The Manchester Metropolitan University

Cyber Security

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Rank: 54 (The Complete University Guide)

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Study mode full-time

Degree: Masters

Start Date: 2021/09/01

Duration: 12 months

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Networked computers run our world. From homes to hospitals, airports to banks and all stops in between, everything is connected but these systems are susceptible to infiltration and attack. On our MSc Cyber Security course, you'll gain the expertise to become part of the defence. By learning to design, implement and manage computer-based systems security on this masters, you'll develop the skills and confidence to succeed in a wide range of cyber security roles. This could include security designer, ethical hacker, and digital forensics officer. Starting with the fundamentals, you'll gain a broad understanding of the different levels of computer and network security. You'll then explore both the technical aspects and the logistics of planning and implementing network security management. And how to investigate systems after a breach. You will also complete a masters project. While you'll have plenty of support along the way, it's a solo research project designed to develop confidence, autonomy and self-sufficiency qualities that can take you far in the workplace. We aim to train you to become a specialist in a field with opportunities in virtually every sector with everything that means for your future career prospects.Optional placement yearThis course is available with an optional industrial placement year, giving students the chance to tailor their knowledge to suit a specific industry or skill-set. This is an excellent opportunity to put theory into practice and gain transferable workplace skills, providing a real boost to your CV when you graduate.Features and benefits of the course:- Excellent facilities The Department has an extensive range of equipment in our own specialist laboratories, together with the support of our dedicated technical staff.- Leading research Our research is rated ‘internationally excellent' with some rated ‘world leading' in the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF)- Thriving technology sector Being in Manchester puts the largest creative and digital technology sector outside the capital on our doorstep.- Professional accreditation - This course is accredited by the BCS (the Chartered Institute for IT) providing a strong professional focus.- Excellent standards Recognised for our expertise, the Department is a member of the Oracle Academy and an academic partner of the Chartered Institute of Information Security (CIISec).- Optional placement year Boost your career prospects and put theory into practice with an industry placement.


Entry requirements

You'll need a good UK honours degree at least a 2:2 or the international equivalent, in a computing-related subject with knowledge of programming and networks. We might also consider your application if you a have a different kind of computing qualification, together with substantial experience in a computing-focused role. Overseas applicants will require IELTS with an overall score of 6.5 with no less than 5.5 in any category, or an equivalent accepted English qualification.

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IELTS: 6.5 (with no less than 5.5 in any category)

Notice: This score might not be totally accurate. It is the default IELTS grade for The Manchester Metropolitan University, Computer forensics and cyber security .

Professional bodies

  • BCS - The Chartered Institute for IT

About this university

International students

With such a large student body, there are plenty of different nationalities represented within the university’s classes. For international students there is help and advice that begins before they arrive I the UK and continues while they are there. This includes specific information by the country for applicants, assistance with immigration and visas paperwork and even help finding accommodation. There is also lots of general help to integrate with the new community and find those with similar interests and culture to themselves. Finally, there is help with English should this not be a first language for students. The Union MMU is at the heart of activities outside the classroom for the university’s students. It has a building on both the campuses and is available to offer advice and guidance for its members as well as organising the various sports and interest clubs and societies. There are student forums held five times a year for students to voice their opinions on matters that affect them and student groups that have their own representatives as well. Student run media include a radio station, website and print media. The union building in Manchester covers some four floors and includes a bar and nightclub, shops and banking facilities, a student activities centre and advice centre as well as space for those working to run the union.

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