Computer Security and Resilience (MSc)

Newcastle University the United Kingdom

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The award
MSc

How long you will study
12 months

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How you will study
full-time

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About Computer Security and Resilience at Newcastle University

This course combines teaching and research in security and system reliability with human factors, verification and distributed systems. It gives you an integrated view of the technologies relevant to developing trustworthy systems.

You will develop the skills to design and assess computing systems to be secure and safe in the face of failure or attack. You will have the opportunity to assess a real system, such as a cybercrime incident room.

Computer security and resilience are dynamic areas of computing science. Security is not just about cryptography - it's about understanding the flow of information. Resilience is the capacity of a system to recover from damage, whether caused by errors made during software design, by accidental misuse, by human error or by malicious attack. Analysing and designing secure and reliable systems involves taking all these factors into account.

Our graduates have an excellent record of finding employment. Recent examples have included:

  • Data Warehouse Consultant at NCR Corporation
  • Senior Quality Assurance Engineer at Ixia
  • Civil Servant at GCHQ

The course is intended for honours graduates with a degree in computing science, or a discipline with a significant computing component (eg, engineering, systems engineering or mathematics). We also value relevant industrial computing experience and transferable skills.

Newcastle has a first class record of research and development in dependable and secure computing. We have leading international research groups and three research centres focusing on a wide range of computer science fields, including:

  • security and resilience
  • dependable systems
  • cybercrime
  • cloud computing

The staff teaching you have international reputations for their contributions to the field. Many of them have extensive experience as practitioners in industry as well as research scientists.

As a student on this programme you will be encouraged to play a full part in the life of the School, taking advantage of dedicated computing and study facilities, participating in seminars delivered by researchers and distinguished external speakers.

Our experienced and helpful staff will be happy to offer help with all aspects of your course from admissions to graduation and developing your career beyond. You will have the experience of working as a team with the help and support of fellow students as well as staff.

Delivery

The School of Computing Science deliver the course. You can study over one year full time or two years part time. The course has three phases.

In phase one (60 credits) we introduce core knowledge and skills through modules. These modules are taught in intensive block mode, with pairs of modules being taught concurrently in 4 weeks of lectures and lab classes during the day.

In phase two (30 credits) we emphasise the practice of resilient computing through modules in human factors and research skills, and a team project on the development and assessment of a real system (such as a cybercrime incident room).

Phase three (90 credits) is an individual research or development project undertaken with personal supervision in one of the School's research labs, or in industry. Recent projects have involved original work in areas like biometrics, cloud computing, secure e-voting and anti-phishing technology.

Project work

Your five month individual project gives you an opportunity to develop your knowledge and skills in depth, and to work in a research or development team. You will have one-to-one supervision from an experienced member of the faculty, supported with supervision from industry partners as required.

The project can be carried out in:

  • one of the research groups at Newcastle University
  • an industry laboratory
  • your place of work

Placements

Members of our industry advisory group help to ensure that the programme is relevant to the needs of business and industry today. You can choose a project for your final dissertation that has some industry involvement associated with it, including the possibility of working on-site. 

Pathway

This course is part of a suite of closely related courses that also include:

  • Cloud Computing MSc
  • Advanced Computer Science MSc

All three courses share core modules, creating a tight-knit student cohort that has encouraged collaborations on projects undertaking interdisciplinary research.

Accreditation

The course is accredited by the British Computer Society (BCS). The BCS is the chartered institute for IT. Studying a BCS-accredited degree provides the foundation for professional membership of the BCS on graduation and is the first step to becoming a chartered IT professional.

The School of Computing Science at Newcastle University is an accredited and a recognised Partner in the Network of Teaching Excellence in Computer Science.

Facilities

You will have dedicated computing facilities in the School of Computing Science. You will have access to the latest tools for system analysis and development, as well as an allocated PC and desk space in a project lab. For certain projects, special facilities for networking can be set up as required.

You will enjoy access to specialist IT facilities to support your studies, including:

  • over 300 PCs running Linux and Windows
  • an immersive virtual reality suite
  • motion capture facilities
  • 3D printing facilities
  • Graphics Processing Unit
  • Cloud scale virtualisation facilities
  • Linux based home pages and student hosting services
  • haptic and wearable computing hardware

The School of Computing is based in the £58million Urban Sciences Building, a flagship development located on the £350m Newcastle helix regeneration site in the heart of Newcastle.

Study options for this course

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  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study12 months
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  • The awardMScHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study24 months
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Notes about fees for this course

See our course fees and funding webpage - https://www.ncl.ac.uk/postgraduate/courses/degrees/computer-security-resilience-msc/#fees&funding

Entry requirements

A 2:2 honours degree, or international equivalent, in computer science or a discipline with significant computing content, such as:

  • mathematics
  • engineering
  • systems engineering

We will also consider your application on an individual basis if you have lower or non-standard qualifications provided you have several years of relevant industrial computing experience.

International Students

To study this course you need to meet our Band 2 English Language requirements:

Direct Entry : IELTS 6.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)

If you have lower English Language scores, you may be accepted onto a pre-sessional English course. 

Our typical English Language requirements are listed as IELTS scores but we also accept a wide range of English Language tests.

The equivalent academic qualifications that we accept are listed on our country pages.

Pre-sessional English Course Requirements

  • 6 week Pre-sessional entry: IELTS 6.0 overall (with a minimum of 5.5 in all sub-skills)
  • 10 week Pre-sessional entry:  IELTS 5.5 overall (with a minimum of 5.0 in all sub-skills)

You can study a pre-sessional English course at our INTO Newcastle Centre.

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