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Liverpool John Moores University

Cyber Security

This Masters in Cyber Security at LJMU enables students with computing and related subject experience to further their study in this exciting, challenging, and much in-demand area of computer science.

•Study a course based on the latest research and informed by industry liaison
•Course is aligned with the Government's professional practitioner benchmark for Cyber Security Masters-level study
•Enhance your scientific, engineering and technical skills
•Gain the knowledge and practical skills required for a career in Cyber Security
•Benefit from the support of a personal tutor throughout your studies

Our academic team have designed the programme to enhance your scientific, engineering and technical skills as well as promoting a wider understanding of the business and social context of security. The curriculum aligns with the UK Government's professional practitioner benchmark for Masters-level study in Cyber Security. This will substantially enhance your CV and raise your profile in the job market.

From the moment you enrol at LJMU, you will be allocated a personal tutor who will work with you on developing the ability to learn independently in readiness for your research project. Your tutor will be on hand to offer academic, administrative and general pastoral guidance.

Entry requirements

MSc: A minimum upper 2nd Class Honours degree in Computing or a related subject; or degree equivalent professional qualifications. If you have non-standard entry qualifications, relevant industry experience or certification, you are also encouraged to apply. International Students also need an IELTS score of 6, with a minimum of 5.5 on each component, or equivalent.

Course modules

Modules include: Computer security; network security; practical sysadmin security; secure software engineering; information security management; research methods; project dissertation.

Assessment methods

You will begin the course with a one-day induction and then spend approximately 15 hours per week in the classroom.

Independent study is a fundamental element of the course and accounts for about 70% or 35 hours of your weekly study time.

Teaching is mostly via lectures. More informal lab sessions and small-group tutorials reinforce ideas discussed in the lectures and give you a chance to develop ideas with staff and other students.

You will be based in LJMU's Byrom Street campus, which has benefited from a £6 million investment in state-of-the-art laboratories and teaching facilities. The School operates 10 dedicated, specialist computer laboratories with over 400 PCs for student use.

All of our PCs run a wide variety of specialist software for our courses and, while predominantly a Windows-based environment, you may also access Linux servers, mobile tools and cloud development environments. The School also has a dedicated Security and Forensics Lab where you can do your own experiments for coursework or your dissertation.

You will be assessed by a combination of coursework and exams, a personal independent project and a Masters-level dissertation.

The dissertation is an extensive piece of research work in an applications domain relevant to your academic or professional interests. It is intended to provide you with an opportunity to undertake a significant investigation and produce a major piece of work on the outcome. Assessment of your project work will be based on your dissertation and presentations of your findings.

Your project is expected to have a strong research component and will, in many cases, form the basis of further academic research, such as a PhD. Your tutors will give prompt and constructive feedback via Canvas (our virtual learning environment), face-to-face or in written comments. This will help you to identify your strengths as well as the areas where you may need to put in more work.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Fee locale Course duration
MSc Full-time September 2018 14,450 (Year 1) International 1 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2018 6,300 (Year 1) Home/EU 1 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 14,450 (Year 1) International 1 Years
MSc Full-time September 2019 7,000 (Year 1) Home/EU 1 Years

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