MSc Advanced Security & Cybercrime

Postgraduate, Part-time

Advanced Security & Cybercrime MSc



Develop skills in cybersecurity to adapt to challenging situations across a global computing infrastructure

Overview

This course is focused on the fast-developing areas of networking and cybersecurity and also awards significant credit for the application of course-derived knowledge to your employer’s systems or procedures.

The course blends hands-on technical knowledge with theoretical understanding, utilising a range of remotely-accessible resources to allow access to specialised computer configurations.

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.

Applications for this programme for September 2022 have now closed. The next available intake is for May 2023.  

 
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Mode of Study:

Part-time

Duration:

18 months

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Course details

The Masters degree in Advanced Security & Cybercrime focuses on extending your knowledge as a working professional 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.

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.

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. Your final dissertation project will allow you to use the tools and approaches you’ve developed on the course.

  • calendar How you’ll be taught

    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 you to gain significant course credits by applying knowledge and skills gained from this course to your company’s procedures and systems. Your knowledge is further enhanced via a number of taught modules, which are available on a distance-learning basis

    You will be mentored and supported by a dedicated team with both academic and industry experience to deliver a package of work over three trimesters drawing on your current projects/activities.

  • note and pen Assessments The taught modules will be assessed by exams and coursework. The project modules will be assessed by oral viva and document submission.
  • library Facilities

    The course is combination of academic theory along with remarkable and extensive hands-on practical activities, supported by online materials in addition to our virtualised lab environment representing our on-campus substantial facilities.

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Disclaimer

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

Placement and study abroad opportunities are subject to UK and Scottish Government health and travel advice.

Full information is available in our disclaimer.

Entry requirements

Entry requirements

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 those with a degree in a non Computing related discipline if you have 5 years of sufficient work experience within the industry.

We may also consider lesser qualifications if you have sufficient professional work experience within the industry.

Please note that to be considered for this programme, you must already be employed in an area relating to networking or security and have the support of your employer as significant credits in the course are based on employment-based activities.

Edinburgh Napier University welcomes applications from current and former Armed Forces personnel and offers entry based on training and education already received while in service. To assess your eligibility please contact our UK Student Recruitment team providing digital copies of your qualifications and indicating which course you would like to apply for.  

Edinburgh Napier University is a member of the MOD’s Enhanced learning Credit scheme (ELC)   

The University does not sponsor students to study on part-time programmes in the UK under the Student Visa route. International Applicants must therefore have other valid immigration leave to study on this programme.




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.

International students

We welcome applications from students studying a wide range of international qualifications.
Entry requirements by country

Please note that international students are unable to enrol onto the following courses:
  • BN Nursing/MSc Nursing (Pre-registration) (Adult, Mental Health, Child, Learning Disabilities)
  • BM Midwifery/MM Midwifery

Admissions policies

We’re committed to admitting students who have the potential to succeed and benefit from our programmes of study. 

Our admissions policies will help you understand our admissions procedures, and how we use the information you provide us in your application to inform the decisions we make.

Undergraduate admissions policies
Postgraduate admissions policies

Fees & funding

The course fees you'll pay and the funding available to you will depend on a number of factors including your nationality, location, personal circumstances and the course you are studying. We also have a number of bursaries and scholarships available to our students.

Tuition fees
Students from 2021/22 2022/23
All students - Taught modules *£990 *£1,020
All students - Dissertation £1,205 £1,245

Please note tuition fees are subject to an annual review and may increase from one year to the next.
For more information on this and other Tuition Fee matters please see Frequently Asked Questions about Fees

Click this link for Information of Bursaries and Scholarships

Fees for modules are calculated according to the number of credits (multiples of 20). The rate shown in the table is for 20 credits*. The total fee you will pay is dependant upon the exit award you wish to achieve.
The University offers a 20% discount on Postgraduate Taught Masters programmes to its alumni. The discount applies to all full-time, part-time and online programmes.


Careers

  • Security Consultant
  • Forensic Investigator
  • Audit/Compliance Consultant
  • Security Adviser/Auditor
  • Cybercrime Consultant

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