Abertay University

Degree level: Postgraduate
Awarded by: Abertay University (formerly University of Abertay Dundee)

Ethical Hacking and Cyber Security (Taught)

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Course summary

Provisionally certified by the National Cyber Security Centre - part of GCHQ - this Masters degree develops the skills and mind set needed to tackle the growing threat of computer hackers. Computer security is a growing concern for organisations of all sizes. This Masters will put you in the ideal position to pursue a successful and often lucrative career. It’s not unusual for the salaries of graduates from this programme to start at £35,000-£40,000. The industry is currently experiencing a major skills gap and global demand for ethical hackers. We’re the only university in the UK to offer a Masters programme in ethical hacking. We want to change the way you view cyber security to adopt an offensive approach. The best way to beat a hacker is to be able to think like one! Aimed at Computing/IT graduates, our MSc Ethical Hacking and Cyber Security covers a wide range of subjects, including penetration testing, digital forensics, information security management, Malware analysis, port scanning, buffer overflows and password cracking. Our research-active teaching staff are at the forefront of new developments, allowing the programme to evolve to cover the latest techniques and guidelines. There are two modes of studying this degree. Full-time, on-campus over one year or, part-time distance learning over two years. Full-time on campus students completing the degree in one year: The academic year consists of three terms with the masters project module completed in term 3. Part-time distance learning students completing the degree in two years: Year 1 consists of two terms and Year 2 of three terms with the master project module completed in the final term.


Computer Security (CMP506) An introduction to issues relating to computer security and ethical hacking, including techniques to improve vulnerabilities and computer defence. You’ll analyse how malicious hackers can gain unauthorised access and explore how to improve security. Digital Forensics 3 (CMP507) Provides you with the ability to carry out and critically evaluate computer forensic investigations and appraise forensic software with a view to develop appropriate investigation strategies in the light of emerging digital technologies. Information and Network Security Management (CMP508) An examination of the many forms of threats to information systems and appropriate countermeasures. This provides you with an understanding of the architecture and management of modern computer networking and of the security implications of the many possible architectural structures. Ethical Hacking 4 (CMP509) Provides you with specialist knowledge and experience of advanced hacking techniques and their countermeasures. Engineering Resilient Systems Masters (CMP510) Social and technical approaches to better security resilience in systems through consideration of methods of attack and defence. Module content: Hardware Security Challenges; The Ingredients of Machine Learning; Support Vector Machines for Cyber Security; Neural Networks for Cyber Security; Authentication Design; Principles of Secure Software Development; Language and API Design for Security; Static and Dynamic Analysis; Insider Threat. Research Methods (1) (GRS501) An introduction to research methods and statistical analysis. Combines theoretical, historical and statistical concepts with hands-on practical lab sessions using both qualitative and quantitative techniques to put theory into practice. Masters Project (CMP504) Select, plan, conduct and write up a research based investigation for the Masters Project. The project will include the selection of appropriate research and experimental methods, the collection and analysis of data/information and the evaluation and communication of findings. The result is a solution appropriate to the project aims and a dissertation.

Assessment method

The taught course will be assessed using a combination of written coursework, presentations and seminars, with a written dissertation at MSc level. For part-time distance learning students, all assessments and exams would be completed remotely online.

Professional bodies

Professionally accredited courses provide industry-wide recognition of the quality of your qualification.

  • BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT

Entry requirements

Minimum 2.2 Honours degree in area of computing, comprising significant component of software development or networking; where appropriate subjects not covered applicants considered with relevant industry experience, normally minimum 2 years in software development or networking. Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS). Applicants whose 1st language is not English should have an IELTS score of 6.0 or equivalent (CEFR: C1).

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £10200 Whole course
Scotland £7700 Whole course
England £10200 Whole course
Northern Ireland £10200 Whole course
Wales £10200 Whole course
EU £17000 Whole course
International £17000 Whole course

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.

Sponsorship information

A limited number of fees-only PSAS places are available to those who meet the eligibility criteria of the Postgraduate Student Allowances Scheme of the Student Awards Agency for Scotland.

Ethical Hacking and Cyber Security at Abertay University - UCAS