Cyber Security MSc - 2018 Entry

Entry Year
2018

Duration
Full time 12 Month(s)

Course Overview

Develop the skills, knowledge, and experience to face one of the modern world’s greatest challenges. This programme will prepare you for an exciting and rewarding career in cyber security, application and software security, and cyber law enforcement, among others.

Cyber security is one of the greatest challenges of contemporary society, and it will only become more complicated as we progress. As a result, our GCHQ accredited programme provides you with the depth of knowledge and wealth of skills required to engage with and overcome these challenges.

During your study, you will work within our world-class ICT Centre of Excellence, InfoLab21. Here you will study and explore eight taught modules and complete a substantial research project. These interdisciplinary modules will allow you to draw on expertise from four specialist departments: School of Computing and Communication; Law; Sociology; and Politics, Philosophy and Religion. Through studying these modules, you will develop a range of technical skills and gain specialist knowledge that will be invaluable as you progress in your career. Modules include: Information System Penetration and Countermeasures; Network and Systems Security; and Cybercrime.

In addition to the taught modules, you will also work on an individual research project, supervised by two academics from two of the four departments. Through this project, you will obtain an in-depth understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of cyber security and technology. You will put the skills and knowledge you have developed throughout the year into practice and gain experience of tackling real-world cyber security issues. Your study and research will be further supported as you draw upon world-leading research from Security Lancaster, our GCHQ and EPSRC recognised Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research.

Alongside this technical experience, you will develop practical skills, such as how to gather and analyse data, and how to accurately present and communicate your findings. Moreover, through our Knowledge Business Centre (KBC), which has links to over 500 ICT-centric businesses, you may be able to generate opportunities and valuable network links within industry. All of which will enhance your career prospects.

  • Course Overview

    Course Overview

    Develop the skills, knowledge, and experience to face one of the modern world’s greatest challenges. This programme will prepare you for an exciting and rewarding career in cyber security, application and software security, and cyber law enforcement, among others.

    Cyber security is one of the greatest challenges of contemporary society, and it will only become more complicated as we progress. As a result, our GCHQ accredited programme provides you with the depth of knowledge and wealth of skills required to engage with and overcome these challenges.

    During your study, you will work within our world-class ICT Centre of Excellence, InfoLab21. Here you will study and explore eight taught modules and complete a substantial research project. These interdisciplinary modules will allow you to draw on expertise from four specialist departments: School of Computing and Communication; Law; Sociology; and Politics, Philosophy and Religion. Through studying these modules, you will develop a range of technical skills and gain specialist knowledge that will be invaluable as you progress in your career. Modules include: Information System Penetration and Countermeasures; Network and Systems Security; and Cybercrime.

    In addition to the taught modules, you will also work on an individual research project, supervised by two academics from two of the four departments. Through this project, you will obtain an in-depth understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of cyber security and technology. You will put the skills and knowledge you have developed throughout the year into practice and gain experience of tackling real-world cyber security issues. Your study and research will be further supported as you draw upon world-leading research from Security Lancaster, our GCHQ and EPSRC recognised Academic Centre of Excellence in Cyber Security Research.

    Alongside this technical experience, you will develop practical skills, such as how to gather and analyse data, and how to accurately present and communicate your findings. Moreover, through our Knowledge Business Centre (KBC), which has links to over 500 ICT-centric businesses, you may be able to generate opportunities and valuable network links within industry. All of which will enhance your career prospects.

  • Course Structure

    Course Structure

    You will study a range of modules as part of your course, some examples of which are listed below.

      Core

    Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.

  • Key Information

    Key Information

    Designed for: The overall aim of this MSc programme is to equip you with the knowledge and skills necessary to work within the IT security profession. It combines advanced technical skills with disciplines such as Economics, Risk Management, Psychology and Social Science. Its strength and uniqueness lies in its multidisciplinary nature, merging expertise from across Lancaster’s faculties to educate the next generation of security specialists.

    Entry requirements: 2:1 (Hons) degree (UK) or equivalent in Computer Science, Computer Security or similar degrees. Your degree should include modules such as Security, Network and Systems, Programming and Cybercrime.

    If you have studied outside of the UK, you can check your qualification here: International Qualifications

    We may consider non-standard applicants, please contact us for further information. Relevant professional experience within cyber security industry/fraud may be considered.

     

    IELTS (Academic): Overall score of at least 6.5, with no individual element below 6.0

    We consider tests from other providers, which can be found here: English language requirements

    If your score is below our requirements we may consider you for one of our pre-sessional English language programmes:

     10 week - Overall score of at least 5.5, with no individual element below 5.0

    For details of eligibility see:  Pre-sessional programmes

     4 week - Overall score of at least 6.0, with no individual element below  5.5

    Further information is available at English for Academic Purposes 

     

    Assessment: Coursework, presentations, examinations and dissertation

    Funding: All applicants should consult our information on Fees and Funding.

       
  • Fees

    Fees

    Fees

    Full Time (per year) Part Time (per year)
    UK/EU £9,000 £4,500
    Overseas £19,500 n/a

    The University will not increase the Tuition Fee you are charged during the course of an academic year.

    If you are studying on a programme of more than one year's duration, the tuition fees for subsequent years of your programme are likely to increase each year. The way in which continuing students' fee rates are determined varies according to an individual's 'fee status' as set out on our fees webpages.

    What are tuition fees for?

    Studying at a UK University means that you need to pay an annual fee for your tuition, which covers the costs associated with teaching, examinations, assessment and graduation.

    The fee that you will be charged depends on whether you are considered to be a UK, EU or overseas student. Visiting students will be charged a pro-rata fee for periods of study less than a year.

    Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12 month session, which usually runs from October to September the following year.

    How does Lancaster set overseas tuition fees?

    Overseas fees, alongside all other sources of income, allow the University to maintain its abilities across the range of activities and services. Each year the University's Finance Committee consider recommendations for increases to fees proposed for all categories of student and this takes into account a range of factors including projected cost inflation for the University, comparisons against other high-quality institutions and external financial factors such as projected exchange rate movements.

    What support is available towards tuition fees?

    Lancaster University's priority is to support every student in making the most of their education. Many of our students each year will be entitled to bursaries or scholarships to help with the cost of fees and/or living expenses. You can find out more about financial support, studentships, and awards for postgraduate study on our website.

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Scholarships

We currently offer Faculty of Science and Technology Scholarships for:

  • MSc Cyber Security
  • MSc Computer Science
  • MSc Data Science

Home/EU scholarship is £3,000

Overseas scholarship is £4,000

The scholarship is awarded as a fee reduction and is allocated on the academic excellence of the applicant or high potential of the applicant.

Recipients of a scholarship will be asked to pay a deposit of £750 within 28 days of award. Failure to do so will mean the scholarship is reallocated later in the cycle.

For further information about making an application please email pgadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk.

Students at Lancaster University

Alumni Loyalty Sponsorship

Lancaster University will offer a reduction in tuition fees to all taught Master’s programmes for eligible applicants, determined by the level of undergraduate award achieved. The value of the scholarship is as follows:

  • 20% fee reduction for 1st Class Hons degree holders
  • 10% fee reduction for 2:1 Hons degree holders

Who is eligible?

To be eligible for the Alumni Loyalty Scholarship you must either:

  • Hold an undergraduate degree from Lancaster University (achieved at any time) or
  • Hold an undergraduate degree from Lancaster University, achieved at any time, including one delivered through an associated institution, or
  • Have graduated from one of our partner institutions with a Lancaster University degree (LU Ghana; Sunway University Malaysia; or Goenka Institution India) or 
  • Have studied at Lancaster University via our Study Abroad programme

The Scholarship is open to all our Alumni, regardless of their nationality or year of graduation. You do not need to apply for this scholarship; you will qualify automatically if you meet the eligibility criteria and the course entry requirements.

Postgraduate Loan Scheme

In November 2015 the UK Government confirmed that a new postgraduate loan scheme will be introduced for students commencing master’s courses in the 2016/17 academic year. 

Non-means-tested loans of up to £10,000 will be made available to students applying to taught and research Masters courses. PhD students will be funded through a separate scheme. These are available to students under the age of 60 across all discipline areas and are considered a contribution toward the cost of the postgraduate study. As postgraduate funding is considered a devolved matter for Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland, loans are only available for students resident in England.

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As you work towards your Masters qualification you will join a cohort of like-minded researchers, make important connections, gain valuable experience, and earn £15,000 along with a tuition fee contribution from your partner company.

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