MSc Cyber Security

The MSc Cyber Security course will equip you with the latest knowledge and understanding of the threats associated with the use of technology in business and how to deal with them.

You will cover both the technical and management/governance areas required to operate in the cyber security profession, allowing you to develop a range of key transferable skills valued by employers in both the public and private sectors. You will also benefit from being taught by staff who are at the forefront of their subject area. 

As the number of sophisticated cyber attacks increases across the world, so does the demand for graduates with the necessary skills and expertise to support organisations abilities to protect themselves against security threats and digital incursion. 

Key Information

  • Course length: 1 year, full-time 
  • Start date: February 2020
  • Location: Dubai

You will study the following modules:-

Network Security

To enable students to evaluate, synthesise and validate the identification of security issues and their associated impacts against devices and protocols that make up networks and distributed systems. 

Security Management

To provide a knowledge of the tools and techniques available to secure and manage, in a meaningful manner, an information system. To develop the students' ability to manage the security of an information system at a strategic, tactical and operational level. 

Incident Response and Incident Management

To evaluate, analyse and synthesise the capability to perform incident management and incident response. 

Strategic Management and IT Governance

To develop a critical understanding of strategic management tools and IT Governance frameworks.

MSc Project

To provide the opportunity for students to employ autonomy and originality in the application of their computing, award and research skills to a complex problem. To provide an opportunity for the student to investigate a topical, award relevant issue of their choice in some depth. To produce a justified solution to a significant problem that is informed by a critical review of research. To further develop the students' investigative, research, writing and presentation skills as a self-directed, autonomous learner. 

Project Management and Research Methodology

To understand current developments in project management, its techniques and tools, and to determine and use appropriate ones in contexts where there are many interacting factors. 

The MSc Cyber Security course is delivered in six major blocks to accommodate students from a wide range of backgrounds. Each block will last for five consecutive days, with one block potentially being delivered online. You will study through lectures, tutorials, practical sessions, seminars and projects. 

You will need to spend a significant amount of time working independently, reading and preparing for assessments. While the style of coursework may vary, research-style papers or essays of around 6,000 words in length are typical. You will also work on a significant research project and a major project of your choice, where strong independent thinking, critical analysis and project management skills will be important. 

The MSc Cyber Security is designed for graduates with a minimum 2:2 Honours degree or equivalent. Candidates should have very good IT skills and must demonstrate this either through existing qualifications or through their work experience.

The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component or equivalent. 

Finance and funding are important factors when choosing where and whether to study. At the University of South Wales, we offer specialist support and advice to help you make sense of it all.

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Career opportunities for those with a cyber security qualification continue to grow with many roles offering an interesting, challenging and rewarding environment to work in. From implementing security policies and managing protective measures in network systems, to advising organisations on how to reduce risks and their vulnerability, there are a variety of opportunities throughout the computer industry. 

Typical roles commonly associated with cyber security include information security and risk analysts, IT security managers and network security consultants.