What will I study?
The MSc Cyber Security Technology programme is designed specifically to enable you to update, extend and deepen your knowledge in cyber security technology and wider digital leadership and technology subjects, in order to enhance and accelerate your career opportunities.
By completing the MSc in Cyber Security Technology you will be able to demonstrate capabilities in the areas of the Digital Leadership, Information Governance and Cyber Security, Cloud and Big Data Security, Introduction to Computer Networks Security, Computer Networks and Security, Research Methods for Professional Practice and Computing and Digital Technologies Project.
As you progress through the programme, you develop as an up to date, well rounded and outward looking professional capable of taking responsibility for and effectively leading cyber security and technology projects and people, capable of making good decisions and improving the performance of yourself, your people, your areas of responsibility and your organisation.
The modular content has been designed to allow you to extend and deeper learning in specific areas in the areas of specialism which are relevant to you. For example, the digital leadership module is designed to support future career progression into roles where there is a requirement to manage other cyber specialists. It also provides a useful foundation for those seeking to pursue a career in cyber security in a role where you are required to perform security vulnerability assessments and penetration testing for networked information systems. Knowledge gained from studying the programme will enable you to conduct threat intelligence analysis to keep up to date with the changing threat landscape.
The programme recognises that as an aspiring cyber security technology professional you are required to develop competences in a range of specific cyber techniques alongside softer skills in areas such as leadership, communication, problem solving and commercial reasoning.
By successfully completing your programme you will have not only have demonstrated mastery of these skills but alongside the development of your personal practice your ability to impact on personal and organisational performance. It is the combination of these factors that will advance your personal development and enhace your career opportunities.
How will I be taught and assessed?
You’ll be taught using a range of methods such as workshops, tutorials, directed study and discussion forums, and led by experienced lecturers and academics who use their industry and research experience to demonstrate how the theories, tools, technologies and methods you will learn on the programme translate in to real life situations.
As a student working in the computing environment you will be encouraged by your tutor to integrate your work practice in the module content and development of assessments. By following this approach there are opportunities to connect learning delivered during the module to your role and vice versa.
For each module you can expect 24 hours of overall contact time delivered through interactive workshops and face-to-face classroom sessions. This will be supported by a minimum of 12 hours of guided tutor learning which can be delivered virtually, examples include tutorials, tutor led collaborative exercises with peers, discussion forums and video presentations.
You will also be expected to engage in independent study, around 164 hours for each module. This will be supported by your module tutor and will consist of pre-class reading preparation, research, assessment preparation, development and writing as well as skills development and online tests and quizzes.
The assessment for this programme is 100% coursework, with examples including report writing and tangible pieces of work such as a programme or database, portfolio and final project.
Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) is embedded throughout the course with tools such as the ‘Blackboard’ eLearning Portal and electronic reading lists that will guide your preparation for seminars and independent research.
We offer extensive student support in and outside of the classroom with a dedicated student support team based in London.
Careers and further study
This programme has been designed to ensure that graduates will be well equipped to work in a variety of careers in the cyber security/IT industry or to progress to academic or research-orientated careers. Indeed, the qualification is designed to accelerate your skills and competence in a range of job roles, including roles in leadership and management in IT, Cyber Security Engineer, Cyber Security Analyst, Cyber Security Consultant, IT Security and Support Manager, Information Security professional and Business Analyst.
In addition, the specialist modules provide opportunities to develop your career in roles such as Big Data Security Analyst and Big Data Developer and also for a career in the networking field such as Network Analyst, Network Solution Architect, Network Engineer, Network Specialist and Network Manager.
Meet your Programme Leader, Usman Butt.
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