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Computer Security
Postgraduate course
MSc

Computer Security

Overview

Interest in computer security is booming. From whistle-blower Edward Snowden to the hacking of the PlayStation network, the increase in cybercrime has led to a demand for experts in this area. That's why we have designed this online course, giving you the opportunity to learn how to protect and safeguard the information stored on digital devices around the world.

You will gain hands-on experience in a virtual learning environment. Connecting to a remote machine from your PC or laptop, you will discover how to 'hack' and defend machines in order to test their security using safe and legal training procedures.

With an in-depth focus on penetration testing and the implementation of defensive measures, your course will enhance your existing computing knowledge and develop your security expertise. We will teach you how to break systems in order to tighten their security and stop others from breaking into them, and you will develop new methods to protect a company's security.



Research Excellence Framework 2014
Research Excellence Framework 2014: our University demonstrated strength in five emerging areas of research which it entered into the assessment for the first time, including computer science.
To successfully protect organisations you're going to learn how to hack into machines, introduce viruses, and break systems. However, for legal, ethical, and moral reasons we don't want you doing this on your own machines. That's why we provide you with a learning environment that will allow you to connect to a remote machine, providing you with a virtual environment to practise what you learn.

This is a course that can be studied from the comfort of your own home. It is taught entirely online, providing you with practical scenarios in which you can role-play as an IT security professional.

A virtual learning environment is provided which will host all the relevant material for the course and, where appropriate, weekly online lectures or tutorials will be given.

Resources via our Library Online will also be available to you, such as online journals and ebooks.

Entry Requirements

Requirements:Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of Computing, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Mature Applicants
Our University welcomes applications from mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential. We usually require some evidence of recent academic study, for example completion of an access course, however recent relevant work experience may also be considered. Please note that for some of our professional courses all applicants will need to meet the specified entry criteria and in these cases work experience cannot be considered in lieu.

If you wish to apply through this route you should refer to our University Recognition of Prior Learning policy that is available on our website.

Please note that all applicants to our University are required to meet our standard English language requirement of GCSE grade C or equivalent, variations to this will be listed on the individual course entry requirements.

Requirements:Applicants should either have at least a second class honours degree in the cognate subjects of Computing, at least a second class honours degree in a non-cognate subject supported by evidence of an aptitude for the subject applied for, or have equivalent experience or training, normally from within the work environment. All applications should be supported by a reference, either academic or professional; a template can be accessed at this link. All applicants should satisfy our University English language requirements, please access further details at this link
IELTS:
IELTS 6.0 with no skills below 5.5, or an equivalent qualification. The University provides excellent support for any applicant who may be required to undertake additional English language courses.
Verify your qualifications
If you are an international student, we can help you to compare and verify your qualifications. Please contact our International Office on +44 (0)113 812 1111 09.00 to 17.00 Mon-Thurs / 09.00 to 16.30 Fri GMT or email internationaloffice@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.
Need to improve your English Language skills?
Don't worry if you don't have the level of English required for your chosen course. We offer a wide range of courses which have been designed to help you to improve your qualifications and English language ability, most of which are accredited by the British Council. Check your English and find out more about our English courses.


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Careers

Kate Richardson

Careers

Kate Richardson
C# Net Software Engineer JUST EAT

MSc Web Applications Development

“I'd been working in IT a few years and made the decision that I needed a qualification to get to where I wanted to be. Postgraduate study has had a huge impact on my career. Six months into the course I was already in a position to start a new role as a developer alongside experienced colleagues who had graduated from similar courses.

Modules & learning

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Build your knowledge of security schemes and techniques for protecting and confining users, programs, systems, and networks.

Learn security monitoring techniques, methods for recovering from security breaches, and investigation methods to identify the specifics of what has occurred.

A comprehensive look at the major business challenges and threats that are introduced when an organisation's network is connected to the internet.

Examine the landscape, key terms, and concepts that security professionals need to know about hackers and computer criminals who break into networks, steal information, and corrupt data.

Take an in-depth look at how secure users are as customer-facing information migrates from mainframe computers and application servers to web-enabled applications.

Develop the skills required in order to carry out Masters level research successfully, and to reflect on your own development.

Develop your ability to initiate, plan, execute, manage, and sign off a project.

An opportunity to engage in research in a subject area that is of particular interest to you and relevant to the course.

Emlyn Butterfield
Emlyn Butterfield
Course Director
Emlyn has more than seven years' experience as a digital forensic analyst, working as an expert in criminal and civil cases. He has analysed more than 400 mobile devices and computers, working in either a professional or expert witness capacity and has provided technical expertise to both the prosecution and defence. Before joining us, Emlyn worked as a forensics manager, expert witness and senior forensic analyst at three forensic service providers.
Our course is for people who love computers and want to follow a challenging and interesting career. Every day brings new challenges in the world of computer security - you're always trying to stop the bad guy.
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Fees & funding

Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.
Fees for this course are not yet confirmed.

Facilities

  • Dedicated Support Team
    Dedicated Support Team

    Just because you aren't learning on campus doesn't mean you'll have to cope on your own - you'll have the support of a personal tutor along with the University's Student Hub and Wellbeing Centre. They are on hand to offer you advice about everything from academic issues to stress and anxiety.

  • Library
    Library

    Tens of thousands of our Library's digital resources, including ebooks, ejournals and databases, can be accessed online at a time and place to suit you, and the Library is open 24/7 if you would like to visit. Our offsite team also provide specialist support for distance learning students.

  • Virtual Learning Environment
    Virtual Learning Environment

    The VLE gives you access to course materials such as videos, e-books and other documents. You also use it to submit your assignments and to receive feedback.

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Distance Learning

Distance Learning

We understand that full-time study does not suit everyone. That’s why we offer courses which give you the opportunity to decide where, when and how you get can get involved in learning. Our flexible courses – internet-based learning and part-time options – give you more choice, convenience and flexibility to make education work for you. Whether you’d like to fit your studies around childcare, develop your skills while working or, quite simply, want to learn from the comfort of your own home, we can help you gain a qualification at a time and pace that suits your lifestyle.

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