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MSc Cyber Security

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Study Mode Part-time
Year of Entry 2023/24

Cyber Security

Part-time Computing

Develop your skills and academic knowledge in the growing field of cyber security through academic teaching, industry input and practical skills development.

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What is the fee? Home: £9,910 for the course
How long will I study? 3 Years
Where will I study? City Campus
When do I start? September 2023

Course summary

  • Develop the knowledge, understanding and skills you need to work as a computing security professional.
  • Explore a range of cutting-edge systems, tools and techniques.
  • Appreciate the role information security has in an organisation and how it can be implemented and managed.
  • Attain useful certification for your career by undertaking the BSI ISO 27001 Lead Auditor exam.

This course is ideal if you are already working on an IT environment, or wish to specialise in information security. You'll learn through academic teaching, industry input and practical skills development — and prepare for a range of exciting IT roles.

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How you learn

All our courses are designed around a set of key principles based on engaging you with the world, collaborating with others, challenging you to think in new ways, and providing you with a supportive environment in which you can thrive.

This course combines a sound theoretical grounding with useful practical work. Industry input is central to the course, as is self-reflection and professional development.

You learn through

  • tutorials
  • workshops
  • problem-solving activities
  • practical projects
  • team work
  • reports
  • demonstrations
  • discussions
  • presentations
  • structured walk-throughs
  • phase tests

This course is delivered face-to-face over three semesters - teaching is scheduled based on the length of your course and the academic calendar.

Course leaders and tutors

Sina Pournouri
Sina Pournouri
Lecturer in Cyber Security

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Applied learning

Learning and teaching involves lectures, seminars and practical tutorial sessions in small groups. You will learn about complex networks, systems and applications. This will help you to develop practical experience and expand on the effective and appropriate communication skills required to be a security professional. The four main focuses of the course are information security management, ethical hacking, system hardening and computer forensics.

Networking opportunities

Due to our strong ties with industry we regularly have guest speakers. Recent speakers have included industry professionals from Mozilla, South Yorkshire Police, RSA and Blackberry. In 2014 Sheffield Hallam University hosted the North of England's first Ethical Hacking Conference, which is now an annual event.

Future careers

This course prepares you for a career in

  • strategy and policy
  • information technology
  • forensics (computer, mobile and network analyst)
  • computer security incident response (CSIRT)
  • disaster recovery
  • incident and risk management
  • business continuity
  • secure coding
  • software design and development
  • applications development

Previous graduates of this course have gone on to work for

  • HSBC
  • Citrix
  • Price Waterhouse Coopers


This course is fully certified by the National Cyber Security Centre NCSC-certified degrees - NCSC.GOV.UK

Where will I study?

You study at City Campus through a structured mix of lectures, seminars and practical sessions as well as access to digital and online resources to support your learning.

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City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.

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Equipment and facilities

On this course you work with

  • the BlackBoard Virtual Learning Environment
  • industry standard specialist computing hardware, tools and applications
  • four specialist labs for cyber security, digital forensics and computer networking

Entry requirements

All students

You need

• a good level of general education with good analytical skills

• an ambition to develop to a high level in the area of information security

• a degree 2.2 or above in computing or a closely-related discipline. You may also be able to claim credit points which can reduce the amount of time it takes to complete your qualification at Sheffield Hallam. Find out more

We will consider your application if you cannot meet the above criteria but have at least one year-s direct work experience in information security or a closely related discipline.

You can apply for prior certificated credit or prior experiential credit for the course if it is appropriate. We consider any professional certification of a suitable level and other criteria related to your application. In some cases we may ask you to take an entrance exam.

Overseas applicants from countries whose first language is not English must normally produce evidence of competence in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 with 5.5 in all skills (or equivalent) is the standard for non-native speakers of English. If your English language skill is currently below an IELTS score of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in all skills we recommend you consider a Sheffield Hallam University Pre-sessional English course which will enable you to achieve an equivalent English level.

Additional information for EU/International students

This course is not open to international students who require a Tier 4 (General) student visa to study in the UK. If you are an international applicant but do not require a Tier 4 (General) student visa, contact our Admissions Team to find out whether you’re eligible to apply.


Module and assessment information for future years is displayed as currently validated and may be liable to change. When selecting electives, your choices will be subject to the core requirements of the course. As a result, selections may be limited to a choice between one of two or more specified electives in some instances.

Year 1

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Hacking Techniques And Countermeasures Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Information Security Concepts And Principles Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Research Principles And Practice Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Computer Forensics, Investigation And Response Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Systems And Application Security Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework

Year 2

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Research Principles And Practice Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Standard Based Security Audit And Assessment Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Web-Based Applications And E-Commerce Security Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Elective modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Hacking Techniques And Countermeasures Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework
Module: Information Security Management Credits: 15 Assessment: Coursework

Final year

Compulsory modules
Module Credits Assessment
Module: Dissertation ( Cyber And Networks) Credits: 60 Assessment: Coursework

Fees and funding

Home students

Our tuition fee for UK students starting full-time study in 2023/24 is £9,910 for the course. For part-time study the fee will be calculated pro-rata each year based on the number of credits studied.

† If you are studying an undergraduate course, postgraduate pre-registration course or postgraduate research course over more than one academic year then your tuition fees may increase in subsequent years in line with Government regulations or UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) published fees. More information can be found in our terms and conditions under student fees regulations.

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Additional course costs

This link allows you to view estimated costs associated with the main activities on specific courses. These are estimates and, as such, are only an indication of additional course costs. Actual costs can vary greatly depending on the choices you make during your course.

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How do I apply?

You apply for this course via our online application form.

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You can also use the application form above to apply for future years of entry.

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