Gain a masters degree and specialise with modules in professional ethical hacking and information security management. The CREST Practitioner Security Analyst Certification and the BSI ISO27001 accreditation provide an important industry element to the course. Ultimately you focus on both the managerial and technical aspects of computer security giving you the skills needed to advance your career in this industry
Study computer and information systems security on a course that combines academic teaching, industry input and practical skills development.
The course has four main focuses
• information security management
• ethical hacking
• system hardening
• computer forensics
This course is ideal if you are already working in an information technology environment or if you wish to specialise in the field of information security. After successfully completing it, you gain industry-recognised certifications that will assist you in progressing further in this field.
You focus on both the technical and managerial aspects of information security. The technically-focused modules involve you exploring a range of systems, tools and techniques at the cutting edge of technology. The managerial-focused modules give you an appreciation of the role information security has in an organisation and how it can be implemented and managed.
On this course you
• develop the knowledge, understanding and skills to work as a computing security professional.
• learn the concepts, principles, techniques and methodologies you need to design and assess complex networks, systems and applications.
• develop the practical experience you need to plan, perform and direct security audits of information systems to the level required by standard security frameworks.
• develop the effective and appropriate communication skills you need to be a security professional.
Free training and certification exam
Thanks to our association with BSI Learning, you are entitled to attend the BSI ISO27001 Lead Auditor course and take the official exam which allows you to become accredited as a BSI certified lead auditor.
Our ethical hacking module is aligned with the CREST Practitioner Security Analyst (CPSA) syllabus providing graduates with industry recognised and desired skills.
BSI lead auditor qualification
• ISO27001 Lead Auditor
BSI courses are delivered by approved BSI trainers and qualified ISO27001 lead auditors. As part of the course you receive the same course material as the official BSI training courses.
Guest Speakers from industry
Due to our strong ties with industry we regularly have special guest speakers. Recent speakers have included industry professionals from Mozilla, South Yorkshire Police, RSA and Blackberry.
In 2014 Sheffield Hallam hosted the North of England's first Ethical Hacking Conference Steelcon. This is set to be an annual event with 2015's event already booked.
2017 entry requirements
• 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.
International and European entry qualifications
If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.
Course day out
Full-time – typically 12 months or 18 months
Part-time – typically 36 months
Typical modules may include
We developed this course along two main lines.
The first covers the principles and issues of security design concerning systems and systems integration, web and operating system based applications and communication networks.
The second addresses the methodologies and development of skills required to perform security assessments of complex information systems.
|Semester one modules||
Information security concepts and principles
Assessment is via two online sets of challenges where you are presented with a series of problems to solve. The first of these involves general cryptography and the second concerns PKI. A short online exam completes the assessment. Previous students have reported that they find the challenges an interesting and enjoyable way to expand their knowledge and understanding of the subject. You are supported by weekly lectures and lab sessions where hands-on exercises enable you to put the theory into practice to consolidate your learning.
Systems and application security
Web applications and e-commerce security
|Semester two modules||
BSI ISO27001 lead auditor
Group-based case study with capture the flag
|Semester two options||
Computer forensics and incident response
Information security management
Incident handling and hacking techniques (ethical hacking)
|Semester three modules||
You study research methods and do a substantial research project leading to a dissertation.
Group and individual coursework. You also do a range of
On this course, you gain the knowledge, skills and experience you need to work in many different positions, from technical to management roles.
The Institute of Information Security Professionals (IISP) has highlighted the following specialisms in the area.
Strategy, policy, governance
• strategist • policy manager • information technology services officer (ITSO) • department security officer (DSO) • chief information security officer (CISO)
Risk management, verification and compliance
• risk analyst • risk assessor • business information security officer • reviewer • auditor
Incident and threat management and response
• incident manager • threat manager • forensics (computer analyst, mobile and network analyst) • computer security incident response team (CSIRT) • attack investigator • malware analyst • penetration tester • disaster recovery • business continuity
Operations and security management
• network security officer • systems security officer • information security officer • crypto custodian • information manager
Engineering, architecture and design
• architect • designer • development • secure coding • software design and development • applications development • security tools • implementation
Education, training and awareness
•security programme manager
• security researcher
Successful graduates of this course have gone on to work for companies such as HSBC, Citrix, and Price Waterhouse Coopers.
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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)
2016/17 academic year
Typically £6,300 for the course
Part-time study should be calculated pro rata.
Postgraduate loans of up to £10,000 are available across the majority of subject areas.
2017/18 academic year
Typically £6,400 for the course
Part-time study should be calculated pro rata
2016/17 academic year
Typically £12,800 for the course
2017/18 academic year
Typically £13,250 for the course
Additional course costs
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