Taught course

Network Security and Pen Testing

Middlesex University · Faculty of Science and Technology

Entry requirements

Normally a second class honours degree or above in computer science, science or engineering, or an equivalent overseas qualification. Candidates with other degrees but with relevant work experience will also be considered.

Months of entry

January, October

Course content

From national security to the privacy of personal communications, the smooth running of societies and economies depends on the security of computer networks. With a security breach potentially costing a company millions, highly skilled experts who can provide protection are sought-after across the globe. Technology is constantly developing and security issues are too, making this a challenging and rapidly evolving specialism.

Why study MSc Network Security and Pen Testing at Middlesex?

Our course provides both intensive practical training and a profound theoretical education, extending beyond the technicalities of network security to cover strategic and organisational issues. Unless you're already in employment, we'll help you to find a placement for up to 12 weeks, during which you'll work on your independent research project.
Our award-winning technology centre has five specialist laboratories equipped with the latest industry-standard hardware and software, including OPNET, Wireshark, MATLAB, Simulink, OpNet Modeller 17.0, OMNeT++, NI and Cisco technology such as Packet Tracer. While studying for this qualification you will work with our LTE test bed and Blade Server, and you will learn how to access and configure cloud-based networks. As part of your studies, you'll also have the opportunity to work towards a Cisco CCNA professional certification, worth £1,600 and considered the gold standard in the industry.
Course highlights
  • Spend a minimum of 140 hours gaining practical experience in our industry-standard networking labs
  • We encourage students to explore new concepts and developments and were delighted when three of our students were crowned winners at the Young Professional Engineering Challenge
  • Middlesex University is an official Cisco Academy licensed to provide CNNA certification training and equipped with the latest industry-standard equipment
  • Our strong research profile ensures our courses remain innovative. We have developed our own WSN, Senso LAB, and have also undertaken notable research in areas such as MIMO, LTE and LTE Advanced
  • This is an intensive course but much of your study will be independent. Full-time students spend a maximum of three days a week in classes and part-time students one or two days a week
  • The course is suitable for both recent graduates and IT professionals who wish to further their knowledge
  • You can start your studies in either September or January.

Fees and funding

UK students
FEES January 2015: £7,500 October 2015: £8,000
International students
FEES INTERNATIONAL January 2015: £11,000 October 2015: £12,000

Qualification and course duration


part time
24 months
full time
12 months

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