Taught course

IT Security

University of Central Lancashire · School of Physical Sciences and Computing

Entry requirements

A recognised British Honours degree in a Computing or associated discipline with a 2.2 or higher, or its equivalent. Applications from all candidates will be considered on their merits. For international students IELTS 6.5, or its equivalent, is a minimum requirement.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

The MSc IT Security helps you to develop your computing skills in the theory and practice of computer security and forensic technology. This requires an understanding of hardware, operating systems, communications software, attention to detail, creative problem-solving, investigative skills and an appreciation of computer threats and security counter-measures. You will also have the opportunity to work on a substantial project of your own choice. These skills can lead to a range of careers in systems management and computer security.

Compulsory modules:

  • Masters Project (60 credits)
  • Critical Evaluation (20 credits) September to January
  • Advanced Topics in IT Security (20 credits) September to January
  • Computer Security (20 credits) January to May

Optional modules:

  • Ethical Hacking (20 credits)
  • Digital Forensic Investigation (20 credits)
  • IT Projects and People (20 credits) January to May
  • Database Administration (20 credits) January to May
  • Network Communications and Routing (20 credits) January to May
  • Wireless Networks & Communications (20 credits) September to January
  • Web Technologies (20 credits) September to January
  • Database-driven Web Development (20 credits) September to January
  • The Expert Witness in the Legal Process (20 credits) January to May

Information for international students

See our website.

Qualification and course duration


part time
36 months
full time
12 months


full time
9 months
part time
18 months


full time
6 months
part time
12 months

Course contact details

Course Enquiries
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