Cyber Security MSc 2020/21 entry

Course code:

EECT029

Study options:

1 year full-time
2 years part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2020

 

Fees:
Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 4321
ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

The MSc in Cyber Security aims to provide 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 give you the opportunity to equip yourself 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 also aims to 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 the opportunity for recent graduates and early to mid-career practitioners in the computing industry to enhance their knowledge or move into cyber security.

Work placement option

This master's programme provides you with the additional option to apply for a 'work placement' opportunity during your first semester with us. Further information can be found under the ‘modules’ tab and on our work placement web page.

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

What our students say...

The Cyber Security course has been fantastic, it has provided me with the skills and knowledge required to work in the Cyber Security industry and has pushed me to achieve my best work. The course helps to build a broad knowledge in several key areas within Cyber Security; including Ethical Hacking, Cryptography and Incident Response. There is a great team that is always keen to help at any time and have been extremely supportive throughout the course. The course involves a lot of interesting and relevant work and prepared me for a career in the field.

Sam Bohnel, MSc Cybersecurity, graduated 2018

Course information

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

The overall aim of the course is to develop:

  • 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.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

In your first semester, you will have the opportunity to study the fundamental subjects in computer security, such as network security, cryptography, and secure design and development. We will also dive into the offensive part in the ethical hacking module.

In the second semester we will focus on the defensive side in intrusion detection and response, and the digital data acquisition, recovery and analysis modules, and move into some of the cyber security emerging areas in the automotive cyber security and security of emerging connected systems modules.

In your final semester, you will be expected to demonstrate the knowledge and skills you have learned by undertaking an in-depth individual project. Guided by an expert tutor, this project helps to develop your research skills and gives you the opportunity to experience the work of a computer security professional.

Without work placement pathway


Semester 1
  • Ethical hacking
  • Network security
  • Secure design and development
  • Cryptography
Semester 2
  • Intrusion detection and response
  • Digital data acquisition, recovery and analysis
  • Security of emerging connected systems
  • Automotive cyber security
Semester 3
  • Cyber Security Individual Project

With work placement pathway


The ‘With work placement’ opportunity enables you to apply for an optional 12 month work placement module, extending the duration of your Masters to 24 months over six semesters. The placement would take place in semester’s three to five and provides an opportunity for you to develop your expertise and experience with the aim of enhancing your employability upon graduation.

Placement opportunities may be subject to additional costs, visa requirements being met and subject to availability and/or competitive application. Work placements are not guaranteed but you will benefit from the support of our employability and placements team in trying to find and secure an opportunity. Please note that the optional placement modules incur an additional tuition fee of £4,000.

Semester 1
  • Ethical hacking
  • Network security
  • Secure design and development
  • Cryptography
Semester 2
  • Intrusion detection and response
  • Digital data acquisition, recovery and analysis
  • Security of emerging connected systems
  • Automotive cyber security
Semester 3
  • Work placement (Part One)
Semester 4
  • Work placement (Part Two)
Semester 5
  • Work placement (Part Three)
Semester 6
  • Cyber Security Individual Project

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • Access to commercial computer forensics software, such as FTK;
  • Programme of guest speakers, which in recent years has included internal and external speakers from industry and other universities. Please note, speakers are subject to availability and may be subject to change;
  • Opportunity to apply for a placement or internship with companies before or during the project dissertation; Access to specialised Networking, Cyber security and Digital forensics labs, software and equipment.

Your main study themes are:

  • Network and system security: A fundamental aspect of security is the service and communication infrastructure. 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.
  • 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.
  • Secure design and development: In addition to how to build systems from off-the-shelf components securely, analyse and breach systems, the course looks at the ways in which software is designed and built to be secure. From formal methods to code review, you will have the opportunity to examine how industry tackles the problem of insecure software.
  • 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.
  • Intrusion detection and 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 identifying misuse or data exfiltration to gathering evidence suitable for prosecution and even the most basic tasks of recovering from system failure.
  • 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.
  • Automotive cyber security: Automotive security is a major challenge to connected and autonomous vehicles coming from the increase in the use of digital and software components on connected platforms. This requires deep understanding of the complex nature of the challenge with a systematic threat assessment and attack analysis, and design paradigms for assurance, privacy and regulatory compliance.

Modules will be delivered as a combination of lectures, computer laboratory sessions, online learning, problem 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 will give you the opportunity to develop the critical understanding, comprehensive knowledge and technical skills of the core cyber security areas covered by the course.

The individual project will require you to perform research into, and analysis of current cyber security issues and undertake a substantial piece of work in addressing those issues.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include practical coursework, phase tests, exams, viva and both individual assignments and group work elements.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes.

On successful completion of this course, 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. An 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.

Each module will be delivered in block mode, for example within one week, six lecture/lab hours per day. Please note, the number of hours per day may be more/less than six hours. There will be two weeks between each module where students will receive support and will be working on further reading, research, exercises and course assignments.

Throughout the programme, we will refer to international case studies and examples such as Edward Snowden, Julian Assange or the 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 participate in an international internship. Such opportunities may be subject to availability, additional costs and/or tuition fees, competitive application and meeting applicable visa requirements.

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 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 student experiences abroad that lasted at least five.

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 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

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

12

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;
  • 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.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For further information on what might amount to ‘a relevant subject’, ‘a relevant professional qualification of an equivalent level’, ‘a lower qualification plus appropriate and relevant experience at a professional level’ and ‘satisfactory independent evidence of working’ please contact ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

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;
  • 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.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For further information on what might amount to ‘a relevant subject’, ‘a relevant professional qualification of an equivalent level’, ‘a lower qualification plus appropriate and relevant experience at a professional level’ and ‘satisfactory independent evidence of working’ please contact ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. 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

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;
  • 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.

Each application will be considered on its merits and the final decision will be made by the course director. For further information on what might amount to ‘a relevant subject’, ‘a relevant professional qualification of an equivalent level’, ‘a lower qualification plus appropriate and relevant experience at a professional level’ and ‘satisfactory independent evidence of working’ please contact ukpostgraduate@coventry.ac.uk

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS of 6.5 overall, with no component lower than 5.5. 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 2020

TBC (per year)


UK 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 2020

TBC (per year)


EU Scholarships

We're investing 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 2020

TBC (per year)


International Scholarships

We're investing 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!

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

Career prospects

The course will provide an 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 Research Group at Coventry University currently 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.

Where our graduates work

Upon successful completion of this course, you may have the opportunity to be employed in the cyber security industry in a variety of roles such as a penetration tester, SOC security analysis or digital forensic investigator, to name a few.

What our students say...

The MSc Cyber Security Course at Coventry University vastly exceeded my expectations. Being a Masters level degree, I knew it would be challenging - however I did not anticipate how rewarding the course would be. The content varies, ranging from Ethical Hacking and other offensive security modules to Cryptography, Incident Response and Digital Forensics. The academic staff within the Ethical Hacking faculty constantly impress with their depth and breadth of knowledge, as well as their practical focused teaching style. They will regularly go above and beyond in order to assist their students. I cannot recommend this course enough, it has set me up for life.

Kyle Barnes, MSc Cybersecurity, graduated 2018
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. 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 at the University.

The tuition fee for the course that is stated on the webpage and in the prospectus will apply. If the duration of the course is longer than one academic year, the University may increase the fee for each subsequent year of study but any such increases will be no more than inflation.

*2020/2021 course fees have not yet been determined by the University or government legislation. Once the course fees have been determined, the course web page will be updated to reflect your first year course fee. Please continue to revisit the course web page to identify the fee before you accept an offer of a place on the course and/or before you enrol at the University.

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