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Systems and Cyber Security MSc

Overview

In-depth technical knowledge

This course 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.

Computer Systems and Networks students have access to computer labs and facilities

Its focus on emerging and future technologies means that you'll be well-placed to succeed in a rapidly changing industry. Demand for cyber security professionals is set to outstrip supply by one third by 2019, so employment prospects upon graduating 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, information technology or similar.

Why study Systems and Cyber Security at LSBU?

Professionally accredited by the Institution of Engineering and Technology and the British Computer Society.
Demonstrate your ability to develop and deploy effective solutions to real-world cyber security challenges.
Acquire the knowledge to conduct effective investigations into suspected cyber-attacks.
Innovative research: No. 1 London modern university for research quality - Computing, Sunday Times League Table 2017.

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.

Employability Service

We are University of the Year for Graduate Employment for the second year in a row - The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide 2018, 2019.

At LSBU, we want to set you up for a successful career. During your studies – and for two years after you graduate – you’ll have access to our Employability Service, which includes:

  • An online board where you can see a wide range of placements: part-time, full-time or voluntary. You can also drop in to see our Job Shop advisers, who are always available to help you take the next step in your search.
  • Our Careers Gym offering group workshops on CVs, interview techniques and finding work experience, as well as regular presentations from employers across a range of sectors.

Our Student Enterprise team can also help you start your own business and develop valuable entrepreneurial skills.

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.


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
See below
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

Students applying for January entry should apply through UCAS Postgraduate. Postgraduate students and research students applying for September entry should use our dedicated application system. 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.

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: 4938Session code: 1FS01
Total course fee:
UK/EU £8700
International £13125
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 government guidance or decisions.

The fees for international students are reviewed annually and the University reserves the right to increase the tuition fees in line with the RPIX measure of 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.

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 the How to apply tab for this course.

Welcome Week

Before you start your course we’ll send you information on what you’ll need to do before you arrive and during your first few days on campus. You can read about the process on our Welcome Week pages.

Suggested reading

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