Taught course

Cyber Security

University of Birmingham · School of Computer Science

Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a second-class degree or overseas equivalent in Computer Science or a closely related discipline, including object-oriented programming and data structures and algorithms. International students must pass a recognised English test. Country-specific entry requirements for international students can be found at www.international.bham.ac.uk/countryinfo

Months of entry

October, September

Course content

Computer security is about designing systems that resist attack. As computers become ever more prevalent and ever more connected with each other, the opportunities for attackers become even greater, and the need to resist them becomes more urgent. Computing infrastructure is now vital for communication, government, commerce, and control of our physical environment, and is a potential target of terrorist and criminal attacks. Graduates who understand the computer security technologies that underpin products and practices to secure it will be in great demand.
This is a one-year full-time degree programme for graduates in a computing-related discipline. It covers the theory and practice of designing and building secure systems and gives you a firm grounding in cryptography, network security and secure programming, with optional refresher modules in topics such as operating systems, safety-critical systems, distributed systems and databases.
The programme also gives you practical experience with technologies and toolkits for building internet-based software. All students undertake a large, personally supervised project in the final months of the course.
Graduates of this degree gain the knowledge to become leaders in the field of computer security and to shape the technologies that will be developed in the future. They are equipped to work on secure software development within the software and IT industry, or to become computer security consultants. They may also choose to move on to PhD research.

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Information for international students

International students can find further details of scholarships at www.international.bham.ac.uk/scholarships

Fees and funding

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Qualification and course duration


full time
12 months

Course contact details

Postgraduate Enquiry Service
0121 414 5005