Course Brief

Cyber threats have been on the rise, and more so with the advent of the Internet of Things (IoT). Common appliances are now featuring intelligent processing and real-time connections to the Internet. Health measurements are now collected in real-time by smart wearables, including general purpose smart watches. New models from automobile manufacturers feature cloud connectivity for enabling remote software updates, tracking fuel consumption, and streaming dashcam activity. On a larger scale, the smart grid ensures seamless and dynamic allocation of energy where and when it is needed, and in the process making renewable sources of energy more practical. There is no doubt that these innovations have immense practical benefits, but they also introduce new threats in cyberspace, from hijacked medical devices to vehicles out of control and power blackouts. This course aims to provide the necessary background to be able to understand these threats and apply countermeasures against them. This course will be suitable for someone interested in working in the security sector, whether in protection of every day devices or protection of critical national infrastructure.


  1. Identify and evaluate security threats to Internet of Things systems and technologies
  2. Critically and numerically evaluate the applicability of different countermeasures to Internet of Things systems and technologies
  3. Propose appropriate attack and defence mechanisms for given Internet of Things scenarios
  • Sensors, actuators and controllers
  • Wireless and mobile technologies
  • Medical device security
  • Vehicle security
  • Smart home security
  • Industrial control system security
  • Smart Grid security
  • Cyber-physical attack methodologies
  • Side-channel attacks
  • Internet of Things countermeasures
  • Secure design principles
  • MSc Operational Cyber Security

    Students on the MSc Operational Cyber Security will learn a wide range of practical and theoretical skills. Students will develop a sound knowledge of cyber security and its application in real life situations, while extending their abilities to analyse and solve problems. 

    Applications would be welcomed from students with any numerate degree from a science background, a Law or a business degree. Mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential can also be assessed for eligibility.

     

    The programme provides opportunities for students to achieve a knowledge and understanding of:

    • Modern methods and techniques for cyber security, including penetration testing and IT auditing.
    • Basic concepts of networking, developing web applications, cyber security and risk management.
    • Techniques in cyber security, cyber physical security and forensics investigations.
    • The modern computing environment and software tools for a cyber security professional.
    • Specialised advanced topics in the area of security and its applications.
    • Research tools and techniques appropriate to the cyber security domain.