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School of Mathematics and Computer Science

Cyber Security with Professional Practice

MSc Full-time 18 months

MSc Cyber Security with Professional Practice offers a unique opportunity for international students to gain relevant work experience within an external business or organisation, giving you a competitive edge in the job market.

MSc Cyber Security with Professional Practice offers a unique opportunity for international students to gain relevant work experience within an external business or organisation, giving you a competitive edge in the job market.

  • Institute Code W75
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  • Start Date(s) 26 May 2020, 21 September 2020
  • Award MSc
  • Study Mode Full-time
  • Course Length Full-time (18 months)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School School of Mathematics and Computer Science

Why choose this course?

Please note this course is currently only open to INTERNATIONAL applicants

MSc Cyber Security with Professional Practice offers a unique opportunity for international students to gain relevant work experience within an external business or organisation, giving you a competitive edge in the job market.

The placement is undertaken between the taught part of the course and the dissertation; and will usually be 4 months in duration from May/June to September.

You’ll be responsible for securing your own work placement and will be supported by the University from job application to the interview. Although the placement is not guaranteed, the University maintains links with a wide network of organisations who offer placement opportunities. Placements may be paid or unpaid

The exponential increase in mobile devices, converged applications and Cloud technologies, initiatives such as Bring your Own Device (BYOD) / Choose Your Own Device (CYOD) and the advent of digital information technologies, has increased the proliferation of threats in our vibrant and active cyber-physical-natural environment diluting further its perimeter. Our cyberspace is constantly increasing its size almost linearly to its value recognising Cyber Security as a global response to the challenges posed by constantly evolving systems which are harder to secure. The MSc Cyber Security seeks to address the increasing demand for Cyber Security related domains in both academic, vocational qualifications and projection for an increased shortage of Cyber Security professionals in the industry. The course has been designed by a team of leading experts, researchers and trainers in the field and gives the opportunity to the students to be exposed to cutting-edge technologies, tools and techniques in cyber exploitation and defence.

What happens on the course?

You will undertake a wide range of learning activities including:

  • Computer-based learning 
  • Supported learning using the University VLE (CANVAS) as a learning tool, for
  • information and interactive communications
  • Lectures
  • Tutorials (smaller group/one-to-one)
  • Workshops
  • Case studies
  • Structured laboratory exercises
  • Individual structured assignment-based learning
  • Directed study
  • Individual or group exercises
  • Research project investigations

Assessment methods will include:

  • Written reports
  • Essays
  • Literature reviews
  • Professional practice
  • Exams
  • Presentations

Students will also have the opportunity to engage in formative assessment throughout the course, especially during exercises in the practise sessions where their tutors will give feedback on progress and performance for each of the tasks allocated. The assessment strategy for this course is designed around a holistic evaluation on knowledge and skills acquired with a strong emphasis on the requirements for this mode of delivery and diverse skills, background and expectations of the target audience. All assessments used in the course are in perfect alignment with University requirements, regulations and policies. Coursework assignments typically incorporate formative feedback so that students can gain an insight into whether their work is meeting the necessary thresholds and focus on meaningful remarks to improve both their performance and understanding in the subject matter. Students will also get the opportunity to be engaged in guest lectures from leading experts in the area and be taught by active researchers and trainers in all modules as part of the programme.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

You will enhance critical understanding and synthesis skills with regards to security processes, techniques and methodologies around cyber security in a blended learning environment with strong hands-on explication using cutting-edge software and hardware. The course will cover cyber defence elements and state-of-the-art in exploitation techniques, threats and security risks in both targeted and multi-stage cyber-attacks in the cyberspace.

You should be able to identify and mitigate security violations across the cyberspace with a strong emphasis on Governance, Risk and Compliance (GRC) frameworks and standards; and the importance of automation and orchestration of security operations in highly volatile and sensitive environments to develop better and more efficient security controls.

You will be exposed to formalised security principles and protocols and expand your ability and capabilities in strong system administration and modelling of threat landscapes in a variety of different organisational contexts. Since this programme has been developed concerning the requirements of cyber security professional bodies, it aims to produce postgraduates with subject-specific and transferable knowledge and skills suited to a career in the cyber security industry or other related IT disciplines

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £6945 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £7112 per year 2020-21
International Full-time £14445 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £14834 per year 2020-21

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2019/20. Fees are for the academic year only, any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

Please note this course is currently only open to INTERNATIONAL applicants

A lower second honours degree in Computer Science or equivalent.

A Postgraduate Certificate in Computer Science or a related subject with a minimum grade C or 50% in all modules

Alternatively:

Evidence of industrial certifications in Information security such as CISSP, CEH, BCS will also be considered for suitable candidates with a minimum of 3 years working experience in related industries. An interview process will also be utilised to verify suitability for the course for candidates with non-standard academic backgrounds but with demonstrable industry experience in the field.

Your qualifications need to be deemed equivalent to the above entry requirements.

Charitable Funding: You might also want to explore the possibility of funding from charitable trusts; please see the following websites www.acf.org.ukwww.dsc.org.uk/fundingwebsites or www.family-action.org.uk. Most charities and trust funds offer limited bursaries targeted to specific groups of students so you will need to research whether any of them are relevant to your situation.

University Postgraduate Loyalty Discount: The University also offers a postgraduate loyalty discount (https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/postgraduate-study/postgraduate-loyalty-discount/): If you have completed an undergraduate degree at the University of Wolverhampton, you may be eligible for a 20% discount on the first year of a taught postgraduate programme.

Financial Hardship: Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund (https://www.wlv.ac.uk/study-here/money-matters/financial-support/dennis-turner-opportunity-fund/) for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.

If you are paying for the fees yourself then the fees can be paid in 3 instalments: November, January and April. More information can be found at www.wlv.ac.uk/howtopay

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