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
- 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.
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.
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
Members of our industry advisory group help to ensure that the programme is relevant to the needs of business and industry today. You can choose a project for your final dissertation that has some industry involvement associated with it, including the possibility of working on-site.
The course is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS). The BCS is the chartered institute for IT. Studying a BCS-accredited degree provides the foundation for professional membership of the BCS on graduation and is the first step to becoming a chartered IT professional.
The School of Computing at Newcastle University is an accredited and a recognised Partner in the Network of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science.
You will have dedicated computing facilities in the School of Computing. You will have access to the latest tools for system analysis and development, as well as an allocated PC and desk space in a project lab. For certain projects, special facilities for networking can be set up as required.
You will enjoy access to specialist IT facilities to support your studies, including:
- over 300 PCs running Linux and Windows
- an immersive virtual reality suite
- motion capture facilities
- 3D printing facilities
- Graphics Processing Unit
- Cloud scale virtualisation facilities
- Linux based home pages and student hosting services
- haptic and wearable computing hardware
Our new £50m Science Central building is currently under construction. We are due to move there in Autumn 2017. The move will further enhance the facilities available to our students and academic community.
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Modules for 2017 entry
Compulsory modulesCompulsory modules
- CSC8102 System Security
- CSC8105 System Validation
- CSC8201 The Challenge of Dependable Systems
- CSC8202 Information Security and Trust
- CSC8203 Human Factors Engineering
- CSC8204 High Integrity Software Development
- CSC8205 Research Skills
- CSC8206 Group Project in Computer Security and Resilience
- CSC8299 Project and Dissertation in Computer Security and Resilience
You will also take one of the following modules:
*If you don't have much programming experience on entry you need to take this module.
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.
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.
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
Our award-winning Careers Service will help you to explore your options and make informed choices to achieve your career goals.
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
The fees displayed here are per year.
Full time: £10,200
Part time: £5,100
Full time: £10,200
Part time: £5,100
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.
A 2:2 honours degree, or international equivalent, in computer science or a discipline with significant computing content, such as:
- 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.
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Pre-sessional English Course RequirementsPre-sessional English Course Requirements
- 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)
- 10 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 5.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.0 in all sub-skills)
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How to Apply
You apply online, track your application and contact the admissions team via our applicant portal. Our step by step guide can help you on your way.
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.
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.