Course Brief

The aim of this course is to augment the student’s ability to function in their practice environment as Cyber Security professionals, where report writing and presentations are the norm. They will also develop skills in business communication, where team work is an essential part of the skill set expected of an IT professional. The student will also consider personal employability and career issues. The key scholarly and academic skills addressed, include critical thinking, critical evaluation, research practices, information searching, gathering, evaluation and analysis in the context of computing and information systems development.


  1. Demonstrate appropriate business communication skills including analytical and report writing skills and presentations;
  2. Identify, critically evaluate appropriate literature;
  3. Apply critical thinking skills to a workplace situation;
  4. Demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the role of the IT and Cyber Security professional.

Critical thinking and critical evaluation; Writing a professional CV; Techniques for advanced academic writing, including literature searching and evaluation, and information gathering, research methods, Information analysis and management; academic referencing and citation; Problem solving for Cyber Security Professionals; Legal, Social, Ethical and Professional issues and considerations arising in computer and information systems; Professional code of conduct and professional bodies and associations (British Computer Society; ISC2; ISACA and other); underlying ethical and legal considerations; Understanding business communications, communicating effectively in writing.

  • 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.