Introduction

The security and privacy challenges are ever-evolving and to overcome them, cybersecurity professionals must rapidly adapt to the evolving landscape. To achieve this, cybersecurity professionals need core skills that are flexible, adaptable, and extensible from small to large infrastructures. This course provides you with the necessary tools to build and improve these core skills.

Study Information

At a Glance

Learning Mode
On Campus Learning
Degree Qualification
MSc
Duration
12 months
Study Mode
Full Time
Start Month
September
Location of Study
Aberdeen
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This programme teaches you to apply cybersecurity practices to protect personal devices to national critical infrastructure, both through existing methods and those of your own design. You will work at the cutting-edge of cybersecurity and privacy practices and will be equipped to work in diverse security and privacy roles in academia and industry.

You will gain the knowledge and practical expertise to evaluate, design and build secure and privacy-preserving systems ranging from household devices like kettles and children’s toys to large critical infrastructures like nuclear plants and energy grids.

It is designed for graduate students and IT/ICT professionals who want to prepare for a successful career in cybersecurity and data privacy.

The ideal candidate for the course is an inquisitive, creative and curious person who wants to make the future of digital technologies and societies safe and secure. The course will provide the skills to secure current and emerging technologies and give you all the knowledge needed to attain international cybersecurity certifications.

What You'll Study

Semester 1

Semester 1

Compulsory Courses
Introduction to Cybersecurity (CS502A)

15 Credit Points

This course presents the fundamental concepts of Cyber Security, including but not limited to cryptography, network protocols, access control, authentication, security management and web security. This course provides students with the Cyber Security principles for continuing learning and working in the area of Cyber Security.

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Security in Emerging Networks (CS502B)

15 Credit Points

This course will cover emerging technologies in cybersecurity such as Software-defined Networking (SDN), Internet of Things (IoT), and Blockchain. It will deliver the role of emerging technologies in cyberspace, what impact we will have on our legacy system and how we can remain agile and efficient. The course will provide a foundation for identifying the significance of technological advancements and cybersecurity issues, and challenges raised in adapting the 5G & beyond network.

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Enterprise Security Architecture (CS502C)

15 Credit Points

A major contributing factor to cyber risk is the lack of well-designed cybersecurity architecture that protects against ever-evolving cyber-attacks. A well-designed architecture provides a streamlined workflow for security and non-security practitioners, along with increasing the robustness of an organisation’s cybersecurity. In this course you will gain the advance knowledge to develop, design and analyse security solution architectures to meet your organisation's cybersecurity objectives.

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Artificial Intelligence, Privacy and Cybersecurity (CS502D)

15 Credit Points

This course will provide an introduction to Artificial Intelligence, and how it relates to Cybersecurity and Privacy. It will discuss how AI can be used for both defensive and offensive purposes in Cybersecurity. The course will also discuss the security and privacy issues arising from the use of AI systems in software systems.

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Semester 2

Semester 2

Compulsory Courses
Digital Forensics and Incident Management (CS552E)

15 Credit Points

Data breaches are everywhere, and cyber incidents can be extremely costly for an organization. Therefore, the speed at which you identify a violation and respond to the incident is critical to your data and systems' security. This course will provide technical and legal discussions on incident detection, investigation, response, and digital forensic techniques. It will walk you through best practices for everything from incident response to in-depth digital forensics. This will help the student identify vulnerabilities and better communicate breaches to those impacted.

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Information Governance, Data Security and Privacy (CS552F)

15 Credit Points

The course will discuss the higher-level context for cybersecurity in an organization, specifically through its relation to information governance. Requirements, policies, procedures, processes, and controls for data security will be a central topic. Individual privacy, and data protection of sensitive private data within organizations, will be covered in detail.

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Ethical Hacking and Web Security (CS552G)

15 Credit Points

This course will deliver approaches and methodologies used for carrying out and managing security and penetration testing, including but not limited to web applications, network protocols, common attacks and security countermeasures. The course will help the student build the ability to design secure systems and defend against intrusion.

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Secure Software Design and Development (CS552H)

15 Credit Points

Software bugs and vulnerabilities are the main source of threats to security. This course introduces students to design, development, testing and evaluating secure and dependable software. This course develops students both theoretical and practical skills to define, implement, examine, and manage secure software lifecycle. The course provides necessary skills needed for security professionals ranging from software architects, developers to penetration testers and IT Managers.

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Semester 3

Semester 3


Compulsory Courses
Project in Cybersecurity (CS592A)

60 Credit Points

This course will provide students the opportunity to focus on a practical or theoretical problem and investigate the solutions. The research will be carried out under the supervision of a member of staff. Typical projects include improving, or adapting existing cybersecurity practices, theories, and techniques to solve different problems. Students will improve their problem-solving and communication skills, as well as broaden and consolidate knowledge obtained in other components of the degree.

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We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Why Study Cybersecurity?

  • This MSc provides you with a specialism combining theoretical knowledge and practical skills in cybersecurity and data protection.
  • You will develop technical expertise and practical skills in identifying and critically evaluating security and data protection techniques in the Internet of Things, 5G Networks, Cloud Computing, Autonomous Vehicles and Industrial Control Systems. 
  • Advanced topics studied include Artificial Intelligence for Information Security, penetration testing, secure software development, information governance and data privacy.
  • Taught by a research-focused computer science department ranked 5th in the UK with strong links to business. All cybersecurity staff members are leaders in their respective fields with strong research and commercial track record.
  • You will use a purpose-built cybersecurity laboratory where students can explore security concepts in a safe environment.
  • Weekly lectures from world renewed researchers and experts from the industry about the emerging trends in cybersecurity

Entry Requirements

Qualifications

The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

A Bachelor's degree with a 2:2 (lower second class) Honours degree (or equivalent) in Computer Science or another relevant quantitative discipline such as Mathematics, Statistics, Physics, Natural Science, Electronic Engineering, General Engineering, Operations Research, or a joint degree in two such subjects.

Applicants should also be competent in computer programming (C/C++, Python) to the level expected at the end of the first year of a BSc Honours Degree in Computer Science.

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English Language Requirements

To study for a Postgraduate Taught degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.5 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0

TOEFL iBT:

OVERALL - 90 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 62 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced, C2 Proficiency:

OVERALL - 176 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

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Document Requirements

You will be required to supply the following documentation with your application as proof you meet the entry requirements of this degree programme. If you have not yet completed your current programme of study, then you can still apply and you can provide your Degree Certificate at a later date.

Degree Transcript
a full transcript showing all the subjects you studied and the marks you have achieved in your degree(s) (original & official English translation)
Personal Statement
a detailed personal statement explaining your motivation for this particular programme

Fee Information

Fee information
Fee category Cost
EU / International students £25,100
Tuition Fees for 2022/23 Academic Year
Home / RUK £11,500
Tuition Fees for 2022/23 Academic Year

Additional Fee Information

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Scholarships

Eligible self-funded international Masters students will receive the Aberdeen Global Scholarship. Visit our Funding Database to find out more and see our full range of scholarships.

Careers

Graduates from MSc Cybersecurity will be well-equipped to work in cybersecurity companies, general software consultancy companies, specialised software development businesses and the IT departments of large institutions (financial, telecommunications, and public sector).

Aside from industry-focused careers, the MSc Cybersecurity will also train graduates to enter into the field of academic and industrial research in areas such as cybersecurity, machine learning, software engineering, algorithms and computer networks.

Cybersecurity jobs remain in high demand in the UK and that number is only set to grow, with the skills gap still very much a reality for employers. Figures from the global information security workforce study, which show there could be around 100,000 unfilled cybersecurity jobs in the UK by 2022.

In the USA, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of growth for jobs in information security is projected at 37% from 2012–2022 - a much faster than the average for all other occupations.

Our Experts

Director
Wanpeng Li

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

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Contact Details

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