Cyberspace is a vast, complex and still evolving community that presents enterprise, industry and governments with on-going security management challenges, as it grows on an exponential scale.
Bournemouth University’s MSc in Cyber Security & Human Factors has been developed in response to the needs of the computing and security sectors worldwide. Graduates from this course will be equipped with technical know-how to protect and prevent, and the ability to assess risk and manage incidents.
On this course, you’ll gain an understanding of cyber security by investigating threat, vulnerabilities and impact risk, the contagion of fear, uncertainty and doubt, managing human factors in security, trust management and information assurance.
Part-time students can take each unit separately as CPD, building up to a full Master’s.
A Bachelors Honours degree with 2:2 any subject.
International entry requirements
If English is not your first language, you will need to provide evidence that you understand English to a satisfactory level. English language requirements for this course are normally:
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 with minimum 5.5 in each component, or equivalent.
Cyber Security: Develop skills and knowledge for cyber security. Material, lectures and seminars in this unit capture concepts of cyberspace ecosystems and the security of socio-technical systems. The unit also covers the life cycle of cyber security mechanisms, including the design, development, management and, most importantly, how they´re sustained.
Human Factors: Soft systems, human factors integration (HFI), training, trust, organisational learning, information and knowledge management will be examined through case study analysis. You´ll also conduct situational awareness and workloadmeasurements in trials, experiments and exercises, and apply user experience (UX) techniques to evaluate interactive systems.
Cyberpsychology: You will examine the impact of digital technology on individuals and groups and the implications for organisations and society. The unit will also explore the psychological factors relevant to cyber security and online behaviours and identify means of promoting safer user behaviour.
Research Methods & Professional Issues: Research requires a structured and disciplined approach at all stages. We´ll help you to develop key research skills in many areas from project proposals and planning to critical analysis of research findings, academic writing and dissemination. We´ll also teach you about professional standards and ethical issues for research.
Individual Masters Project: You will develop an understanding of the characteristics and implications inherent in the solution of a complex, real-world problem within the context of a substantial, independently-conducted piece of work.
Accessibility & Assistive Technologies: This unit is an introduction to the concepts of accessibility and assistive technology and explores how technology can be used to support people with temporary, situational or lifelong disabilities by helping to overcome challenges to their self-care, educational, vocational and recreational independence. The aim of this unit is to provide you with an introduction to understanding diverse user needs, focusing on challenges caused by temporary, situational or lifelong disabilities. You´ll also gather the skills and techniques necessary to conduct foundational, user-orientated research with people who have disabilities to inform the design of assistive technology that can help overcome challenges during specific tasks. You´ll be trained in the ability to develop novel prototypes of inclusive assistive technology with an accessibility-first design philosophy combining advances in Human-Computer Interaction, Data, and AI.
Blockchain & Digital Futures: The objective of this unit is to develop your skills and knowledge about the Blockchain technology and its usage. The material, lectures and seminars includes defining the Blockchain technology, its business aspect, issues, objectives, and challenges, covering Blockchain horizontal and vertical scaling, key basics of cryptography required for understanding the Blockchain technology concepts, different cryptocurrencies, and their issues, challenges, and networks. The unit also covers a few data analysis-based Blockchain technology scenarios and case studies. The aim is to develop related skills and an understanding of critically evaluating the key issues, challenges, and existing solutions.
Enterprise Digital Forensics: As globalisation and the Internet have led to increasing integration, the opportunities for unauthorised exploitation have also grown. You´ll develop competencies for constructing plans to capture and analyse data for an investigation of potentially abnormal activity.
Psychology of Software Development: You will develop your understanding of the psychological aspects involved in the creation and maintenance of modern software systems. Software developers need to manage the social and cognitive load issues emanating from writing software given the heterogeneous nature of modern software technology overlaid with the need to include security considerations in the development, performance, and maintenance architectures.
Security Information & Event Management: The unit covers aspects the current and emerging threat landscape, incident handling and operations of Computer Emergency Response Teams (CERTs) and the importance of information sharing for incident management.
Security by Design: Security must be addressed as early as possible when building a system or planning organisational change. However, security never seems to be a driving concern when engaging in innovation. When security is addressed, we discover how hard building security in really is. In this unit, you´ll have an opportunity to build security into the design and specification of secure systems, and the broader socio-technical context these fall into.
As the security of data is fundamental to any business, you will possess high marketability in the professional arena and be qualified to enjoy career opportunities in a wide variety of industries.
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