You can gain a broad education in the area of computer and Internet security, combining both technical and managerial aspects.
Building on a practical foundation comprising the understanding of operating systems, network protocols security and how to develop secured code, you will learn how to critically assess the security risks to IT organisations and how to evaluate the information security solution to mitigate them. In addition, you will gain the research skills necessary to investigate the continually changing issues in computer forensics and security in Cloud infrastructures.
If you're looking to work in computing and technology industries, this is a great fast-track conversion course for graduates from disciplines unrelated to IT and computing.
For full module descriptions, which include Information Security Management, Computer Forensics and Internet Programming, scroll down to the 'What you'll study' section.
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What you'll study
Throughout the course you will develop a critical understanding of IT security-related processes and procedures. You will be able to critically analyse software requirements and apply appropriate tools to design and develop innovative solutions. You will acquire the skills to investigate and appraise new and existing technologies and adapt these to specific purposes.
Language support for international students
If you are an international student whose first language is not English, language support will be provided where appropriate by the School to enhance your learning experience and to improve your presentation skills. If necessary, you may be required to attend advanced English language classes as a supplementary module.
Information Security Management (20 cp) - Gain knowledge and understanding of the main issues and challenges related to information security management. Learn how to critically evaluate information security solutions and make decisions regarding the adoption and implementation of information security related technologies, policies and practices in an organisational context.
Computer Forensics (20 cp) - Develop a critical appreciation of the theoretical and practical issues in the field of computer forensics. Learn the necessary skills, methodologies and processes to conduct an initial computer forensics investigation within an organisation and gain an in-depth understanding of the importance of various computing systems in computer forensics investigations.
Computer Security (20 cp) - Learn how to critically analyse the security problems affecting computing systems at the operating system and application levels, understand the design patterns for developing secure code and devise security solutions and formulate detailed technical reports.
Internet Programming (20 cp) - Develop an understanding of the analysis, design and implementation of secure web applications for the Internet and intranet. After an introduction to web based mark-up languages the main focus of the module will be to study the architecture and implementation of internet based applications in the context of current object-oriented systems methodologies.
Network and Cloud Security (20 cp) - Gain an understanding of the security problems of computer networks and the main technologies related to network security. Learn how to migrate networked computing solutions to Cloud infrastructures and address the associated security risks.
Research Methods (20 cp) - You will develop the skills of research and enquiry that will enhance your independent learning abilities and enable you to write effective project reports and technical papers.
Major Project (60 cp) - On completion of the taught modules on this course you will then have the opportunity to undertake an MSc topic. This gives you 15 weeks to concentrate full time on a specialist area that interests you and apply what you have learnt to a specific problem.
Learn a new language
Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have. Learning a new language can:
- enhance your communication skills
- enrich your experience when travelling abroad
- boost your career prospects.
Find out more about the University Language Programme.
How will I be supported?
MSc IT Security is taught by highly experienced staff members, many of whom are involved with cutting-edge research that ensures their teaching remains at the forefront of computing technology. We are very proud to have achieved 90% world-leading or internationally-excellent research impact (REF2014). Find out more.
Throughout your course you will be supported by your course leader and personal tutor, who will work with you individually. A comprehensive induction programme will provide you with essential information about the course, including access to the library and virtual learning portal.
For students hoping to take a placement, comprehensive support and advice is also available from the School's Placement team.
Based at the Clifton Campus, Computing and Technology students are primarily based in the Mary Ann Evans building, which houses more than £8 million worth of high-specification electronic and communication laboratories. More about our world-class facilities can be found here.
- 90% of our research activity achieved world-leading, internationally-excellent or internationally-recognised status (latest Research Excellence Framework 2014)
- 95% of our postgraduates are in work or further study within just six months of finishing their degrees (latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15)
- 83% of NTU postgraduate taught students said that overall they were satisfied with the quality of their course (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016)
- Leading university in the UK for the number of postgraduate students taking professional qualifications (latest Higher Education Statistics 2014/15)
View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change
How you're taught
You will need to study six taught modules in your first three terms and by the fourth term you will be conducting your research project. The course offers an excellent combination of theoretical studies and practical experience through coursework assignments, software development and group projects culminating in a significant and practical master's project individually tailored to meet your career aspirations.
You will learn through:
- guided reading supported by the University's virtual learning portal
- workshops and laboratories
- case studies and project work
You will be assessed by a variety of methods including:
- research project
- vivas and demonstrations
- written assignments
- case studies
- oral presentations
- coursework reports
Careers and employability
There is a wide range of career opportunities in the Computing and IT sector, and The School of Science and Technology at Nottingham Trent University has an enviable graduate recruitment record. This IT Security Masters course will prepare you for roles as a technical security specialist together with a range of technical development and implementation roles. You will also have the potential to develop into security consultancy and technical management roles.
Some graduates choose to venture into other sectors - such as project management or financial forecasting - where they are likely to be equally successful in gaining employment because of the transferable skills gained on the course. Other graduates go on to study for a PhD.
Recent graduates have secured roles with employers such as Railway Survey Design Institute Group Corp, Bouygues Telecom and Penpec Group, as:
- Software developers
- Web designers
- System administrators
The University Employability Service is available to all students, offering individual consultation.
What are the benefits of a work placement?
Practical work experience can help you in your studies and is often paid. It can enhance your commercial awareness and your ability to link theory and practice which will be an invaluable skill in your future career. Although a work placement is highly recommended, obtaining one is based on an individual's efforts and is not guaranteed.
The School is extending its highly successful placement scheme to students of MSc IT Security. If you choose this option, you will receive extensive help in obtaining a valuable one-year paid work placement and continued support during the placement period. Request a course leaflet to find out more about placement options on this course.
This is the ideal way to get your career off to a flying start. For further information please visit our Employability pages.