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Computer Networking and Cyber Security - MSc

Why study this course?

The Computer Networking and Cyber Security MSc is designed for those wishing to pursue in a career Computer Networking and Cyber Security. In this course, you will develop the ability to design and manage robust networking and cyber security systems and at the same time, gain Cisco accreditation. Security of our systems is one of the most challenging topics of our time. The MSc provides knowledge of the very latest security principles, tools and techniques taught by specialist staff in a dedicated IT security laboratory, and an understanding of the principles underpinning effective approaches to cyber defence in response to a cyber attack. Guest speakers from industry will complement the teaching staff and enhance and challenge your knowledge of computer networking and cyber security.

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This course offers a unique opportunity for students to blend networking technologies with Cyber Security and at the same time gain Cisco accreditation. Such a combination will attract employers increasingly seeking graduates and post graduates within this area. The practical 10 sessions will be housed in specialist laboratories including a specialist IT security laboratory. Guest speakers from industry will complement the teaching staff.

The Communications Technology group is one of the first in UK to be awarded the "Cisco Networking Academy" in 1998. The academy has been running short/evening courses in Cisco CCNA and CCNP certification since. These are two of the most prestigious vocational certifications valued by Networking and related industries. Some of the modules in both CCNA and CCNP are currently embedded in the above two existing MSc courses and students follow the relevant Cisco curriculum. The courses are supported by three major laboratories equipped with some of the most up to date Networking technology equipment and it is taught by qualified Cisco instructors.

Security of our systems is one of the most challenging topics of our time. There is an international consensus that the level of security skills will have to be increased in order to respond to the number and sophistication of threats we face. It is impossible to ignore the importance of cyber security which is recognised by governments, large and small organisations as a priority. Cyber Security provides knowledge of the very latest security principles, tools and techniques taught by specialist staff in a dedicated IT Security laboratory and understanding of the principles underpinning effective approaches to cyber defence in response to a cyber attack.

Assessment

A range of assessment methods is employed throughout the course. The method of assessment for each module is clearly described in the individual module guide which is made available to the students at the start of the semester. Every module has dedicated Web site providing students with comprehensive learning/teaching material including workshop exercises. Module leaders use this site regularly to communicate with their students including providing general feedback, guidelines on how to write technical report/effective presentations and keeping logbooks. Modules employ a combination of the following forms of assessments:

  • Case study reports and presentations
  • Laboratory workbooks/logbooks
  • Unseen examinations
  • Part seen examinations
  • Individual vivas

Professional accreditation

This course offers a Cisco accreditation.

You will be required to have:

  • a 2:2 UK degree (or equivalent) in Electronics and Communications, Computer Science, Computing or a closely related discipline (applicants with relevant professional experience will also be considered)

All applicants must be able to demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Applicants who require a Tier 4 student visa may need to provide a Secure English Language Test (SELT) such as Academic IELTS. For more information about English qualifications please see our English language requirements.

The modules listed below are for the academic year 2017/18 and represent the course modules at this time. Modules and module details (including, but not limited to, location and time) are subject to change over time.

Year 1 modules include:

  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Tuesday morning

    This module focuses on various aspects of Cybersecurity Management and deals mainly with the protection of information assets over the cyber space by concerted measures.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Tuesday morning

    This module provides a broad introduction to cybercrime and cyber security evolution. The module examines the relationship between advances in Internet-based and digital technologies, and their criminal exploitation within cyberspace. It examines a wide range of cyber threats, attacks and risks, and the strategies employed to mitigate these, including the laws that are in place to protect and prevent online crimes/cybercrimes.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • all year (September start) - Wednesday afternoon
    • summer studies - Wednesday afternoon
    • spring semester - Wednesday afternoon
    • autumn semester - Wednesday afternoon

    The module provides students with the experience of planning and bringing to fruition a major piece of individual work. Also, the module aims to encourage and reward individual inventiveness and application of effort through working on research or company/local government projects. The project is an exercise that may take a variety of forms depending on the nature of the project and the subject area. Particular students will be encouraged to carry out their projects for local companies or government departments.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday morning

    This module tackles all issues important in the design, implementation, and configuration and troubleshooting of routing protocols in computer networks. Students learn basic concepts of routing algorithms and associated protocols. They then develop advanced skills in the deployment of individual protocols as well as advanced topics, such as route redistribution, route filtering, and migration to the latest Internet Protocol, IPv6. It includes aspects such as the Hierarchical Network Model, the SONA Framework, IP v4 and 6, Advanced routing protocols including Interior Gateway Protocols such as EIGRP capabilities and attributes and single and multi-area OSPF as well as the Exterior Gateway Protocol, BGP. It also introduces route filtering and path control to provide optimal and secure path selection in a complex computer network. Upon successfully completion of this module student should be able to sit for CCNP Route industry certification subject to satisfying relevant pre-requisite (CCNA).

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Friday morning

    This module develops in depth analytical and practical knowledge and skills for configuring and managing Internetworking devices in Local Area Networks using both basic and advanced Switching protocols.

    Student are able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of concepts, principles and technologies that underpin computer networking practice, design and application; as well as knowledge of the principal features of the computer Networking industry, its role, structure and organisation; The student would be able to draw independent conclusions based on a rigorous, analytical and critical assessment of argument, opinion and data.

    The module introduces the student to current best practice in the design, deployment and maintenance of complex local area networks. It focuses on the delivery of high availability networks and the deployment of voice within the scalable campus network with a close attention to switch security.

    Upon successfully completion of this module student should be able to sit for CCNP Switch industry certification subject to satisfying relevant pre-requisite (CCNA).

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Tuesday afternoon

    This module addresses the growing demand from police forces, security agencies and commercial organisations for skilled professionals in this developing area. It covers such topics: digital crime activities and their prosecution, digital forensic & digital evidence, digital forensic process tools, and the legal and regulatory issues.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Friday afternoon

    This module is in two main parts, the first part is based on the CCNA Security, one of the Cisco Networking Academy Programme courses. The second part is Security Controls which are tools that you implement to protect the confidentiality, integrity, and availability of important assets and data. This part of the module covers areas of regulation, compliance and best practices in ensuring that critical data and resources are protected and available for authorised use.

    The Cisco CCNA Security curriculum provides a next step for individuals who want to enhance their CCNA-level skill set and help meet the growing demand for network security professionals. The curriculum provides an introduction to the core security concepts and skills needed for the installation, troubleshooting, and monitoring of network devices to maintain the integrity, confidentiality, and availability of data and devices. CCNA Security helps prepare students for entry-level security career opportunities and the globally recognized Cisco CCNA Security certification.
    This course is a hands-on, career-oriented e-learning solution with an emphasis on practical experience to help students develop specialized security skills, along with critical thinking and complex problem solving skills. CCNA Security is a blended curriculum with both online and classroom learning. Students who enrol in CCNA Security are expected to have CCNA-level networking concepts knowledge and skills, along with basic PC and Internet navigation skills.
    In Security Controls part, Students are introduced to auditing and evaluation tools used to assess and validate security posture of a network and are given exposure to network threats and vulnerabilities.
    Students will assess the baseline security and configuration features required to secure network devices.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • autumn semester - Thursday afternoon

    The module is highly practical and is designed to prepare students for real world networks. This will be achieved by teaching them to troubleshoot communication on large-scale data networks using Cisco equipment, and extend their research skills. The student will cover network maintenance tools, diagnostic commands, switch and VLAN troubleshooting, EIGRP, OSPF and BGP troubleshooting, IPv4 and IPV6 addressing and routing issues, troubleshooting of wireless and unified communications, and the troubleshooting of security. A good trouble-shooter can save time and mitigate costs incurred by downtime.

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  • This module currently runs:
    • spring semester - Tuesday afternoon

    This module is designed to introduce principles underlying computer and network security auditing, securing, and penertration testing. It also introduces tools used to assess and validate security posture of a network and its applications. There is an extensive exposure to network threats and vulnerabilities. Students will assess the various security and configuration features required to secure networks.

    This module also focuses on guiding students for further specilaisation in vendor-neutral security certification programs such as GIAC, ISC, EC-Council, ISACA and networking with industry experts and engage in professional bodies such as BCS-ISSG.

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The course has both September and January starts. It runs one academic year with three semesters spread over the year. Each semester is 60 credits with the final semester dedicated to your dissertation.

Core modules:

  • Network Routing Protocols (20 credits)
  • Switched Networks (20 credits)
  • Cyber Crime and Security (20 credits)
  • Cyber Security Management (20 credits)
  • MSc Project (60 credits)

Optional modules, choose two:

  • Hardening Network Infrastructure (20 credits)
  • Network Troubleshooting (20 credits)
  • Digital Forensics (20 credits)
  • Security Auditing and Penetration Testing (20 credits)

The employment market has an abundance of posts which incorporate the key areas of this course, for example in networking, network security and cyber security, IT security, computer forensics. Careers range from the traditional network and network security professionals to network design engineer, secured network developer, and marketing and technical support. There are many exciting graduate employment opportunities available including:

  • Network Engineer
  • Network Management
  • Network Security and Cyber security Consultant
  • Crime and Computer Forensic

Between 2016 and 2020 we're investing £125 million in the London Metropolitan University campus, moving all of our activity to our current Holloway campus in Islington, north London. This will mean the teaching location of some courses will change over time.

Whether you will be affected will depend on the duration of your course, when you start and your mode of study. The earliest moves affecting new students will be in September 2017. This may mean you begin your course at one location, but over the duration of the course you are relocated to one of our other campuses. Our intention is that no full-time student will change campus more than once during a course of typical duration.

All students will benefit from our move to one campus, which will allow us to develop state-of-the-art facilities, flexible teaching areas and stunning social spaces.

Please note, in addition to the tuition fee there may be additional costs for things like equipment, materials, printing, textbooks, trips or professional body fees.

Additionally, there may be other activities that are not formally part of your course and not required to complete your course, but which you may find helpful (for example, optional field trips). The costs of these are additional to your tuition fee and the fees set out above and will be notified when the activity is being arranged.

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