This course can be studied full-time over one year and may also be taken part-time over two years. You can start in September.
Your teaching will be informed by the latest research findings from staff with expertise in a wide variety of areas, such as the security markets, cyber security, ethical hacking, information security and industrial espionage. We incorporate a range of teaching methods including: traditional lectures, seminars, discussion groups, visits, Moodle discussion, self-directed study, reading, activities in the computer laboratories and one-to-one discussions with tutors (in particular during dissertation supervision meetings).
Lectures, guest speakers and Internet-based materials are used to bring contemporary issues into the curriculum. For example, you may discuss some of the key vulnerabilities identified by the UK government in its latest cyber strategy, including poor cyber hygiene and compliance, insufficient training and skills and the continued use of out-of-date software, which is often unpatched and unsupported.
One of the key aims of the programme is to provide you with experience of real-life organisations and their efforts to remain cyber resilient. This is achieved through the use of case studies and simulations, which give valuable insights into how international organisations operate and help you to understand how core functions within businesses depend on data, information and knowledge which may become targets for cyber-attacks.
You will also be encouraged to attend the ‘Leadership Lecture Series’ presentations, which provide different perspectives on business and leadership from current industry practitioners.
The Business School supports Cyber Security Challenge UK, a series of national competitions, learning programmes and networking initiatives designed to identify, inspire and enable more people to become cyber security professionals, and will encourage you to attend these activities. In April 2015, we hosted the UK’s first Cyber Security Challenge UK Insights Camp to raise awareness on the increased requirement of Cyber Security Personnel and to gain interest from both students and industry, bringing together students and staff this University, the University of Warwick, De Montfort University, the University of Birmingham and the University of Wolverhampton, as well as representatives from industry, including NCA, HP, Sophos and Encription.
On the successful completion of 180 level Masters credits, awards may be made with a ‘Distinction’ or ‘Merit’, based on the achievement of an average mark of at least 70% or 60% respectively. Students may be awarded the Postgraduate Diploma (PgDip) if they achieve 120 credits and a Postgraduate Certificate (PgCert) if they achieve 60 credits. Students may only progress to the final stage of Masters programmes after meeting the requirements for award of a Postgraduate Diploma.