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QUB Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS) MSc in Applied Cyber Security
QUB Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences (EPS)

MSc in Applied Cyber Security

Belfast, United Kingdom

1 Years

English

Full time, Part time

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EUR 6,980

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Introduction

The world’s online security depends on you. Step up to the plate with this fascinating Master’s course, taught by experts at one of the world’s leading cyber security hubs.

You’ll be analytical, technical, and a modern-day codebreaker. Cyber security is a challenge that will not go away, affecting companies, individuals, and even governments. You could be:

A recent graduate – possibly a maths or engineering graduate with good programming skills, or you might be a good developer but have little knowledge of cyber security.

Already working in industry – experienced in technical software development, and looking to upskill and enhance your professional development.

An international student looking to study for a UK master’s degree, to meet the global need for cyber security skills.

This course is certified by the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), the UK’s leading cyber security organization. This certification provides a benchmark for the course by assuring the quality of both the content and its delivery.

This innovative program is at the forefront of technical advances in cutting-edge cyber security topics such as cryptography, computer forensics, network security, secure software development, and penetration testing, as well as investigating the increasingly important legal and ethical issues in cyber security.

This is an applied course, which mixes theoretical skills with practical work in the lab to give you hands-on experience.

Course Structure

The course, comprising seven taught modules and a research project, provides a broad foundation in cyber security.

The MSc in Applied Cyber Security is available in a full-time or a part-time option.

Full-time (1-year): Consists of seven taught modules (120 CATS points) and a 3-4 month practical project of a research nature (60 CATS). Students study seven taught modules (120 CATS). They will also commence an individual research project (60 CATS).

Part-time (2+ years): Part-time students are normally enrolled for two years. The first year will normally compromise four taught modules (60 CATS).

The individual Research Project focuses on applying taught skills to a leading-edge issue in cyber security research. A dissertation is required for the project. Following tutor approval, the project may be undertaken as a summer placement at a company.

Modules are regularly updated to reflect new developments in the dynamic field of cyber security. Modules offered may be subject to change.

Full-Time/Part-Time

The MSc in Applied Cyber Security is available in a full-time or a part-time option:

Full-time (1-year): Consists of six taught modules (120 CATS) and a 3-4 month practical project of a research nature/work placement (60 CATS).

Students study all taught modules (120 CATS points) up to the end of the Semester 2 exam period. They will also commence an individual research project (60 CATS points) and continue this through month 12.

As an integral part of the ELE8095 Individual Research Project, students may undertake summer work placements/internships lasting 3-4 months with local, national, and international employers, under the regular supervision of an academic staff member and a staff member of the host organization.

Part-time (2+ years): Part-time students are normally enrolled for two years. The first year will normally compromise the following modules: Fundamentals of Cyber Security, Network Security & Monitoring, and Software Assurance. The second year normally comprises Computer Forensics, Pen-testing, Applied Cryptography, Data Privacy and the Law, and an individual research project. The part-time MSc consists of Seven taught modules (120 CATS) which are delivered alongside full-time students over two years (normally), and a practical research project (60 CATS) which may be on a work-based research project following tutor approval.

Students normally take three taught modules (50 CATS points) during Year 1, and four taught modules (70 CATS points) during Year 2. During Year 2 students will undertake the individual research project (60 CATS points).

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