MSc

Cyber Security

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This accredited programme offers a multi-disciplinary perspective to the subject of Cyber Security giving you an excellent basis for a future career in the field. This is particularly crucial given the Government Cyber Security Strategy and the current skills shortage in the marketplace.

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Course overview

You will enhance your knowledge of cyber crime and information security management, including software development, advanced digital forensic investigation, multimedia networking and the Dark Web. You will benefit from links to professional and industry bodies, including EnCase Academic Programme, Cisco Networking Academy, GCHQ and the BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT.

This programme will provide you with the necessary skills to understand and apply specialised security knowledge to recognise and resolve complex threats faced by organisations and government bodies. You will develop a rounded perspective of key security domains such as network security, penetration testing, digital forensic investigation and secure software development.

What you need to know

Course start date

September

Location

Winchester campus

Course length

  • 1 year full-time
  • 2 years part-time

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Typical offer

A first or second-class honours degree in computing or a computing-related discipline

Fees

From £9,550 pa

Course features

  • Learn from a specialist team of research-active academics who work at the forefront of the field
  • Access a wide range of specialist software and tools including a dedicated Cyber Security and Forensics laboratory in our state-of-the-art West Downs Centre
  • Develop an appreciation of the wider role information security plays in an organisational context

Course details

Learning and teaching

The programme is designed to ensure that learning, teaching and assessment is embedded within the programme to meet learning outcomes and provide ‘accessible and appropriate support for all aspects of student academic and personal skills development’ (Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy, 2015-18). The programme has a modular structure and learning outcomes and assessments are clearly defined for each module.

Location:

On campus, Winchester

Assessment

Our validated courses may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances.

We ensure all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.

Modules

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing. The University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed. For further information please refer to winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions

Modules

Research Methods in Business

This module is designed to provide students with the knowledge and tools required to develop and undertake research in any area of business. Students will evaluate and synthesise research philosophies, develop research strategies, and select research methods using secondary and/or primary sources appropriate to particular research questions, relating these to existing business theories.

The module provides the foundation for further development of research skills through a dissertation by independent study.

Information Security Management

This module focuses on the operation and improvement of information security and encompasses three roles commonly defined in the security community: Security and Information Risk Advisor, Security Architect and Security Officer. In addition, the following six domains are covered: Access Control, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, Information Security Governance and Risk Management; Software Development Security, Security Architecture and Design, Physical and Environmental Security.

Network Security and Penetration Testing

This module provides an in-depth understanding of advanced penetration testing techniques. A heavy emphasis is given to practical pen-testing methodologies and various vulnerability assessment procedures. Legal and ethical issues are also considered.

Software Development and Cyber Security

This module provides an in-depth understanding of advanced penetration testing techniques. A heavy emphasis is given to practical pen-testing methodologies and various vulnerability assessment procedures. Legal and ethical issues are also considered.

Cyber Crime and the Dark Web

This module critically evaluates state-of-the-art research in the areas of Cyber Crime and Cyber Security. The history of Cyber Crime is explored together with the key stakeholders in the business of preventing, controlling and policing cyber-criminal activities. Consideration is given to crypto currencies and the political economy of the Dark Web.

Dissertation

The dissertation enables students to specialise in an area of interest by conducting an independent, in-depth research project, guided by research-active tutors. Students will evaluate and synthesise research philosophies, develop research strategies, conduct research using secondary and/or primary sources and analyse their findings in relation to existing business theories.

The dissertation is of interest to potential future employers, demonstrating critical abilities, research expertise and business knowledge. It can also prompt student interest in conducting further research, whether in a consultancy role or in continued academic research at PhD level.

Optional Modules
  • Multimedia Networking - 20 credits 
  • Business Consulting - 20 credits 
  • Intercultural Business Communications - 20 credits 
  • Strategic Management - 20 credits 
Advanced Digital Forensic Investigation

This module imparts a detailed understanding of digital forensics and the discipline of digital forensics. The module includes in-depth practical sessions in which students apply complex digital forensic techniques in realistic real-world scenarios. Tools include both commercial offerings and open source. Techniques associated with gathering, preserving and presenting digital evidence will also be covered

Optional

Research Methods in Business

This module is designed to provide students with the knowledge and tools required to develop and undertake research in any area of business. Students will evaluate and synthesise research philosophies, develop research strategies, and select research methods using secondary and/or primary sources appropriate to particular research questions, relating these to existing business theories.

The module provides the foundation for further development of research skills through a dissertation by independent study.

Information Security Management

This module focuses on the operation and improvement of information security and encompasses three roles commonly defined in the security community: Security and Information Risk Advisor, Security Architect and Security Officer. In addition, the following six domains are covered: Access Control, Business Continuity and Disaster Recovery, Information Security Governance and Risk Management; Software Development Security, Security Architecture and Design, Physical and Environmental Security.

Network Security and Penetration Testing

This module provides an in-depth understanding of advanced penetration testing techniques. A heavy emphasis is given to practical pen-testing methodologies and various vulnerability assessment procedures. Legal and ethical issues are also considered.

Software Development and Cyber Security

This module provides an in-depth understanding of advanced penetration testing techniques. A heavy emphasis is given to practical pen-testing methodologies and various vulnerability assessment procedures. Legal and ethical issues are also considered.

Cyber Crime and the Dark Web

This module critically evaluates state-of-the-art research in the areas of Cyber Crime and Cyber Security. The history of Cyber Crime is explored together with the key stakeholders in the business of preventing, controlling and policing cyber-criminal activities. Consideration is given to crypto currencies and the political economy of the Dark Web.

Dissertation

The dissertation enables students to specialise in an area of interest by conducting an independent, in-depth research project, guided by research-active tutors. Students will evaluate and synthesise research philosophies, develop research strategies, conduct research using secondary and/or primary sources and analyse their findings in relation to existing business theories.

The dissertation is of interest to potential future employers, demonstrating critical abilities, research expertise and business knowledge. It can also prompt student interest in conducting further research, whether in a consultancy role or in continued academic research at PhD level.

Optional Modules
  • Multimedia Networking - 20 credits 
  • Business Consulting - 20 credits 
  • Intercultural Business Communications - 20 credits 
  • Strategic Management - 20 credits 
Advanced Digital Forensic Investigation

This module imparts a detailed understanding of digital forensics and the discipline of digital forensics. The module includes in-depth practical sessions in which students apply complex digital forensic techniques in realistic real-world scenarios. Tools include both commercial offerings and open source. Techniques associated with gathering, preserving and presenting digital evidence will also be covered

Entry requirements

A first or second-class honours degree in computing or a computing-related discipline

Normally a first or second-class Honours degree or professional experience in the area of study. A lower degree classification may be considered if you can demonstrate a significant level of experience in the security area, with competence in computer programming. 

If English is not your first language: IELTS: 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

Course enquiries and applications

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International students

International students seeking additional information about this programme can email International@winchester.ac.uk.

Late applications can be accepted throughout the remainder of the application year, for more information see our How to Apply section. 

If English is not your first language: IELTS: 6.0 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing or equivalent

International students seeking additional information about this programme can email International@winchester.ac.uk.

Late applications can be accepted throughout the remainder of the application year, for more information see our How to Apply section. 

2024/2025 Course Tuition Fees 

  UK / Channel Islands /
Isle of Man / Republic of Ireland

International

Full-time £9,550 £17,450
Part-time £4,775 £8,725
Total £9,550 £17,450

Additional tuition fee information

If you are a UK student starting your degree in January / September 2024, the first year will cost you £9,550**.

If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future, so make sure you know what is on offer to support you.

**The University of Winchester will charge the maximum approved tuition fee per year.

Additional costs

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:

Optional

Core texts

Core texts are available from the University Library. However some students prefer to purchase their own copies. Some core texts can be bought second-hand or as an ebook which can often reduce this cost. Indicative cost is £150 for whole course.

Mandatory

Computer

Computers are available at the University, however some students prefer to bring their own device. If choosing to do so, it is advisable that it runs Windows for compatibility reasons. Indicative cost £800-£1,200.

Printing and Binding

The University is pleased to offer our students a free printing allowance of £20 each academic year. This will print around 500 A4 mono pages. If students wish to print more, printer credit can be topped up by the student. The University and Student Union are champions of sustainability and we ask all our students to consider the environmental impact before printing. 

SCHOLARSHIPS, BURSARIES AND AWARDS

We have a variety of scholarship and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you’re eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards.

CAREER PROSPECTS

Graduates will be equipped to enter a variety of cyber security graduate roles including cyber security analyst, malware analyst and cyber security software engineer.

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