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Applied Cyber Security, M.Sc.

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 months
    Duration
University rank #173 (QS) ,
The world’s online security depends on you. Step up to the plate with this fascinating, industry-focused MSc Applied Cyber Security course from Queen's University Belfast, taught at one of the world’s cyber security hubs.

About

About You

You’ll be analytical, technical and a modern-day codebreaker. Cyber security is a challenge that will not go away, affecting companies, individuals and even governments. You could be:

A recent graduate – possibly a maths or engineering graduate with good programming skills, or you might be a good developer but have little knowledge of cyber security. Already working in industry – experienced in technical software development, and looking to upskill and enhance your professional development. An international student looking to study a UK master’s degree, to meet an international need and to live and study in Belfast’s Titanic Quarter.

About The Course

This innovative programme is at the forefront of technical advances in cutting-edge technologies such as cryptography‌, computer forensics, malware and intelligent information systems. You'll be taught entirely at our Centre for Secure Information Technologies (CSIT), the UK’s largest cyber security research lab. This is an applied course, very industry-focused, to prepare you for a technical leadership role. Our block-mode timetable is ideally suited for anyone in full-time employment who wants to enhance their career prospects through part-time study. You’ll use software such as:
  • Wireshark
  • Metasploit
  • GCC for C/C++
  • Hex-Rays IDA
  • OllyDbg

What Will Excite You

You’ll hear from industry experts during seminars You’ll be involved in our World Cyber Security Technology Research Summit, including the invite-only gala dinner of 100 global leaders in cyber security. You’ll be involved in creating new businesses from our cyber security research.

 

Career Prospects

The aim of the programme is to offer a multi-disciplinary education in cyber security that prepares graduates for employment in technical development, cyber risk analysis, managerial positions such as Chief Information Security Officer, entrepreneurial endeavours, or as preparation for further research.

Our graduates have found that holding a prestigious MSc qualification from Queen's, at one of the UK's top engineering Schools, has significantly enhanced their job opportunities and employment prospects. With demand for cyber security experts growing at 12 times the rate of the overall job market, students can expect their career prospects to be enhanced significantly after graduation. Prospects for research and academic career paths in cyber security will also be enhanced by the MSc. Queen's postgraduates reap exceptional benefits. Unique initiatives, such as Degree Plus and Researcher Plus bolster our commitment to employability, while innovative leadership and executive programmes alongside sterling integration with business experts helps our students gain key leadership positions both nationally and internationally.

Employment after the Course

Employers interested in graduates like you:
  • PwC
  • Deloitte
  • Kainos
  • Rapid7
  • IBM
  • Alert Logic
  • White Hat Security
  • Proofpoint
  • Black Duck Software
  • Citi
  • Allstate

Where could you be in five years:

You could be working:
  • In Threat Intelligence
  • As a Chief Information Security Officer (CISO)
  • In network security
  • In information assurance
  • At security operation centres
…anywhere in the world.

 

Accreditation

Fully accredited by GCHQ..

Programme Structure

Courses Included:

  • Network Security & Monitoring
  • Ethical & Legal Issues in Cyber Security
  • Software Assurance
  • Computer Forensics
  • Malware
  • Applied Cryptography

          Detailed Programme Facts

          • Programme intensity

            You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

            Full-time
            • Full-time duration 12 months
            Part-time
            • Average part-time duration 24 months
          • Credits
            180 alternative credits
          • Languages
            • English
          • Delivery mode
            On Campus

          English Language Requirements

          • Minimum required score:

            6

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          • Minimum required score:

            80

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          Academic Requirements

          You need the following GPA score:

          Required score: Upper Second Class

          Applicants for graduate programs must have the equivalent of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum GPA equivalent to Upper Second Class on the UK Honour scale. Admitted applicants typically have an undergraduate GPA of or better on the UK Honour scale. No exam grade should be lower than 4.5 (European grade scale) or D (American grade scale).

          Your GPA (Grade Point Average) is calculated using the grades that you received in each course, and is determined by the points assigned to each grade (e.g. for the US grading scale from A-F).

          General Requirements

          • Normally a 2.1 Honours degree or equivalent qualification acceptable to the University in Computer Science, Software Engineering, Electrical and/or Electronic Engineering, Mathematics with Computer Science, Physics with Computer Science or a related discipline.
          • Applicants who hold a 2.2 Honours degree and a Master’s degree (or equivalent qualifications acceptable to the University) in one of the above disciplines will be considered on a case-by-case basis. 
          • All applicants will be expected to have mathematical ability and significant programming experience as evidenced either through the content of their primary degree or through another appropriate formal qualification. 

          Tuition Fee

          • International

            19600 GBP/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 19600 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
          • EU/EEA

            12600 GBP/year
            Tuition Fee
            Based on the original amount of 12600 GBP per year and a duration of 12 months.
          We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

          Living costs for Belfast

          • 561 - 890 GBP/month
            Living Costs

          The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.

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