Everything you need to know...
- 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 accreditation for your career — including CREST Practitioner Security Analyst Certification and BSI ISO27001 certification.
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.
How you learn
Your lecturer's view
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
- problem-solving activities
- practical projects
- team work
- structured walk-throughs
- phase tests
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.
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.
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
- Price Waterhouse Coopers
Where will I study?
You study at City Campus
City Campus is located in the heart of Sheffield, within minutes of the train and bus stations.City Campus map
Adsetts Library is located on our City Campus. It's open 24 hours a day, every day.Learn more
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
• 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: Information Security Concepts And Principles||Credits: 15||
|Module: Network Security||Credits: 15||
|Module: Web-Based Applications And E-Commerce Security||Credits: 15||
|Module: Group-Based Case Study||Credits: 15|
|Module: Standard Based Security Audit And Assessment||Credits: 15|
|Module: Systems And Application Security||Credits: 15|
|Module: Incident Handling And Hacking Techniques||Credits: 15|
|Module: Information Security Management||Credits: 15|
|Module: Dissertation ( Cyber And Networks)||Credits: 60|
|Module: Research Principles And Practice||Credits: 15|
Fees and funding
Our tuition fee for UK/EU students starting full-time study in 2019/20 is £7,200 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.
Postgraduate student loans
Up to £10,906 available for UK and EU students on most masters courses.
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.Additional costs for Computing courses (PDF)
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