Computer security is about designing systems that resist attack. As computers become ever more prevalent and ever more connected with each other, the opportunities for attackers become even greater, and the need to resist them becomes more urgent. Computing infrastructure is now vital for communication, government, commerce, and control of our physical environment, and is a potential target of terrorist and criminal attacks. Graduates who understand the computer security technologies that underpin products and practices to secure it will be in great demand.
This is a one-year full-time degree programme for graduates in a computing-related discipline. It covers the theory and practice of designing and building secure systems and gives you a firm grounding in cryptography, network security and secure programming, with optional refresher modules in topics such as operating systems, safety-critical systems, distributed systems and databases.
The programme also gives you practical experience with technologies and toolkits for building internet-based software. All students undertake a large, personally supervised project in the final months of the course.
Our curriculum has been developed with the involvement of key individuals in the computing security industry. As well as advising us on the skills they seek when recruiting graduates, they also contribute directly to the MSc programme through guest lectures and project supervision. In recent years, we have had guest lecturers from Microsoft, Vodafone, Siemens, IBM and Hewlett Packard.
More about this programme: www.cs.bham.ac.uk/admissions/postgraduate-taught/degree_info/msc-csec
School of Computer Science website: www.cs.bham.ac.uk
Tuition fees for 2014/2015 are as follows:
£5,940 for home/EU students
£17,355 for international students
Most part-time programmes run for two years and their fees are one half of the standard full-time programme fees. A small number of part-time programmes run for three years and in these cases the annual fees are one third of the total full-time cost. Contact us for further information.
UK student visa regulations mean that students classed as overseas for fees purposes may normally only register on a full-time basis.
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Scholarships and studentships
For information about scholarships for students on our postgraduate taught programmes visit www.cs.bham.ac.uk/admissions/postgraduate-taught/scholarships.php. International students can often gain funding through overseas research scholarships, Commonwealth scholarships or their home government.
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