As the use of information systems is now widespread in the lives of individuals, business and society, the security of computer systems is increasingly important. The significance of information security and the demand for relevant skills has been emphasised recently by high-profile incidents concerning the privacy of personal data and security of financial information. This specialist MSc Computer Systems Security course focuses on the technical aspects of computer systems security and systems administration, particularly penetration testing. It is accredited by the Tiger Scheme and will give you exemption from some of its professional examinations. You will be taught by an internationally recognised team from the University’s Information Security Research Group, and external speakers contribute to delivering the latest expertise and development
Modules include: Network Security Practical Windows Security Practical UNIX Security Vulnerability Development Professional Skills Development Advanced Research Methods Project Management Research Project: an investigation of your choice, related to the course MSc Project: the development and evaluation of a significant application or task, related to the course
Assessment is based on coursework, varying from a research-style paper or essay to programming assignments. Each module usually requires 2 essays or papers of around 3,500 words. The students also work on a significant project of their own choosing.
This course is designed for graduates with a minimum 2:2 Honours degree or equivalent. Candidates should have a computing background with very good IT skills or extensive experience of the relevant sector. The course welcomes international applicants and requires an English level of IELTS 6.5 or equivalent.
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