MSc Cyber Security Analytics

Duration Full time 1 year
Discipline
  • Computer Science
LocationExeter (Streatham)
Start date September

Overview

Combine Data Analytics and Cyber Security as you study challenges in digital security from two complementary viewpoints.

Modules in Data Analytics will teach you how to recognise and manage risks to a network or a system’s security, while modules in Cyber Security will teach you how to build and defend secure systems.

This degree will also introduce you to wider security elements including mathematical, human and societal factors.

Designed for graduates who have not studied Cyber Security-related subjects at undergraduate level; this degree will enable you to propel yourself in to a career in Cyber Security, Data Analytics or at the intersection of the two.

As well as technical and practical modules, you will have the opportunity to study topics including cyber security law and the future of virtual currency, offered by the University of Exeter’s Business and Law Schools.

Why this course?

  • A flexible programme offering a broad range of optional modules

  • Taught in partnership with the University of Exeter’s triple-accredited Business School, Law School and leading experts from Industry

  • Designed to support students without a background in cyber security or data analytics to start a career in these areas

  • Integrated ‘mini lecture series’, consisting of guest lectures from industrial partners involved in the cyber security sector

 

Programme structure

This programme is modular and flexible, carrying 180 credits in total and offering flexibility in the choice of modules studied.

MSc Cyber Security Analytics consists of core compulsory Cyber Security and Data Analytics focussed modules worth 60 credits, a 60-credit MSc Research project, and 60 credits of optional modules (two chosen from Cyber modules and two from Data Science / Analytics).

The programme starts in September and the taught elements are concluded by May. The MSc Research project, under the personal supervision of a research expert in the chosen area, continues until September.

Your research project should typically apply knowledge of both Cyber Security and Data Analytics.

Cyber Security modules

CodeTitleCreditsCompulsory
TBC  Fundamentals of Security  15  Yes
TBC  Building Secure and Trustworthy Systems  15  Yes
TBC  Security Assessment and Validation  15  No
LAWM116  The International Law of Cyber Operations  30  No
LAWM129  Human Rights and Modern Technologies  30  No
MTH3026/
ECM3726
 Cryptography  15  No
BEE3109  Bitcoin, Money and Trust  15  No

Data Science modules

CodeTitleCreditsCompulsory
ECMM443  Introduction to Data Science  15  Yes
ECMM444  Fundamentals of Data Science  15  Yes
ECMM445  Learning From Data  15  No
ECMM422  Machine Learning  15  No
ECMM423  Evolutionary Computation & Optimisation  15  No
ECMM448  High Performance Computing and Distributed Systems  15  No
ECMM449  Advanced Statistical Modelling  15  No
ECMM446 Bayesian Statistics, Philosophy and Practice 15  No
ECMM450 Stochastic Processes 15  No
TBC Research Project 60  No

The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.

Learning and teaching

Teaching is mainly delivered by lectures, workshops and online materials. Each module references core and supplementary texts, or materials recommended by module deliverers, which provide in-depth coverage of the subject and go beyond the taught elements.

We believe every student benefits from being taught by experts active in research and practice. All of our academic staff are active in internationally-recognised scientific research across a wide range of topics. You will discuss the very latest ideas, research discoveries and new technologies, becoming actively involved in a research project yourself.

We aim to provide a supportive environment where students and staff work together in an informal and friendly atmosphere. The department has a student-focused approach to teaching, whereby all members of staff deal with questions on an individual basis. We operate an open door policy, so it is easy to consult individual members of staff or to fix appointments with them via email. As a friendly group of staff, you will get to know us well during your time here.

Assessment

Modules are either assessed by coursework only, or a mixture of coursework and an exam. For detailed information on assessment see the module descriptors link from the module codes listed in the ‘structure’ section.

Careers

MSc Cyber Security Analytics, fundamentally rooted in Computer Science, combines two highly-sought-after skills: Cyber Security and Data Analytics. This combination addresses the demand for skilled graduates in these two markets and within the specialised areas of Cyber Analytics, such as threat hunting.

Graduates of this programme will have the skills needed to play a critical role in utilising the power of data, understanding how to easily handle large sets of data, and how to extract otherwise-hidden information. You will also gain cyber security skills in building security systems and assessing security weaknesses. Learning to make judgements and decisions based on systems analysis evaluation and understanding possible threats and threat actors.

Whether you are looking to take your career in a new direction, or for a Masters that will enhance your undergraduate degree to land you an exciting graduate job, MSc Cyber Security Analytics will be a great choice for you.

All of our students, current and alumni, receive support from our dedicated Career Zone team who provide excellent career guidance at all stages of the career planning cycle. The Career Zone provides one-on-one support and is home to a wealth of business and industry contacts. They host useful training events, workshops and lectures throughout the year, designed to further support you in developing your enterprise acumen. Please visit the Career Zone for further information about their services.

As an Exeter graduate you will have access to the Career Zone for life.

Entry requirements

Candidates are required to have at least a 2:1 degree in a strongly numerate subject (e.g. computer science, mathematics or physics) and must be able to show evidence of good programming ability in a recognised modern computer language. Candidates may be interviewed by video conference to assess their programming ability and suitability for the course.

The Python programming language is used extensively during this course and applicants with experience in other languages will be asked to learn basic Python before commencing the course.

We may consider applications with non-standard qualifications where there is evidence of exceptional performance in modules relevant to the programme of study, significant relevant work experience, or relevant professional qualifications.

Requirements for international students

If you are an international student, please visit our international equivalency pages to enable you to see if your existing academic qualifications meet our entry requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

Overall score 6.5. No less than 6.0 in any section.

Pre-sessional English

Applicants with lower English language test scores may be able to take pre-sessional English at INTO University of Exeter prior to commencing their programme. See our English language requirements page for more information.

Fees and funding

Tuition fees per year 2020/21

  • UK/EU: £9,950 full-time
  • International: £20,950 full-time

Fee information

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,609 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Fees can normally be paid by two termly instalments and may be paid online. You will also be required to pay a tuition fee deposit to secure your offer of a place, unless you qualify for exemption. For further information about paying fees see our Student Fees pages.

UK government postgraduate loan scheme

Postgraduate loans of up to £10,609 are now available for Masters degrees. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.

Global Excellence Scholarship

We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2019.

Global Excellence Scholarship

We are delighted to offer Global Excellence Scholarships for students of outstanding academic quality applying to postgraduate Taught programmes starting in autumn 2020.

Contact us

We welcome enquiries about the course.

For further information contact:

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Phone: +44 (0) 1392 724061

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