Postgraduate study
Computing & Web

MSc Computer Security and Networks

This master’s course is great if you want to become an expert in computer security and networks. Whether you want to continue in your computer science studies or turn your industry experience into qualifications, this is the ideal course for you.

Course information

Full-time

  • 12 months (18 months with internship)

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Part-time

  • Not available part-time

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  • Facilities

    Computing and Web

    Teesside has fantastic state-of-the-art facilities for web and computing students including a wide range of web, multimedia, network and programming studios. This environment prepares students for work in industry by promoting team work and the use of case studies, problem solving and methods such as peer programming.

 

Employers are crying out for security and network experts in all areas.You study a combination of modules, from Systems Administration and Security through to Mobile Systems and Communications, making sure you have the right skills for business. You gain a good understanding of planning and managing large development projects when studying our E-Commerce Management and Master’s Project modules – both will enhance your employability and career prospects even further.

We offer you the opportunity to complete a six-month internship within industry before completing your master’s project. Internships are optional and competitive but if interested we work with you to find an appropriate industry match and prepare you for interview. There is also the potential for you to go on to study for a PhD in a specialist area.

You study the concepts, principles and theories of computer networks and security, informed by current research and professional practice. For example, building and managing a secure and effective commercial web presence requires much more than coding expertise – it requires a sound combination of commercial acumen, technical understanding and effective operations management. Our lecturers have significant research and industry experience and are well placed to develop your skills and knowledge in this field.

Modules

Core modules

Computer and Network Security

This module prepares you to be able to face the day-to-day problems occurring with networked PC computers. You look at how organisations can help prevent most problems through effective policies, good daily practice and professional preventative measures.

We also examine the legal framework as a context to place such policies, practice and measures.

Teaching and assessment feature the use of real and realistic case studies so that you can test your knowledge and techniques in as authentic a way as possible.

You produce immediate solutions to problems and review the incidents in order to prevent further occurrences and develop new policies.

e-Commerce Management

New technology typically brings both opportunities and risks: with the emergence of the internet, the opportunities and risks are enormous for entrepreneurs and business managers.

Capitalising on this commercial growth to build and manage an effective commercial web presence requires a sound combination of commercial acumen, technical understanding and effective operations management.

In this module you develop an e-commerce proposition by performing the appropriate commercial analysis, building the e-commerce application and managing the relevant business processes.

Assessment
You research and develop a business case, and produce and manage an appropriate-commerce solution to a case study scenario.

Master’s Project: Computer Security and Networks

You undertake a major, in-depth, individual study in an aspect of your course. Normally computing security and networks master’s projects are drawn from commercial, industrial or research-based problem areas. The project involves you in researching and investigating aspects of your area of study and then producing a major deliverable, for example software package or tool, design, web-site or research findings. You also critically evaluate your major deliverable, including obtaining third party evaluation where appropriate.

The major deliverable(s) are presented via a poster display, and also via a product demonstration or a conference-type presentation of the research and findings. The research, project process and evaluation are reported via a paper in the style of a specified academic conference or journal paper. The written report, the major deliverable and your presentation of the product are assessed.

The project management process affords supported opportunities for goal setting, reflection and critical evaluation of achievement.

Mobile Systems and Communications

You study the concepts and technologies used in modern mobile devices such as phones, tablets and laptops, and how these devices communicate with each other and the wider world. You find out about a variety of topics including:
• Low power, lightweight displays
• Power sources for mobile devices.
• Connection technologies and protocols for mobile devices
• Satellite Networks
• Personal Area Networks (PANs) including Bluetooth.
• Security issues in mobile and wireless systems including encryption technologies.
• Strategies for maximising bandwidth efficiency including data compression techniques for mobile devices.
Assessment is an in course assessment that tests both practical development and research skills.

Network Service Management

This module introduces the concepts of network management. Ranging from designing a network with business continuity in mind to the operations of running a network efficiently and effectively, we provide you with an understanding of network management and its role within a business environment.

Network management establishes the link between a network infrastructure and business. We examine the best practice within the industry for service level delivery.

We also address the key functions of a service level management approach to networking.

Research Methods for Computing

You gain the knowledge and skills to understand the research process in computing and digital media, and the necessary skills to undertake your masters project. You learn how to use and critically evaluate previous academic research, and to generate good evidence material to justify their professional practice. This involves you learning about different research strategies and data generation methods and how they fit into the development lifecycle and the evaluation of the user experience, the use of the academic research literature, and research ethics.

Assessment involves you preparing a research proposal which can form the basis of their masters project.

Systems Administration and Security

You are introduced to the fundamentals of modern networking and examine network protocols and hardware so that you can face the day-to-day problems occurring with networked PC computers. You also look at how organisations can help prevent most problems through effective policies, good daily practice and professional preventative measures. You also explore systems administration including account and data management, hardware management, application and operating system support. The UK legal framework will be examiner as a context to place such policies, practice and measures.

Teaching and assessment features the use of real and realistic case studies so that you can test your knowledge and techniques in as authentic a way as possible. You produce immediate solutions to problems and review the incidents in order to prevent further occurrences and develop new policies.

 

Modules offered may vary.

How you learn

You learn about concepts and methods primarily through keynote lectures and tutorials using case studies and examples. Lectures include presentations from guest speakers from industry. Critical reflection is key to successful problem solving and essential to the creative process. You develop your own reflective practice at an advanced level, then test and assess your solutions against criteria that you develop in the light of your research. For example, in Mobile Systems and Communications and Network Service Management you research an agreed area, based on the topics introduced during lectures, and prepare a report on this.

How you are assessed

Assessment takes a variety of forms including:

  • designing and developing business solutions
  • presentations
  • peer reviews
  • reports.

We typically give on-going feedback during lectures and tutorials and assessment feedback using online methods.

Entry requirements

You will normally have a first degree in related discipline (2.2 minimum) or relevant experience or equivalent qualifications.

For additional information please see the entry requirements in our admissions section

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Course information

Full-time

  • 12 months (18 months with internship)

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Part-time

  • Not available part-time

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