School of Computer Science

MSc Cyber Security - 2017

Final Award MSc
Programme TitleCyber Security
School/DepartmentSchool of Computer Science
Banner Code504B
Length of Programme1 years
Total Credits180
UCAS CodeNone
Awarding InstitutionThe University of Birmingham
Designed for accreditation by GCHQ
QAA Benchmarking GroupsComputing

Educational Aims Of Programme

  • Allow students to obtain knowledge and expertise to evaluate, design and build secure computer systems and to manage the systems, processes and people that are involved in cyber security.
  • Provide exposure to and experience with technologies, potential vulnerabilities and standards for such systems.
  • Provide a solid foundation for graduates to pursue a career in the cyber security 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.
  • Appropriate theory, practices and processes for the management and governance of cyber security in industry.

Skills & Other Attributes

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

Transferable Skills

  • The ability to work independently on a substantial software project and as an effective team member.
  • Management of learning and development, including time management, organizational skills, and the ability to pursue independently further development of their IT education


  • Optional Modules: Not all options may be available in any particular year. Some option combinations are only available if the timetable permits. As students may have to make preliminary option choices before timetables are available, changes may be needed later if there are clashes. In selecting options, students need to pay attention to pre- and co-requisites.
  • Programme Approval: Students' individual programmes of study must be approved by the Programme Director (as the nominee of the Head of School).
  • Project: Project topics must be on a Cyber Security topic and will require approval by the Programme Director as being appropriate to the Aims and Learning Outcomes of the programme.
  • Please note: The modules listed on the website for this programme are regularly reviewed to ensure they are up-to-date and informed by the latest research and teaching methods. Unless indicated otherwise, the modules listed for this programme are for students starting in 2017. We aim to publish any changes to compulsory modules and programme structure for 2018 entry by 1 September 2017 and recommend you refer back to this page shortly after that date for any changes. On rare occasions, we may need to make unexpected changes to compulsory modules after that date; in this event we will contact offer holders as soon as possible to inform or consult them as appropriate.