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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    University of Liverpool

  • Study mode

    Distance / Online

  • Start date

    08-JUN-21, 10-AUG-21, 12-OCT-21

  • Duration

    30 months

Course summary

Overview

As our reliance on, and our use of, internet-facilitated working continues to become ever more pervasive, the uninvited targeting and misuse of the technology has also become ever more pervasive. As consequence, companies and organisations of all kinds need to address this challenge and keep up-to-date in what has been described as an “arms race”.

The Cyber Security MSc programme is aimed principally at graduates who are already in IT-related employment who seek to enhance their abilities in the rapidly expanding field of cyber security. The programme will provide students with a comprehensive but critical understanding of the theory and techniques of cyber security, and the practical application of these techniques in the context of business information and real-world problems.

Why study this subject?

On completion of the programme, you should have gained a comprehensive understanding of the theoretical underpinning that supports the domain of cyber security. You will have developed a critical understanding of the challenges in assessing and managing security risks within the modern workplace, and a good understanding of the tools and techniques that may be deployed to prevent and limit cyber-crime. You will also be equipped with an in-depth understanding of the processes available to investigate suspected cyber-attacks.

During your studies, you will develop your ability to work independently, and with others, to research, design, implement and deploy creative cyber security solutions, and to subject your work and that of others to critical analysis and evaluation.

You will also have an opportunity to create a professional development plan and, throughout the course of the programme, build an e-portfolio that exhibits your understanding of the domain of cyber security and its practical application.

Teaching methods and style

This programme is designed to be studied wholly online and part-time. Teaching is delivered through our state-of-the-art virtual learning environment, which provides students with access to all resources required for interactive study online. On this platform you will be encouraged to work collaboratively with classmates and actively read around your topic through our comprehensive library of ebooks and journals.

Methods of assessment

Assessment is exclusively through online activities carried out in the VLE rather than examinations. You will be assessed through a range of activities, including discussion forum participation, practical assessment and group work.

Career destinations

Cyber security experts can find roles in many different sectors, including IT, finance, healthcare, government agencies and technology. Organisations across these sectors, both commercial and non-commercial, are experiencing a significant recruitment challenge and employment opportunities are expected to outstrip the supply of qualified cyber security graduates.

The skills that graduates will acquire during the programme should provide them with a solid foundation for furthering their career development towards senior technical and managerial positions.

Job opportunities are wide and varied; examples include: Cyber Security Analyst/Consultant, Cyber Security Engineer, Computer Network Architect, Computer Information Systems Manager and Chief Information Security Officer.

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University information

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University of Liverpool

  • University League Table

    33rd

  • Campus address

    University of Liverpool, The Foundation Building, 765 Brownlow Hill, Liverpool, Liverpool, L69 7ZX, England

Renowned for excellent teaching that relates to the professions including medicine, dentistry, business, law, architecture and engineering.
Internationally recognised themes: personalised health, infectious disease, advanced materials, digital, heritage, and starting well, living well, ageing well.
Extensive support network in place for International students. Students can take advantage of a meet and greet service and 'Hello International!' welcome.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    31st out of 110 4

  • Entry standards

    / Max 236
    145 61%

    35th

    4
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    87 87%

    36th

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.94 79%

    54th

    24

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