Taught course

Cyber Security, Threat Intelligence and Forensics

University of Salford · School of Computing, Science and Engineering

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Entry requirements

The minimum entry requirement is a 2.2 honours in Computer Science or other related computing discipline with knowledge of programming and networking. Other applicants with a strong cyber security background are welcome to apply and will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

Months of entry

January, September

Course content

This course builds on your previous knowledge of computer science and information technology, and aims to provide you with an in-depth specialism in the fields of cyber security, cyber threat intelligence and digital forensics. You will gain advanced knowledge of penetration testing, cyber forensics, malware reverse engineering and software vulnerability, and will exploit research using a very hands-on approach. You will gain practical and real-world skills in all major areas of cyber security, including penetration testing, digital forensics, cyber warfare and threat intelligence. Moreover, you will learn how to apply your skills in the analysis, testing and maintenance of software systems or enterprise networks from a cyber security perspective.

You will use your penetration testing and vulnerability assessment skills to find weaknesses in existing devices and applications, and to advise developers or network administrators to secure their application or environment. Your cyber forensics skills can be used to identify, collect, preserve and analyse a wide range of digital evidences and present them in the court of law. You will use your knowledge of programming to analyse different malwares to determine how they work and how countermeasures can be developed.

Only a small percentage of cyber security professionals are capable of analysing advanced persistent threats and managing malware campaigns. Your cyber threat intelligence knowledge and skills will help you to: strategically fight organised cyber crimes; understand and analyse cyber warfare activities; and propose appropriate defensive and offensive mechanisms to reduce or eliminate those risks.

You will have close and active contact with industry experts through regular guest lecture programs. You will also operate within a well-formed professional and ethical framework.

Information for international students

International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.5 (no element below 5.5) is proof of this.

Qualification, course duration and attendance options

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

Course contact details

Tom Pinder
+44 (0) 161 295 4545