Advanced Security and Cybercrime

MSc Part time

Course Overview

UCAS code:
Duration: 18 months
Study type: Part Time
Napier code: 56740MM

This course is focused on the fast-developing areas of networking and cybersecurity, and allows a full time employee to graduate with an MSc in 18 months. The course awards significant credit for the application of course-derived knowledge to your employer’s systems or procedures. Additionally you study modules designed for 1 day per month attendance, and augmented by flexible learning material and practical activities which can be completed online or remotely. Project work finishes the MSc process.

The Masters degree in Advanced Security and Cybercrime focuses on extending your knowledge into leading-edge issues related to network and computer security technologies and processes, both generally and with a particular focus on the growing threats from cybercrime. The course blends hands-on technical knowledge with theoretical understanding, utilizing a range of remotely accessible resources to allow access to specialized computer configurations. These remote systems allow you to engage with the practical activities of the course from home or work. We also have well-equipped labs, which can be utilized if you wish to attend the campus.

This course is focused on delivering to professionals already employed in the area of computing who wish to develop their skills into the areas of computer security and cybercrime. It allows employees to gain significant course credits by applying knowledge and skills gained from this course to their own company’s procedures and systems. Additionally, modules are available on a distance learning basis.

Note that some credits are derived from your employment activities, and so you must be already employed in a company which allows you to demonstrate your developing course knowledge. Please discuss your current employment with the course leader before applying to ensure your role is suitable for the course.

This course can lead to employment opportunities which include Digital Forensics Investigator, Cyber-security Specialist, and Network Security Manager.

What's it like?

The UK government ranks “cyber security as a tier 1 national security priority”. British Computer Society says that the cyber security “...skills shortage represents an unprecedented opportunity for those from an IT and telecoms background and in mid-career to retrain to become ‘cyber professionals’”.

Career prospects

We offer industry informed courses which combine the optimum balance of theory and practice to equip graduates for success. 95.4% of our undergraduates are in work or further study within six months of leaving (HESA, 2013). We also offer a unique personal development programme called Stand Out.

There is considerable unease at the growth of electronic threats to the internet and attacks on company systems. There have also been many announcements of a general skills shortage in the fields of cybercrime, forensics, and computer security. This course is ideally suited to developing your skills in these areas, while allowing you to continue in full time employment.

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Full-time study (per year)

The fees listed are stated per annum.

Part-time study (per year)

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Part-time study

The number of modules studied is dependant on the exit that you wish to achieve, for example:

  • A Grad Cert is 60 Credits (3 modules)
  • A Cert HE/Grad Dip/ HND is 120 credits (6 modules)
  • A Dip HE credit is 240 credits (12 modules)
  • A Degree is 360 credits (18 modules)
  • An Honours Degree is 480 credits

Please note that some part-time courses give modular exemptions for previous study and vocational experience. Advice is available during application.

Part-time study (per module)

  • A Postgraduate Certificate is 60 credits (3 modules)
  • A Postgraduate Diploma is 120 credits (6 modules)
  • MBA is 180 credits

Fees Table

Fees quoted are per academic year (for a full time programme studied in consecutive years) and reviewed annually unless otherwise noted.

Changes to RUK (England, Wales and N Ireland) student fees in 2015/6

RUK students commencing a four year honours degree in September 2015 will incur maximum tuition fees of £27,000 - £9,000 per year for three of the four years of their programme*.

RUK students commencing a five year MEng programme in September 2015 will incur maximum tuition fees of £36,000 - £9,000 per year for four of the five years of their programme*.
*A student’s last year of study will normally be the year exempt from incurring a fee.

RUK students who began their studies prior to September 2015 will continue to incur a fee for each year of their course at the RUK fee rate applicable to their cohort.

Other expenses

Working out how much you’ll need to live in Edinburgh while studying will vary depending on your priorities, but there are some things everyone will need to budget for. Check out our guide to living costs.
Funding your study

We have lots of funding options available such as the postgraduate tuition fee loan for Scottish & EU students, specific scholarships for students from India and Africa, as well as bursaries & grants for those closer to home in England, Northern Ireland and Wales. Visit our funding pages to find out what you could be eligible for.

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