Cyber Security MSc 2019/20 entry

Think Smart. Learn Fast. Get Online.

Course code:

EECT030

Study options:

2-5 years (part time)

Location:

100% online study

Starting:

September 2019
January 2020

Fees:
Faculty:

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Overview

As cyber security threats become more sophisticated, we require a deeper understanding of the challenges they bring. With security professionals in high demand in both government and industry, this course is designed to equip you with the skills needed to identify and respond to those threats.

The course has been designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills needed to work at a professional level. You will be given the opportunity and support to develop a range of industry-focused skills in key areas of network and system security, ethical hacking, secure design, cryptography, risk assessment, digital forensics and incident response.

Our Learning Platform

We have partnered with FutureLearn, a leading social learning platform, to deliver online degrees to learners across the globe. 

From short taster courses to postgraduate diplomas and certificates, and fully online degrees, the platform provides you with a seamless high-quality learning experience, on mobile, desktop and tablet. You can pay for each program in the degree as you go, making it possible to gain a qualification in a flexible and affordable way, to fit in with your lifestyle.

Flexibility

Short 2-week learning blocks combined with a pay-as-you-go payment model

Value

Spread the cost with our flexible pay-as-you-go payment options

Employability

Earn a full Coventry University degree upon successful completion

Community

Truly international in scale, learn with over 8 million other users across the world

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What our tutors say

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

Course information

This course offers graduates and IT professionals the opportunity to learn the underlying theory and practical application of cyber security techniques, from networking and cryptography to intrusion detection and IoT security.

If you’re thinking of moving into cyber security as a career, this course is ideal for you as it is taught with the goal of helping you apply your learning in real situations. The course team have a strong industry and research background, so you will have the opportunity to benefit from their experience and guidance while you study.

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The 1st and only UK University to partner with FutureLearn to offer full degree courses in this way.

In more detail...

Your main study themes are:

Network Security: A fundamental aspect of security is the architecture of communication. Our virtual labs will give you as much hands-on experience as possible to help make the theory understandable.

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. 

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. It’s critical that an organisation is able to deploy effective Intrusion Detection Systems and respond effectively 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 as how to build systems securely from off-the-shelf components, 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) refers to the tide of new devices in our homes and workplaces that are both interconnected and tapped into the Internet.  Manufacturers of consumer electronics are fast converting their products to become “smart”, often without understanding the security implications that software developers in traditional firms do. Recently number of interesting security vulnerabilities have come to light and the expectation is that these kind of threats will grow rapidly. The security issues of IoT are about to become more problematic also outside of the home, as the industrial application of connected devices is just starting to become more commonplace.

The course is primarily designed to be studied part-time by students currently in employment. 

For each module, we will provide engaging video lectures and a variety of interactive content and activities. The online contact between lecturers and colleagues aims to help you stay motivated and committed to learning.

Each module runs with 15 credits across an academic semester of 13 weeks, requiring an estimated 10 hours per week of study time, with the flexibility for students to study from one to two modules per academic semester.

Mixed assessment modes offer students a range of opportunities to demonstrate their achievement of learning outcomes. You will be assessed through a combination of coursework assessments, business plans and activities, all completed online.

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 coursework 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, practical challenges and presentations. 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.

On successful completion, you should be able to demonstrate the following:

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. an awareness of current issues and new technologies in cyber security which are informed by leading edge research and/or practice in the field. 

On successful completion, you should be able to:

  • 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 fieldwork findings to identify new or revised approaches to practice.
  • Conduct rigorous research and formal enquiry into cyber security issues that require familiarity with a range of technologies, research sources and appropriate methodologies, to inform the overall learning process

Each 15 credit module will consist of 150 hours activities. The activity time will be made up of a mixture of guided and self-guided study. Students will have access to an experienced team of tutors and lecturers who will support their studies. Each module will have dedicated online tutorials to support the learning. 

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. The other learners on your course will be graduates and professionals from around the world and you will be encouraged to interact and discuss the course with them. These people may well be the start of your network of professional acquaintances in cyber security.

What our tutors say

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

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.

Portfolio

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.

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.

Portfolio

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.

English as a Foreign Language Participants whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in verbal and written English language equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall with no component less than 5.5, or TOEFL 600. If you have IELTS 6.0 you may be eligible to study our online pre-sessional English course.

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.

Portfolio

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.

English as a Foreign Language Participants whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in verbal and written English language equivalent to IELTS 6.5 overall with no component less than 5.5, or TOEFL 600. If you have IELTS 6.0 you may be eligible to study our online pre-sessional English course.

What our tutors say

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

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£15,800


January 2020

£15,800


Starts

Fee


September 2019

£15,800


January 2020

£15,800


Starts

Fee


September 2019

£15,800


January 2020

£15,800


Module Code Module Name Credits Fee per module
7031CEM Cryptography 15  £ 1,316.66
7034CEM Network Security 15  £ 1,316.66
7024CEM Ethical Hacking 15  £ 1,316.66
7025CEM Incident Response 15  £ 1,316.66
7028CEM Digital Data Acquisition, Recovery and Analysis 15  £ 1,316.66
7032CEM Secure Design and Development 15  £ 1,316.66
7026CEM Security of Emerging Connected Systems 15  £ 1,316.66
7010CEM Automotive Cyber Security 15  £ 1,316.66
7030CEM Final Assessment - Cyber Security Individual Project 60  £ 5,266.66

What our tutors say

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

Career prospects

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

The programme is designed to help you work at a professional level and develop a range of industry-informed knowledge and skills. The cyber security course team 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.

What our tutors say

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

Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with Coventry University, a Student Contract will be formed between you and Coventry University. A copy of the student contract will be made available to you via the dedicated Admissions Teams, during the enquiry/application stage. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol with the University.

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