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


    The MSc Operational Cyber Security, awarded by the University of Greenwich, is structured to provide a viable option to graduates of:

    • Any degree from a science background, a Law or a business degree.
    • Any non-computer science subject with Upper Second Class Honours or above 
    • University of Greenwich's BSc (Hons) Computing and Information System with Upper Second Class Honours or above 
    • Mature applicants who demonstrate academic potential and work experience can also be assessed for eligibility.
    • Applicants with a similar level qualification may also be eligible for more information or email us at

    Students on the MSc Operational Cyber Security  will learn a wide range of practical and theoretical skills which will develop a sound knowledge of cyber security and its application in real life situations.


    Highlights at a glance

    • Pursue one module per month and pay as you go
    • Total duration - 2 years
    • All material provided digitally
    • Blended approach to learning with a combination of self study, online sessions and workshops

    Programme Content at a glance

    • 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.

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