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Masters in Cyber Security in 2024

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Masters in Cyber Security

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Cyber security equips students with skills and knowledge to be able to defend computer operating systems and data networks from cyber crime and cyber threat. It consists of processes, technologies and controls that are designed to protect the network security.

An undergraduate degree in cyber security will cover the foundation of the field, before exploring the more complex concepts. You will look at the processes of cyber security, as well as how the controls and systems are applied.

Your degree will be delivered in a mixture of modes. These will include lectures and seminars, as well as computer laboratory sessions. You may be required to participate in a work placement module, which will give you the opportunity to experience working within cyber security.

Depending on where you choose to study, you may be able to specialise towards the end of your degree. This specialisation can influence what area you choose to work in after you have graduated. Common specialisations include:

  • Computer Forensics
  • Ethical Hacking
  • Cryptography
  • Programming and Networking Protocols
  • Internet of Things
  • Algorithms and Data Structures
  • Programming Language
  • Software Development
  • Information Security

If your degree course requires you to write a dissertation in your final year, this will give you a chance to further research a favoured area of cyber security.

The accreditation of your degree will depend on where you choose to study. Different countries can have different accreditation systems. Generally, you can expect to be awarded a Bachelor of Science (BSc), or an integrated Master of Computing (MComp).

It is possible that certain degree programmes will be accredited by professional bodies of cyber security, but this is not necessary for employment at present.

Typically, an undergraduate degree in cyber security will take three to four years. Foundation degrees, diplomas and certificates can last up to two years when studied full-time.

On successful completion of your degree, you can choose to either seek employment in your chosen area, or further your studies. Continuation of your studies could be in the form of a postgraduate degree, such as a masters or PhD, or a graduate diploma or certificate.

With an increase in the amount of organisations utilising the online world within their work, graduates of cyber security will have many career opportunities available. Common destinations include managerial roles, public and private sector organisations, healthcare and environmental protection. Roles available include forensic analyst, secure software developer, malware reverse engineer and chief information security officer.

A postgraduate degree in cyber security will allow you to develop your skills and knowledge, and will cover the more advanced aspects of the subject. Modules you study might include security architecture, advanced computer programming, penetration testing, and mobile security.

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