Taught course

Advanced Security and Cybercrime

Edinburgh Napier University · School of Computing

Entry requirements

The entry requirement for this course is a Bachelor (Honours) Degree at a 2:2 or above, or equivalent. We look for applicants to have a background in a Computing discipline and 2 years relevant work experience in order to be eligible for this programme.

We may also consider lesser qualified applications if you have 5 years of sufficient work experience within the industry. Applicants with no qualifications but have 7 years of sufficient work experience may also be considered for this course.

Additionally, please note that since significant credits in the course are based on employment-based activities, you must already be employed in an area relating to networking or security which would allow you to apply course knowledge in an aspect of your employment, and also have the support of your employer.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This course is focused on the fast-developing areas of networking and cybersecurity, and allows a full-time employee to graduate with an MSc in 18 months. The course awards significant credit for the application of course-derived knowledge to your employer’s systems or procedures. Additionally you study modules designed to enhance your current skills using flexible learning material and practical activities which can be completed online or remotely. Finally, a dissertation project is undertaken which further strengthens your cybersecurity skillset.

The Masters degree in Advanced Security and Cybercrime focuses on extending your knowledge into leading-edge issues related to network and computer security technologies and processes, both generally and with a particular focus on the growing threats from cybercrime. The course blends hands-on technical knowledge with theoretical understanding, utilizing a range of remotely accessible resources to allow access to specialised computer configurations. These remote systems allow you to engage with the practical activities of the course from home or work. We also have well-equipped labs, which you can use if you wish to attend the campus.

This course is designed for professionals already employed in the area of computing who wish to develop their skills into the areas of computer security and cybercrime. It allows employees to gain significant course credits by applying knowledge and skills gained from this course to their own company’s procedures and systems. Your knowledge is further enhanced via a number of taught modules, which are available on a distance-learning basis.

Some credits are derived from your employment activities, so you must be already employed in a company which allows you to demonstrate your developing course knowledge. Please discuss your current employment with the course leader before applying to ensure your role is suitable for the course.

Subjects included in the taught modules include:

  • Host-Based Forensics
  • Network Security
  • Security Audit & Compliance

Study modules mentioned above are indicative only. Some changes may occur between now and the time that you study.

Participation in this course will develop your technical and managerial skills and enhance your chances of promotion. It may also open doors to more specialist jobs including: security consultant, forensic investigator, audit/compliance consultant, security advisor, cybercrime consultant.

Information for international students

For applications whose first language is not English, the following is generally required: minimum IELTS 6.0, with no individual component score of less than 5.5 or equivalent. We also offer a range of pre-sessional English language courses to help you meet the English language requirement prior to starting your masters programme. Please see our website for up-to-date information.

Fees and funding

Please see our website for up-to-date information about fee and funding and what you could be eligible for.

We have lots of funding options available such as the postgraduate tuition fee loan for Scottish & EU students, specifics scholarships for students from North or South America, Asia and Africa, as well as bursaries & grants for those closer to home in England, Northern Ireland and Wales.

Qualification and course duration


part time
18 months

Course contact details

Admissions Office
+44 (0) 333 900 60 40