Taught course

Advanced Computer Security

Cardiff Metropolitan University · Cardiff School of Technologies

Entry requirements

Applicants should meet one of the following:

  • Possess, or expect to obtain, an undergraduate degree or equivalent, in a relevant area with a minimum of a 2:2 classification;
  • Hold a suitable professional qualification from an appropriate professional body.

Months of entry


Course content

Often called Cyber security or Information Security, in this Masters degree in Advanced Computer Security you will explore the technologies and practices designed to protect sensitive data, computers and networks from both intentional and accidental access, alterations and damage by diverse threat actors.

Developed in close collaboration with industry and aligned with National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC) recommendations and CyBok framework, the course will give you the advanced knowledge and practical experience you need to respond successfully to cyber security threats. The content is structured into three main themes: offensive security, defensive security, and information security governance. This will allow you to become a well-rounded cyber security expert, capable of applying industry-standard tools and techniques to develop secure systems and design frameworks to reduce risks.

You’ll learn to conduct penetration testing (ethical hacking) and vulnerability analysis, will explore forensics and applied cryptography concepts, and will get an in-depth understanding and ability to design policies and frameworks to identify and reduce risks and satisfy legal (e.g. GDPR) and compliance obligations (e.g. ISO27701).

The course modules are integrated with professional certification contents such as Cisco Networking (CCNA) and Cyber Security (CyberOps), Certified Ethical Hacking (CEH) and ISO27001 ISMS Auditing. You will have the option to undertake these certifications alongside your studies at reduced or no additional cost. You can also get involved in professional cyber security groups and industry-relevant challenges and competitions to test your skills and develop your abilities.

Cardiff Met is an Academic Partner of the Chartered Institute of Information Security (CIISec). This will provide you the opportunity to qualify as a Student Member of the CIISec and start your journey to Chartered Information Security professional status.

Information for international students

Students whose first language is not English will need to provide evidence of fluency to at least an IELTS 6.0 standard, with no element under 5.5 or equivalent.​ For full details about how to apply and English Language qualifications please visit the International pages on the website.

Fees and funding

As a postgraduate, research or part-time student, the tuition fees you are charged will depend on the course you choose to study. Full information is available on our website.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • MSc
    part time
    24 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification
    full time
    12 months
    • Campus-based learningis available for this qualification

Course contact details

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