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Cyber Security Engineering

Course Aims

The course will

  1. Prepare learners to influence strategic board-level decisions concerning the management of cyber security risk.
  2. Prepare learners to manage cyber security operations.
  3. Equip learners to engage in cyber security research.
  4. Provide learners with a range of perspectives so they recognise both the opportunities and challenges presented by cyber, together with the multifaceted nature of cyber security to include, the individual, the group, ethics, law, procedures, technology, and the environment
Course Learning Outcomes
  • Engage in evidence-based cyber debate in a variety of contexts using appropriate cyber terminology
  • Analyse which cryptographic solutions would address specific information assurance requirements
  • Evaluate the validity of processes used in a digital forensics investigation
  • Analyse the security architectures of a communications network
  • Analyse information risk exposure
  • Relate organisational imperatives to cyber opportunities and constraints
  • Evaluate the cyber posture of an enterprise
  • Reason about uncertain, incomplete and/or contradictory information
  • Recognise opportunities for cyber exploitation
  • Devise rigorous scientific experiments
  • Conduct academic research to extend knowledge
  • Integrate ideas from separate disciplines
  • Determine the information assurance requirements for any particular scenario, then select and apply appropriate cryptographic or alternative solutions to satisfy those requirements
  • Perform a forensic investigation, paying due regard to the handling of digital evidence, the selection of appropriate tools and techniques, and the presentation of findings

Evaluate the effectiveness of network security controls, selecting and applying appropriate tools to discover the true network security posture, whilst paying due regard to production demands

Module Requirements for Cyber Security Engineering


Candidates for the MSc will be required to take 180 credits overall to include modules equivalent to at least 120 credits from the Required list, as well as a dissertation project.

Candidates for the Postgraduate Diploma will be required to take 120 module credits from the Required list.

Candidates for the Postgraduate Certificate will be required to pass 60 credits from the Required list.

Candidates for the Postgraduate Award will be required to pass 30 credits from the Required list.

Only modules from the Required list will be considered for credit.

Definition of terms:

  • Core: students must pass the module (50% or above)
  • Optional core: students must take the stated proportion of modules from this list and must achieve a pass (50% or above).
  • Required: students must achieve mark of 40% or above on the module
  • Defined Elective: students must take the stated proportion of modules from this limited list
  • Optional (elective) modules: students may take any remaining credits from this list after satisfying the list requirements outlined above
  • Students are still required to achieve the stated amount of passed credits and credits failed in the 40s for award as per General PGT Regulations page

Course regulations are written as the basis on which awards can be made. They are not written to make any guarantee of which optional modules may be available in any location in a specific academic year.