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What will I learn?


With our Security research masters you can undertake your own security or privacy-related research project from a wide variety of interdisciplinary domains.

Why study the MSc Security by Research at Middlesex University?

Security is a huge challenge in computer science involving high-end technical challenges as well as an understanding and appreciation of the human aspects of systems. Nowadays, computer security is a cross cutting discipline ranging from cryptography via networks and programming, through to data science and the social sciences.

This research masters in Security allows students to work closely with one of our security experts to develop and carry out an in-depth research project of their own choice. The interdisciplinary study enables you to become an expert in a specific area of security and equip yourself with the skills and experience to advance a career in the security sector.


How can the MSc Security by Research support your career?

This degree is specifically designed to equip graduates with the knowledge and skills required to fulfil corporate security requirements and allow them to progress to the post of security analyst or security architect.

Security analysts are responsible for the security within company infrastructures. They work closely with IT, network administration and security services to explore and understand the security needs within an organisation and support it with adequate measures like enforcing new policies and implementing dedicated security training for staff. The security analyst is also the detective who finds attacks and finds way to prevent them or at least to bin the evidence for forensic purposes. A security analyst works hand in hand with a security architect who is the designer of security controls and their placement within the corporate infrastructure.

Which department am I in?

Computer Science

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£13,500.00 (13,91,132) per year
The mentioned fee is for Jan 2020 entry. There might be a sight increase in Oct 2021 entry.

This is a fixed fee
Start date

1 October 2021


Middlesex University

Hendon Campus,

The Burroughs,


NW4 4BT, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Students must have Bachelors degree from an accredited university or college with a Grade Point Average of 3.0 or higher.

For international students

Students need to have a second class honours degree 2:2 or above in a science-based discipline and subject to the proposed project being acceptable. Students must have competence in English language and we normally require Grade C GCSE or an equivalent qualification. The most common English Language requirements for international students is IELTS 6.5 (with minimum 6.0 in all four components).

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.