|Study location||United Kingdom, Southampton (Highfield campus)|
|Type||Master courses, full-time|
|Nominal duration||1 year|
|Tuition fee||£19,570 per year|
Undergraduate diploma (or higher)
Upper second-class honours degree or higher (or equivalent) in computer science or a closely related discipline (certain modules assume a level of programming and mathematics knowledge)
The entry qualification documents are accepted in any language
IELTS: 6.5 (with a minimum of 6.0 in each band)
At least 2 reference(s) must be provided.
Cyber security is a topic of critical importance to commercial and academic organisations, as well as to governments and their citizens. Our Cyber Security programme, primarily aimed as a broadening qualification for computer science graduates, offers a multi-disciplinary perspective to the subject, giving students an excellent basis for a future career in the cyber security field.
There is currently a worldwide shortage of skilled practitioners in cyber security. In the UK, the National Audit Office recently named “addressing the UK’s current and future ICT and cyber security skills gap” as a “key challenge”, whilst at a time when cybercrime “as-a-service” is on a steep rise, the Department for Business, Innovation & Skill calls for companies to make of cyber security a Board level responsibility. Our MSc is specifically designed to give students a well-rounded, multi-disciplinary view of the subject area, embracing not only the technical subjects, but also aspects of criminology, risk management, law and social sciences. We believe a broad grounding in cyber security will give our students a key advantage in the marketplace.
The programme is primarily a broadening qualification for computer science graduates, but is also one that may appeal to suitable graduates from other disciplines. The programme features two semesters of taught modules, with a variety of optional modules available to allow students to selectively gain knowledge in some specific subject areas, followed by the MSc dissertation/project, which where possible is conducted in conjunction with an industrial partner.
This programme provides an excellent platform for either immediate employment in the cyber security field or further research in industry or academia. Our graduates should not only understand technical aspects of cyber security, but also the broader context in which these sit.
Our students should be able to seek careers in:
Established companies designing and marketing specific off-the-shelf security products (anti-viruses, anti-spam, software analysers, firewalls, etc.);
Emerging cyber security professions embedded in companies and business of any sort. These include the expert figures required as companies are urged to take responsibility for the analysis of their cyber-threats and the design of their cyber-defences;
A growing range of cyber security consultancy companies who study and analyse trends in cyber security and who provide advice to a wide range of clients;
Professions for which cyber security plays a key role, and for which understanding the broader context is becoming increasingly important, e.g. the military, intelligence agencies, and crime prevention and investigation
Government departments, e.g. in the UK the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BiS), who provide analysis and strategy advice for the UK and its businesses.
Academic possibilities include further study towards a Ph.D. qualification, or research assistant positions undertaking cyber security related research.