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Cyber Security MSc 2018/19 entry

Course code:

EECT006

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2018

 

Fees:
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Overview

The MSc in Cyber Security provides you with the knowledge and necessary skills in several core areas of cyber security. The course aims to provide a comprehensive and deep understanding of security principles, as well as the practical techniques used in solving security problems and addressing relevant issues.

It is designed to equip you to work at a professional level and develop a range of industry-informed knowledge and skills in areas such as network security, secure design, cryptography, risk assessment, ethical hacking, digital forensics and incident response. Running in a research-driven environment, the course will also build foundations for further research at Doctoral level in cyber security for students from a wide range of undergraduate degrees.

The course will also provide opportunity for recent graduates and early- to mid-career practitioners in the computing industry to enhance their knowledge or move into cyber security.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Student experience

All the support you need, in a top student city

Course information

The MSc Cyber Security seeks to provide a postgraduate education covering the main theoretical and practical aspects of the field. The overall aim of the MSc Cyber Security is to provide:

  • A deep and comprehensive understanding of current cyber security issues, concepts and technologies;
  • Technical skills in assessing systems security, detecting and mitigating security incidents; and
  • An understanding of the changing cyber threat landscape and the developments in cyberspace.

Modules

Overview

Modules

  • Semester 1

    • Ethical Hacking
    • Network Security
    • Secure Design and Development
    • Cryptography
  • Semester 2

    • Incident Response
    • Digital Data Acquisition, Recovery and Analysis
    • Security of Emerging Connected Systems

    Plus one of the following options:

    • Automotive Cyber Security
    • Digital Security Risk and Audit Management
    • Cyber Security Management and Leadership
  • Semester 3

    • Cyber Security Individual Project

In more detail...

Your main study themes are:
  • Ethical Hacking. A practical approach to testing security and also one of the best ways to learn the finer points of how systems are constructed is through penetration testing. The course encourages students to explore in a safe environment and provides a number of carefully constructed scenarios and challenges as well as the opportunity to take part in international competitions with our CTF (Capture the Flag) team, the Ethical Slackers. 

  • Network Security. A fundamental aspect of security is the architecture of communication and the course makes use of our specialist labs and equipment to give people as much hands-on experience as possible to help make the theory understandable.Incident Response. Security is essential, but no matter how much time and money is spent on it, breaches happen.  New vulnerabilities and attack vectors are discovered regularly and it’s critical that an organisation knows how to respond once a breach occurs. Digital Data Acquisition, Recovery and Analysis. Data recovery and analysis covers a wide range of activities, from log analysis to identify misuse or data exfiltration to gathering evidence suitable for prosecution and even the most basic tasks of recovering from system failure.Secure Design and Development. As well how to build systems from off-the-shelf components securely, analyse and breach systems, the course covers the ways in which software is designed and built to be secure.  From formal methods to code review, we examine how industry tackles the problem of insecure software.

  • Cryptography. It’s obvious that secure communication is underpinned by cryptography, but it is also essential in areas such as proof of identity and ownership; escrow; password storage and more.Security of Emerging Connected Systems. The Internet of Things (IoT) is a term we see more often than ever now, and it refers to the tide of devices that are interconnected and tapped into the Internet that we have in our homes and workplaces.  Manufacturers of consumer electronics are fast converting their products to become “smart”, often without understanding the security implications that software developers in traditional firms hopefully do.  A number of interesting security vulnerabilities have come to light recently and the expectation is that this will grow rapidly.  Outside of the home, the industrial application of connected devices is just starting to become more commonplace and the security issues of IoT are about to become problematic there, too.

Modules will be delivered as a combination of lectures, computer laboratory sessions, online learning, problems classes, seminars discussions and tutorials. The course adopts a combination of a lab-rotation model and flipped-classroom of teaching and learning, with a combination of online/in-class lectures, online/in-class tutorials and in-class discussions and presentations. These are designed and set by the module leaders reflecting the specific topics with the aim of maximising attainment and learning.

The course structure reflects its main aims and has been designed to match the research interests and expertise of the cyber security academics, as well as the latest issues and technologies in cyber security with the GCHQ requirements for a master’s degree in cyber security curriculum. The core (mandatory) modules provide the critical understanding, comprehensive knowledge and technical skills of the core cyber security areas covered by the course.

The optional modules aim to address the aspirations of particular groups of students. Those seeking to further their career in cyber security could choose the Digital Security Risk and Audit Management, or Cyber Security Management and Leadership modules, while those looking to change their career can choose the more specialised technical module of Automotive Cybersecurity. The individual project will require you to perform research into and analysis of current cyber security issues and undertake a substantial work in addressing those issues.

Teaching methods include: a mixture of lectures, seminars and labs.  

This is a highly technical course where most modules incorporate substantial practical elements. Most of the assessment is in the form a practical coursework assignments in order to reflect the module content and learning outcomes being assessed. The course work will incorporate some research elements with analytical and practical problem solving skills. Where appropriate, a mixture of different assessment methods has been incorporated, such as phase tests and viva. This approach allows you to achieve a critical and analytical thinking blended with the deep knowledge and technical skills required in the field of cyber security.

Formative feedback will be provided via a mixture of methods, including group and individual presentations, small scale practical and research assignment, as well as individual feedback as part of milestone tutorial and lab sessions. Early and ongoing feedback, including course feedback and feedforward for individual students and groups will be provided.

On completion, you will be able to:

  • Demonstrate:
  1. a critical awareness of the legal frameworks, ethical and professional issues of cyber security;
  2. a comprehensive understanding of network and information systems secure communication technologies and protocols and their application to contemporary Internet and mobile-based solutions and technologies;
  3. a thorough understanding of the theoretical concepts and implementation of current security frameworks and architectures as well as cryptographic protocols and algorithms; and
  4. awareness of current issues and new technologies in cyber security which are informed by leading edge research and/or practice in the field. 
  • Perform systematic risk assessment, identification and analysis in accordance with international standards and demonstrate an ability to deal with complex issues.
  • Evaluate and justify a suitable methodology and tools for vulnerability assessment of a system. Conduct and report an ethically-based security audit and test to a professional standard, recommending and specifying suitable countermeasures.
  • Assess systems’ security requirements and apply secure design methodology and formal methods in systems design, implementation and testing.
  • Apply appropriate technological solutions and processes in the detection, management and investigation of information security incidents, and document a digital investigation from a legal and professional standpoint.
  • Extrapolate from existing research, scholarship and/or fieldwork findings to identify new or revised approaches to practice.
  • Conduct rigorous research/formal enquiry into cyber security issues that require familiarity with a range of technologies, research sources and appropriate methodologies, and for such to inform the overall learning process.

In a typical week, you will have up to 12 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 20 hours of self-directed study each week, e.g. working on further reading, research, exercises and course assignments.

Throughout the programme, we will refer to international case studies and examples such as, for example, Edward Snowden, Julian Assange or Russian involvement in the US election. You will also have opportunities to collaborate with students from other international universities on online international learning (OIL) projects and be given an opportunity to apply to participate in an international internship (subject to application and additional costs).

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2014/15, we were able to provide a total of 2,264 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five days, 73% of which were our own organised trips for undergraduates and 27% from postgraduate travel. Plus, we've been able to help more than 5,000 students spend time in other countries, from America to China, India and beyond.

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA)


2,264

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2014/15



12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far

21

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses


Entry Requirements

An applicant will normally be expected to possess at least one of the following:

  • A minimum of a second class honours degree in a relevant subject such as Computer Science, Mathematics, Physics or Engineering etc. 
  • A relevant professional qualification of an equivalent level.
  • A lower qualification plus appropriate and relevant experience at a professional level.
  • Satisfactory independent evidence of working for several years in a position that would normally be occupied by an honours graduate, in a relevant area (such as the IT sector), which would lead to gaining benefit from the course.

Students whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language equivalent to IELTS 6.5. Alternatively, students may be admitted with IELTS 6.0 if they attend and pass a compulsory five-week pre-sessional English course, operated by Coventry University, before joining their master’s course.

  • Applications from those not possessing the equivalent of an honours degree in a relevant subject, will be considered on individual merit and decisions will be based on careful evaluation of the capacity of the applicant to complete the programme successfully.
  • The programme is subject to the general University admission procedures and access policies. A wide range of academic backgrounds are deemed suitable for entry to the course. However, careful monitoring of applications to ensure that applicants are suited takes place. Where necessary and possible, applicants are interviewed, especially those who do not appear to meet standard admissions criteria.
  • If it is deemed appropriate, applicants may be offered an opportunity to undertake a preliminary programme of study prior to enrolling on the course.
  • Accreditation for prior learning (APL) is in accordance with University regulations.

The accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) will only be awarded for achievements equivalent to masters’ level.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.5 overall. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Students whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language equivalent to IELTS 6.5. Alternatively, students may be admitted with IELTS 6.0 if they attend and pass a compulsory five-week pre-sessional English course, operated by Coventry University, before joining their master’s course

  • Applications from those not possessing the equivalent of an honours degree in a relevant subject, will be considered on individual merit and decisions will be based on careful evaluation of the capacity of the applicant to complete the programme successfully.
  • If it is deemed appropriate, applicants may be offered an opportunity to undertake a preliminary programme of study prior to enrolling on the course.
  • Accreditation for prior learning (APL) is in accordance with University regulations.

The accreditation for Prior Experiential Learning (APEL) will only be awarded for achievements equivalent to masters’ level.

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.5 overall. Pre-Sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£7,750 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£7,750 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2018

£15,050 (per year)


Scholarships

For the September 2017 and January 2018 intakes, we're investing £1 million into scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students.

Our scholarships are worth up to £10,000 and every student that applies will be considered. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Career prospects

The course will provide opportunity for recent graduates and early- to mid-career practitioners in the computing industry to enhance their knowledge or move into cyber security.

It is designed to equip you to work at a professional level and develop a range of industry-informed knowledge and skills. The Cyber Security group also has strong links with a number of industries and government bodies.

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University’s Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place with us, a Student Contract (“the Contract”) will be formed between you and the University. The Contract will detail all of your rights and also the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and will also contain all of the obligations that the University owes to you.  We would encourage you to read the Student Contract before you accept any offer of a place at the University. A copy of the Contract can be found here.

The tuition fees stated on the course webpage, prospectus and your offer letter will apply for the duration of your course, subject only to changes to the law or government requirement. Please note that we set fees for individual courses, and fees from previous years are no indication of fees for future years.