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Cyber Security MSc/PG Dip/PG Cert

Study the latest cyber security principles, practices, tools and techniques in preparation for a role in the sector protecting our society, economy and critical infrastructure.

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Overview

Developed with industry and certified by the NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre), this course directly addresses the unprecedented demand for cyber security expertise. It explores the underpinning technology of cyber domain and the role of linguistics, psychology and sociology in dealing with new cyber challenges.

You will study a diverse range of modules, including Cyber Threat Intelligence, Malware Analysis, and Penetration Testing and Incident Response, providing the fundamental knowledge needed to work in the sector. You will also produce a substantial piece of individual work in your third semester, with the support of your academic supervisor, investigating a topic tailored to your own area of interest.

The involvement of the Industrial Advisory Group (Airbus, BT, Deloitte UK and Rolls-Royce) in designing the course and supporting its delivery ensures the teaching remains current and supportive of the real challenges faced by cyber security specialists.

You will be taught by recognised experts in cyber security and will develop your professional skills within the Cyber Technology Institute (CTI), with its purpose-built cyber security and forensics laboratories.

We expect graduates to find employment as cyber security specialists within law enforcement, government, commercial IT departments and security consultancies. Previous graduates have gone on to work for cyber security specialist organisations including Capgemini.

Key features

  • This course is certified by the NCSC (National Cyber Security Centre). and DMU is recognised as an Airbus Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security, demonstrating the relevance of the course content and its value to the industry. 

  • Our CTI has been named as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research, thanks to its pioneering research in incident response and cyber threat intelligence, industrial control systems and sociotechnical security. 

  • Study on a course which is assessed 100% by coursework, where you will take part in group and individual assessments, written essays, presentations, projects and reports, all with a strong emphasis on real-world problems. 

  • Access our cyber security laboratories, equipped with high-spec, specially customised PCs configured with multiple operating systems, virtualisation and removable hard drives, as well as specialised servers, wired and wireless networking equipment and other hardware and software components. 

  • Boost your career prospects through an optional one-year placement* where you can build industry contacts and gain experience in your area of interest. Previous Cyber Security students have undertaken placements with McAfee, as well as local and national consultancy and accounting firms.

  • Meet like-minded people and get hands-on experience by joining our student societies, including DMU Hackers, an ethical hacking society that meets weekly to share skills and enter competitions. 

  • The National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) – a part of GCHQ – has fully certified DMU’s MSc in Cyber Security and MSc in Cyber Technology in recognition of their excellence in providing students with a broad foundation of skills.  

“By partnering with DMU, we are able to offer a degree that will play an extremely important role in enabling highly relevant, real-world skills and cyber management capabilities. These will be essential to dealing with cyber risk, a matter that is high on the agendas of boardrooms and government.” 

Nick Seaver, Head of Financial Services Cyber Risk for Deloitte UK

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The Cyber Technology Institute is proud to be an Airbus Centre of Excellence in SCADA cyber security and forensics and an invited member of RITICS (Research Institute in Trustworthy Inter-Connected Cyber-Physical Systems), funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC).

*Country restrictions apply

News stories/case studies

Dr Allan Cook, Cyber Risk Director at Deloitte UK, has been appointed a visiting professor at DMU. He joins the university’s Faculty of Computer Science, Engineering and Media, to help integrate cyber security into all areas of the curricula. 

He said: “Cyber security impacts every aspect of our digital lives and there is greater awareness today of how our information is accessed and controlled. As the cyber threat evolves, and methods become increasingly sophisticated, it is an exciting time to integrate cyber security into the wider computer science, engineering and media curricula.”

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Cyber Technology MSc

  • UK
  • EU/International

Programme code: I10078

Duration: One year full-time (with optional one year placement available), 18 months for January starts or two to six years part-time.

Start date: January and September

Fees and funding

2021/22 full-time fees for UK students: £15,925 per year.

Part-time fees for 2021 entry will be £1,781 per 15 credits except for project (£1,636)

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs and optional extras associated with this course

 

Programme code: I10078

Duration: One year full-time (with optional one year placement available) or 18 months for January starts.

Start date: January and September

 

Fees and funding

2021/22 tuition full-time fees for EU and international students: £18,280 per year.

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs and optional extras associated with this course.

Entry criteria

You should have the equivalent of a British Honours degree (2:1 minimum) in a relevant subject.

We are happy to consider equivalent qualifications from anywhere in the world. 

 

If you have no formal academic qualifications but do have extensive industry experience we will consider your application on an individual basis.

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band, or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council-accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

 

Whilst the university tries to ensure that all of its programmes run as advertised it is sometimes necessary to make significant changes to the structure of the programmes or to discontinue a programme entirely if for instance there are insufficient student numbers or staff changes. This will sometimes happen between an offer being made and enrolment.

Where changes are made the university will endeavour to inform applicants as early as possible to minimise the potential disruption to the application process. Where possible an alternative programme will be offered in a similar subject area.

In cases where programmes are changed or discontinued the university will send a communication to you electronically and/or by hard copy outlining your options.

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

Academic expertise

 

 

First semester (September to January)

  • Foundations of Cyber Security
  • Cyber Threat Intelligence
  • Host and Network Security
  • Penetration Testing and Incident Response

 

Second semester (February to May)

  • Cyber Engineering
  • Digital Forensics Principles and Practice
  • Malware Analysis
  • Legal, Ethical and Professional Practice

Third semester (June to September)

  • MSc Cyber Security Project/Dissertation

 

 

Teaching methods include lectures, tutorials and laboratory work. A strong emphasis is given to real world problems. Assessment is by a combination of coursework, projects and laboratory-based assessments.

You will be taught and supported by experts in cyber security including staff from DMU's Cyber Security Centre, as well as professionals from Deloitte UK. 

 

The time allocated to study is around 30 hours per week, carried out in block teaching.

 

The course teams within the Cyber Security Centre have unrivalled expertise in cyber security. The team includes former Chief Information Security Officers (CISOs) of large telecommunications companies, internet banks and cloud service providers, an ex-vice president of one of the largest cyber security companies in the world, information assurance specialists with extensive experience working in various UK defence organisations, leading digital forensics experts and respected government advisors. Several of the team are regular media commentators on forensics and security. Professional input throughout the course will come from Deloitte UK and their cyber security professionals. 

 

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Facilities and features

Facilities

Our Cyber Security Laboratories are among the best equipped facilities of this type in the UK. Developed in consultation with leaders in the industry, they are designed to meet the highest forensics and security standards.

The laboratories contain high-spec, specially customised PCs configured with multiple operating systems, virtualisation and removable hard drives, as well as specialised servers, wired and wireless networking equipment and a wide variety of other hardware and software components.

Library and learning zones

 

On campus, the main Kimberlin Library offers a space where you can work, study and access a vast range of print materials, with computer stations, laptops, plasma screens and assistive technology also available. 

As well as providing a physical space in which to work, we offer online tools to support your studies, and our extensive online collection of resources accessible from our Library website, e-books, specialised databases and electronic journals and films which can be remotely accessed from anywhere you choose. 

We will support you to confidently use a huge range of learning technologies, including Blackboard, Collaborate Ultra, DMU Replay, MS Teams, Turnitin and more. Alongside this, you can access LinkedIn Learning and learn how to use Microsoft 365, and study support software such as mind mapping and note-taking through our new Digital Student Skills Hub. 

The library staff offer additional support to students, including help with academic writing, research strategies, literature searching, reference management and assistive technology. There is also a ‘Just Ask’ service for help and advice, live LibChat, online workshops, tutorials and drop-ins available from our Learning Services, and weekly library live chat sessions that give you the chance to ask the library teams for help.


 

More flexible ways to learn

We offer an equitable and inclusive approach to learning and teaching for all our students. Known as the Universal Design for Learning (UDL), our teaching approach has been recognised as sector leading. UDL means we offer a wide variety of support, facilities and technology to all students, including those with disabilities and specific learning differences.

Just one of the ways we do this is by using ‘DMU Replay’ – a technology providing all students with anytime access to audio and/or visual material of lectures. This means students can revise taught material in a way that suits them best, whether it's replaying a recording of a class or adapting written material shared in class using specialist software.

Opportunities and careers

Winner: Best University Careers and Employability Service
NUE Awards, 2021
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Placements

During this course you will have the option to complete a work placement*, an invaluable opportunity to put the skills developed during your degree into practice. This insight into the professional world will build on your knowledge in a real-world setting, preparing you to progress onto your chosen career.

Our Cyber Security  MSc students have secured placements with companies such as McAfee.

Our careers programme DMU Works can help to hone your professional skills with mock interviews and practice aptitude tests, and an assigned personal tutor will support you throughout your placement. 

*Country restrictions apply

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DMU Global

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world.

Through DMU Global, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

While overseas DMU Global opportunities are not currently possible, DMU will continue to review government advice and if travel is permitted, we hope to offer a small number of extra-curricular opportunities in the summer of 2021. 

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Graduate careers

Cyber security is one of the fastest-growing careers in the country with vacancies often outstripping available talent. The National Cyber Security Centre – a part of GCHQ – has fully certified DMU’s MSc in Cyber Security in recognition of its excellence in providing students with a broad foundation of skills.

Dr Ali Al-Bayatti, Associate Professor, said: “It will help  prospective students to make the right  choice when looking for a  highly-valued qualification that will give them the edge when seeking a career in cyber security.”

Postgraduate Events

Our postgraduate open events are your opportunity to speak to academics and current student about your course, Leicester, funding and more.

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Our prospectus will give you a clearer idea of what it's like to live and study at DMU and a snapshot of the courses we offer.

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How to apply

We welcome applications from UK and international students with a wide range of qualifications and experience.

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Postgraduate Alumni Scholarship

Our dedicated Postgraduate Alumni Scholarship provides DMU graduates with a tuition fee discount of up to 30 per cent. The discount is available on selected full-time and part-time postgraduate taught courses running across multiple start dates in the 2021/22 academic session, with the first intake in September 2021.

The scholarship, based on academic achievement and merit, applies automatically to all DMU UK, EU and international students who are graduating in 2021.

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Research at DMU

DMU has been recognised for conducting world-leading cyber security research, having been named the East Midlands’ first ‘Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research’ (ACE-CSR). 

Professor Eerke Boiten, Director of the Cyber Technology Institute and Professor in Cyber Security at DMU, said: “Being named an ACE-CSR highlights our strong industry engagement and first-class research capabilities.” 

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Accommodation

We offer a range of high-standard accommodation for our students, with 13 halls of residence and around 4,100 rooms, all of which are a short distance from our campus. There is a choice of mixed or same-gender flats, shared kitchen and laundry facilities, furnished bedrooms (some with en suite facilities) and internet access. Find out more.

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De Montfort Students' Union (DSU)

Run by students for students, DSU offers more than 150 societies and almost 40 different sports clubs. You can also get involved in the award-winning Demon Media group, volunteer to help in the community, become a course or faculty rep, and take part in DSU’s annual elections. Find out more.