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Master/MScCyber Security

University of Birmingham
United Kingdom, Birmingham
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This programme helps equip students to engage with complex, challenging problems and real-world issues. It will give students the intellectual and technical skills they need to deal with current and future cyber security threats. The degree programme considers all the layers at which security must be considered, from low-level security attacks on software implementations, through to more abstract design principles underlying secure systems, to strategies for management of processes and people.

The programme has received provisional GCHQ accreditation and the University has been officially established as an ‘Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research’ (ACE-CSR) by the UK government.

Programme structure

Cyber security is about designing systems that resist attack. As computers become ever more prevalent and ever more connected with each other, the opportunities for attackers become even greater, and the need to resist them becomes more urgent. Computing infrastructure is now vital for communication, government, commerce, and control of our physical environment, and is a potential target of terrorist and criminal attacks. Graduates who understand the technologies that underpin products and practices to secure it will be in great demand.

This is a one-year full-time degree programme for graduates in a computing-related discipline. It will allow students to obtain the knowledge and expertise to evaluate, designand build secure computer systems, processes and people that are involved in cyber security. It covers the theory and practice of designing and building secure systems and gives you a firm grounding in cryptography, network security and secure programming, as well as optional modules in topics such as hardware and embedded system security, operating systems and incident management and forensics.

The programme also gives you practical experience with technologies and toolkits for building internet-based software. All students undertake a large, personally supervised project in the final months of the course.

Our curriculum has been developed with the involvement of key individuals in the cyber security industry. As well as advising us on the skills they seek when recruiting graduates, they also contribute directly to the MSc programme through guest lectures and project supervision. In recent years, we have had guest lecturers from Microsoft, Vodafone, Siemens, IBM and Hewlett Packard.

Career opportunities

Examples of employers

Credit Suisse
BAe Systems
Bank of America
J.P. Morgan
Morgan Stanley

Examples of occupations

Software Engineer
Software Developer
Technical Analyst
Applications Developer
Cyber Security Consultant
Design Engineer
Junior Programmer
Software Consultant
Technical Consultant
Technology Analyst

Further study – examples of courses

MSc Computer Security
MSc International Business
MEng Aeronautics & Astronautics
MSc Computer Science
MSc Artifical Intelligence
MSc Operational Research
MSc Imbedded Systems
PhD – Physical Sciences in the Biomedical Imaging
PhD – Computer Science

Apply now! Fall semester 2020/21
This intake is not applicable

We are currently NOT ACCEPTING applications from NON-EU countries, except Georgia and Serbia.

Studies commence
Sep 20, 2020

Application deadlines apply to citizens of: United States