Computing (Internet Technology and Security) MSc

Key Facts

  • Level


  • Duration

    Full Time: 1 year
    Part Time: 2 years

  • Starting

    September, February

  • Fees UK 24/25

    Full Time: £8,250
    Part Time: £920 (per 20 credits)

  • Fees International 24/25

    International: £16,995

  • Location

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The University of Northampton’s Computing (Internet Technology and Security) MSc course allows you to study cyber security and cryptography. You will have the opportunity to develop your research and analytical skills.

MSc Computing (Internet Technology and Security) students will also complete an individual thesis investigating an area related to an aspect of online secure computer systems design and development that are particularly of interest to you and is part of your career development plans.

Chat to a student: Speak to Muhammad, one of our current MSc Computing students, on Unibuddy who can answer any questions you may have about the programme or studying at UON.

Updated 17/04/2024


  • Access to PC and Linux workstation computers on the MSc Computing (Internet Technology and Security) course

Course Content

  • Today’s society relies on computing and Internet technology. This creates a high demand for internet security products and services as well as people with the knowledge and expertise to design, implement and manage secure internet applications. While the University of Northampton’s Computing (Internet Technology and Security) MSc pathway is mostly technical in focus, you will also learn about the business context and develop interpersonal skills that are vital to problem solving in business.

    You will study the following three common modules with all computing master’s students; Modern Computer Architecture, Visual Object Software, and Databases. These modules cover the fundamental principles that you will need to be able to move on to a more specialised range of modules.  Some of the optional modules listed below are only offered according to staff

    Please note the modules shown here relate to the academic year 23/24. The modules relating to the academic year 24/25 will be available from June 2024.

      • Module code: CSYM015
        Status: Compulsory
        To teach students the fundamental theory and practical applications of search methods and agents.The underpinning concepts will be introduced, followed by examples of how intelligent systems are used in applications on the Internet.
      • Module code: CSYM016
        Status: Designate
        This module gives students a deeper understanding of the software, programming, design, specification, architecture, implementation and applications of distributed computer systems.
      • Module code: CSYM017
        Status: Compulsory
        This module emphasises the importance of sound design using appropriate data modelling techniques (e.g. relational modelling, entity-relationship modelling).
      • Module code: CSYM018
        Status: Designate
        This module describes the way in which each media is stored and manipulated within a computer system. The module guides the student through the techniques used which are all demonstrated by practical examples.
      • Module code: CSYM019
        Status: Compulsory
        This module focuses on creating client and server side software as well as web applications for the World Wide Web us. It concentrates on the technologies used to allow such software to be designed, implemented and deployed.
      • Module code: CSYM020
        Status: Compulsory
        The module introduces the key concepts of Computer and Internet Security. The module is designed to provide the student with the necessary theoretical and practical understanding of the technology available to manage and implement secure computer applications in an Internet environment.
      • Module code: CSYM021
        Status: Designate
        This module is designed to give the student an awareness of programming using a commercially available portable language. Experience will be gained to understand and implement graphic applications, consisting of two-dimensional graphics, three-dimensional graphics and animation.
      • Module code: CSYM023
        Status: Compulsory
        This module provides the student with the opportunity to learn appropriate research techniques in order to carry out independent, relevant and in-depth research in a topic of specific interest.
      • Module code: CSYM024
        Status: Designate
        The module aims to:? Provide the student with a comprehensive appreciation of the importance and process mechanics of requirements engineering and system specification.? Present the student with an assortment of methodologies and techniques that will allow system analysis and development of sound system designs for a variety of applications.
      • Module code: CSYM025
        Status: Compulsory
        This module concentrates on creating object-based solutions to software problems within a contemporary integrated development environment. It focuses on the concepts of object technology and the syntax and semantics of the underlying model while promoting good practice in software construction and testing.
      • Module code: CSYM026
        Status: Designate
        This module will provide consolidation and an extension of the skills, understanding and knowledge derived from an earlier module. More advanced topics will be studied in pursuit of robust re-usable and sophisticated design mechanisms. The main aim of the module will be to study in depth some of the major aspects of the various Design issues which impact on the building of the software systems.
      • Module code: CSYM027
        Status: Designate
        The module aims to equip students with the concepts and techniques so they can begin as practitioners in formal methods software engineering.
      • Module code: CSYM028
        Status: Compulsory
        This purpose of this module is to consider the structure and behaviour of the various functional modules of the computer and how they interact to provide the processing needs of the user. This module covers systems ranging from PCs through multiprocessors with respect to hardware design and instruction set architecture.
      • Module code: CSYM029
        Status: Designate
        Computer Networks module focuses on developing practical networking skills alongside deeper understanding of network principles and protocols (wired and wireless). Although the necessary background is introduced as appropriate, the course on the whole deals with problem-solving using current and emergent network hardware and protocols along with the development of applications to exploit these technologies
      • Module code: CSYM030
        Status: Designate
        This module focuses on creating software for mobile computing devices. It concentrates on the necessary technologies used to allow such devices to communicate and how to develop software to allow them to do so.
      • Module code: CSYM031
        Status: Designate
        This module gives students a deeper understanding of the principles and practicses of Virtual Reality technology. The module allows the students evaluate, design and implement virtual environment solutions through the integration of standard components
      • Module code: CSYM032
        Status: Designate
  • Applicants for the master’s in Computing (Internet Technology Security) will normally hold a recognised first or second class honours degree from a UK university or international equivalent in a relevant subject. We expect that you will have a working knowledge of computers and networks and it is essential that you have practical hands-on experience of at least one programming language.

    For information on how to apply to study with us, please see our How to Apply page.

    English Language Requirements

    All International and EU students applying for a course with the University of Northampton must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • Minimum standard – IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent)
      for study at master’s level.

    For information regarding English language requirements at the University, please see our IELTS page.

  • 2024/25 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study MSc Computing (Internet Technology and Security) in the Academic Year 24/25 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £8,250
    • UK – Part Time: £920 (per 20 Credits)
    • International: £16,995
    Additional Costs

    There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this computing course for 2024 entry.

    2023/24 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study MSc Computing (Internet Technology and Security) in the Academic Year 23/24 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    • UK – Full Time: £8,010
    • UK – Part Time: £890 (per 20 Credits)
    • International: £16,500
    Additional Costs

    There are currently no additional costs anticipated for the MSc Computing (Internet Technology and Security) course for 2023 entry.

    Master’s Loans

    If you are starting a Master’s course in 2024/25 either full-time or part-time* you may be able to apply for a master’s loan through Student Finance England

    *Please note that the maximum period of study allowed for part-time courses is two years.


    For information on the scholarships available to you, please see our scholarships page.

    For more information about possible funding options, please visit our Fees and Funding pages.

  • How will I be taught on Computing (Internet Technology and Security) MSc?

    Theoretical lectures and seminars are reinforced by practical examples and case studies, using computer simulation tools and laboratory facilities.

    How will I be assessed on this MSc Computing (Internet Technology and Security) course?

    Assessment is by coursework, oral presentations, group work, practical reports, critical reviews and a substantial independent research dissertation.

Careers and Employability

When you graduate from the master’s in Computing (Internet Technology and Security) course you will be able to embark upon a range of careers in the broad IT and computing industry. There is a continuing demand for well-trained staff in this industry.

Some examples of job roles include:

  • Information Technology Manager
  • Chief Technology Officer
  • Chief Information Officer
  • Lead Information Architect
  • Chief Information Security Officer/Analyst
  • Information Security Risk Officer
  • Project Manager
  • Lead Web Programmer/Developer/Designer
  • Lead Software Developer
  • Information Security Consultant
  • Cyber Security Manager
  • Source Code Auditor
  • IT Security Operations Specialist

Facilities and special features

MSc Computing (Internet Technology and Security) students will have access to approximately 150 PC and Linux workstation computers housed in six bespoke computer laboratories, all with digital projection facilities, and maintained by two technicians.

We enrol small cohorts of students to ensure that you receive personalised care that will enable you to develop your skills and enhance your knowledge.