Computer Security and Resilience MSc

12 months full time; 24 months part time


Fees per academic year 2014-15

UK and EU: full time £6,000 part time £3,000
International: full time £15,490 part time fees

More information is available about tuition fees and discounts.

Programme Overview

This programme equips you with the skills to develop and assess computing systems that have to be secure and safe in the face of failure or attack. Businesses, government, science and industry depend increasingly on computer-based systems. Consequently, graduates with expertise in developing and analysing secure and trustworthy systems are in great demand in business, industry, research and development labs.

The Newcastle MSc in Computer Security and Resilience brings together experts in security, fault tolerance, human factors and high integrity computing to deliver a comprehensive programme that aims to introduce the principles and latest developments in the field.

The programme will develop your knowledge and understanding of:

  • Secure and resilient systems
  • Distributed algorithms
  • Verification technology
  • System security
  • Information security and trust
  • Human factors
  • System dependability

This course will equip you for a successful career as a specialist in fields as diverse as e-business and e-government, scientific computing, information technology, software development and computing science research.

Newcastle has a first class record of research and development in dependable and secure computing. The faculty members teaching you have international reputations for their contributions to the field. Many of them have extensive experience as practitioners in industry as well as research scientists.


There are three phases in the programme. In the first phase we introduce core knowledge and skills. In the second phase we emphasise the practice of resilient computing through modules in high-integrity software development and research skills, followed by a group project on the development and assessment of a real system. The third phase of the programme is a six-month individual system development or research project undertaken with personal supervision in one of the School's research groups, or in industry. Projects are often in collaboration with the programme's industrial advisers, which include HP, IBM, BAE Systems and DSTL.

Find out more detailed information about the programme modules

+Entrance Requirements

A minimum of a lower-second-class Honours degree, or international equivalent, in computer science or a discipline with significant computing content such as mathematics, engineering or systems engineering. We will also consider applicants on an individual basis with lower or non-standard qualifications provided they have several years of relevant industrial computing experience.

Applicants whose first language is not English require IELTS 6.5, TOEFL 90 (Internet-based), Pearson's PTE Academic Test 62 or equivalent.

Our INTO Newcastle University Centre can provide extra tuition to help you meet the University's English language requirements.

The UK Border Agency (UKBA) has rules for international students regarding minimum English language requirements.

+Scholarships and Other Sources of Funding

Students should consult their employers for sponsorship opportunities. Students on industrial placements receive additional payments determined by their sponsoring company.

International Students, consult your own government for funding. The University offers International Scholarships, and there are funding opportunities by external organisations available.

More information on scholarships, studentships, bursaries and other funding is available from our database.

+How to Apply

Visit our postgraduate application site.

There is no closing date for this programme. However, international students applying for September 2014 entry should apply by Friday 11 July 2014 to ensure that they have time to put appropriate arrangements in place.

Please note: As a formal condition of the offer to study at Newcastle University, students from outside the UK/EU are required to pay a deposit of £1,500 or submit an official letter of sponsorship for their chosen programme. The deposit payment is non refundable, but will be deducted from tuition fees upon registration.

+Further Information

Due to the dedicated resources needed, places are limited on this advanced course so we advise early application.

For further information please contact:
Admissions Secretary
School of Computing Science
Telephone: +44 (0) 191 208 8072

Subject Overview

This programme is within the subject area of Computer Science.