School of Computer Science

MSc Computer Security - 2011

Final Award MSc
Interim Award PGCert/PGDip
Programme TitleComputer Security
School/DepartmentSchool of Computer Science
Banner Code6583
Length of Programme1 years
Total Credits180
UCAS CodeNone
Awarding InstitutionThe University of Birmingham
QAA Benchmarking GroupsComputing

Educational Aims Of Programme

  • Allow students to obtain knowledge and expertise to evaluate, design and build secure computer systems.
  • Provide exposure to and experience with technologies and standards for such systems.
  • Provide a solid foundation for graduates to pursue a career in the software industry or research.

Programme Outcomes and Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategies

Knowledge and Understanding

  • The essential facts, concepts, principles and theories relating to computer security.
  • Appropriate theory, practices and tools for the design, implementation and evaluation of secure computer systems.

Skills & Other Attributes

  • The ability to apply the knowledge and understanding noted above to the analysis of a given information handling problem.
  • The ability to specify, design and construct secure computer systems, using appropriate tools, and to document all stages of this process.
  • The ability to evaluate internet-based software systems in relation to given computer security requirements.

Transferable Skills


  • It is not intended to admit students to PGCert and PGDip programmes, although these qualifications will be available to students who have met the minimum requirements given in University Regulations. Outcome B4 does not apply to students awarded a PGCert or PGDip without completion of the MSc project.