Secure Computing Systems MSc, PgD, PgC

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  • Objectives
    This course explores the security of computer systems. You will gain familiarity with cryptography and security protocols and learn about the relative strengths and weaknesses of programming language and software features. You will study a range of security requirements, services, threats and counter-measures, developing skills to identify and evaluate the methods employed by adversaries to break into insecure systems. You will also learn how to write code that is more secure and will study network system administration, with the opportunity to configure, manage and administer your
  • Academic title
    Secure Computing Systems MSc, PgD, PgC
  • Course description
    Course Structure:

    The course lasts for 12 months over three semesters; in the first two there are four or more taught modules, to make a total of 120 credits, and there is a 60 credit project in the third.

    There are three core modules fixed for this course. You will also take two or more optional modules, making up 60 credits, which you can choose from the full list of advanced, specialist modules in Computer Science. Alternatively you can elect to replace up to 30 credits worth with masters modules taught by the University’s Business School. Visit our Module Descriptions page for further details.

    Core Modules:

    -Distributed Systems Security (30 credits)
    -Network System Administration (15 credits)
    -Secure Systems Programming (15 credits)


    In the third semester, you complete a project in your chosen specialism under the guidance of an experienced individual supervisor. Supporting tuition for the project includes the general principles of research methods.

    Through the project you will demonstrate your understanding of the principles and concepts you have learned in the taught modules and your ability to apply them to a substantial piece of development or investigative work.


    Our masters programme is designed to give Computer Science graduates the specialist, up-to-date skills and knowledge sought after by employers, whether in business, industry, government or research.

    This particular course will prepare you for an in-demand career such as systems security developer, designer or consultant.

    Teaching methods

    Classes consist of lectures, small group seminars, and practical work in our well-equipped laboratories. We use modern, industry-standard software wherever possible. There are specialist facilities for networking and multimedia and a project laboratory especially for masters students.

    In addition to scheduled classes, you will be expected a significant amount of time in self-study, taking advantage of the extensive and up-to-date facilities. These include the Learning Resource Centres, open 24x7, with 1,500 computer workstations and wifi access, Studynet our versatile online study environment usable on and off campus, and open access to our labs.

    Course content

    Year 1 - full details

    Core modules

    -Distributed Systems Security
    -Mobile, Multicast and Multimedia Networking

    Optional modules

    -Advanced Database
    -Artificial Life: Biology & Computation
    -Computer Simulation for Business
    -Data Mining and E-Marketing
    -E-Business Processes and Strategies
    -Human Computer Interaction: Principles and Practice
    -Measures & Models for Software Engineering
    -Mobile Standards, Interfaces & Applications
    -Multimedia Specification, Design & Production
    -Network System Administration
    -Neural Networks, Evolutionary Computation And Robotics
    -Secure Systems Programming
    -Software Engineering Practice & Experience
    -Theory & Practice of Symbolic Artificial Intelligence
    -Web Services

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