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Course options

  • Qualification

    MSc - Master of Science

  • Location

    Middlesex University

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

This course allows students to work closely with one of our security experts to develop and carry out an in-depth research project of their own choice. The interdisciplinary study enables you to become an expert in a specific area of security and equip yourself with the skills and experience to advance a career in the security sector. Security is a huge challenge in computer science involving high-end technical challenges as well as an understanding and appreciation of the human aspects of systems. Nowadays, computer security is a cross cutting discipline ranging from cryptography via networks and programming, through to data science and the social sciences. This MSc by Research degree aims to bring together, in an interdisciplinary fashion, security and privacy-related activities from across the University. This degree is an entirely research-based master's programme. The majority of your time will be spent working on your research project in the library, laboratories or elsewhere under the direction of your supervisors. Alongside your independent study, you will also have tutorial lectures in key areas of security. You will have regular meetings with your supervisor to review progress and plan future activities. You may also spend brief periods at partner sites, for example where your project involves collaboration with industry.

Career: This degree is specifically designed to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills required to fulfil corporate security requirements and allow them to progress to the post of security analyst or security architect. Security analysts are responsible for the security within company infrastructures. They work closely with IT, network administration and security services to explore and understand the security needs within an organisation and support it with adequate measures like enforcing new policies and implementing dedicated security training for staff. The security analyst is also the detective who finds attacks and finds way to prevent them or at least to bin the evidence for forensic purposes. A security analyst works hand in hand with a security architect who is the designer of security controls and their placement within the corporate infrastructure.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 13,500per year

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University information

Middlesex University

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  • Campus address

    Middlesex University, Hendon Campus, The Burroughs, Barnet, NW4 4BT, England

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    92nd out of 110 1

  • Entry standards

    / Max 236
    115 48%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    54 54%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.02 80%



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