Overview

Learn how to identify new and existing cyber threats and determine methods and processes to minimise attacks. Gain skills in a real-life business context, by cracking passwords and wireless networks and testing web applications for vulnerabilities and security breaches.

Cybersecurity is a priority for governments and organisations throughout the world. We’ll work together to explore how organisations and individuals can take action to protect themselves online from cyber-attacks.

We’ll begin by understanding networks and operating systems, how they work and the strengths and weaknesses of them. You’ll then think like a hacker, working from the inside out, as you recognise the threats to an organisation and its resources, and learn to implement and test secure systems.

Focusing on the strategic deployment and implementation of cybersecurity within an organisation, you’ll cover all aspects of cybersecurity including network security, computer security and information security.

You’ll apply your knowledge and skills hands-on in a real-life context, in our specialised lab, which is already equipped with tools such as Kali Linux, Wireshark, Nmap and Burp Suite. You’ll write your own Metasploit modules, automate social-engineering attacks, bypass antivirus software and turn access to one machine as you take total control of the enterprise.

You’ll gain skills in communicating information to higher levels of the corporation’s managers, giving you the confidence to present your invaluable problem-solving solutions and strategic security planning in any organisation.

We know there’s a worldwide shortage of skills graduates in cybersecurity, so you’ll be ahead of the game as you further your career and make a real impact on a society that is increasingly dependent on the internet and IT technology.

 

Accreditation

The goal of accreditation is to ensure that education provided by institutions of higher education meets acceptable levels of quality. Accreditation is your assurance that the University meets quality standards.

Institutional Accreditation

Regional accreditation is an institution-level accreditation status granted by one of six U.S. regional accrediting bodies. Accreditation by more than one regional accrediting body is not permitted by the U.S. Department of Education.

The University of Newcastle is accredited by the DETC, Higher Learning Commission (HLC), www.detc.org.uk Since, University of Newcastle has been continually accredited by the DETC Higher Learning Commission and its predecessor.

 

Cyber Security MSc

Course Level:

Postgraduate

Credits 

180

Course

codeF756

How long it takes:

One Year, Two Years Sandwich

Study Mode:

Distance learning/ Campus

Course cost

Price: US$9000.00

Entry requirements

Find out more about

Department:

Newcastle Law School

Content

 

Computer Networks
Working with industry-based standards and devices you’ll learn the fundamental networking concepts required by skilled IT professionals. You’ll identify the communication model and the protocols associated in each layer while focusing on Local Area Networks and the role of routers and switches. You’ll cover the OSI model, the TCP/IP protocol suite, IPv4 and IPv6 addressing schemes, and router and switch configuration. You’ll learn practical skills as well as theory as you spend time in the labs solving real-life scenario and critically evaluating possible solutions.
Operating Systems and Virtualisation

Rather than working with a specific operating system, such as Windows and/or Linux, you’ll work with the generalities of modern operating systems through theory and practice. This means you’ll identify the role of the operating system when dealing with a security breach within the organisation, regardless of the type of environment where the operating system has been deployed. You’ll also be introduced to virtualised environments, from foundations concepts to deployment while using industry-standard equipment and toolsets.
Secure Systems

With the growth of high bandwidth internet, eCommerce, eBusiness and Virtual Private Networks, security has become a centre-stage issue. This module will raise your awareness of the overarching IT security issues faced by business today, and equip yourself with the necessary understanding to fulfil management responsibilities in information security strategies.
Research Methods

Gain support and foundations in the research skills needed for your Masters level dissertation. You’ll investigate research activities including project management, research project design and analyses, ethical considerations and dissertation preparation.
Advanced Network Security Principles

Gain an introduction to current best practices in network security and the skills you’ll need for the installation, troubleshooting and monitoring of network devices to maintain the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of data and devices.
Penetration Testing

Penetration testers simulate cyber-attacks to find security weaknesses in networks, operating systems, and applications. You’ll gain hands-on experience using different tools and techniques for penetration testing by working in our specialised lab, which is already equipped with tools such as Kali Linux, Wireshark, Nmap and Burp Suite. Using industry-standard equipment you’ll learn how to crack passwords and wireless networks and test web applications for vulnerabilities. You’ll use the Metasploit framework to launch exploits and write your own Metasploit modules, automate social-engineering attacks, bypass antivirus software and turn access to one machine into total control of the enterprise in the post-exploitation phase.
Major Project

This module supports students in the preparation and submission of a Master’s stage project, dissertation or artefact. The Module provides the opportunity for students to select and explore in-depth, a topic that is of interest and relevant to their course in which they can develop a significant level of expertise. It enables students to demonstrate their ability to generate significant and meaningful questions in relation to their specialism; undertake independent research using appropriate, recognised methods based on current theoretical research knowledge, critically understand method and its relationship to knowledge; develop a critical understanding of current knowledge in relation to the chosen subject and to critically analyse and evaluate information and data, which may be complex or contradictory, and draw meaningful and justifiable conclusions; develop the capability to expand or redefine existing knowledge, to develop new approaches to changing situations and/or develop new approaches to changing situations and contribute to the development of best practice; demonstrate an awareness of and to develop solutions to ethical dilemmas likely to arise in their research or professional practice; communicate these processes in a clear and elegant fashion; evaluate their work from the perspective of an autonomous reflective learner.

Assessment

We’ll asses your knowledge and understanding through case studies in which you’ll design, implement and test the security strategy of an organisation. You’ll also complete in-class tests, written assignments, software projects and presentations as part of the course.

Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 48
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language and Mathematics, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. You can include points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) towards overall tariff. You must have at least one A-Level.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UNC Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application. 

If you think you’ll achieve a higher tariff score, you may be interested in our BA(Hons) Business and Law.

If you receive an offer for this course, you may be invited to attend an Offer Holder Day in February or March. These are a great opportunity to find out what it’s really like to study here. You’ll experience taster lectures or workshops, meet your course tutors, current students and other offer holders.

Read more about entry requirements.

International applicants

If you are an international student your route of study for this degree is through UNC Bristol’s International College which, upon successful completion to the required level and with good attendance, guarantees entry to Year one of the degree.

Offer types

If you have not received your exam results, your offer from us will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.

If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that we will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.

To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies here, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A-levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.

Fees Amount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee 9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee 13000
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1625

 

Careers / Further study

Combining law and business gives you more career options and a greater freedom of choice.

Depending on your specialism, you could choose a career in management, law, finance and banking and the public sector. Our graduates have secured roles at Rolls Royce, HP, IBM, NHS, Hayes, Microsoft, Maclaren F1 and Lidl. 

You may want to progress to train as a barrister or solicitor through the LLM in Advanced Legal Practice (LPC LLM) or Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC), or undertake a business related postgraduate degree.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Learning and Teaching

Our approach to learning is student-centered, supporting you to develop the skills you need to have a successful legal career.

Our modules differ in learning approaches, so you can choose those that match your style.

You’ll become a reflective learner and develop valuable skills for your career, such as self reliance and collaboration.

After your first year, you can continue to study Business and Law combined, or change to a major in Business (BA(Hons) Business Management with Law) or Law (LLB(Hons) Law with Business).

You’ll be allocated an academic personal tutor who will support you in your academic studies throughout your degree.

See our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Approximate percentage of time you’ll spend in different learning activities*:

Year Scheduled learning and teaching study Independent study Placement study
0 24% 76% 0%
1 24% 76% 0%
2 24% 76% 0%
3 21% 71% 8%

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

Study time

During your degree, you will have 12 hours of teaching with a lecturer each week. 

If you choose to do a dissertation or take the Law in Action module, you’ll get a further nine hours of classes, as well as individual contact with the staff member supervising the module. 

In years one and two, you will also receive one hour of peer assisted learning (PAL) each week. 

All students can access the Academic Success Centre (ASC) for workshops and to arrange one-to-one sessions with tutors.

Assessment

You can expect to be assessed using problem and essay questions, exams, research based assessments, reflection on skills acquisition, report writing, portfolio submissions and presentations.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

Year Written exam assessment Coursework assessment Practical exam assessment
0 36% 41% 23%
1 36% 46% 18%
2 63% 32% 17%
3 36% 53% 11%

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

Features

Placements

We encourage you to do a 40-week paid sandwich placement after Year two. It can be in the UK or abroad.

Your placement is valuable because it allows you to gain real-world experience and skills that increase your employability.

Study year abroad

You’ll also have opportunities to study overseas on courses that are taught in English and relevant to your degree. The study year abroad is not a paid placement.

Final year work experience

If you choose the final year Law in Action module, you’ll spend one day a week working in a local law firm or voluntary organisation. Past students have secured placements with Bristol Law Centre, Watkins Solicitors, Red Cross, Death Row , Citizens Advice and local schools.

Pro Bono Unit

You will have opportunities to engage in Pro Bono workthrough your degree, volunteering your time to help the local community.

Supervised by academics and practitioners, you’ll work on cases and provide legal advice through projects such as The Innocence Project, Elderlaw, the UNC Street Law Programme and schools mentoring scheme.

You’ll get help to find all your placements and support throughout from your department and the careers service.

Fieldwork

Field trips are an important part of your studies, particularly the annual visit to Lincoln’s Inn where you’ll dine in court with barristers and judges and learn more about this exciting career.

Other study visits include the Houses of Parliament, European Court of Justice, World Trade Organisation and magic circle law firms.

Study facilities

In the new £55m Bristol Business School, you’ll have access to modern learning spaces, including a dedicated law resource room.

Mock courtrooms help you practice legal submissions, take part in recorded mock trials and gain experience of being in court.

In our specialist library, you’ll have a dedicated librarian to support your curriculum subjects and independent research.

The library and Business School both offer spaces for silent and group study and rooms you can book. 

You’ll have access to books, trade press, academic journals, and industry databasesboth on and off campus.

Learn more about UNC Bristol’s facilities and resources.

Societies and Forums

UNC Bristol Law Society

Our Law Society runs an active programme of events and talks including trips to the Supreme Court in London, the European Parliament in Brussels and the European Court in Luxembourg.

Members also participate in competitions and attend regular socials, including the annual dinner. 

UNC Bristol Mooting Committee 

Mooting is an important skill in the legal profession and the Mooting Committee runs regular moots and competitions.

It’s valued and recognised by the local law network. Judges of the moots include members of local barristers’ chambers and Bristol Civic Justice Centre.