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Cyber Security, Privacy and Trust MSc

University of Edinburgh

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  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    The University of Edinburgh

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    SEP

  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Our societies are critically dependent on computer software. Electronic systems are everywhere, and governments, financial and transport organisations, or telecommunication companies all possess and manage huge amounts of sensitive information concerning all of our everyday activities.

With the emergence of new systems and services such as: electronic IDs and passports, electronic payment systems and loyalty schemes, electronic tickets, and telecommunication systems, every aspect of our life is relying on / recorded by some computerised system. As such, we have been witnessing a significant increase in attacks targeting computing infrastructure. The cyber security threat has been characterised as serious as terrorism by the GCHQ, therefore a need for graduates with highly specialised training in this area is ever-growing.

Cyber security and privacy is the study of the computational principles, methods and mechanisms for safe-guarding these sensitive applications. Graduates of the programme will learn how to evaluate, design, and implement secure and trustworthy systems in complex distributed systems.

Many research areas have tackled parts of this problem – students on this degree will experience training from academic experts in a uniquely broad combination of theory and practice: Secure Software, Cryptography, Secure Hardware, Verification, Post Quantum, Data Privacy, Usability, Fintech, Health, Smart Contracts, Distributed Ledgers, Privacy Preserving Data Mining. The teaching team of the MSc in Cyber Security, Privacy and Trust is lined up with world class researchers and educators. In particular, the University has been recognised by GCHQ/NCSC as an Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research, in recognition of its critical mass in leading edge cyber security research.

Career opportunities

This degree will put you at the cutting edge of the field of cyber security, privacy, and trust, opening a host of opportunities in the commercial sector, public and academic sectors. The graduates will have the necessary background to keep up with developments in cyber security, both in research and engineering.

Typical areas to pursue a career include: Security Analyst, Security Architect, Security Engineer, Security Administrator, Cyber Risk Analyst, Cryptographer, Cryptanalyst, Security Consultant, Security Auditor, Secure Software Developer, Penetration Tester, Ethical Hacker, Security Researcher (in academia or industry), as well as security officers of various kinds in government and public sector positions (the National Cyber Security Centre has explicitly expressed interest in collaborating with our program).

Application deadline

31 March 2021

Tuition fees

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£ 34,200per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

University of Edinburgh

  • University League Table

    12th

  • Campus address

    University of Edinburgh, Student Recruitment and Admissions, 33 Buccleuch Place, Edinburgh, Edinburgh, City Of, EH8 9JS, Scotland

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    22nd out of 113 12

  • Entry standards

    / Max 236
    201 90%

    6th

    2
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    82.0 82%

    59th

    32
  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.61 72%

    107th

    25

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