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Computing (Internet Technology and Security) MSc

Overview

TEF Gold. Teaching Excellence Framework.

Our postgraduate Computing (Internet Technology and Security) course allows you to study cyber security and cryptography, develop your research and analytical skills and 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.

Updated 08/09/2020

Key Facts

  • Level:

    Postgraduate

  • Duration:

    1 year full time
    2 years part time

  • Starting:

    September / January

  • Fees UK/EU:

    Full Time: £6,840 Part Time: £3,800 (Year one 100 Credits) £3,040 (Year two 80 Credits)

  • Fees International:

    International: £13,750

  • Location:

    Waterside

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

UK/EU Students enquiries

study@northampton.ac.uk
0300 303 2772

International Students enquiries

international@northampton.ac.uk
+44 (0)1604 892134

Highlights

  • Access to PC and Linux workstation computers

Course Content

  • Today’s society relies on computing and Internet technology, creating 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 this 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 availability and student numbers. However, Internet Programming and Internet Security modules are specifically, offered to all students on this specialised pathway.

    • Module code: CSYM032
      Status: Designate
      This module is designed to give the student an awareness of common modelling software and practices as well as give an insight into the background and history of modelling.
    • 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: CSYM015
      Status: Designate
      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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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.
  • 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?

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

    Are there any specialist facilities and features?

     

    • You 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.
  • Applicants 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 us must meet the following minimum English language requirements:

    • Minimum standard – IELTS 6.5 (or equivalent)
      for study at postgraduate level.

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

  • UK & EU

    20/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £6,840
    Part Time: £3,800 (Year one 100 Credits) £3,040 (Year two 80 Credits)

    Postgraduate Loans

    If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2020/21 either full-time or part-time* you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan through Student Finance England

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

    Additional Costs

    There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course for 2020 entry.

    19/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    Full Time: £6,750
    Part Time: £3,750 (Year one 100 Credits) £3,000 (Year two 80 Credits)

    Postgraduate Loans

    If you are starting a postgraduate Master’s course in 2019/20 either full-time or part-time* you may be able to apply for a postgraduate loan through Student Finance England

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

    Additional Costs

    There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course for 2019 entry.

    International

    20/21 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 20/21 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    International: £13,750

    Additional Costs

    There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course for 2020 entry.
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    19/20 Tuition Fees

    Fees quoted relate to study in the Academic Year 19/20 only and may be subject to inflationary increases in future years.

    International: £12,750

    Additional Costs

    There are currently no additional costs anticipated for this course for 2019 entry.
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  • For further information, come to our next open day or contact our study team study@northampton.ac.uk.

Careers and Employability

When you graduate from this 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

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