MSc ACS: Computer Security / Overview
Year of entry: 2023
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- 12 Months. [Full-Time, September-September only]
- Entry requirements
We operate a selective staged admissions process. We give preference to students with the strongest grades from high-ranking institutions.
Successful applicants typically hold a First-class honours degree (70% average) from a UK university, or the overseas equivalent, in a Computer Science degree with a minimum of 50% Computer Science content.
We require that all applicants have a strong background in Computer Science reflected, for example, in solid programming and software development skills
We accept a range of qualifications, and welcome applications from overseas applicants. A typical successful offer-holder will evidence:
- China: a minimum of 87% in a 4-year bachelor's degree from a well ranked institution.
- India: a minimum of 65% (First Class with Distinction) in a BSc Eng, BEng or BTech degree, depending on the institution.
For further information on international entry requirements, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
- How to apply
As there is a high demand for our courses we operate a staged admissions process with selection deadlines throughout the year. Due to the competition for places and high quality of applications that we receive, we give preference to students from high-ranking institutions and with grades above our minimum entry requirements.
Please ensure you submit all supporting documentation with your application before the application deadline to avoid a delay in processing.
Applications for 2023 entry :
Stage 1 : Application received by 11 November 2022; Decision by 13 January 2023.
Stage 2 : Application received by 6 January 2023; Decision by 10 March 2023.
Stage 3 : Application received by 3 March 2022; Decision by 21 April 2023.
Stage 4 : Application received by 26 May 2023; Decision by 23 June 2023.
Whilst we aim to give you a decision on your application by the deadline date, in some instances due to the competition for places and the volume of applications received, it may be necessary to roll your application forward to the next deadline date. If this is the case we will let you know after the deadline date.
Please note: All places are subject to availability and if you apply at one of the later stages, some courses may already be reaching capacity or be closed to further applications. We, therefore, recommend that you apply early in the cycle to avoid disappointment.
Applicants who are made a conditional offer of a place must demonstrate that they have met all the conditions of their offer by 31 July 2023.
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Individuals, governments and organizations now routinely connect their computers to the Internet to communicate, provide services, and access massive stores of shared information. These on-line activities, many conducted beyond national boundaries, have opened up enormous opportunities for security attacks such as identity thefts, computer hackings, privacy breaches, technical sabotages, etc. Addressing security threats and attacks in this vast and complex distributed environment is an immensely challenging task.
The Computer Security pathway is centred round a core Security theme that introduces students to fundamental security topics that arise in the design, analysis, and implementation of networked and distributed systems. Subsidiary themes allow students to investigate broader areas in which they may apply their newly acquired skills. The pathway is designed for students who wish to specialize in the security aspect of the Information Technology field.
The Department of Computer Science warmly welcomes you to attend our Masters’ webinar on Thursday the 3rd of November . Hosted by Prof. Danny Dresner this engaging virtual session is the perfect opportunity to explore how we approach cyber security, as well as the design, analysis, and implementation of networked, distributed systems. Sign up to the event to attend.
For details of the next University Postgraduate open day, visit open days and visits .
For entry in the academic year beginning September 2023, the tuition fees are as follows:
UK students (per annum): £13,500
International, including EU, students (per annum): £33,000
Further information for EU students can be found on our dedicated EU page.
The fees quoted above will be fully inclusive for the course tuition, administration and computational costs during your studies.
All fees for entry will be subject to yearly review and incremental rises per annum are also likely over the duration of courses lasting more than a year for UK/EU students (fees are typically fixed for International students, for the course duration at the year of entry). For general fees information please visit: postgraduate fees . Always contact the department if you are unsure which fee applies to your qualification award and method of attendance.
Self-funded international applicants for this course will be required to pay a deposit of £1000 towards their tuition fees before a confirmation of acceptance for studies (CAS) is issued. This deposit will only be refunded if immigration permission is refused. We will notify you about how and when to make this payment.
Policy on additional costs
All students should normally be able to complete their programme of study without incurring additional study costs over and above the tuition fee for that programme. Any unavoidable additional compulsory costs totalling more than 1% of the annual home undergraduate fee per annum, regardless of whether the programme in question is undergraduate or postgraduate taught, will be made clear to you at the point of application. Further information can be found in the University's Policy on additional costs incurred by students on undergraduate and postgraduate taught programmes (PDF document, 91KB).
We offer a number of postgraduate taught scholarships and awards to outstanding UK and international students each year.
The University of Manchester is committed to widening participation in master's study, and allocates £300,000 in funding each year. Our Manchester Master's Bursaries are aimed at widening access to master's courses by removing barriers to postgraduate education for students from underrepresented groups.
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