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MSc Applied Cyber Security

MSc Applied Cyber Security

Overview:

With the increasing sophistication of threats to the cyber landscape coupled with the rapid increase in attempts to disrupt our critical systems and gain commercial and personal data, there is an ever-increasing demand for high skilled cyber security graduates to defend individuals and organisations from a diverse range of cybercrimes.

If you are a graduate looking to further strengthen their skill set and knowledge or employed and looking to improve your career prospects or upskill. The MSc Applied Cyber Security course will equip you with the latest knowledge and understanding of the cyber threats associated with the use of technology in business and how best to deal with them.

Through a range of learning experiences, you will gain the knowledge of how to keep computer systems free of interference by testing and evaluating them for vulnerabilities and forensically examining the evidential data they provide, to find solutions to real-life problems.

Typical A-Level Offer
DD (This is equivalent to 48 UCAS tariff points).

Typical BTEC Offer
BTEC Extended Diploma Pass Pass Pass (this is equivalent to 48 UCAS points)

Typical Access to HE Offer
Pass the Access to HE Diploma and obtain a minimum of 48 UCAS tariff points.

Additional Requirements
The University normally requires a minimum 5 GCSE’s including Mathematics/Numeracy and English at Grade C or Grade 4 or above, or their equivalent, but consideration is given to individual circumstances.

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Entry Requirements

This course is designed for graduates with a minimum 2:2 Honours degree or equivalent. Entrants should normally be graduates in a computing or related area and have very good IT skills.

The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent.

Find out more about what entry requirements we ask for from your country or region by visiting our international.

WHAT YOU WILL STUDY

You will study the following modules:

  • Advanced Security Techniques and Concepts – 20 credits
  • Applied Artificial Intelligence in Cyber Security-  20 credits
  • Leadership and Transformational Change in the Digital Era – 20 credits
  • Security Management and Incident Response – 20 credits
  • Legislation, Risk and Governance in Cyber Security – 20 credits
  • Network Security – 20 credits
  • MSc Dissertation – 60 credits

Teaching

We offer cutting edge facilities which means you will be learning in specialist Cyber Security labs. Practical learning will also be undertaken in our Digital Forensics lab, which is a computer forensic facility, typical of those used by law enforcement agencies to analyse digital files and media for use as evidence in legal proceedings. You’ll also study in our Secure Operations Centre (SOC). which has been designed to emulate the workplace and we are one of only a few Universities to offer this industry standard facility.

This ‘workplace learning environment’ emulates what it’s like to work in cyber security. As such it differs from traditional lecture driven learning. Given this nature of the degree, there are no formal time restricted exams and assessments are a mix of academic evidence-based research and practical project-based assessments

Assessment

You will need to spend a significant amount of time working independently, reading and preparing for assessments. While the style of coursework may vary, research-style papers or essays of around 4,000 words in length are typical. You will also work on a significant research project and a major project of your choice, where strong independent thinking, critical analysis and project management skills will be important.

COURSE DETAILS

Accreditations

Accredited by BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT for the purposes of partially meeting the academic requirement for registration as a Chartered IT Professional.

Facilities

We offer cutting edge facilities which means you will be learning in specialist Cyber Security labs. Practical learning will also be undertaken in our Digital Forensics lab, which is a computer forensic facility, typical of those used by law enforcement agencies to analyse digital files and media for use as evidence in legal proceedings. You’ll also study in our Secure Operations Centre (SOC). which has been designed to emulate the workplace and we are one of only a few Universities to offer this industry standard facility.

This ‘workplace learning environment’ emulates what it’s like to work in cyber security. As such it differs from traditional lecture driven learning. Given this nature of the degree, there are no formal time restricted exams and assessments are a mix of academic evidence-based research and practical project-based assessments

Additional Costs

In general, international applicants will need to have achieved an overall IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum score of 5.5 in each component.

However, if you have previously studied through the medium of English IELTS might not be required, but please visit the country-specific page on our international website for exact details. If your country is not featured, please contact us.

CAREERS

Career opportunities for those with a cyber security qualification continue to grow with many roles offering an interesting, challenging and rewarding environment to work in. From implementing security policies and managing protective measures in network systems, to advising organisations on how to reduce risks and their vulnerability, there are a variety of opportunities throughout the computer industry.

Typical roles commonly associated with cyber security include information security and risk analysts, IT security managers and network security consultants. Graduates could also consider a computing research degree or computing PhD.

Our Careers and Employability Service
As a USW student, you will have access to advice from the Careers and Employability Service throughout your studies and after you graduate.

This includes one-to-one appointments from faculty based Career Advisers, in person, over the phone or even on Skype and through email via the “Ask a Question” service. We also have extensive online resources for help with considering your career options and presenting yourself well to employers. Resources include psychometric tests, career assessments, a CV builder, interview simulator and application help. Our employer database has over 2,000 registered employers targeting USW students, you can receive weekly email alerts for jobs.

Our Careers service has dedicated teams: A central work experience team to help you find relevant placements; an employability development team which includes an employability programme called Grad Edge; and an Enterprise team focused on new business ideas and entrepreneurship.

Fees

Full time

Complete your degree in the shortest possible time and study flexibly – when and where suits you!
 

£7,250

You’ll study 9 modules in total (approx. 37 hrs/week).

Part time option one

Study for a degree whilst fitting it around your work, care and other life commitments.
 

£4,250

You’ll study 6 modules per year (approx. 25 hrs/week).

Part time option two

Take time to study and spread the tuition fees over a longer period – at no extra cost.
 

£5,500

You’ll study 4–5 modules per year (approx. 19 hrs/week).

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