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IoT Security (Online) University Certificate in Postgraduate Professional Development

The internet of things (IoT) has many applications including environmental monitoring, smart homes, industrial controls, and digital cities. IoT incorporates various techniques, including wireless sensor networks, embedded systems, ubiquitous computing, and machine learning.


12 weeks

100% online


Course overview

You explore concepts in the use of internet technologies to access and interact with objects in the physical world.

You develop the capability to understand potential security risks and produce security architecture of IoT systems, including topics of architecture, operating systems and platforms, low power communications, data analysis, security and identity recognition.

You gain practical skills required for the programming of IoT devices.

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Course details

What you study

• Fundamental concepts of IoT technology and service.
• IoT system architectures.
• Relevant wireless technologies and networking protocols.
• IoT applications.
• Cyber security basics and security requirements for IoT.
• Device/thing security policies, procedures and standards.
• IoT communication security policies, procedures and standards.
• IoT applications security policies, procedures and standards.
• IoT security challenges.

How you learn

You learn through our purpose-built, online environment.

You have access to a wealth of learning and are supported by expert staff in this field, and you work collaboratively to develop your technical skills and knowledge.

Content is provided in bite-size blocks utilising a range of tools, including:
• recorded keynotes
• video materials with associated activities
• readings and accompanying interactive exercises
• podcast/vodcast discussions and demonstrations
• discussion forums
• online case study analysis
• recordings of practical activities
• virtual classroom activities
• online supervision.

How you are assessed

There are two elements to your assessment, you design and develop an IoT application, and you write a report to address the challenges in IoT security.


Entry requirements

Entry requirements

A UK bachelor degree (or equivalent) in a cognate subject, or cyber/information security relevant knowledge and skills acquired through work experience



Career opportunities

The credits gained from completing this short course could be used towards further study on our MSc Cyber Security (Online) course, or the on-campus equivalent, MSc Cyber Security.

Salaries in cyber security can be substantial. An IT security analyst and admin at entry level can earn from £42,000 to around £55,000. With further experience and progressiom, you might earn between £60,000 to £78,000 as an IT security manager, and £75,000 to £90,000 as an IT security architect.

As a cryptographer in the data encryption field, you can see salaries ranging from £50,000 all the way up to £80,000 in London. Regular monitoring and benchmarking are now a key focus for employers, so as a security auditor you could earn up to £60,000.




Learning platform

Our virtual learning environment (VLE) is the platform you use to access your online course


Teesside University online learning courses are delivered through the Brightspace Learning Environment.

Here are some of the benefits.

  • You can use it on your smartphone, tablet and computer.
  • And you can use it anytime, so that you can plan your learning to fit your own schedule.
  • It's easy to use and navigate.
  • Modules are set out by topics and themes. You can use the progress bar to understand where you are in your modules, and appreciate your achievements.
  • We support you to become familiar with your VLE, helping you to start learning quickly.
  • You get feedback, help and guidance from tutors throughout your course through the VLE, and you can ask questions at any time.
  • Our tutors use a live activity feed to keep you updated about your course.
  • You can create a student profile, collaborate with other students and take part in online discussion forums.

Software requirements


Online learning

Online learning allows you to get a university-level qualification from the comfort of your own home or workplace. You'll have access to all of the world-class teaching and support that Teesside University has to offer, but all of your lectures, tutorials and assessments will take place online.

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University of the Year

Teesside University was named University of the Year at the Edufuturists Awards 2022.


2024/25 entry

Fee for applicants:

  • Length: 12 weeks
  • 100% online
  • Start date: May

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