Master of Science in Cyber Security (Part Time)

Programme Title

Master of Science in Cyber Security

Programme Code

C211

Programme Area

Computer Network & Security

Level Programme

Taught Masters

Mode of Study

Part-time. This Programme is a two years course and consists of eight core modules including an individual project and one optional module

General

At least second-class honours Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, recognised by the Senate.

AND

At least a credit or equivalent in English Language GCE O-level or an IELTS score of 6.0 or a TOEFL minimum overall score of 550 or its equivalent. The English Language requirements may be waived where qualifying studies in Higher Education were in the medium of English Language. Where candidates completed their higher education more than 2 years prior to their current application they will need to show that they have continued to study or work in the medium of English.

 

Programme Specific

Hold a second-class honours Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent, in a relevant discipline, recognised by the Senate. Applicants with other qualifications will be considered on a case-by-case basis, taking account of any relevant work or other experience.

 

The threat of IT security attacks is increasingly apparent to either individuals or organisations across the world. From hacking to phishing, scamming to grooming, and botnets to cyber-terrorism, the variety and ingenuity of exploits appear to expand constantly.

MSc Cyber Security addresses key security issues faced by global communications and information systems. This course teaches the latest security principles, practices, tools and techniques. The programme covers management and protection of computer operating systems, networks, and data from cyber-attacks. It also provides skills on how to monitor systems and mitigate threats. As well as studying areas such as securing cyber infrastructure, secure application development, risk management, malware analysis and digital forensics. Furthermore, students are also exposed to the importance of understanding and managing the human factors in cybersecurity.

Students are assessed through examinations, coursework, and a project.

Upon successful completion of this programme, graduates are expected to be able to:

  1. Apply technical and mathematical concepts and mechanisms for the protection of digital data and information
  2. Analyse and explain technical concepts and mechanisms for securing network communications and infrastructures
  3. Analyse and apply technical concepts and mechanisms for digital forensics
  4. Analyse and evaluate technical concepts and mechanisms for the development of secure computing systems and applications
  5. Critically evaluate information security mechanisms and technologies with respect to their functionality, security properties and application challenges
  6. Implement or apply existing information security mechanisms and technologies in practice
  7. Design, develop and analyse secure systems and applications by taking into account both technical and non-technical perspectives
  8. Critically evaluate new ideas, develop own ideas and conduct supervised research in information security
  9. Reflect on issues related to data privacy, security, ethical and legal concerns

Year

Semester

Module Code

Module Title

Module Type

Credit Value

1

1
(August to December)

CN5213

Cybercrime and Sociotechnical Risks

C

15

CN5208

Network Security and Cryptography

C

15

Total CV Required

30

2
(January to May)

CN5207

Security Architecture

C

15

CN5209

Information Security Policies and Management

C

15

CI5237

Computer Research Methodology

C

10

Total CV Required

40

2

3
(August to December)

 

Elective 1

E

15

CN5206

Cyber Physical Protection

C

15

CN5212

Digital Forensics Lab

C

20

Total CV Required

50

4
(January to May)

CI5208

Master Research Project

C

60

Total CV Required

60

Electives

Module Code

Module Title

Module Type

Credit Value

CN5304

Database Security

E

15

CN5301

Data Analytics for Cybersecurity

E

15

 

 

Notes:

1.     The research project is expected to start from the end of Semester 2 (e.g. topic selection, research outline, etc.). A full-term between January and May will also be available for the students to complete their project and thesis.

2.     A list of suitable modules be provided to the students at the beginning of the programme. The module should be selected in consultation with the programme coordinator or relevant member of staff. Students are not allowed to select any module(s) that they had previously completed. Approval by the Programme Leader of elective module selection is also subject to call size and timetabling limitations.