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Systems and Cyber Security MSc

Overview

MSc Systems and Cyber Security is perfect for those wishing to develop careers as system and cyber security professionals. It provides in-depth technical knowledge on all aspects of cyber security; from data-protection and encryption, to cyber threats and computer forensics.

Its focus on emerging and future technologies means that you'll be well-placed to succeed in a rapidly changing key IT industry. Demand for cyber security professionals is set to outstrip supply by one third by 2019, so employment prospects on completing this course are excellent.

All taught modules contain considerable input from industry experts from companies such as VISA, HP, ENISA, and IBM who will contribute through guest lectures and case studies. You'll have the opportunity to use our cyber security lab in order to develop and apply in-depth knowledge about security vulnerabilities, ethical hacking and penetration testing strategies.

The course is suitable for graduates from either computer science or information technology or similar.

Accreditations

Key course information - ordered by mode
Mode Duration Start date Location
Mode
Full-time
Duration
1 year
Start Date
January; September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time
Duration
2 years
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus
Mode
Part-time (BLOCK)
Duration
Start Date
September
Location
Southwark Campus

Modules

  • Research methods and professional issues
    This module presents research methodologies, approaches and implementation tools and tactics.
  • Future internet technologies
    You'll explore future enablers: open-based networking, cloud computing, and self-organised networks.
  • Machine learning
    This module introduces the basic theory, concepts, and techniques of machine learning, and its role in data science, pattern recognition, and cyber security.
  • Data protection and confidentiality
    You'll focus on the use of data protection and confidentiality through the use of encryption/cryptographic technologies.
  • Systems and cyber threats: vulnerabilities and countermeasures 
    You'll develop an understanding of the functionalities of system security: integrity, availability and access on different systems and platforms (wireless networks, cloud, databases, filesystems, applications).
  • Security risk assessment
    You'll explore the reasons why information security is required and how can be defined as a company asset. the module introduces techniques and tools for managing security risk.
  • Computer forensics
    This module presents various methods of forensics and explores how they can be applied to different systems.
  • MSc thesis
    You'll work on a specific topic of system-cyber security of your choice.

All modules are assessed by coursework.

Employability

Graduates from this course could go on to work as experts on ethical hacking and penetration testing or as cyber security professionals.

LSBU Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018

LSBU is committed to supporting you develop your employability and succeed in getting a job after you have graduated. Your qualification will certainly help, but in a competitive market you also need to work on your employability, and on your career search.

As an LSBU student you have access to the Employability Service and its resources during your time here and for two years after you graduate.

Our Employability Service will support you in developing your skills, finding a job, interview techniques, work experience or a placement/internship, and will help you assess what you need to do to get the career you want at the end of your course. LSBU offers a comprehensive Employability Service, with a range of initiatives to complement your studies, including:

  • Direct engagement from employers who come in to network with students
  • Job Shop – daily drop in service to help with, tailoring CVs, cover letters and applications, sourcing online resource, mock interviews and general job searching. One to one appointments for further support also available
  • Mentoring and work shadowing schemes
  • Higher education achievement report - The HEAR is designed to encourage a more sophisticated approach to recording student achievement, which acknowledges fully the range of opportunities that LSBU offers to our students.
    It pulls into one certificate: Module grades, Course descriptions, Placements, LSBU verified extra-curricular activities
  • Employability workshops - delivered free to students all year round on a variety of related topics
  • Careers fairs throughout the year to really focus your thoughts on a career after university

Find out about any of these services by visiting our student employability page

Placements

Staff

Paul Carden

School/Division: Engineering / Computer Science and Informatics
Job title: Senior Lecturer and Outreach Lead

Paul specialises in computer networking, managing mobile technologies and the design and development of mobile apps.


Prof. Tasos Dagiuklas

School/Division: Engineering / Computer Science and Informatics
Job title: Head of Computer Science and Informatics

Tasos Dagiuklas’ research interests lie in the area of smart Internet technologies including open-based networking, digital-immersive media, cloud-computing, QoE Modeling-Management and Internet of Everything. He has over 130 publications including books and book chapters, journal articles and conference publications.


Dr Muddesar Iqbal

School/Division: Engineering / Computer Science and Informatics
Job title: Senior Lecturer, Mobile Computing

Dr Iqbal specialises in mobile cloud computing and open-based networking with interests in 5G technologies,  multimedia cloud computing, mobile edge computing, fog computing, Internet of Things, software-defined networking, network function virtualisation, quality of experience, and cloud infrastructures and services.


Dr Nikolaos Pitropakis

School/Division: Engineering / Computer Science and Informatics
Job title: Lecturer in Systems and Cyber Security

Dr Nikoloas Pitropakis is the Director of the MSc Systems and Cyber Security course at London South Bank University (LSBU) and an expert in the field of Cloud Computing Security, Malicious Insider Threat and Steganography.


Facilities

Teaching and learning

Entry requirements

  • 2:2 or better in a relevant first degree; or
  • A minimum three years' post-qualification experience in a relevant field.
  • We welcome qualifications from around the world. English language qualifications for international students: IELTS score of 6.5.

How to apply

Instructions for Home/EU applicants
Mode Duration Start date Application code Application method
Mode
Full-time
Duration
1 year
Start date
January; September
Application code
P060190
Application method
Mode
Part-time
Duration
2 years
Start date
September
Application code
P060190
Application method
Mode
Part-time (BLOCK)
Duration
Start date
September
Application code
5088
Application method

Full-time/part-time postgraduate students and research students apply through the UK Postgraduate and Statistical Service (UKPASS). Full details of how to do this are supplied on our How to apply section for postgraduate students and our How to apply section for research students.

Postgraduate applicants are required to provide up to two references as part of their application.

Accommodation

Students should apply for accommodation at London South Bank University (LSBU) as soon as possible, once we have made an offer of a place on one of our academic courses. Read more about applying for accommodation at LSBU.

Finance

It's a good idea to think about how you'll pay university tuition and maintenance costs while you're still applying for a place to study. Remember – you don't need to wait for a confirmed place on a course to start applying for student finance. Read how to pay your fees as a postgraduate student.

Postgraduate Application Service

Book a session with one of our specialist Postgraduate Advisors. Over a one on one Advice Session they'll advise you on postgraduate degrees at LSBU that match your interests and experience. Book an Advice Session.

Fees and funding

Fees are shown for new entrants to courses, for each individual year of a course, together with the total fee for all the years of a course. Continuing LSBU students should refer to the Finance section of our student portal, MyLSBU. Queries regarding fees should be directed to the Fees and Bursaries Team on: +44 (0)20 7815 6181.

Full-time
Part-time
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £8700International fee: £13125
AOS/LSBU code: 5088Session code: 1FS00
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £8700International fee: £13125
AOS/LSBU code: 4938Session code: 1FS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £8700
International £13125
The fee shown is for entry 2018/19.
UK/EU fee: £2900International fee: £4375
AOS/LSBU code: 5087Session code: 1PS00
Total course fee:
UK/EU £8700
International £13125

For more information, including how and when to pay, see our fees and funding section for postgraduate students.

Possible fee changes

The University reserves the right to increase its fees in line with changes to legislation, regulation and any governmental guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually, and additionally the University reserves the right to increase tuition fees in line with inflation up to 4 per cent.

Postgraduate loan (PGL) for Masters study

If you are starting a Masters course, studying either full- or part-time, you may be entitled to apply for a postgraduate study loan. Find out more at our postgraduate fees and funding section.

Scholarships

We offer several types of fee reduction through our scholarships and bursaries. Find the full list and other useful information on funding your studies on the scholarships and fee discounts page.

Fee status

Please check your fee status and whether you are considered a home, EU or international student for fee-paying purposes by reading the UKCISA regulations.

2017 fees

Fees for 2017 have not yet been set. Please check back later in the year.

Case studies

Select a case study and read about practical project work, students' placement experiences, research projects, alumni career achievements and what it’s really like to study here from the student perspective.

Prepare to start

We help our students prepare for university even before the semester starts. To find out when you should apply for your LSBU accommodation or student finance read How to apply tab for this course.

Enrolment and Induction

Enrolment takes place before you start your course. On completing the process, new students formally join the University. There will be an online data gathering exercise that you will complete yourself, then you will be invited to a welcome meeting. At LSBU, you will confirm your qualifications by showing relevant certificates, and also bring proof of identity.

In September, applicants who have accepted an unconditional offer to study at LSBU will be sent details of induction, which is when they are welcomed to the University and their School. Induction helps you get the best out of your university experience, and makes sure you have all the tools to succeed in your studies.

Read more about Enrolment and Induction on MyLSBU, our student portal.

Suggested reading

Ros Anderson (2008), Security Engineering: A Guide to Building Dependable Distributed Systems, John Wiley

 
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