Postgraduate

Computer Security and Resilience MSc

Computer Security and Resilience MSc

Full time: 12 months, part time: 24 months

Profile

This course combines teaching and research in security and system reliability with human factors, verification and distributed systems. It gives you an integrated view of the technologies relevant to developing trustworthy systems.

You will develop the skills to design and assess computing systems to be secure and safe in the face of failure or attack. You will have the opportunity to assess a real system, such as a cybercrime incident room.

Computer security and resilience are dynamic areas of computing science. Security is not just about cryptography - it's about understanding the flow of information. Resilience is the capacity of a system to recover from damage, whether caused by errors made during software design, by accidental misuse, by human error or by malicious attack. Analysing and designing secure and reliable systems involves taking all these factors into account.

The course is intended for honours graduates with a degree in computing science, or a discipline with a significant computing component (eg, engineering, systems engineering or mathematics). We also value relevant industrial computing experience and transferable skills.

Newcastle has a first class record of research and development in dependable and secure computing. We have leading international research groups and three research centres focusing on a wide range of computer science fields, including:

  • security and resilience
  • dependable systems
  • cybercrime
  • cloud computing

The staff 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.

As a student on this programme you will be encouraged to play a full part in the life of the School, taking advantage of dedicated computing and study facilities, participating in seminars delivered by researchers and distinguished external speakers.

Our experienced and helpful staff will be happy to offer help with all aspects of your course from admissions to graduation and developing your career beyond. You will have the experience of working as a team with the help and support of fellow students as well as staff.

Delivery

The School of Computing deliver the course. You can study over one year full time or two years part time. The course has three phases.

In phase one (60 credits) we introduce core knowledge and skills through modules. These modules are taught in intensive block mode, with pairs of modules being taught concurrently in 4 weeks of lectures and lab classes during the day.

In phase two (30 credits) we emphasise the practice of resilient computing through modules in human factors and research skills, and a team project on the development and assessment of a real system (such as a cybercrime incident room).

Phase three (90 credits) is an individual research or development project undertaken with personal supervision in one of the School's research labs, or in industry. Recent projects have involved original work in areas like biometrics, cloud computing, secure e-voting and anti-phishing technology.

Project work

Your five month individual project gives you an opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills in depth, and to work in a research or development team. You will have one-to-one supervision from an experienced member of the faculty, supported with supervision from industry partners as required.

The project can be carried out in:

  • one of the research groups at Newcastle University
  • an industry laboratory
  • your place of work

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Modules

Modules for 2017 entry

Module changes

Module changes

Modules change annually to take account of:

  • changing staff expertise
  • developments in the discipline
  • the requirements of external bodies and partners
  • student feedback.

Most module information for 2018 entry will be available from mid-May 2018.

Careers

Curious about what our graduates have gone on to do? Find out about opportunities they’ve pursued, and how we can help you develop your career.

Graduate destinations

Our graduates have an excellent record of finding employment. Recent examples have included:

  • Data Warehouse Consultant at NCR Corporation
  • Senior Quality Assurance Engineer at Ixia
  • Civil Servant at GCHQ

Careers Service

Our award-winning Careers Service will help you to explore your options and make informed choices to achieve your career goals.

Work experience

Work experience placements are a great way to develop relevant skills to excel in your chosen career.

Find out about paid and unpaid work experience options and other ways you can add to your degree.

Fees & Funding

2018-2019 fees

The fees displayed here are per year.

MSc

UK

Full time: £10,200
Part time: To be confirmed 

EU

Full time: £10,200
Part time: To be confirmed 

International

Full time: £21,600

Find out more about our tuition fees, including how to pay them and available discounts.

EU students starting at Newcastle in 2018 will pay the UK (Home) tuition fee for the full duration of their course.

Funding opportunities

Entry Requirements

A 2:2 honours degree, or international equivalent, in computer science or a discipline with significant computing content, such as:

  • mathematics
  • engineering
  • systems engineering

We will also consider your application on an individual basis if you have lower or non-standard qualifications provided you have several years of relevant industrial computing experience.

Find out the equivalent qualifications for your country.

Use the drop down above to find your country. If your country isn't listed please email: international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

English Language Requirements

Select an English language test from the list to view our English language entry requirements.

Please email us at international.recruitment@ncl.ac.uk for further information.

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

How to Apply

Use our Applicant Portal to apply for your course. We have a step-by-step guide to help you.

Start dates

The course starts in September. There is no application closing date for this course.

We suggest international students apply at least two months before the course starts. This is so that you have enough time to make the necessary arrangements.

Deposit

If you live outside the UK/EU you must:

  • pay a deposit of £1,500
  • or submit an official letter of sponsorship

The deposit is payable after you receive an offer to study at Newcastle University. The deposit is non-refundable, but is deducted from your tuition fees when you register.

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