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What will I learn?

Data security breaches are on the rise, but you can become part of the solution. With this specialised postgraduate degree, you can enhance your existing computing knowledge, and develop applied skills ready to build a career in the exciting and in-demand cyber security and intelligence field.

Available with full and part-time study routes, this BCS-accredited course provides learners with specialist cyber security knowledge, and a hands-on skillset, ready to fight cyber-crime. Start dates are available each January and September.

During your studies, you will learn about attack (red team) and defence (blue team) strategies. You will consider established attack surfaces (networking, social engineering) and modern issues (IoT, Cloud). You will also examine trade-offs between security and availability, and between privacy and audit.

The University of Salford is a leading regional study centre for computer science - and a great place for you to further your cyber security journey. We are excited to be part of the GM Cyber Foundry, the Greater Manchester city region's blueprint to be a global leader in cyber and digital research and intelligence.

You will:

  • Develop practical and real-world skills in all major areas of cyber security
  • Engage with industry experts and active cyber security researchers during your studies
  • Build cyber threat intelligence to learn how to fight against Advanced Persistent Threats (APTs)
  • Gain advanced knowledge of penetration testing, cyber forensics, malware reverse engineering, privacy, and risk management

EMPLOYMENT

There is a significant worldwide skills shortage in this area, particularly for graduates with the in-depth cyber security technical knowledge.

Course graduates will be ready to find work in a wide variety of technical security roles within business, banking, software, networking, government, consultancy, etc. Typical roles could include malware analyser, penetration tester, information security manager, security consultant or security programmer.

CAREER LINKS

Salford leads an industrial liaison committee to gain advice on our computing programmes and course content. Companies involved in this initiative rely on IT and data for their operations. This approach ensures we understand industry needs from multiple perspectives and helps us to nurture graduates with strong employability and transferable skill sets.

This course has contacts with local industry such as software companies (such as Web Applications UK), infrastructure providers (such as UKFast) and security consultants (such as KPMG). These companies will provide you with a real-world perspective to help you appreciate the barriers that exist and the compromises that must be made to manage conflicting demands (known as the C-I-A triad).

Students can also exit with PGDip award.

Which department am I in?

School of Science, Engineering and Environment

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
£15,300.00 (US$ 17,042) per year
Students need to pay £15750 for 23/24 entry.

This is a fixed fee
Application deadline

Expected May 2023

Start date

January 2023, September 2023

Venue

University of Salford

The Crescent,

Salford,

Manchester,

M5 4WT, England

Entry requirements

For students from United States

Bachelor's/professional bachelor's degree holders (when awarded by a regionally-accredited institution) with a general GPA of 2.75 or above will be considered for postgraduate study. We require an IELTS 6.0 (with a minimum 5.5 in each component) or equivalent.

For international students

The minimum entry requirement is a 2.2 honours in computer science, or a related subject with coverage of programming and IPv4 networking, preferably with experience of command line usage. We welcome applications from students who may not have formal/traditional entry criteria but who have relevant experience or the ability to pursue the course successfully. If English is not your first language, you must meet our minimum English language entry requirements. An IELTS score of 6.0 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this, and we also accept a range of equivalent qualifications. TOEFL IBT and TOELF IBT (home edition): 79 overall including minimum listening - 17; reading - 18; writing - 17; speaking - 20.

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

Pathways options

Offered by other partners

This university accepts pathways courses from
  • Kaplan International College (KIC) London
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