MSc Advanced Security and Cybercrime

Postgraduate, Part-time

Enhance your knowledge of cyber security and develop the skills to adapt to challenging situations across a global computing infrastructure.

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    18 months

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  • Location:

    Merchiston campus

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Course introduction

This course is focused on the fast-developing areas of networking and cybersecurity, and allows a full-time employee to graduate with an MSc in 18 months.

The course awards significant credit for the application of course-derived knowledge to your employer’s systems or procedures.

Additionally you study modules designed to enhance your current skills using flexible learning material and practical activities which can be completed online or remotely. Finally, a dissertation project is undertaken which further strengthens your cybersecurity skillset.

Claudia Chepkpor

The Masters degree in Advanced Security and Cybercrime focuses on extending your knowledge into leading-edge issues related to network and computer security technologies and processes, both generally and with a particular focus on the growing threats from cybercrime. The course blends hands-on technical knowledge with theoretical understanding, utilizing a range of remotely accessible resources to allow access to specialised computer configurations.

These remote systems allow you to engage with the practical activities of the course from home or work. We also have well-equipped labs, which you can use if you wish to attend the campus.

This course is designed for professionals already employed in the area of computing who wish to develop their skills into the areas of computer security and cybercrime. It allows employees to gain significant course credits by applying knowledge and skills gained from this course to their own company’s procedures and systems. Your knowledge is further enhanced via a number of taught modules, which are available on a distance-learning basis.

Some credits are derived from your employment activities, so you must be already employed in a company which allows you to demonstrate your developing course knowledge. Please discuss your current employment with the course leader before applying to ensure your role is suitable for the course.

Subjects included in the taught modules include:

  • Host-Based Forensics
  • Network Security
  • Security Audit & Compliance

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Full information on this is available in our disclaimer.

Participation in this course will develop your technical and managerial skills and enhance your chances of promotion. It may also open doors to more specialist jobs including:

  • security consultant
  • forensic investigator
  • audit/compliance consultant
  • security advisor/auditor
  • cybercrime consultant

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above, or equivalent. We look for applicants to have a background in a Computing discipline and 2 years relevant work experience in order to be eligible for this programme.

We may also consider lesser qualified applications if you have 5 years of sufficient work experience within the industry.

Applicants with no qualifications but have 7 years of sufficient work experience may also be considered for this course.

Additionally, please note that since significant credits in the course are based on employment-based activities, you must already be employed in an area relating to networking or security which would allow you to apply course knowledge in an aspect of your employment, and also have the support of your employer.

  • English language requirements

If your first language isn't English, you'll normally need to undertake an approved English language test and our minimum English language requirements will apply.

This may not apply if you have completed all your school qualifications in English, or your undergraduate degree was taught and examined in English (within two years of starting your postgraduate course). Check our country pages to find out if this applies to you.

Our entry requirements indicate the minimum qualifications with which we normally accept students. Competition for places varies from year to year and you aren't guaranteed a place if you meet the minimum qualifications.

International students

If your qualifications aren't listed above, visit our country pages to get entry requirements for your country.

Please note that non-EU international students are unable to enrol on our nursing courses.

Admissions policies

We are committed to being as accessible as possible to anyone who wants to achieve higher education.

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures and how decisions are made.

Tuition fees
Students from 2016/17 2017/18
All students-Taught modules *£570 *£570
All students-Dissertation £1,080 £1,080
Full MSc cost £4,500 £4,500
Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*.
This course comprises of 180 credits from taught modules and a dissertation. The total fee you will pay is dependant upon the exit award you wish to achieve.

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Executive Masters

This forms part of a suite of Executive Masters courses for organisations looking to upskill their staff and professionals looking to develop new skills and advance their career.

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