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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.
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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.
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:
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.
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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:
You will be assessed by a variety of methods including:
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:
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.
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.
Notes about fees for this course
Tuition fees 2017
Tuition fees 2018
Please see our Fees and Funding page for details and scholarships.
Tuition fees 2017
Tuition fees 2018
Please see our Fees and Funding page for details and scholarships.
We offer prestigious scholarships to new international students holding offers to study at the University.
MSc Internet and Security - Nottingham Trent University
"I joined NTU for postgraduate studies directly after completing my undergraduate BSc degree overseas. My high academic achievements led to achieving the International Student Scholarship.
Multiple factors influenced my choice of postgraduate studies. The UK’s and NTU's reputation for exceptional education, along with my thirst to experience different cultures and systems were amongst the top reasons. Family influence played a role also as my father completed his postgraduate education in Nottingham.
Postgraduate studies are more self-driven and carry more responsibilities. The teacher is more of a friend who guides, and the responsibility to educate yourself and pursue extra areas of interest lie within your own hands. This by itself is a challenge and maintaining it requires a lot of work and effort.
The teaching and educational facilities available for students are above my expectations. Every resource is made readily available including libraries, online resources and well equipped group study rooms.
The course has enhanced my skills in multiple areas including academic knowledge, new programming languages and research and personal skills such as creativity and management. This is of paramount importance in building my future career.
I would highly recommend this course - the field of internet and security is becoming increasingly important. The opportunity for an industrial placement is a rare opportunity that this course helps facilitate."
MSc Biomedical Science Flexible Learning - Nottingham Trent University
"I had been working in an NHS Haematology/Transfusion laboratory for three years when I came across the flexible Biosciences course at NTU.
I first heard about this degree through the IBMS website. I was looking for an accredited long distance course and found this was my favourite because of the specialised syllabus and the ability to carry out the modules at my own pace whatever time of day.
I read about the bursary award for this course on the NTU website. The bursary application was really straightforward and easy to complete. I had to explain my reasons for applying and how I was suitable for the bursary.
Without financial assistance I believe that I would have found it very difficult to complete this course over the two years and would perhaps have had to prolong my study to be able to manage the payments. Being awarded the bursary was a huge privilege and it has allowed me to concentrate on the course content instead of worrying about finding the next payment, for which I am extremely grateful.
The course is highly specific to my line of work and attendance will benefit the department by producing a more knowledgeable and experienced member of staff. This will improve both the quality of service and patient experience as well as ensuring my continuous professional development within the NHS.
My undergraduate research project was concerned with stem cells and the amount of apoptosis that occurs with overnight storage at 4◦C. This has encouraged me to read around the subject of stem cells and I believe these amazing cells have yet to be fully understood. I hope that my postgraduate research project will also give me passion for another subject area.
Science is forever changing and the structure of scientists within the NHS is under development in accordance with modernising scientific careers. I hope to be involved with these changes and progress both academically and professionally, with hope of becoming a senior Biomedical Scientist in the near future."
MRes Sports and Exercise Science - Nottingham Trent University
"After looking around the university on an open day I was amazed by the quality of the equipment throughout the university on Clifton.
The BSc (Hons) Exercise, Nutrition and Health degree course allows students to understand up to date, relevant sports science data in a hands-on job related environment with the most up to date equipment. I liked the fact that each course module was different, keeping each subject interesting, but with elements that allowed learning to overlap.
After finishing my undergraduate course I started looking for Masters Courses. I could not find a university with the same facilities and equipment that would help me achieve in the areas of sports science. Through my academic career I have developed the ability to apply scientific principles in the design, data collection and write up of nutrition/ physiology research projects.
All of my lecturers over my four years at Nottingham Trent University helped me with my studies, from drop in sessions, labs and lectures. They also helped me to achieve one publication and funding from the European Hydration Institute to begin research on another.
Nottingham is a busy city, which is easy to get to and cheap when living as a student and after student life. I am now working for Nottingham Trent University as a Laboratory Technician in CELS.
During my social time I am also continuing to research within the areas of sports science and nutrition with the help from fellow lecturers to add more published research to my CV.
The more you put into your time at university, the more you will get out. University is a stepping stone to your future. So use it wisely."
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