Computer Network Security

Computer Network Security MSc

Course fees

Option / fee Value
Home full time annual tuition fee: £5,500
Home cost per credit: £30.50
International full time annual tuition fee: £12,000

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Course type

MSc

Master of Science

School

Computing & Mathematical Sciences

Study mode

Full Time & Part Time

About your course

Become a network security expert on this Masters course at Liverpool John Moores University. You will have the opportunity to carry out an extensive research project in an applications domain and access to specialist postgraduate labs

  • Course available to study full time (1 year) and part time (2 years)
  • Delivered by academics active in research
  • Opportunity to carry out research project in an area of your choice
  • £6 million state-of-the-art laboratories and teaching facilities
  • Excellent career prospects in areas including secure networked systems development, network security management, computer crime detection and network security consultancy

The core modules have been highly relevant. Module delivery has been very interactive, enhancing better understanding of subject areas.

Quote from Board of Study meeting

You will have access to over 150 high-performance computers plus our exclusive Game Technology Lab, a Computer Forensics Lab, two Multimedia Labs and specialist labs for research on Network Security and Networked Appliances.

Introduction to the School

In an increasingly technological world, there are great challenges and opportunities for professionals with advanced qualifications in computing.

The School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences will help you prepare for the career of your choice by providing you with a wide range of programmes at postgraduate level, including taught masters and research programmes (MPhil/PhD).

Whether you choose to study our courses full or part time, you can be confident that you will be taught and supervised by subject specialists, in a vibrant and supportive environment. Classroom and lab-based activities, including lectures, seminars, tutorials and practical work, offer a varied and diverse range of experiences as you prepare for the career of your choice. You will also be encouraged to attend School seminars and locally held conferences, participating in the research culture of our School.

Internationally-recognised expertise

94% of research from LJMU’s School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences submitted to the REF 2014 is considered as being of international importance or recognised internationally.

Our Research Centre for Critical Infrastructure Computer Technology and Protection – PROTECT – brings together researchers from across a number of areas, including computer networks, network security, computer games technology and software engineering, to address emerging research challenges to the protection of critical infrastructure systems.

Our research is conducted via centres, labs and groups led by experts with international reputation, including Professor Madjid Merabti in networking, Professor Paolo Lisboa in neural computing, Professor Abdennour El Rhalibi in computer games, and Professor Qi Shi in cyber security.

We are proud of our growing research reputation and have a long-standing history of working with local, regional and national industries through student placement, research, consultancy, short course activity and Teaching Company Schemes. We also have a number of collaborative partnerships both locally and internationally.

Programme outline and structure

The greatest challenge faced by those undertaking electronic commerce is about how to secure computer systems operating on networks, particularly the Internet.

The strong and urgent demand for effective security technologies and the corresponding initiatives are stimulating a fast growth of the computer security technology market. The overall aim of the programme is to provide you with the opportunity to enhance your career prospects and become network security professionals by gaining additional knowledge and skills in the areas of computer network security and its applications.

You will be based in LJMU’s Byrom Street campus, which is engineered to guarantee your success thanks to the investment of £6million in state-of-the-art laboratories and teaching facilities.

Our computer laboratories provide access to over 150 high-performance computers, including PC/Linux Workstations and Networked Multimedia PCs for general use, in addition to the campus computing cluster.

The teaching rooms are designed to enable the multimedia delivery of teaching materials and demonstrations and the School’s laboratory infrastructure and technical support were commended in a recent professional body accreditation visit.

The campus includes an exclusive Game Technology Lab, a Computer Forensics Lab, two Multimedia Labs, a Distance Learning Lab and specialist labs for our research students in Network Security and Networked Appliances.

Staff at the School are active in research areas including: applied artificial intelligence, distributed multimedia systems and security, information systems development, mathematics education, neural computation and statistics, and computer games.

The research within the school is recognised internationally in the area of Networked Systems and Security, Computer Entertainment, and Neural Networks with funding from bodies including the EPSRC, BBC and European Union. This research drives and informs all programmes taught at the School.

Modules, core and optional

The modules listed here are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course.

Core modules:

  • Project Dissertation
  • Research Methods
  • Computer Security
  • Advanced Topics in Network Security
  • Computer Networks
  • Network Security

Option modules:

  • Advanced Software Engineering Concepts
  • Advanced Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Software Development with JAVA
  • Computer Forensics

Option modules:

  • Advanced Software Engineering Concepts
  • Advanced Data Structures and Algorithms
  • Software Development with JAVA
  • Computer Forensics

You will have the opportunity to undertake a major investigation and produce a major dissertation on the outcome of the work.

Assessment of the project will be based on this dissertation and presentations of the work. The work carried out during the project is expected to have a strong research component and will, in many cases, be appropriate in forming the basis of further academic research - for example a PhD programme.

Entry requirements (Home)

An Honours degree in Computing or a Computing-related subject, including subjects with a significant core of computing, or a professional qualification with equivalent standing.

Non-UK applicants will be expected to have demonstrated competence in English language equivalent to a minimum of IELTS 6.0. Applicants who have studied and successfully achieved a UK degree within 24 months of the start of the MSc are exempt from this requirement.

Entry requirements (International)

LJMU welcomes applications from international students. In addition to normal entry requirements, you will be expected to demonstrate a very good level of English language competence, for example an IELTS score of 6.0-6.5 or equivalent. Please note: specific courses may require higher levels of English language competence.

If you have applied to study a full-time taught Masters, Masters by Research, MPhil/PhD at LJMU, you should check if you require an Academic Technology Approval Scheme or ATAS certificate. It can take four to six weeks to receive an ATAS certificate, so please make sure you apply as early as possible. You can find out more on the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) website. Alternatively, contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for guidance.

Please note: international students entering on a Tier 4 visa cannot study part time. Students entering the UK on alternate types of visa may be in a position to study part time. Please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team for further details before making your application. 

In order to obtain a visa you will also need to show evidence that the money required to cover your tuition fees and living expenses has been in your bank account for at least 28 days prior to submitting your visa application. So please make sure that your finances are in place before applying. For more details, go to our international website

For advice on any aspect of the application process, please contact LJMU’s International Admissions Team.

Will I be interviewed?

Interviews may be conducted in some cases.

IELTS

6.0 (Min. 5.5 in each component)

Is RPL accepted on this programme?

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Applications for RPL will not be accepted on this programme.

Financial support

Tuition fees

All full and part-time students enrolled on postgraduate taught programmes at LJMU are liable to pay an annual tuition fee. You can opt to pay your tuition fees in full at the start of each academic year or pay by instalments. If you need advice about how you will pay your tuition fees, please email to LJMU’s Student Funding Team as soon as possible.

Sources of funding

Scholarships for taught masters students

LJMU will be awarding over 100 scholarships worth £10,000 each to students starting a taught Masters degree in September 2015 and January 2016. The funding is part of the government match-funded Postgraduate Support Scheme and is a fantastic opportunity to secure a Masters qualification in any discipline without added financial worry. You will have to pass certain eligibility criteria in order to be considered for one of these generous scholarships. For example, you must: 

  • be a UK or EU resident
  • have been paying the higher undergraduate tuition fee since 2012
  • want to start a full-time Masters degree (MA, MSc, MREs) in September 2015 or January 2016

LJMU Alumni Award

Final year undergraduates and alumni of the University are eligible to apply for a 15% reduction in their postgraduate tuition fees if they choose to progress onto a higher degree programme at LJMU. Both Home and international LJMU students and alumni can apply for this award (subject to eligibility criteria*). 

Postgraduate International Scholarships

LJMU offers scholarships for international applicants accepted onto taught masters programmes (excluding distance learning programmes) and research degrees. Current LJMU international students and alumni interested in pursuing postgraduate study and research at the University are eligible to apply for these scholarships along with new applicants. 

English for Postgraduate Studies Bursary

A Bursary is also available for international students who need to improve their IELTS score prior to enrolling on their postgraduate course or research programme at the University. This course is run by LJMU’s International Study Centre.



Earn While You Learn

Working while you study means you may be able to pay for your course without taking out any further loans or at least reducing the amount you need to borrow. Working while you study also gives you the skills valued by employers, such as managing your workload and prioritising your time.

LJMU’s Vacancy website can help you find graduate vacancies, sandwich/industrial placements, internships / summer work, part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work-based learning placements. Over 1,000 local and regional employers regularly list opportunities on the website.

Professional and Career Development Loans (PCDL)

Many students fund their postgraduate studies via Professional and Career Development Loans. This is a bank loan which you will have to pay back once you’ve completed the course. However, while you are studying any interest on the loan will be paid for you by the Skills Funding Agency. PCDLs worth between £300 and £10,000 are available for eligible postgraduates to fund up to two years of study (three if the course includes work experience). The loan is split into course fees and living costs. 

Employer sponsorship

Some organisations and companies fund the cost of postgraduate studies for their employees as they recognise the value of having well qualified staff. Check out our courses and see if there are any on offer that could enhance your current career. Remember, employer support doesn’t always have to be financial; it can take other forms too, such as flexible working arrangements, day release and time in lieu of study.

Support for disabled students

Disabled Students’ Allowances or DSAs are designed to help meet the extra course costs students can face as a direct result of a disability, on-going health condition, mental health condition or specific learning difficulty. DSAs don’t have to be paid back and the type of support you receive will be determined by your specific needs not your household income. Please contact LJMU’s Disability team for further advice: 0151 231 3164/3165.

Council tax exemption

All full-time postgraduate students studying courses lasting one year or more are eligible for a council tax exemption certificate.


Graduate employment

This course offers more than an education in your chosen specialist subject. It also enhances your transferable skills, such as IT, problem solving, report writing, giving presentations and working in teams. These skills allow you to operate effectively in an ever changing world of work and are highly regarded by employers.

You will enjoy career opportunities in a number of areas including:

  • Secure Networked Systems Development
  • Secure Electronic/Mobile Commerce Applications Development
  • Secure Middleware Development
  • Networked Systems Security Management
  • Computer Crime Detection
  • Mobile Devices Protection
  • Network Security Consultancy
  • Further research via an MPhil / PhD

International Study

International applicants are required to demonstrate equivalent qualifications to the standard requirements for entry when applying for courses at LJMU.

Students must also demonstrate a proficiency in communicating through English, for example via an IELTS tests or equivalent.

Please note: UK visa restrictions mean that international students are only permitted to study on a full-time basis.

Please contact LJMU’s International Team by visiting www.ljmu.ac.uk/international for more information and advice.

Scholarships

LJMU has launched a range of generous international scholarships for students enrolling at the University.

These prestigious scholarships take the form of tuition fee waivers and are available for outstanding international students applying for taught postgraduate programmes and research degrees.

You will need to complete an additional application form in order to be considered for these scholarships. Full eligibility criteria and the online application form are available here: www.ljmu.ac.uk/international

Applications for these scholarships are welcomed from:

  • new international applicants
  • current LJMU international students hoping to progress onto postgraduate study at the University
  • LJMU international alumni

English for Postgraduate courses bursary

A bursary will be available for students who must complete the six week English for Postgraduate Studies course to improve their IELTS score by 0.5 prior to enrolling on their postgraduate taught or research degree at LJMU.

This bursary take the form of a tuition fee waiver, which will be deducted from your tuition fee when you enrol on your degree programme. You do not need to complete the online scholarship form in order to receive this bursary. Please note: If you are awarded this bursary you are not eligible to apply for an international scholarship.

Please Note: The University reserves the right to cancel, suspend or modify this information at any time.

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