MSc

IT Security

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  • Level(s) of study: Postgraduate taught / Professional
  • Study mode(s): Full-time / Part-time / Sandwich
  • Location: Clifton Campus
  • Starting: January 2019, September 2019 and January 2020
  • Course duration: One year full-time / Two years full-time with one year placement / Two years part-time

You can gain a broad education in the area of computer and Internet security, combining both technical and managerial aspects.

Building on a practical foundation comprising the understanding of operating systems, network protocols security and how to develop secured code, you will learn how to critically assess the security risks to IT organisations and how to evaluate the information security solution to mitigate them. In addition, you will gain the research skills necessary to investigate the continually changing issues in computer forensics and security in Cloud infrastructures.

If you're looking to work in computing and technology industries, this is a great fast-track conversion course for graduates from disciplines unrelated to IT and computing.

For full module descriptions, which include Information Security Management, Computer Forensics and Internet Programming, scroll down to the 'What you'll study' section.

Fast track conversion course

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Telephone: +44 (0)115 848 8351

What you'll study

Throughout the course you will develop a critical understanding of IT security-related processes and procedures. You will be able to critically analyse software requirements and apply appropriate tools to design and develop innovative solutions. You will acquire the skills to investigate and appraise new and existing technologies and adapt these to specific purposes.

Language support for international students

If you are an international student whose first language is not English, language support will be provided where appropriate by the School to enhance your learning experience and to improve your presentation skills. If necessary, you may be required to attend advanced English language classes as a supplementary module.

  • Modules

    Information Security Management (20 cp) - Gain knowledge and understanding of the main issues and challenges related to information security management. Learn how to critically evaluate information security solutions and make decisions regarding the adoption and implementation of information security related technologies, policies and practices in an organisational context.

    Computer Forensics (20 cp) - Develop a critical appreciation of the theoretical and practical issues in the field of computer forensics. Learn the necessary skills, methodologies and processes to conduct an initial computer forensics investigation within an organisation and gain an in-depth understanding of the importance of various computing systems in computer forensics investigations.

    Computer Security (20 cp) - Learn how to critically analyse the security problems affecting computing systems at the operating system and application levels, understand the design patterns for developing secure code and devise security solutions and formulate detailed technical reports.

    Internet Programming (20 cp) - Develop an understanding of the analysis, design and implementation of secure web applications for the Internet and intranet. After an introduction to web based mark-up languages the main focus of the module will be to study the architecture and implementation of internet based applications in the context of current object-oriented systems methodologies.

    Network and Cloud Security (20 cp) - Gain an understanding of the security problems of computer networks and the main technologies related to network security. Learn how to migrate networked computing solutions to Cloud infrastructures and address the associated security risks.

    Research Methods (20 cp) - You will develop the skills of research and enquiry that will enhance your independent learning abilities and enable you to write effective project reports and technical papers.

    Major Project (60 cp) - On completion of the taught modules on this course you will then have the opportunity to undertake an MSc topic. This gives you 15 weeks to concentrate full time on a specialist area that interests you and apply what you have learnt to a specific problem.

  • Learn a new language

    Alongside your study you also have the opportunity to learn a new language. The University Language Programme (ULP) is available to all students and gives you the option of learning a totally new language or improving the skills you already have. Learning a new language can:

    • enhance your communication skills
    • enrich your experience when travelling abroad
    • boost your career prospects.

    Find out more about the University Language Programme.

  • How will I be supported?

    MSc IT Security is taught by highly experienced staff members, many of whom are involved with cutting-edge research that ensures their teaching remains at the forefront of computing technology. We are very proud to have achieved 90% world-leading or internationally-excellent research impact (REF2014). Find out more.

    Throughout your course you will be supported by your course leader and personal tutor, who will work with you individually. A comprehensive induction programme will provide you with essential information about the course, including access to the library and virtual learning portal.

    For students hoping to take a placement, comprehensive support and advice is also available from the School’s Placement team.

    Based at the Clifton Campus, Computing and Technology students are primarily based in the Mary Ann Evans building, which houses more than £8 million worth of high-specification electronic and communication laboratories. More about our world-class facilities can be found here.

  • Key stats

    • 90% of our research activity achieved world-leading, internationally-excellent or internationally-recognised status (latest Research Excellence Framework 2014)
    • 95% of our postgraduates are in work or further study within just six months of finishing their degrees (latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey 2014-15)
    • 83% of NTU postgraduate taught students said that overall they were satisfied with the quality of their course (Postgraduate Taught Experience Survey 2016)
    • Leading university in the UK for the number of postgraduate students taking professional qualifications (latest Higher Education Statistics 2014/15)

Course specification

View the full course specification
Please note that course specifications may be subject to change

How you’re taught

You will need to study six taught modules in your first three terms and by the fourth term you will be conducting your research project. The course offers an excellent combination of theoretical studies and practical experience through coursework assignments, software development and group projects culminating in a significant and practical master's project individually tailored to meet your career aspirations.

You will learn through:

  • lectures
  • guided reading supported by the University's virtual learning portal
  • workshops and laboratories
  • seminars
  • case studies and project work

You will be assessed by a variety of methods including:

  • research project
  • vivas and demonstrations
  • written assignments
  • case studies
  • oral presentations
  • coursework reports

Careers and employability

There is a wide range of career opportunities in the Computing and IT sector, and The School of Science and Technology at Nottingham Trent University has an enviable graduate recruitment record. This IT Security Masters course will prepare you for roles as a technical security specialist together with a range of technical development and implementation roles. You will also have the potential to develop into security consultancy and technical management roles.

Some graduates choose to venture into other sectors – such as project management or financial forecasting – where they are likely to be equally successful in gaining employment because of the transferable skills gained on the course. Other graduates go on to study for a PhD.

Recent graduates have secured roles with employers such as Railway Survey Design Institute Group Corp, Bouygues Telecom and Penpec Group, as:

  • Software developers
  • Web designers
  • System administrators

The University Employability Service is available to all students, offering individual consultation.

What are the benefits of a work placement?

Practical work experience can help you in your studies and is often paid. It can enhance your commercial awareness and your ability to link theory and practice which will be an invaluable skill in your future career. Although a work placement is highly recommended, obtaining one is based on an individual’s efforts and is not guaranteed.

Placement opportunities

The School is extending its highly successful placement scheme to students of MSc IT Security. If you choose this option, you will receive extensive help in obtaining a valuable one-year paid work placement and continued support during the placement period. Request a course leaflet to find out more about placement options on this course.

This is the ideal way to get your career off to a flying start. For further information please visit our Employability pages.

Entry requirements

What are we looking for?

  • A UK honours degree (2.2 minimum) or equivalent in a technical or scientific subject, which includes but is not limited to sport science, biomedical, economics, information systems and multimedia.
  • Applicants with relevant employment experience or other relevant qualifications will also be considered.

What are we looking for?

  • A UK honours degree (2.2 minimum) or equivalent in a technical or scientific subject, which includes but is not limited to sport science, biomedical, economics, information systems and multimedia.
  • Applicants with relevant employment experience or other relevant qualifications will also be considered.
  • We accept qualifications from schools, colleges and universities all over the world for entry onto our UG and PG degrees. If you’re not sure how your international qualification matches our course requirements please visit our international qualifications page.
  • For a list of our language requirements please visit our English language page.

How to apply

Ready to join us? Then apply as soon as you can. Just click the Apply button at the top of the page and follow the instructions for applying. Make sure you check the entry requirements above carefully before you do.

You can get more information and advice about applying to NTU in our postgraduates' guide. Here you'll find advice about how to write a good personal statement and much more.

Writing your application

Be honest, thorough and persuasive in your application. Remember, we can only make a decision based on what you tell us. Make sure you include as much information as possible, including uploading evidence of results already achieved, as well as a personal statement.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Getting in touch

If you need any more help or information, please email our Admissions Team or call on +44 (0)115 848 4200.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Apply directly to the University online using the NTU Applicant Portal.

Apply for your as early as you can so that you have time to prepare for your studies.  If you need a visa to study here you need to plan this into your application.

  • For a step by step guide on making an application to the University please visit our how to apply page.
  • For advice on applying for a visa please visit our visa information page.
  • For advice on how to write a good personal statement please visit our personal statement page.

Keeping up to date

After you’ve applied, we’ll be sending you important emails throughout the application process - so check your emails regularly, including your junk mail folder.

Please read our notes on the University's commitment to delivering the educational services advertised.

Fees and funding

Course fees for September 2019 and January 2020 entry are: TBC

Course fees for September 2018 and January 2019 entry are:

Study routeUK / EUInternational
Full-time£7,800£13,900
Full-time with placement year£7,800 + £1,385£13,900 + £1,385
Part-time£3,900 (for Year One*) 

* Please note that if you are considering a course that runs over more than one year, the tuition fee stated is for the first year of study. The course fee for the second year may be subject to annual review.

Funding your studies

Preparing for the financial side of student life is important, but there’s no need to feel anxious and confused about it. We hope that our fees and living costs page and our funding page will answer all your questions.

Scholarships

You might be able to get a scholarship to help fund your studies. We award scholarships to those students who can demonstrate excellent achievement, passion and dedication to their studies.

Alumni discount

We’re happy to be able to offer a 25% alumni discount to most current NTU students and recent NTU alumni. This discount is currently available for those starting an eligible postgraduate taught, postgraduate research or professional course.

Getting in touch

For more advice and guidance, you can contact our Student Financial Support Service on: +44 (0)115 848 2494. For scholarship help please contact us on: +44 (0)115 848 4460.

Course fees for September 2019 and January 2020 entry are: TBC

Course fees for September 2018 and January 2019 entry are:

Study routeEUInternational
Full-time£7,800£13,900
Full-time with placement year£7,800 + £1,385£13,900 + £1,385
Part-time£3,900 (for Year One*) 

* For a list of international fees for all courses and study routes in the School of Science and Technology please visit our postgraduate fees and funding page.

When and how to pay your fees

For advice and guidance on making secure international payments to the University please visit our international fees page.

Scholarships and other funding

If you’re an international or EU student holding an offer to study with us, you can apply for one of our international scholarships. Please visit our international scholarships page for details. You’ll also find information about EU tuition fee loans and external scholarships to study in the UK on these pages.

Advice and guidance

If you have any questions about international fees, scholarships and other funding please contact the International Development Office at international@ntu.ac.uk or + 44 (0) 115 848 8175.

Still need help?

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