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Thanks to our state-of-the-art facilities, you will also be proficient in the use of modern equipment, principles, techniques, tools and methodologies for the design, implementation, maintenance and recovery of secure networks and information systems. You will understand legal requirements and current standards around information security, satisfying the demands of industry and IT providers for well-rounded computing practitioners who are expert in their holistic understanding of security issues.
A major part of the course is the individual project. It provides an opportunity for you to apply your specialist knowledge, problem-solving, managerial and communication skills to a particular area of interest within cyber security. Working with the full support and guidance of an allocated Project Supervisor, you will propose, plan, specify, develop, evaluate, and present a substantial project.
During the project phase, you will initially conduct a project investigation. In addition to attending a few workshops, you will have regular weekly meetings with your project supervisor to discuss progress and get advice.
The general format of the course consists of two semesters of taught modules, followed by a semester for the project modules. Semester 1 and Semester 2 consist of 12 weeks each. Each semester comprises 4 taught modules. Each module generally consists of a 2 hour lecture and 2 hour lab weekly sessions. Part-time students attend only 2 modules per semester.
*For students who undertake a placement the course duration will be extended by the length of the placement.
Modules and delivery order may change for operational purposes. The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our course and module disclaimer for more information.Detailed module information
Throughout the course, content is complemented by practical work, allowing you to support your theoretical development by providing real-life simulation. You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, labs and external speakers. You will also be supported through our online virtual learning environment where you can access a wide variety of resources and other support materials.
Part-time September-start students
- A) Part-time September-start students who would like to work on their project during the summer start their project in May of their second year and complete in December of their third year. (Approximately 28 months)
- B) Part-time September-start students who would like to avoid working on their project during the summer start their project in September of their third year and complete in May that year. (Approximately 33 months)
Part-time January-start students
- C) Part-time January-start students who would like to work on their project during the summer will start their project in January of their third year complete their project in August that year. (Approximately 32 months)
- D) Part-time January-start students who would like to avoid working on their project during the summer will start their project in January of their third year, have a break during the summer semester and continue their project September to December that year. (Approximately 36 months)
- Lectures - 20 students per group, 6 hours per week
- Project Supervision - 17 hours, semester 3 only
- Practical class or workshop - 20 students per group, 10 hours per week
- Independent study - 36 hours per week
A significant portion of this course is underpinned by independent learning, and you will be expected to be responsible for managing your coursework, reading and other learning activities appropriately.
Typically students are assessed:
- 3 written exams, typically for 3 hours
- 6 written assignments, including essays
- 2 reports
- 1 project output
- 2 oral assessments
- 7 practical skills assessments
- 1 group critique
We aim to provide you with feedback within 20 working days of hand-in for all written exams, coursework and practical exams.
Staff Delivering on This Course
Our staff members feature in the annual Support and Teaching staff with Appreciation and Recognition (STAR) awards voted by the students and organised by RGU:Union. Recently we have been awarded two Lecturer of the Year awards and an award for Continued Excellence.
Many of our academic staff are Fellows or Senior Fellows of the Higher Education Academy or are working towards this accolade. This is a professional recognition of practice, impact and leadership of teaching and learning.
Staff on this course could also include: visiting lecturers, visiting Distinguished Researchers, library staff and industry experts and postgraduate researchers.
The Inclusion Centre advises and supports students who disclose a sensory or mobility impairment, chronic medical condition, mental health issue, dyslexia and other specific learning differences. Applicants are encouraged to arrange a pre-entry visit to discuss any concerns and to view the facilities.
ONLINE LEARNING & SUPPORT
All undergraduate and postgraduate students, whether you are learning on-campus or by online distance learning, benefit from using our collaborative virtual learning environment, CampusMoodle. You will be provided with 24/7 online access to your learning material and resources, along with the ability to interact with your class members and tutors for discussion and support.
STUDY SKILLS SUPPORT
The Study Support Team provides training and support to all students in:
- Academic writing
- Study skills (note taking, exam techniques, time management, presentation)
- Maths and statistics
- English language
- Information technology support
The Library offers support for your course, including the books, eBooks, and journals you will need. We also offer online reading lists for many modules, workshops and drop-ins on searching skills and referencing, and much more.
Paid short placements (3 months) and long placements (45 weeks) are built into the course structure. You are supported in finding a placement through the University Placements Office. Alternatively, you can seek your own placement.
For students who undertake a placement the course duration will be extended by the length of the placement.
The course prepares you for a career in cyber security. Job roles include: IT Security Engineer, Digital Forensics Analyst, Network Manager, IT Security Auditor, IT Risk Specialist and E-business Security Analyst. The course also prepares students for research careers by providing the skills necessary of an effective researcher. Suitable MSc graduates may continue to PhD programmes within the school.
Aberdeen is home to many multinational oil and gas companies and associated suppliers such as mainstream software houses, IT providers to major oil-related companies, specialist software consultancies, and venture capital start-ups, so graduates can seek employment locally. RGU is also involved in a number of commercial collaborations on a local, national and international scale with organisations such as BP, British Geological Survey, Wood Group PSN, Accenture, WIPRO and many Aberdeen-based software development companies, and you may benefit from the university’s links with some of these companies when it comes to securing employment.
- Applicants normally hold a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in Computing or related subject such as Electronics and Information Systems.
- Applicants with a lower degree classification and / or relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.
International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.
We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:
Our Pre-Sessional English Programme (PSP) is available for students who have not yet reached the required English level and those who would like to improve their language competency.
Please note, some courses may require a higher standard of English than stated in this page. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2020/2021
- ￡5,500 for entire MSc course
- ￡2,750 for year 1
- ￡2,750 for year 2
- No fee for year 3
Rest of UK Students
- ￡6,920 entire course
- ￡2,750 year 1
- ￡2,750 year 2
- ￡1,420 year 3
- ￡14,950 entire course
- ￡5,610 year 1
- ￡5,610 year 2
- ￡3,730 year 3
FOR ACADEMIC YEAR 2019/2020
- ￡2,750 Year 1
- ￡2,750 Year 2
- No fee for year 3
Rest of UK Students
- ￡2,750 Year 1
- ￡2,750 Year 2
- ￡1,250 Year 3
- ￡5,100 Year 1
- ￡5,100 Year 2
- ￡3,390 Year 3
The following course-related costs are not included in the course fees:
- ￡1000 for long placement
- ￡320 for short placement
- The cost of books that you may wish to purchase.
- Costs associated with your placement / study abroad
- Accommodation and living costs
Robert Gordon University is delighted to offer a 20% loyalty discount on course fees for all alumni who have graduated from RGU.
Postgraduate students will normally make their own arrangements for payment of fees. However, there are a limited number of SAAS funded places on certain postgraduate courses.
There are also sources of funding that are applicable to categories of student.
Applicants (Scottish domiciled and EU) to this course may be eligible for a Postgraduate Tuition Fee Loan (PTFL). Students can apply now by downloading an application form from the SAAS web site.
Scholarships and Financial Awards
You may also qualify for a scholarship or financial award:
For new intakes course fees are reviewed and published annually for each mode of delivery. Tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in the offer letter. For further information see:
At RGU, I gained practical hands-on experiences in cyber security through teaching, course works, projects and research. For me, the best thing about this course is the support of staff, the conducive study environment and facilities.
Taking this course, you will have access to some of the world's best facilities.
We've invested more than ￡100 million in the development of our campus, new facilities and new resources.University Wide Facilities
The university has moved to home teaching and working following official COVID-19 guidance from the Scottish Government. Our staff will continue to process applications and respond to enquiries about your course during this time.
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