shadow larger scale exercises, such as the Cyber-Security Challenge. The individual project (full-time) is carried out over the summer period, and if done without a placement, lasts approximately 14 weeks or 600 hours. If undertaken within an industrial or research placement, the project period extends to up to six months.

    Modules

    There are in total eight taught modules, six core and two elective modules with a full time individual project completed over the summer.
    Students will choose electives to tailor the programme to their chosen career path.

    In particular, the project component gives students an opportunity to carry out an extended piece of work at the cutting edge of games technology under the supervision of one of our specialist academic and research staff. Internship-based projects are also available.

    Core modules

    • Information security management
    • Network security
    • Security auditing and certification
    • Readings in Computer Science
    • Research methods and professional issues
    • Cryptography

    Elective modules

    • Digital forensics
    • Cyber crime
    • Data visualisation
    • Sociotechnical systems
    • Advanced algorithms and data structures
    • Individual project.
    • Academic expert
      After graduating, I hope to get a job in cyber security, focusing on risk management and forensic computer analysis.
    • Student
      I really enjoy the high level of interaction between the teaching staff and students
    • Student
      The MSc in Cyber Technology is a unique course which keeps me updated with the latest in technology.

    Career prospects

    The course is designed for those who wish to extend their capability for an accelerated early career in cyber security.

    Students on MSc Cyber Security are supported by City's Careers, Student Development & Outreach service.


    Thank you for having decided to apply to study a postgraduate course at the School of Mathematics Computer Science and Engineering. Please note that the deadline for application is 31st August 2016.

  • Apply online
  • Guidance on Personal Statements for Postgraduate study
  • Contact Postgraduate enquiries.
  • In order for your application to be given a full consideration, please ensure that you upload the following documentation with your application:

    • For all applicants, please upload your degree certificate and transcript of marks from your first degree (if you do not have your final results at the time of making your application please upload a provisional certificate/interim transcript of marks).
    • If you are not a native English speaker, or you have not been taught in English for your first degree subject, please upload Proof of English proficiency if you have already obtained it.
    • If you would require a Tier 4 student visa to undertake master studies in the UK, please upload a detailed personal statement outlining why you wish to study this specific course, at City University London, as well as explaining how your past studies have prepared you for this course and how it will help you to progress in your career.

    If you are applying online you should note that confidential references are only acceptable as originals sent in signed and sealed envelopes by post to the address below. References attached as supporting documentation to an online application cannot be considered.

    International students: it is important you submit your application to us in sufficient time for you to arrange your visa before the start of the course.

    Postal applications and supporting documents

    Alternatively, please send a completed paper application form, together with supporting documents, to:

    Postgraduate Courses Offices
    School of Mathematics, Computer Science & Engineering
    City University London
    Northampton Square
    London
    EC1V 0HB

    Tel: +44 (0) 20 7040 0248
    Email: smcsepg@city.ac.uk

    Contact details

    Programmes Office (room A302)

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