May 2015

MSc Cyber Technology

Cyber Technology MSc is a new specialist programme designed for students and professionals that want to develop their practical and academic skills in the area of computer science, cyber security and digital forensics.  This new programme can be tailored to the training and development needs of the student, or sponsoring organisation, through a large number of module choices in the areas of computer science, cyber security, digital forensics and management. The course will be taught in a block-mode of four days contact time here at our specialist facilities of the Cyber Security Centre and Software Technology Research Laboratory or through our collaborative providers.  During this time you will develop technical and professional skills through targeted activities. 
The course introduces you to four main pathways: Cyber Security, Software Engineering, Digital Forensics and Management. It can be studied by combining modules from all four pathways, allowing you to specialise in your chosen area of interest. You have the opportunity to choose mixed pathways, for example the choices of modules could lead to a degree in Cyber Security with Management. Below is the full description of the pathways:

Programme Pathways:

Cyber Security: Cyber Security is constantly in the news. Whether it is the theft of a laptop containing secret information, high-profile hacking incidents or an attack on the national critical infrastructure, it is impossible to ignore the importance of cyber security.
The Cyber Security modules are developed in conjunction with Deloitte and provide the most up-to-date cyber security principles, practice, tools and techniques, taught by a team of specialist staff at DMU.

Software Engineering: The overall aim of this pathway is to consider Software Engineering as the systematic application of tools and techniques to the various stages of the software development process. In particular, to the specification, design, implementation, testing, deployment and evolution stages of dependable, scalable and robust software systems within constraints of cost, time, available resource and pre-existing systems. The major focus of the course is the formal specification of such critical systems at every stage of development. This pathway also includes Context-aware and Pervasive Computing, with application to smart homes, smart space/cities, and smart transportation systems.

Digital Forensics: Digital Forensics is one of the fastest growing areas in the IT industry. The growing need for companies and governments to comply with regulations concerning data protection and adequate incident response means that most large organisations now need computer security and or digital forensics specialists.
Some of the modules within this theme are delivered in partnership with 7Safe (Cambridge). For each of these hands-on modules, DMU provides an academic assessment opportunity that explores the wider academic context of the practical course content. In this way you will acquire professional skills and meet the international intellectual standards required for an MSc award.

Management: The overall aim of this pathway is to equip students with the necessary skills and abilities to enable them to undertake complex business planning that is of great relevance to the modern global business environment. Project management has developed as an academic discipline and profession, whereby the skills that it has been traditionally associated with have expanded beyond construction and engineering workplaces. Today, project management is of relevance to all business fields from the financial sector through to healthcare and information technology. New product development, change management, software development and event management are examples of the type of projects benefiting from a structured management approach.