Applied Cyber Security (MSc)

Queen's University Belfast the United Kingdom

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The award
MSc

How long you will study
1 year

Domestic course fees
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How you will study
full-time

Course starts
September

International course fees
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All study options

About Applied Cyber Security at Queen's University Belfast

The world's online security depends on you. Step up to the plate with this fascinating, industry-focused Master's course, taught at one of the world's cyber security hubs.

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.

PLEASE NOTE
Applications for this course, received after 30th June may not be accepted. A deposit will be required to secure a place.

Applied Cyber Security highlights

The demand for certified cyber security professionals is currently growing at over 12 times the rate of the overall job market.

Professional Accreditations

  • Fully accredited by GCHQ

World Class Facilities

  • You'll be taught on site at CSIT in Belfast's Titanic Quarter, a hi-tech environment, home to many of Northern Ireland's burgeoning tech start-ups.

Internationally Renowned Experts

  • For each module, your tutor is an active researcher in their area, including people like:Philip O'Kane - Philip has 20 years' programming for telecommunications and financial institutionsMaire O'Neill - One-time UK Female Inventor of the Year and an acknowledged international expert in the field of cryptography, and computer forensics expertGary Edgeworth - Of ANSEC IA Limited, who provides professional digital forensics and consultancy services

 Our MSc has been developed in collaboration with global employers in the field of cyber security, to provide students with in-demand knowledge and practical skills with a strong focus on key security technologies. Students particularly benefit from our strong links to industry partners who offer project internships and employment opportunities.

Dr Kieran McLaughlin
Course Co-Director

Study options for this course

  • The award How you will study How long you will study Course starts Domestic course fees International course fees
  • The awardMScHow you will studyFull-timeHow long you will study1 year
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out
  • The awardMScHow you will studyPart-timeHow long you will study2 years
    Course startsSeptemberDomestic course fees find outInternational course fees find out

Notes about fees for this course

Fees and Funding

Tuition Fees

Northern Ireland (NI)£12,600England, Scotland or Wales (GB)£12,600Other (non-UK) EU£12,600International£19,600

All tuition fees quoted are for the academic year 2018-19 and relate to one year of study only. Tuition fees will be subject to an annual inflationary increase, unless explicitly stated otherwise.

More information on postgraduate tuition fees.

Additional course costs

All Students

Depending on the programme of study, there may be extra costs which are not covered by tuition fees, which students will need to consider when planning their studies.Students can borrow books and access online learning resources from any Queen's library. If students wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow them from the University Library, prices per text can range from £30 to £100. Students should also budget between £30 to £75 per year for photocopying, memory sticks and printing charges. Students undertaking a period of work placement or study abroad, as either a compulsory or optional part of their programme, should be aware that they will have to fund additional travel and living costs.If a programme includes a major project or dissertation, there may be costs associated with transport, accommodation and/or materials. The amount will depend on the project chosen. There may also be additional costs for printing and binding.Students may wish to consider purchasing an electronic device; costs will vary depending on the specification of the model chosen.There are also additional charges for graduation ceremonies, examination resits and library fines.

Applied Cyber Security costs

Students undertaking a 3 month summer placement or a one year professional internship are responsible for funding travel, accommodation and subsistence costs. These costs vary significantly depending on the location and duration of the placement. Students may receive payment from their placement provider.

How do I fund my study?

From the academic year 2017/18, the Department for the Economy will provide a tuition fee loan of up to £5,500 per NI / EU student for postgraduate study. Tuition fee loan information.

A postgraduate loans system in the UK offers government-backed student loans of up to £10,280 for taught and research Masters courses in all subject areas. Criteria, eligibility, repayment and application information are available on the UK government website.

More information on funding options and financial assistance.

International Scholarships

Information on scholarships for international students, is available at http://www.qub.ac.uk/International/International-students/International-scholarships/.

* information shown is for 2017-18 and should be used as a guide until 2018-19 scholarships are confirmed.

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

Entrance requirements

Graduate
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. It would be beneficial if applicants have experience programming in C and working in a Linux environment.

Applications may be considered from those who do not meet the above requirements but can provide evidence of recent relevant technical experience in industry, for example, in programming. An application under Recognition of Prior Experiential Learning (RPEL) may be required. Please visit http://go.qub.ac.uk/RPLpolicy for the University's Recognition of Prior Learning Policy and information on application procedures.

Please note: a non-refundable deposit (which will be deducted from tuition fees) of £1,000 is required .

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

For information on international qualification equivalents, please check the specific information for your country.

English Language Requirements

Evidence of an IELTS* score of 6.0, with not less than 5.5 in any component, or an equivalent qualification acceptable to the University is required (*taken within the last 2 years).

International students wishing to apply to Queen's University Belfast (and for whom English is not their first language), must be able to demonstrate their proficiency in English in order to benefit fully from their course of study or research. Non-EEA nationals must also satisfy UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI) immigration requirements for English language for visa purposes.

If you need to improve your English language skills before you enter this degree programme, INTO Queen's University Belfast offers a range of English language courses. These intensive and flexible courses are designed to improve your English ability for admission to this degree.

  • Academic English: an intensive English language and study skills course for successful university study at degree level
  • Pre-sessional English: a short intensive academic English course for students starting a degree programme at Queen's University Belfast and who need to improve their English.

INTO - English Language Course(QSIS ELEMENT IS EMPTY)

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