Cyber Security is a dynamic area of computing science. It's about understanding:
- how the features and vulnerabilities of a system can be exploited by attackers
- how to detect, prevent and respond to these attackers
Cyber Security is also a process, requiring input from and interaction with end-users, stakeholders, decision-makers or system designers.
The MSc Cyber Security is designed for honours graduates in computing science, or a discipline with a significant computing component, for example:
- systems engineering
You should have a good background in computer systems, including programming. We also value relevant industrial computing experience and transferable skills.
You'll benefit from our first-class record of research and development in dependable and secure computing. We have leading international research groups and three research centres. They focus on a wide range of computer science fields, including:
- security and resilience
- dependable systems
- cloud computing
This course is part of a suite of closely related courses:
All four courses share modules. This creates a tight-knit student cohort that has encouraged collaborations on projects undertaking interdisciplinary research.
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What you'll learn
You'll develop the practical and high-level skills to assess the security of systems, including the following factors:
You'll also learn how to make security recommendations and build more secure and safe systems.
Throughout the course, you'll also develop in-depth analysis and communication skills.
As a student on this Cyber Security MSc you'll be encouraged to play a full part in the life of the School. You can take advantage of dedicated computing and study facilities and participate in seminars delivered by researchers and distinguished external speakers.
You will study modules on this course. A module is a unit of a course with its own approved aims and outcomes and assessment methods.
Module information is intended to provide an example of what you will study.
Our teaching is informed by research. Course content changes periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.
Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.
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- System Security
- Information Security and Trust
- Security Analysis of Complex Systems
- Research Methods and Group Project in Security and Resilience
- Project and Dissertation in Cyber Security
- The Challenge of Dependable Systems
- Security Tools and Analysis
- Strategic Case Studies
- Human-Artificial Intelligence (AI) Interaction & Futures
- Machine Learning with Project
How you'll learn
The School of Computing delivers 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. Pairs of modules are taught concurrently in 4 weeks of lectures and lab classes during the day.
In phase two (60 credits) we emphasise analysis, research and communication skills, including a team project.
Phase three (60 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:
- cloud computing
- secure e-voting
- anti-phishing technology
Phase 2 and Phase 3 overlap.
You'll be assessed through a combination of:
- Design or creative project
- Professional skills assessments
- Oral examination
- Practical lab report
- Written exercise
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'll be supervised by experienced member of the faculty, as part of their research groups.
The project can be carried out in:
- one of the research groups at Newcastle University
- an industry laboratory
- your place of work
Your teaching and learning is also supported by Canvas. Canvas is a Virtual Learning Environment. You'll use Canvas to submit your assignments and access your:
Throughout your studies, you’ll have access to support from:
- our University Student Services Team
You'll also be assigned an academic member of staff. They will be your personal tutor throughout your time with us. They can help with academic and personal issues.
The Cyber Security MSc is hosted by the Secure and Resilient Systems group, with staff members from across the School contributing for specialist topics (Dependability, HCI, Machine Learning, etc).
The Degree Programme Director is Dr Changyu Dong, a Senior Lecturer in Security in the School of Computing. He has expertise in many areas of cyber security including:
- data privacy
- AI security
- trust management
- security policies
His recent work focuses mostly on designing practical secure protocols with applications to large scale data driven systems. The application domains include:
- machine learning
- cloud computing
- data mining
- mobile and wireless networks
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.
Our Cyber Security MSc 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
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You'll have dedicated computing facilities in the School of Computing. You'll 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'll 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
Fees and funding
Tuition fees for 2021 entry (per year)
If your studies last longer than one year, your tuition fee may increase in line with inflation.
For courses commencing from September 2021 and beyond, EU, other EEA and Swiss nationals will no longer be eligible for home fees or Student Finance England support.
If you are from the EU you will pay international tuition fees.
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- tuition (or supervision)
- library access
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The entrance requirements below apply to 2021 entry.
Qualifications from outside the UK
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