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Ethical Hacking and Cyber Security
MSc/PGDip

Course detail

Start Date

September

Duration

1 year (full-time)

Degree Classification

MSc/PGDip

UCAS Code

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Why Study Ethical Hacking and Cyber Security?

This fascinating and practical postgraduate degree builds on your existing graduate skills and teaches an offensive approach to cybersecurity, providing you with detailed knowledge of electronic attacks and how to defend against the methods used to gain access and exploit a system.

Join the only university in the UK to offer a master’s programme in Ethical Hacking and gain a deep understanding of security issues and concerns as you learn to think like a hacker, evaluating the security of a computer system by simulating a malicious attack.

We aim to change the way you think. We encourage lively debates about pertinent ethical and security issues, developing your hacker mindset and instilling you with a determination to ‘do your bit’ to improve security in the world of computing.

In addition, this programme will: 

  • Provide the core skills to allow you to take positions in a variety of companies where computer security is a major issue
  • Put you at the forefront of new developments in security
  • Give you the benefit of an active teaching group with a growing reputation based on industry links and Knowledge Transfer projects.
  • Allow you to learn in a project based, entrepreneurial and enterprise culture.

From forensic computing to network security, this programme covers a wide range of subjects. Within these, you’ll learn about

  • Web hacking
  • Password cracking
  • Malware analysis
  • Port scanning
  • Buffer overflows

...and much more. 

 

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have a minimum of a lower second-class (2:2) honours degree in the field of computing. The course is designed for students whose degree comprises a significant component of software development or networking.

Applicants who do not cover the appropriate subjects during their degree will be considered if they have relevant industry experience. This would normally be a minimum of two years’ experience of working in the area of software development or networking in either a promoted post or with a significant level of responsibility.

 

How to Apply

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Overseas and EU

Overseas students are encouraged to apply at least three months before the programme begins to allow enough time to apply for a Tier 4 visa should you be successful at securing an offer from us.

All applicants are required to provide certified proof of competence in English Language. The University's minimum requirements are:

Overseas and EU: IELTS 6.0 (no individual test less than 5.5).

How to Apply

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Information for International Applicants

Please provide certified proof of your English language level. Our accredited International English Foundation Course can help. To further enhance your academic English, Intensive English for Academic Purposes can help you achieve your potential.

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English Language Requirements

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Visa Information

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How the Course Works

You’ll learn how to evaluate the impact of security problems and recommend improvements to a network’s security within a legal and ethical framework. You’ll also conduct a master’s project within an area of cybersecurity that’ll allow you to build on your existing skills.

Accreditation

This programme is accredited by BCS, the Chartered Institute for IT, as meeting the educational requirement for CITP Further Learning and partially meeting the educational requirement for CEng/CSci registration.

 

Learning

Teaching is focused on lectures and practical sessions in dedicated classrooms. Lectures are used to present the key concepts, while practicals increase your understanding of the subject and allow you to develop your competence in technological and theoretical work.

You’re taught using a problem-based learning approach. You’ll spend around 12 hours per week attending classes and around 30 hours a week of private study.

Assessment

The taught course will be assessed using a combination of written coursework, presentations and seminars, with a written dissertation at MSc level.

Scholarships

The scholarship below is open to all international students and those applying from England, Wales & Northern Ireland, with a 2.1 or above for a post graduate course.  It is paid in two installments, in December and March. 

Rest of UK Postgraduate Abertay Scholarships

This £2,000 award is open to all prospective new postgraduate students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

Programme Fees for 2018

Scottish & EU students

£5,500

Fees stated are for the entire course.

Postgraduate funding (tuition fee and living cost loan) may be available from the Student Awards Agency for Scotland for those who meet the eligibility criteria.

For more information visit the SAAS website .

English, Welsh & Northern Irish Students

£7,500

Fee quoted is the total cost providing the MSc follows on immediately after the PG Dip element and is completed within the same academic year as started. Fees may be subject to increase.

*There may be additional charges where the MSc is not completed within 18 months. Module fees are on a pro rata basis of 120 credits.

International Students

£14,250

Fee quoted is the total cost providing the MSc follows on immediately after the PG Dip element and is completed within the same academic year as started. Fees may be subject to increase.

*There may be additional charges where the MSc is not completed within 18 months. Module fees are on a pro rata basis of 120 credits.

Career Opportunities

There’s an emerging job market for ethical hackers as companies become increasingly aware of security risks. Some large organisations employ security testers and others use contractors to audit their systems. Graduates can also set up their own companies offering ethical hacking services.

Graduates from this programme will also be able to use their existing knowledge of programming, databases, networks or web development to find employment in these fields, with a deep understanding of security issues.

 

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The Hack Lab

You’ll be granted access to our state-of-the-art Hack Lab, which has been created especially for security work. Every PC in the Hack Lab is isolated from the main university network, allowing you to experiment with all aspects of ethical hacking in a safe, controlled environment.

Considering this space is where you’ll be examining how viruses are made undetectable by malicious hackers, or aggressively exploiting flaws in realistic websites or mobile apps, removing the ability to cripple other networks is crucial.

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Ethical Hacking Society

You’ll also have the option to join our Ethical Hacking Society (HackSoc) and build industry contacts while studying thanks to the society’s organisation of Securi-Tay, Europe's only student-run information security conference.

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Graduate School

Our Graduate School is a dedicated facility providing support, training and professional development opportunities to our vibrant postgraduate community. Specially designed to promote integration and inculcation of interdisciplinary working in our next generation of researchers, postgraduates study and learn together at Abertay – from Environmental Management to Law, Psychology, Bioscience, Economics and Business, Cybersecurity and Computer Games Development.

 

 

Learn more about our Graduate School

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When Joining as a Postgraduate Student, You Will

When you join us as a postgraduate student or researcher, you’ll be joining a community of creative likeminded scholars and will automatically be provided with access to our dedicated study and social spaces – a forum in which you can meet, work and learn with other researchers and postgraduates from across the University.

You’ll benefit from training and professional development opportunities, as well as support with funding applications, placement opportunities, teaching support, public engagement and outreach activity.

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Making the Most of Masters

The Making the Most of Masters project provides opportunities for master’s students to undertake work based projects, allowing you to enhance your employability at the same time as studying for your master’s degree.

Working with external organisations and employers, the projects are an integral part of your academic programme, and address real needs within an organisation, meaning you’ll have the opportunity to add valuable experience to your CV.

Read a Making the Most of Masters Case Study – Ethical Hacking & Cyber Security

Find out more about‌ Making the Most of Masters

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